Oct 22

ACC STL Chapter Participates in 2019 National Pro Bono Month

Members provide year-round volunteer support throughout the St. Louis region

St. Louis (Oct. 22, 2019) – October is National Pro Bono Month to highlight the volunteer legal counsel attorneys provide. Member of the Association of Corporate Counsel St. Louis Chapter (ACC-STL), the pre-eminent professional development organization serving in-house counsel, provide pro bono legal assistance and volunteer for community services projects not just this month but throughout the year.

The 2019 ACC STL Pro Bono Committee Co-Chairpersons are Patricia Duft, Sr. Legal Director, Medtronic; and Paula Finlay, Assistant Vice President, Senior Legal Counsel, Labor & Employment, AT&T.

“Each October, we’re reminded of the impact as attorneys we make in the St. Louis community. As a chapter, our involvement is not for one month but throughout the year,” said Finlay.

The Pro Bono Committee identifies pro bono and community services opportunities where members can become involved in a variety of projects ranging from helping entrepreneurs with legal matters to volunteering at a local food pantry providing groceries to its clients.

“Our chapter members, for example, volunteer each month for the monthly Nonprofit Legal Clinics at Legal Services of Eastern Missouri. Members meet with prospective Legal Service clients for brief one-on-one sessions to respond to questions they may have on legal issues they experience in the formation or management of a business or non-profit. This work is gratifying because we are involved with helping someone launch a new business,” said Duft.

Provided are highlights of where the ACC-STL members provided free legal counsel and volunteered for community services projects: 

·         Throughout the year, ACC-STL volunteers work with Legal Services of Eastern Missouri’s Community Economic Development Program (LSEM-CED), whichprovides free business legal assistance to entrepreneurs who are starting or expanding small businesses that provide a benefit to lower-income communities that Legal Services servs and to non-profit entities that promote community development to benefit lower-income individuals. On Oct. 17, the ACC-STL and LSEM-CED partnered to hold a workshop, “How to Start a Small Business,” at St Louis County Library.

  • In March, ACC-STL volunteers in coordination with Legal Services and Thompson Coburn held a Business Legal Clinic for small business owners and entrepreneurs at the University of Missouri – St. Louis. Roundtable discussions were held with volunteer attorneys and followed by legal clinic sessions with clients who had questions on individual small business matters.

·         In April, ACC-STL members collaborated with Legal Services, Husch Blackwell and the Family Care Health for National Healthcare Decisions Day where volunteers offered a free legal clinic to assist low-income individuals in Missouri with Durable Power of Attorney for Healthcare and Healthcare Directive forms.

·         In May, the ACC-STL partnered with the Veteran Justice Outreach Program, the VA St. Louis Healthcare System, and Missouri Attorney General’s Office Military Assistance for the Veterans Wills Clinic where 40 veterans and their spouses received free legal counsel on wills, living wills and power of attorney valued at $35,000 or less.

·         In late October, the Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis (BAMSL) held, “Celebrate Pro Bono 2019,” a workshop that offered training to local attorneys to support the ACC-STL clinic at Legal Services and to enable members to take on other representations.

“Our committee identifies pro bono opportunities and community service opportunities throughout the St. Louis region because we want to offer our members a well-rounded volunteer experience. From our recent survey results, we learned that a variety of volunteer opportunities is a key draw for members to become active with the Chapter,” said Duft. 


Ann Marie Mayuga, AMM Communications



About the ACC STL:

The Association for Corporate Counsel of St. Louis (ACC STL), the pre-eminent professional development organization serving in-house counsel, was founded in 1987. The St. Louis chapter has more than 550 members who represent more than 100 organizations. During its 30-year-history, the ACC STL has grown to become one of the leading chapters in the country having been selected as a 2017 Gold Level Award recipient and winning the 2018 Best Membership / Recruitment Award. To learn more, please visit, https://www.acc.com/chapters/stlouis/.

Oct 21

Legal Services Receives Grant to Help Neighborhoods

Funds Expand Neighborhood Vacancy Initiative

October 17, 2019 (ST. LOUIS) – Legal Services of Eastern Missouri has been awarded a two-year, $316,361 Pro Bono Innovation Fund Grant from the Legal Services Corporation (LSC).

