Category:Lawyers from St. Louis
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1. Tom Carnahan – Under his leadership, Wind Capital Group developed over 1000 megawatts of operating wind farms across five states. Mr. Carnahan has testified on Capitol Hill and appeared on CNN, Fox Business News, ABC World News, MSNBC, NPR and other outlets as an expert on energy, public policy. Carnahan also served as the Chairman of the American Wind Energy Association, tom Carnahan is the son of Missouri Governor Mel Carnahan and U. S. Senator Jean Carnahan and a member of the prominent Missouri Carnahan Family, carnahans grandfather, A. S. J. Carnahan, served in Congress for seven terms, and was appointed by President John F. Kennedy as U. S. Ambassador to Sierra Leone. Carnahan received a Bachelor of Arts degree from William Jewell College in 1991, during which time he spent one year at Homerton College, Cambridge University, tom Carnahan is a recipient of the Boy Scouts of Americas Eagle Scout Award. He resides in St. Louis with his wife and four daughters
2. Bainbridge Colby – Bainbridge Colby was an American lawyer, a political progressive, a co-founder of the United States Progressive Party and Woodrow Wilsons last Secretary of State. Colby was a Republican until he helped co-found the National Progressive Party in 1912, he ran for multiple offices as a member of that party, Wilsons appointment of Colby was bizarre says historian John Milton Cooper, for Colby had no diplomatic experience or skills. Editorial responses from leading newspapers ranged from puzzlement to outrage, Colby was chosen because he was totally loyal to Wilson, he left no notable achievements in the office. Bainbridge Colby was born in St. Louis, Missouri on December 22,1869 and he graduated from Williams College, then attended Columbia Law School and New York Law School. He was admitted to the New York bar, and served as a member of the New York State Assembly in 1902 and he spoke at the Colby College commencement on June 19,1933, at which time he was awarded an honorary Doctor of Laws degree. His first wife was Nathalie Sedgwick, who became a novelist, Colby decided to divorce his wife while he was in Paris in 1928. The divorce was finalized in Reno, Nevada later that year, the marriage apparently was very contentious and Colby felt the need to include in his divorce decree a monthly payment of $1,500.00 to stop Nathalie from ridiculing him in her writings. Less than a later, he married Anne Ahlstrand Ely. When Bainbridge Colby died in 1950, his widow donated much memorabilia to the local library and she never remarried and died in 1963. At the New York state election,1914, Colby ran on the Progressive ticket for U. S, senator from New York, but was defeated by Republican James W. Wadsworth, Jr. At the New York state election,1916, he ran again, this time on the Progressive and Independence League tickets, during World War I, Colby was a member of the United States Shipping Board. Colby was an assistant to the United States Attorney General in an anti-trust action in 1917. Wilson appointed him Secretary of State on March 23,1920, after firing his predecessor, in December 1920, Colby embarked on the battleship Florida for an official goodwill cruise to South America. He served until Wilson left office on March 4,1921, Colby advocated his policies firmly even as Wilson suffered the debilitating side effects of a series of strokes. Colby supported the League of Nations and established a precedent for not recognizing newly-Communist Russia, after leaving office as secretary of state, Colby continued to practice law for the remainder of his career. As an attorney, Colby accepted Woodrow Wilson as a partner after the latters presidency, earlier in his career, Colbys most notable client was Mark Twain. At the time of his death, Colby was the last surviving member of the Wilson Cabinet, aftermath of war, Bainbridge Colby and Wilsonian diplomacy, 1920-1921 Bainbridge Colby at Find a Grave
3. Josiah Dent – Josiah Dent was the third president of the Board of Commissioners of the District of Columbia, serving from 1879 to 1882. Dent was born in Charles County, Maryland, in 1817 and his father was an Episcopal priest who served in a Maryland regiment during the Revolutionary War. He became an attorney in the 1840s and set up a practice in St. Louis, in the following decade, a cholera epidemic broke out in St. Louis, and Dent became a prominent relief worker and organizer. He remained in St. Louis until 1861, when the Civil War began, at time he moved to Washington. The institute was an educational institution for young men who could not otherwise afford college. It became host over its existence to hundreds of male students, in July 1878, President Rutherford B. Hayes appointed Dent as the Democratic commissioner on that board. Dent became president of the board in the year, after the resignation of Seth Ledyard Phelps. During his term as president, Dent was noted for improving the relations between the capital city and the U. S. Treasury. After his term as commissioner expired, Dent lived in Georgetown until 1889 and he was buried in Washingtons Oak Hill Cemetery. In 1900, the Josiah Dent School, named his honor, was built at 2nd and it was operated as a school until 1947 when it was closed due to declinging enrollment. It then served as the DC Department of Educations repair shop until 1978, Josiah Dents Obituary - Washington Post, October 30,1899
