Legal Services’ for the Common Good Awards Celebrate Community Collaboration and Volunteer Dedication

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Awardee’s Left to right
Back Row: Alderman Terry Kennedy; Julie Berkowitz; Thomas G. Glick; Dr. Vivian Knipp; Chris Nagus; Alyce Herndon; Sarah Luem
Front Row: Dr. Bruce R. Bacon; Dr. Jaquelyn Fleckenstein; Paul Woodruff; Pamela Johnson; Cole O. Combs; Shannon D. Peters.

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St. Louis City Alderman Terry Kennedy, Awardee with Legal Services Executive Director, Dan Glazier

More than two hundred guests joined Legal Services of Eastern Missouri to honor the dedication and commitment of those who serve low-income families.  The annual For The Common Good Awards Luncheon, held on August 23, 2018 at the Hyatt Regency in St. Louis, recognized thirteen volunteers and community partners for their contributions. 

Awardees included volunteer attorneys Julie Berkowitz (attorney at law), Cole Combs (attorney at law), Thomas G. Glick (attorney at law and former Legal Services Board President), and Shannon Peters (Husch Blackwell LLP) and law firm Capes Sokol. 

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Grace Hill Settlement, Left to right
Back row: Cynthia Danley; Randall Wang, Board President; Laura Kozak, Grace Hill Settlement Executive Director; Timitria Murphy Watson, Michael Foley, Crystal Allen Dallas.

Also recognized were the following community partners: Dr. Bruce R. Bacon (St. Louis University School of Medicine) and Dr. Jaquelyn Fleckenstein (Washington University School of Medicine), Alyce Herndon with Grace Hill Women’s Business Center, Pamela Johnson, Alderman Terry Kennedy (18th Ward, St. Louis City), Dr. Vivian Knipp (Affinia Healthcare), Chris Nagus (KMOV) and Prosperity Connection.

Paul Woodruff, Executive Director of Prosperity Connection says “It is incredibly unfortunate that we live in a very financially inequitable society, but getting to work with Legal Services of Eastern Missouri, and other organizations like it, we get to level the playing field more and more.” 

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Hon. John R. Essner presents the John R. Essner Young lawyer of the Year Award to Shannon D. Peters.

Sponsors for this event was provided by: Alaris; Emerson; Missouri Lawyers Weekly; The Simon Law Firm, P.C.; The Stange Law Firm, PC; Thompson Coburn LLP; Affinia Healthcare; Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner; Capes Sokol; Husch Blackwell LLP and St. Louis University School of Medicine.

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 2017 nearly 30,000 people in

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