Legal Services will use these funds to expand volunteer lawyer involvement in its Neighborhood Vacancy Initiative (NVI) to better serve four high-vacancy City neighborhoods – The West End, Academy/Sherman Park, Old North St. Louis, and Hyde Park.

Beginning this month, four of St. Louis’ largest law firms, Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner, Husch Blackwell, Stinson, and Thompson Coburn, will begin working with Legal Services and the above neighborhoods to provide direct assistance to resident-led community groups. Services provided to neighborhood associations through the grant include litigation support to hold absentee owners of vacant property accountable and assistance on matters relating to corporate governance and compliance.

Legal Services will also expand services to vulnerable residents to prevent displacement through estate planning and help resolve land title issues that prevent people from obtaining home repair services.

“It’s easy to see the physical blight: broken windows, illegal dumping, weeds. What is less obvious is the legal blight. Fractured land titles, unreleased mortgages, liens – all of these result in a blight that requires legal assistance before anyone can even think about getting a house fixed up,” explained Peter Hoffman, managing Attorney of the Neighborhood Vacancy Initiative, who recently directed a similar effort in Kansas City.

Building on the long history of Legal Services’ pro bono support, the organization is hosting a formal grant announcement with community and civic partners Mon., Oct. 21, at 8:00 a.m. at Deaconess Center, 1000 North Vandeventer Avenue, St. Louis, MO 63113 – the start of national Pro Bono week. Legal Services of Eastern Missouri is one of 14 recipients of grants from LSC’s $4.5 million Pro Bono Innovation Fund, a competitive program that invests in projects intended to encourage and expand pro bono efforts and partnerships to serve more low-income clients.

“These grants stimulate more participation by pro bono volunteers. They enhance public-private partnerships, leverage the federal investment in civil legal aid, and allow our grantees to reach more people in need of civil legal assistance,” said LSC President, Jim Sandman.

“Thanks to this federal grant, we can expand legal services to economically challenged City neighborhoods to build upon the hope and promise of neighborhoods that have long been underserved, and provide resources for growth and opportunity to areas struggling with disinvestment,” stated Dan Glazier, Legal Services’ Executive Director and General Counsel. “We are excited for this opportunity to expand, and we are so grateful for our community partners, funders, volunteers, and the City of St. Louis, all of whom are committed with us to improve the quality of life in our communities.”


About Legal Services of Eastern Missouri: Legal Services of Eastern Missouri has provided free civil legal help for low-income families for 63 years. Last year nearly 30,000 people in 21 counties of eastern Missouri received services from four regional offices. For more information, please visit www.lsem.org.

Sep 24


ST. LOUIS – On Friday, August 16, 2019, Legal Services of Eastern Missouri, the area’s largest nonprofit law firm, honored twelve individuals and organizations with awards in recognition of their commitment to volunteer work and community service.

Receiving awards were: Hon. Stephen N. Limbaugh, Sr. (Robert Walston Chubb Award for lifetime commitment); BDO, USA, LLP (Richard B. Teitelman Community Service Award); Home Sweet Home (Edna M. Taylor Client Service Award); Marygrove (Ashley Award for Child Advocacy); Dana Malkus, Saint Louis University Law School, (Melton M. Lewis Equal Justice Award); Saint Louis Crisis Nursery (Eddie Mae Binion Community Service Award); Mary Sullivan-Thomas (Eddie Mae Binion Community Service Award); Steve Shredl, Thompson Coburn (John R. Essner Young lawyer of the Year Award); Washington University Office of General Counsel (Gerald R. Ortbals Law Practice Award); April Waugh, Citi (F. Wm. McCalpin Pro Bono Award); State Senator S. Kiki Curls and State Senator Jamilah Nasheed (Rory Ellinger Legislative Award)

More than 200 guests gathered at the Ritz Carlton in Clayton to honor the dedication and outstanding contributions of these twelve awardees. Sponsorship for the event was provided by: Missouri Lawyers Weekly; Alaris Litigation Services; Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner; Emerson and Thompson Coburn LLP. Awardee videos were produced by Alaris.