4. Morrison C. England Jr. – Morrison Cohen England Jr. is a United States District Judge of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of California. Born in St. Louis, Missouri, England received a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of the Pacific in 1977 and he served in the United States Army Reserve, from 1988 to the present. England was in practice in California from 1983 to 1996. He served as a judge on the Sacramento Superior Court for the State of California from 1996 to 2002, England is a United States District Judge of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of California. England was nominated by President George W. Bush on March 21,2002 and he was confirmed by the United States Senate on August 1,2002, and received his commission on August 2,2002. He served as Chief Judge from May 1,2012 to April 30,2016, peace and Justice Award from the University of the Pacific. England Jr. at the Biographical Directory of Federal Judges, a public domain publication of the Federal Judicial Center
5. Martin Leach-Cross Feldman – Martin Leach-Cross Feldman is a judge on the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana. He was nominated by U. S. President Ronald W. Reagan on September 9,1983 and he was confirmed by the United States Senate on October 4,1983, and received his commission the following day. Feldman was born in St. Louis, Missouri, the son of Joseph, in 1955, he received a Bachelor of Arts from Tulane University in New Orleans, Louisiana, in 1957, a Juris Doctor from Tulane University Law School. He was a member of the Order of the Coif and he was a United States Army JAG Corps Reserve Captain from 1957 to 1963. Feldman served as a law clerk to John Minor Wisdom, U. S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit from 1957 to 1959, Feldman had a private practice in New Orleans from 1959 to 1983. In 1959, he became a member of the fledgling Orleans Parish Republican Executive Committee. He also headed the New Orleans Young Republicans Club and worked in the 1960 campaign for Richard M. Nixon in Louisiana and he worked in the Barry M. Goldwater campaign in 1964, when Goldwater became only the second Republican since Reconstruction to carry Louisiana. Feldman was among seventy-one Jewish delegates and alternates to the convention, in addition to his service on the U. S. District Court in New Orleans, Feldman is one of the judges on the FISA court. On September 3,2014, Feldman issued a ruling upholding Louisianas ban of same-sex marriage, windsor, he was the only district federal judge to uphold a state prohibition against same-sex marriage. Feldman stated, marriage is a concern of state law and policy. For example, must the states permit or recognize a marriage between an aunt and niece, must marriage be limited to only two people. Is such a union same-gender or male-female, all such unions would undeniably be equally committed to love and caring for one another, just like the plaintiffs. Lawyers for the plaintiffs immediately announced plans to appeal the ruling, in January 2015, the case was heard in the Fifth Circuit Appeals Court, alongside cases from Texas and Mississippi. The decision remained unresolved at the time of the June 26th Obergefell decision, following the Supreme Court decision, the appeals court remanded the case back down to Feldman and the district court for a reversal of order ruling in favor of the Louisiana plaintiffs. On June 22,2010, Feldman issued an injunction blocking a six-month moratorium on deep-water offshore drilling in Hornbeck Offshore Services LLC v. Salazar. White House press secretary Robert Gibbs indicated that the Obama administration intended to appeal the decision to the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals. Feldmans 2009 financial disclosure report indicates that he had investments in multiple BlackRock funds, each valued under $15000. Although Blackrock was said to be the largest holder of BP stock, Feldman held stock in Exxon-Mobil during the hearing on the drilling moratorium and from June 8 to June 21, he issued several orders related to the moratorium case
6. Gustavus A. Finkelnburg – Gustavus Adolphus Finkelnburg was a nineteenth-century politician, lawyer and judge from Missouri. Born near Cologne, Germany, Finkelnburg immigrated to the United States with his parents in 1848, settling in St. Charles and he attended St. Charles College and graduated from Cincinnati Law School in 1859. He studied law and was admitted to the bar in 1860, commencing practice in St. Louis, Missouri. During the Civil War, Finkelnburg served as a private in the Union Army and was a member of the Missouri House of Representatives from 1864 to 1868, serving as speaker pro tempore in 1868. Finkelnberg was elected a Republican and later reelected a Liberal Republican to the United States House of Representatives in 1868 and he was also the unsuccessful nominee for Governor or Missouri in the 1876 election. He was formally nominated on December 5,1905, and was confirmed by the United States Senate and he died in Denver, Colorado on May 18,1908 and was interred in Bellefontaine Cemetery in St. Louis, Missouri. Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, retrieved on 2008-02-14 Gustavus A. Finkelnburg. Gustavus A. Finkelnburg at the Biographical Directory of Federal Judges, a public domain publication of the Federal Judicial Center
7. Hamilton Rowan Gamble – Hamilton Gamble was born in Winchester, Virginia, the youngest of seven children of Joseph and Anne Hamilton Gamble, Scots-Irish who immigrated to Virginia in 1784 from northern Ireland. Gamble studied at schools and at age 13 went to Hampden-Sydney College. He read the law with a firm and by 1817 was accepted to the bar in Virginia. In 1818 as a man of 20, he moved to St. Louis, Missouri to join his older brother Archibald Gamble. In 1827, Gamble married Caroline J. Coalter of Columbia and he likely met her when she was visiting St. Louis, as both her brother David Coalter and a sister lived there. Her sister was married to the attorney Edward Bates of St. Louis, Hamilton and Caroline had three children, Hamilton, David, and Mary Coalter Gamble. After practicing in Franklin in the middle of the state, Gamble became prosecuting attorney of the Circuit Court of Howard County, in 1824, Governor Frederick Bates appointed him as Missouri Secretary of State and he moved to the capital, then located at St. Charles, Missouri. When the capital was moved to Jefferson City, Gamble returned to St. Louis in 1826 and he set up a private legal practice there. Although a slaveholder, he defended slaves in court and he became a member of the American Colonization Society, which supported the resettlement of free blacks in Liberia. In 1846, Gamble was elected to the Missouri Supreme Court by the Whig Party and he was quickly elected chief justice, on a rotating term. Though a slaveholder, he dissented in the Missouri Supreme Court decision of the Dred Scott v. Emerson case, Gamble resigned his judgeship in 1855 due to failing health, and in 1858 moved to Pennsylvania. As the secession crisis deepened, Missouri attempted to follow a policy of armed neutrality, in which the state would not support either side in the war, a special election in February established a Missouri Constitutional Convention to determine the relationship between Missouri and the United States. The convention voted against secession and affirmed the states neutrality, the outbreak of hostilities at Fort Sumter led to unrest in Missouri. Secessionists seized the Liberty Arsenal a week later, Governor Claiborne Jackson called up the state militia for drill in St. Louis and to receive some arms clandestinely obtained from the Confederacy. This resulted in a confrontation with the aggressive Union commander Nathaniel Lyon, after a deadly riot ensued, the Missouri legislature authorized the reorganization of the militia into the Missouri State Guard, controlled by the governor. General William Harney reached an agreement with the new Missouri State Guard commander Sterling Price, Lincoln appointed Lyon to replace Harney as commander of the Department of the West. During negotiations among the governor, Lyon, and Price, Lyon would not accept the governors proposed limitations on Federal troops, the meeting ended abruptly with Lyon declaring, This means war. In and hour one of my officers will call for you, as the Missouri government fled into exile Lyon moved rapidly capturing the capitol at Jefferson City, Missouri a few days later in mid-June 1861