About Legal Services of Eastern Missouri: Legal Services of Eastern Missouri has provided free civil legal help for low-income families for 62 years. In 2018, more than 30,000 people in 21 counties of eastern Missouri received services from four regional offices. For more information, please visit www.lsem.org. 


L to R: Dan Glazier (Legal Services Executive Director & General Counsel); DiAnne Mueller (Saint Louis Crisis Nursery); Dana Malkus (Saint Louis University Law School); April Waugh (Citi); Missouri State Senator S. Kiki Curls; Steve Shredl (Thompson Coburn); Missouri State Senator Jamilah Nasheed; Steve Lenivy (BDO, USA LLP); Betsy Reznicek (Home Sweet Home); Mary Jane Pieroni (BDO, USA LLP); Monica Allen (Washington University General Counsel); Amicia Young (Marygrove); Mary Sullivan Thomas (Lincoln County Domestic Violence Council); Maria Perron (Legal Services Board President); Jim Guest (Legal Services Director of Volunteer Lawyers Program) and Karen Warren (Legal Services Director of Administration & Community Engagement).

L to R: Dan Glazier, (Legal Services’ Executive Director & General Counsel) with Hon. Stephen N. Limbaugh, Sr. who received the Robert Walston Chubb Award for lifetime dedication to legal aid.

L to R: Karen Warren, (Legal Services’ Director of Administration & Community Engagement), Missouri State Senator Jamilah Nasheed, Missouri State Senator S. Kiki Curls

Back row, L to R: James Surber, Tim Huskey, Patricia Hart Hastings, Tammy White Devine, Chris Goddard

Front row, L to R: Jessica Curtis, Monica Allen(General Counsel), Lisa Wood, Heidi Klosterman

Sep 24

Tom Dunn CPA Firm Voted One of the “2019 Most Innovative Companies in St. Louis” by Small Business Monthly Readers

“We are thrilled to be voted one of the most innovative companies in St. Louis by Small Business Monthlyreaders. Our business model is different. The way we approach our client relationships is one where we have engaged relationships where we meet with them weekly to pay their bills, provide business guidance and help them forecast. For the accountants with our firm, they have a quality of work / life balance that few regional firms are able to offer,” said Tom Dunn, CPA, Founder and Owner of Tom Dunn CPA Firm. 

The list of the top 2019 CPA firms is published in the September issue of Small Business Monthly. To view, please click on the following link, https://www.sbmon.com/Awards/Article/1551/2019-Most-Innovative-Companies.

Dunn has been selected by Small Business Monthly readersfor multiple awards including one of the best companies in St. Louis for customer service and best in reliability. He has also been voted one of the “Top 100 People to Know in Business in St. Louis” in 2017. 

Tom Dunn CPA Firm, founded by Tom Dunn, CPA, is a St. Louis-based accounting, business advisory and tax preparation firm that serves small and mid-sized businesses, nonprofits, families and trusts.  Nearly 20 years ago, Tom decided to focus on his passions of accounting and helping entrepreneurs find solutions. Tom and his team can manage the business and personal financial, accounting and tax needs of their clients by partnering with them so they have a better chance at success, life-changing results and peace of mind. To learn more, please visit, http://tomdunncpa.com.

Sep 21

Main Standards In Finding St. Louis Divorce Attorneys Described


The founders of Hais, Hais & Goldberger, P.C., Sam and Susan Hais, shared some of their experiences in dealing with different cases related to family law. It includes their dedication to providing the best legal services to all of their clients.

As St. Louis divorce lawyers, it is never easy to manage cases that are connected to family, especially when it comes to divorce, legal separations, child custody and more. This is definitely a complex area of the law so they always are sure that they are going to be able to manage the cases given to them.

The couple even shared their married life and how they stayed strong.