8. Roy Winfield Harper – Roy Winfield Harper was a Federal Judge of the United States District Court for the Eastern and Western Districts of Missouri. He was born in Dunklin County, Gibson, Missouri, and died in Saint Louis County, Chesterfield, Roy Winfield Harper was the oldest child of Marvin H. Harper, Sr. and Minnie Belle Brooks. He married Ruth Butt on July 30,1941 in Missouri, daughter of Arthur and his wife was born on December 31,1913 in Mississippi County, Blytheville, Arkansas, and died February 4,2007 in Saint Louis County, Saint Louis, Missouri. A funeral service for Roy Winfield Harper was held at 11,00 a. m, wednesday, February 16,1994 at Ladue Chapel located at 9450 Clayton Road in Saint Louis County, Saint Louis, Missouri. Graveside services were held at 10,00 a. m, Thursday, February 17,1994, at Mount Zion Cemetery in Pemiscot County, Steele, Missouri with Reverend Tom Zych officiating. Burial was on Thursday, February 17,1994 in the Harper burial site at Mount Zion Cemetery in Pemiscot County, Steele, Missouri immediately after the graveside services. 1905 – Born, Gibson, Missouri 1929 – Received A. B. and LL. B. degrees, University of Missouri 1929–1930 – Lawyer for Shell Oil, St. Truman for U. S. He received an appointment from President Harry S Truman on August 7,1947. Harper was formally nominated on November 24,1947, but his term of service end on December 19,1947. Harper received his third and final appointment from Truman on the same day as the second one terminated. Truman formally nominated Harper again on January 13,1949, Harper assumed senior status on January 5,1971, and served in that capacity until his death in 1994 University of Missouri, A. B.1929 University of Missouri School of Law, LL. B. 7 boxes, collection contains case files, printed opinions, correspondence, the collection remained unprocessed as of August 1997. Forrest Smith papers, 1940–1953,6,658 folders,11 vols. and 8 card files, finding aid, spencer papers, 1948–1960,653 folders,9 boxes, and 1 vol. finding aid, restricted, represented. Roy Winfield Harper at the Biographical Directory of Federal Judges, a public domain publication of the Federal Judicial Center
9. Michael A. Hess – Michael Anthony Hess was an Irish-born American lawyer, deputy chief legal counsel and later chief legal counsel to the Republican National Committee in the late 1980s and early 1990s. He was born Anthony Lee to Philomena Lee in Ireland, and spent his first years of life in a convent before being adopted by Marge and Doc Hess of St. Louis, Missouri. Hesss birth mother became pregnant at age 18 at a carnival by a man named John who worked for the post office. She was then sent to the Sean Ross Abbey, a place for unwed mothers, after she gave birth to Hess, she was able to be with her child until she was 22 and he was three while living in the abbey. As was common practice in Ireland at the time, the church sold him to a Catholic family in the United States, Lee did not know where her son was sent by the nuns when she left the abbey after being forced into signing the adoption papers. Hess grew up in the Midwest and was raised in a Catholic family and he graduated from the University of Notre Dame in 1974 and earned a law degree at George Washington University. He made three visits to Ireland to try to find his mother but was unsuccessful in persuading the sisters to divulge any information. He requested that his ashes be buried at the convent where he was born in the hope that his mother would eventually be able to find his grave, Hess never learned who his mother was. He did not publicly acknowledge his homosexuality, particularly in his professional life and he died from complications of AIDS, although this was not mentioned at the memorial service held for him. Hesss partner for the last 15 years of his life was Steve Dahllof. Dahllof credited the book The Lost Child of Philomena Lee with about a three out of 10, in terms of accuracy, while the movie Philomena, in accuracy of spirit, is 10 out of 10. Hess became deputy chief counsel to the Republican National Committee. He was an important figure in the battles of the late 1980s and early 1990s. The programme of forced adoptions by some authorities in Ireland and elsewhere during the 1950s has raised considerable debate. Much of the paperwork relating to program was later destroyed. A film portraying Hesss adoption and his mothers search for him was released in 2013. Michael A. Hess Memorial on Find A Grave
10. John A. Kasson – John Adam Kasson was a nineteenth-century lawyer, politician and diplomat from south-central Iowa. Elected to the U. S. House six times, he interrupted his congressional service to serve in the Diplomatic service in many different capacities. He was born in Charlotte, Vermont on January 11,1822 to John Steele Kasson, Kasson attended local school as a child and later graduated from the University of Vermont in 1842. He studied law and was admitted to the bar, commencing practice in St. Louis and he moved to Des Moines, Iowa in 1857 and commenced practice there. He was a delegate to the Republican National Convention in 1860, in 1861, President Lincoln appointed Kasson as First Assistant Postmaster General, a position he held until August 1862. In 1862 Kasson was elected a Republican to represent Iowas new 5th congressional