Susan Hais shared about her married multiple times already and she agreed that it’s like an open book for their friends and family members. She stated that they always rely on each other at work and in their married life. They are normally seen hiking, biking or skiing throughout the weekends and this is surely a fantastic indication that they have a healthy and happy relationship. This positivity may help them take care of various legal troubles associated with family because they may make the best advice on the clients about the things that they should do. This is among the advantages of having a healthy and happy married life.

Family concerns are extremely tough to handle and it would undoubtedly need the help of an expert St. Louis Paternity Lawyer. Family issues can always be resolved in your house, but there are some instances when difficulties became severe that it has to be settled in court. Legal separation, divorce, child custody, and child relocation are only some of the difficulties that could require legal services. You’ll need a lawyer to deal with this. If you are coping with custody troubles at this time, you have to hunt for a St. Louis family law attorney and you may also find other experts which are focused to divorce, legal separation and more.

Hais, Hais & Goldberger, P.C. has been supplying legal services for family issues for more than 30 years and they are focused on St. Louis family law attorneys. They’re going to represent individuals on legal separation, child support or custody, child relocation, dissolution of marriage and more. They currently have the best team of experts with the appropriate skills and experience to deal with any legal case associated with family law. They could help the families make a good preference and deal with the problems for them.

Sam and Susan Hais have always focused their services to help their customers and they have been accomplishing this for more than 30 years.

If you’re managing some family issues that could need the help of legal professionals, Hais, Hais & Goldberger, P.C. can be able to help you and support you with St. Louis divorce attorneys.


Hais Hais Goldberger St. Louis Divorce Lawyers

Hais, Hais & Goldberger, P.C.

222 S. Central Ave, Suite. 600

Saint Louis, MO 63105


Sep 08

Introducing The Techniques When Thinking Of Contract Textiles

Anzea and Dino Zoli made a recent partnership to be able to create a selection of exclusive items from both corporations to provide the best contract textiles for the corporate and hospitality markets. Dino Zoli is actually a company from Italy, while Anzea is from a company based in Texas. This partnership is unquestionably a match made in heaven since it features the best of both worlds.

Both companies are centering on textiles and they share exactly the same values as well so their collaboration is absolutely an ideal one. They’ll present the first installation of DZ x Anzea and it’s going to definitely have a huge impact in the market.

This is among the biggest collaborations in the fabric industry because both firms are large shots in their areas. Dino Zoli is from Italy, while Anzea is positioned in Texas. Both of the corporations are recognized to provide incredible textiles. The cooperation will offer value to the hospitality and business markets since the products could be in a more hassle-free platform. Fundamentally, the mixture of the inventory will guarantee that the selection will certainly be available for the projects of the buyers. The DZ x ANZEA collection will offer 2 outdoor options made from nubby argyle plaid. The 8 fabric styles present in this selection can offer the color and texture that you want.

Anzea is very well-known with regards to upholstery textiles, coated fabrics, vinyl fabrics and more. The company began in 1990 by Mitzi Mills and Bruce Doeren in Fort Worth, Texas.

The name of the business is really an acronym that symbolizes the first selection that Anzea made: Australia, New Zealand, Europe and America. Mills is actually a graphic designer and she has a passion for travel and photography.

Doeren is an accounting expert and he uses his skills and knowledge to run the operations of the company. The two of them was able to bring Anzea to where it’s nowadays.

Anzea always focused on offering the top designs as well as high performance woven fabrics on the market. The company also provides plenty of mix coated and woven fabrics for more arduous applications. If you’ll look at their collection, you are going to definitely realize that the great design, safe chemistry and durability might be placed in a single design. They also pride themselves for having a dynamic team which will be able to adapt to any situation.

The goal of the collaboration with Dino Zoli is to offer a better collection for the clientele. This may also lead to more projects in the near future that can definitely benefit lots of firms and customers.

If you’d like to examine out some of the designs of Dino Zoli and Anzea, you can always visit their website to view that they can provide. The cooperation may last for a long time so you could expect better designs on their collections in the foreseeable future.