district in the United States House of Representatives and his district included 22 counties in the southwestern quadrant of Iowa, including the city of Des Moines. He represented that district for two terms, from 1863 to 1867. There, he served as chairman of the United States House Committee on Coinage, Weights, and Measures from 1863 to 1867, during which time the Metric Act of 1866, which he drafted, was passed. He was a commissioner from the United States to the International Postal Congress in Paris, however, in 1866 he lost the Republican nomination to Civil War and Indian Campaign General Grenville M. Dodge. Afterward, he was a commissioner from the United States to negotiate postal conventions with Great Britain, France, Belgium, in 1868 he was elected to the Iowa House of Representatives, where he served until 1872. That year he was returned to the U. S. House to represent Iowas new 7th congressional district and he represented that district in Congress for four years, serving from 1873 to 1877. He did not seek renomination in 1876, even though the New York Times reported that summer that he would have good chances of success as a candidate to become the next Speaker of the House. In 1877 Kasson was appointed Envoy Extraordinary and Minister Plenipotentiary to Austria-Hungary by President Rutherford B, hayes, a position he held until early 1881. At his suggestion, the four dollar Stella pattern coins were minted in 1879 and 1880, in 1880 he ran once again for Congress, again winning the Republican nomination and general election to represent Iowas 7th congressional district in the U. S. House. His final period in Congress ended in 1884, when he was appointed Envoy, legation at Berlin, Germany by President Chester A. Arthur. He served in that position until 1885, when he was named as an envoy to the Congo International Conference in Berlin. He was also an envoy to the Samoan International Conference in 1889. Kasson died in Washington, D. C. on May 18,1910 and was interred in Woodland Cemetery in Des Moines, biographical Directory of the United States Congress
11. Chris Koster – Chris Koster is an American politician and lawyer who served as the 41st Attorney General of Missouri from 2009 to 2017. He was the Democratic nominee for Governor of Missouri in the 2016 election and was defeated by Republican nominee Eric Greitens in the general election, Koster was born and raised in St. Louis, where he attended Saint Louis University High School. He went on to study at the University of Missouri in Columbia where he received his Bachelor of Arts degree in 1987, four years later, he received his juris doctor degree from the University of Missouri School of Law in 1991. Additionally, he earned his master of business administration from Washington University in St. Louis in 2002, before becoming a county prosecuting attorney, Koster practiced law with the Kansas City law firm of Blackwell Sanders from 1993 to 1994. He also served as an Assistant Attorney General for the Office of the Missouri Attorney General from 1991-93, before his election to the Missouri Senate in 2004, Koster served as Prosecuting Attorney of Cass County for 10 years. He was first elected prosecutor in 1994 and was reelected in 1998 and 2002 by wide margins, as prosecutor, he supervised a staff of 20 who enforced Missouri’s criminal laws in Cass County. Additionally, his served as the civil counsel for all non-criminal matters before the county government. During his tenure, Koster supervised litigation in about 20,000 cases and he led investigations into many of Missouri’s most notorious criminal cases, including the investigation against serial killer John E. Robinson. He has developed extensive experience and has argued and won cases before the Missouri Supreme Court. Koster was first elected to the Missouri Senate in 2004 as a Republican and he represented Missouris 31st Senatorial District, which consists of Cass, Johnson, Bates and Vernon counties. During his time in the Missouri General Assembly, Koster played key roles in the debates over stem cell research, tort reform, in 2006, he carried legislation in the Senate that overhauled Missouri’s eminent domain laws. On August 1,2007, Koster made Missouri political history when he announced that he was leaving the Missouri Republican Party to become a Democrat and he said, Today, Republican moderates are all but extinct. Before his change of parties, Koster was chairman of the Republican Caucus, on August 5,2008, Koster narrowly defeated State Representative Margaret Donnelly in the Democratic primary for the nomination for Missouri Attorney General. Koster won despite accusations that his campaign violated state law in raising money from multiple committees and he also survived the disclosure that he played a supporting role in a plagiarism episode that damaged Attorney General William L. Webster’s campaign for governor in 1992. Fresh out of law school, Koster worked for Webster, a Republican and his campaign was not easily won because he had to overcome the label of opportunist as a result of switching parties during the 08 election. He then went on to defeat Republican State Senator Mike Gibbons in the election,52. 83% to 47. 17%. He was sworn in as Attorney General on January 12,2009, Koster is an advocate of the death penalty, and as of July 2013, there were 21 inmates on death row in Missouri whose executions he was pressing the Supreme Court of Missouri to expedite. In 2012, after Kosters staff of 56 moved to a portion of the Broadway Building in Jefferson City, Kosters own office is in the Supreme Court Building
12. Adam Loewy – Adam Loewy is an American attorney. He is a founder of the Loewy Law Firm in Austin, Loewy and his firm represent people in cases involving personal injury or death. Loewy is known for his work on cases which have achieved national recognition including an assault case against MySpace. Loewy grew up in St. Louis and he attended the University of Wisconsin-Madison and graduated from the University of Texas School of Law in 2003. Loewy started his career after working for a firm in Dallas covering corporate bankruptcy cases. In 2005, he founded the Loewy Law Firm, the firms first client was a man from San Angelo, Texas, who was suing the city for police brutality. He has represented victims of drunk driving accidents, police misconduct, Loewy is an active philanthropist in the Austin community. In March 2016, he chaired the annual Momentum Mens Night Out Dinner for the Jewish Federation, in March 2013, he worked with Pets Alive on a fundraiser where the Loewy Law Firm page would donate one dollar for every Facebook like. Loewy is also part of the Presidents Circle of the Livestrong Foundation, in 2006, Loewy represented the family of a fourteen-year-old girl who was sexually assaulted by a nineteen-year-old she had met on MySpace. The family sued the site for $30 million, all claims against the company were dismissed by Texas District Judge Sam Sparks stating that the Communications Decency Act of 1996 removes liability from MySpace regarding age verification. In 2007, Loewy represented the family of Kevin Alexander Brown, Brown was chased and shot by Sergeant Michael Olsen into an apartment complex after a staff member of a nightclub informed Olsen of a possible weapon in Browns possession. Olsen was given an indefinite suspension, Loewy got the family a $1 million settlement in December 2008. In 2009, Loewy represented Yulonda and Nathaniel Sanders, the parents of Nathaniel Sanders II, Sanders was shot and killed by Austin Police Department officer Lenny Quintana. The suit claimed excessive deadly force, an original settlement of $750,000 was rejected by the city council in 2010. Loewy settled the lawsuit for $750,000 in 2011. In November 2013, Loewy filed a lawsuit on behalf of the family of Noe Nino de Rivera against Sheriff Deputy Randy McMillan, Bastrop County, Texas, Rivera was tased while at school by Randy McMillan and Timothy Stalcup. He fell backwards onto a floor and hit his head. Rivera was taken to St. Davids Hospital and treated for a brain hemorrhage through an induced coma that lasted 52 days
13. Emmett McAuliffe – R. Emmett McAuliffe, Jr. is an American intellectual property and entertainment lawyer. He formerly hosted a talk show in Saint Louis, Missouri. McAuliffe is an intellectual property attorney with the law firm of Riezman Berger and he was first admitted to the Missouri bar in 1983. He is the past president of St. Louis Volunteer Lawyers and he is a member of the Missouri Arts Council. He is the lawyer for the Digital Content Exchange, a solution to allow free rein of digital media use by internet users while controlling piracy. McAuliffe retired from his side-career in TV and radio in 2008 to devote time to his other interests including blogging. McAuliffe graduated from Saint Louis Priory School, Wabash College, page at RiezmanBerger law firm Chronicle of a Solution blog Personal blog