Anzea Textiles 200 N Vacek St. Suite D Fort Worth, TX 76107 877-862-6932 http://www.anzea.com/

Aug 12

Find Distinct Ideas When Thinking Of Infertility Clinics In St. Louis

Fertility Partnership recently made modifications to their clinic to support the growing quantity of couples who are seeking their care. The quantity of patients coming to the clinic since this past year has increased significantly so the clinic decided to broaden the building, hire more staff and bring new equipment.

The success that the clinic has been acquiring for the past few years isn’t only due to their devotion to helping married couples conceive, but also because of the care that they provide to all their customers.

The recent reconstruction of the clinic is part of their efforts to make certain that the patients can have the best experience when they visit the clinic for a checkup.

You have to realize that not everybody is given a possibility to have a baby and there are a few married couples who are struggling to have one. Generally, this might be attributed to a lot of factors and it may be due to a medical condition or this may also be associated with stress and more. This is actually the explanation why a St. Louis fertility specialist is extremely popular. If you’re having these problems, infertility medical facilities in St. Louis are recognized to have the best practitioners that may provide help on these troubles. The current extension made by Fertility Partnership is because of the increasing number of patients and this is also due to their efforts to provide wonderful services.

Fertility Partnership is positioned in St. Peters, Missouri and it is known as a clinic to provide treatments for married couples who want to conceive healthy babies. They will be able to provide a wide range of treatments for female and male patients to understand if they can produce an offspring. The treatments which they actually offer include in vitro fertilization, intrauterine insemination, hysterosalpingograms, ovulation induction, tubal reversal and much more. The cost of IVF and the other treatments isn’t really an issue because you can absolutely afford them.

They can also provide you with free consultations. They do this to make certain that the married couples totally know the different benefits of undergoing these tests and treatments.

The sustainable progression of Fertility Partnership is because of the efforts of Dr. Smickes, the owner of Fertility Partnership and a medical veteran. He made a decision to stay away from corporate medicine and simply concentrate on giving low-cost medicine to people who wish to conceive. He isn’t focused on making money since he wants to make certain that every couple who will visit his medical center could have a baby. The restoration of his clinic is one of the indications of his dedication to giving the best medical services to all.

If you actually have issues with infertility and you really want to have a baby, there are tons of ways to make it feasible. The St. Louis fertility clinic could be a huge help to you and your better half if you’d like to have a baby.

Fertility Partnership – St. Louis IVF & Fertility Services
5401 Veterans Memorial Pkwy #201, St Peters, MO 63376

Aug 07

Legal Services of Eastern Missouri Announces New Board Members

Three new Directors join the Board

Aug. 7, 2019 (St. Louis) – Legal Services of Eastern Missouri elected John Munich, Jacqueline Redmond and Pearl Williams as new members of the Board of Directors at its June meeting.

John R. Munich is a partner with Stinson LLP and chair of Stinson’s business and commercial litigation practice.  Munich previously served as Chief of Litigation and Deputy Attorney General for the State of Missouri and as Assistant U. S. Attorney for the District of Columbia. He has served as a Board Member for Edgewood Children’s Center and is currently Chair of the Great Circle Eastern Regional Council. While living in Washington D.C. he was a member of the Lawyers Committee for civil rights. He received his law degree from Saint Louis University.

Jacqueline Redmond is a shareholder with Sandberg Phoenix where she concentrates on civil litigation defenses, product liability, premises liability and toxic tort defense. She was previously a partner with Herzog Crebs. She was recently awarded Missouri Lawyers Weekly’s “Up and Coming Award” for her pro bono work. Prior to joining the Board, Redmond was President of the Young Friends of Legal Services of Eastern Missouri, 2016-2018.  She received her law degree from Saint Louis University.

Pearl J. Williams joins the Board as a client representative. She has previously served as a school teacher, tutor, church instructor and musician.  She was the Administrator for the Niagara County Legal Services Corporation, the local legal aid program, in Niagara Falls, NY from 1980 until her retirement in 1995. Williams holds master degrees in both Pastoral Counseling and Theological Doctrine from Liberty University.