14. Frankie Muse Freeman – Freeman was instrumental in creating the Citizens Commission on Civil Rights founded in 1982. She has been an attorney in state and federal courts for nearly sixty years. In 2007, Freeman was inducted in the International Civil Rights Walk of Fame at the Martin Luther King Jr, National Historic Site, Atlanta, Georgia, for her leadership role in the Civil Rights Movement. On Thursday, February 5,2015, President Barack Obama appointed Freeman to serve as a Member of the Commission on Presidential Scholars, born to William Brown Muse and Maude Beatrice Smith Muse, Frankie came from a college-educated family. She grew up in Danville, Virginia where she attended Westmoreland School, at age sixteen, Muse enrolled in her mothers alma mater, Hampton Institute, which she attended between 1933 and 1936. In 1944, she was admitted to Howard University Law School, while a student at Howard Law, Freeman became a member of Epsilon Sigma Iota sorority, the first American legal sorority for women of color. In 1948, after writing to several law firms and not hearing back from them and she began her practice with pro bono, divorce and criminal cases. After two years, Freeman began her work in civil rights when she became legal counsel to the NAACP legal team filed suit against the St. Louis Board of Education in 1949. In 1954, Freeman was the attorney for the landmark NAACP case Davis et al. v. the St. Louis Housing Authority. In March 1964, she was nominated by President Lyndon Johnson as a member of the United States Commission on Civil Rights, on September 15,1964, the Senate approved Freeman’s nomination and she was officially appointed as the first black woman on the civil rights commission. Freeman was subsequently reappointed by presidents Richard Nixon, Gerald Ford and Jimmy Carter and she was appointed as Inspector General for the Community Services Administration during Jimmy Carters Administration in 1979. A year later, the Republican Ronald Reagan was elected president, Freeman returned to St. Louis, where she has practiced law ever since. At age 90, she is practicing law with Montgomery Hollie & Associates, L. L. C. in St. Louis. She has numerous activities, such as adult Sunday school classes at Washington Tabernacle Missionary Baptist Church. She is on the board of the World Affairs Councils of America, St. Louis, with the mission to promote understanding, engagement, relationships, in 2003, she published her memoir, A Song of Faith and Hope. She is past national president of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Incorporated and she turned 100 in November 2016. She is also a member of the United Way of Greater St. Louis, the Metropolitan Zoological Park and Museum District. Freeman has received honorary degrees from institutions including Hampton University, University of Missouri–St
15. Charles Nagel – Charles Nagel was a United States politician and lawyer from St. Louis, Missouri. He was Secretary of Commerce and Labor during President William Howard Tafts administration, Nagel was born on August 9,1849 in Colorado County, Texas, the son of Friedericke and Hermann Nagel. Nagel moved to a school in St. Louis, Missouri, for high school. He graduated with his law degree in 1872, Nagel furthered his education by traveling to Europe and learning political economy at the University of Berlin. Returning to St. Louis in 1873, Nagel joined the state bar and he was a member of the firm Finkelnburg, Nagel and Kirby, and later of Nagel and Kirby. His first foray into politics came when he won election to the Missouri House of Representatives in 1881 and he was president of the St. Louis city council from 1893 to 1897. He also taught at St. Louis Law School and was a member of the Republican National Committee and he was the last person to serve in the post before it was separated to two cabinet positions, Secretary of Commerce and Secretary of Labor. While heading the Department of Commerce and Labor, Nagel made it accessible to the needs of businessmen while also expanding the Bureau of Immigration and Naturalization. Nagel was also a founder of the United States Chamber of Commerce, following his time in the cabinet, Nagel returned to the practice of law, arguing before the Supreme Court three times before his death. He died in St. Louis, Missouri on January 5,1940 and was interred there in Bellefontaine Cemetery, Nagel was married twice, first, in 1876, to Fannie Brandeis, the sister of Louis Dembitz Brandeis, later a Supreme Court justice. She died in 1889 and he married Anne Shepley in 1895 and he had six children, including Charles Nagel, Jr. an architect and curator. Charles Nagel at Find a Grave Charles Nagel at The Political Graveyard Rines, George Edwin, ed. Nagel, Charles
16. Carman A. Newcomb – Carman Adam Newcomb was a nineteenth-century politician, lawyer, judge and marshal from Iowa and Missouri. Born in Mercer, Pennsylvania, Newcomb completed preparatory studies and moved to Kentucky and he later moved to Shreveport, Louisiana, where he studied law and was admitted to the bar. He moved again to West Union, Iowa in 1854 and commenced practicing law and he was judge of the circuit court of Fayette County, Iowa, from 1855 to 1860. At the outbreak of the Civil War, Newcomb served as captain of Company F in the 3rd Iowa Volunteer Infantry Regiment from 1861 until his discharge on account of illness in 1862 and he moved to Vineland, Missouri and resumed practicing law. Afterwards, Newcomb was a United States Marshal for the district of Missouri from 1869 to 1875, was census enumerator of St. Louis, Missouri in 1870. He died in St. Louis on April 6,1902, was cremated at the Missouri Crematory, biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Retrieved on 2008-02-14 Carman A. Newcomb