About Legal Services of Eastern Missouri: Legal Services of Eastern Missouri has provided free civil legal help for low-income families for 63 years. In 2018 nearly 30,000 people in 21 counties of eastern Missouri received services from four regional offices. For more information, please visit www.lsem.org.

Aug 01

Nina Totenberg to Appear in St. Louis

Award-winning Supreme Court reporter is keynote speaker at October 4th luncheon.

August 1, 2019 (ST. LOUIS) – National Public Radio’s award-winning legal correspondent, Nina Totenberg, will deliver the keynote address for Legal Services of Eastern Missouri’s inaugural Justice Speaks luncheon on Friday October 4, 2019, 11:00 am – 1:00pm at the Hyatt Regency at the Arch in St. Louis.

Ms. Totenberg brings a unique perspective that is always informative and engaging. Her timely appearance – just before the Supreme Court begins its new session – will include insightful discussion of headline-making cases and features her famous predictions about which cases the Court will hear in the upcoming year.

Totenberg has been honored seven times by the American Bar Association for continued excellence in legal reporting and has received two dozen honorary degrees. She holds the distinction of being the first radio journalist to have won the National Press Foundation’s “Broadcaster of the Year Award.” Recently, she was featured in the documentary film RBG.

This event is the first of a series of annual conversations about justice and civil rights which will bring these important issues into a public forum and reflects some of the challenges we face in the work of Legal Services of Eastern Missouri.

Media Partner for this event is St. Louis Public Radio, and Presenting Sponsor is Missouri Lawyers Weekly. Tickets are $125 per person with tables of ten available. Sponsorship and ticket information are at www.lsem.org/justice-speaks or contact Louisa Gregory atlmgregory@lsem.org or 314.256.8736.


About Legal Services of Eastern Missouri: Legal Services of Eastern Missouri has provided free civil legal help for low-income families for 63 years. In 2018, 30,000 people in

21 counties of eastern Missouri received services from four regional offices. For more information, please visit www.lsem.org.

About St. louis Public Radio: St. Louis Public Radio is an award-winning news organization and NPR-member station, providing in-depth news, insightful discussion and entertaining programs to half-a-million people per month on air and online. With a large, St. Louis-based newsroom and reporters stationed in Jefferson City and Rolla, Missouri, and Belleville, Illinois, our journalists find and tell important stories about communities across the region and help people to become deeply informed about the issues that affect their lives. We broadcast on 90.7 KWMU FM in St. Louis, 90.3 WQUB in Quincy, Illinois, 88.5 KMST in Rolla and 96.3 K242AN in Lebanon, Missouri, and share news and music online at stlpublicradio.org. We are a member-supported service of the University of Missouri – St. Louis.

Jul 18

Legal Services Hires Two New Directors

Director of Human Resources and Director of Volunteer Lawyers Program

St. Louis (July 18, 2019) – Legal Services of Eastern Missouri announces the hiring of two new staff members:

James H. Guest has re-joined Legal Services as Director of the Volunteer Lawyers Program. Guest, a 1997 graduate of Saint Louis School of Law, was Director of the Volunteer Lawyers Program 2006-2015, and has rejoined the agency after serving four years at Washington University School of Law as Senior Career Strategist and Director of Employer Relations. He is a 2008 graduate of Leadership St. Louis and serves as member of University City Historical Preservation Committee, Vice President of the Camp Nebagamon Scholarship Fund, Eagle Bank Community Steering Committee and the Salvation Army’s Family Haven Homeless Shelter Steering Committee.

Kate Tucker has joined Legal Services as Director of Human Resources. Tucker, a 2009 graduate of Washington University School of Law is a licensed attorney with significant experience in human resources and employment law. She previously worked for Commerce Bank, where she co-founded and led the Women’s Employee Resource Group, RISE, and has a background in Organizational Development and Compensation consulting with Tucker Consultants. She is past Chair of the Women in the Legal Profession Section of the Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis.


About Legal Services of Eastern Missouri: Legal Services of Eastern Missouri has provided free civil legal help for low-income families for 63 years. In 2018 nearly 30,000 people in

21 counties of eastern Missouri received services from four regional offices. For more information, please visit www.lsem.org.