17. Kevin O'Malley – Kevin Francis OMalley is an American lawyer and diplomat who was the 31st United States Ambassador to Ireland from 2014 to 2017. An Irish American attorney from St. Louis, Missouri, Mr. OMalley was nominated for the post of US Ambassador to Ireland on June 5,2014, by President Barack Obama. OMalley was approved by the Government of Ireland and the United States Senate Committee on Foreign Relations and confirmed by the United States Senate on September 18,2014. He was sworn-in by Vice President of the United States Joe Biden on September 30,2014, OMalley received an A. B. in 1970 from Saint Louis University and J. D. in 1973 from Saint Louis University School of Law. He has been a member of the Democratic Party in Missouri. He was previously an officer in the United States Army Reserve and he has two sons - Brendan and Ryan - with his wife, Dena, and two grandsons. OMalley was a Special Attorney of the Organized Crime and Racketeering Section of the United States Department of Justice in Washington, los Angeles, California and Phoenix, Arizona from 1974 to 1979 and was an Assistant United States Attorney in St. Louis, Missouri from 1979 to 1983. During his tenure as a prosecutor, he received the Distinguished Service Award from the United States Attorney General. He was an instructor for the American Bar Association Central and East European Law Initiative in Moscow, Russia in 1996 and Warsaw. In 1968, he had served as a Community Ambassador in Prague and he is a fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, and a nationally recognised author of a treatise on jury instructions that is used in federal jury trials throughout the United States. He has been chosen by the editors of The Best Lawyers in America for his work in medical negligence defence. OMalley was a lawyer in the Litigation Department at Greensfelder, Hemker & Gale, P. C. in St. Louis, Missouri. In 2013 he received the Award of Honor of The Lawyers Association of St. Louis, on June 5,2014 OMalley was nominated by President Obama for the position of US Ambassador of Ireland. Senator Claire McCaskill, a Democrat from Missouri, immediately threw her support behind OMalley, as did Senator Roy Blunt, the appointment of OMalley was approved by the Irish Government. On July 15,2014 OMalley underwent his first confirmation hearing before the US Senate Committee on Foreign Relations and he was unanimously approved by the committee. On September 18,2014 the US Senate voted on OMalleys appointment, OMalley was then officially appointed by President Obama, and sworn in by Vice President Biden on September 30,2014. He presented his credentials to Irish President Michael D. Higgins on October 8,2014, taking up residency nearby in the Deerfield Residence in the Phoenix Park. ”The Creative Minds Series is a program launched in 2015 by Ambassador O’Malley. The series invites prominent U. S. artists, writers, filmmakers, digital culture innovators and musicians to share their experiences with young Irish students and audiences
18. James H. Peck – James Hawkins Peck was a son of Revolutionary Soldier Adam Peck and his wife Elizabeth Sharkey Peck. He was a United States federal judge on the United States District Court for the District of Missouri and he was the third Judicial officer on whom the United States House of Representatives has passed Articles of Impeachment, though he was acquitted by the United States Senate. Born in Jefferson County, Tennessee, Peck served in the United States Army during the War of 1812 and he later began a private practice in Tennessee until 1818, and in St. Louis, Missouri from 1818 to 1822. On March 29,1822, Peck was nominated by President James Monroe to a new seat on the United States District Court for the District of Missouri created by 3 Stat.653. He was confirmed by the United States Senate On April 5,1822, in response, Lawless posted an anonymous letter rebutting Pecks ruling in another newspaper. Peck had Lawless placed in jail for 24 hours and removed his right to practice in a court for 18 months. Lawless began a crusade against Peck, which included submitting his own memorial for impeachment to the House and this memorial resulted in Impeachment charges before the U. S. House of Representatives. He was impeached by the U. S. House of Representatives on April 24,1830 on a charge of abuse of the contempt power. The U. S. Senate began the trial of Peck on 26 April 1830 and acquitted him of the charge on January 1,1831 and he remained on the bench until his death, in 1836, in Saint Charles, Missouri. James H. Peck at the Biographical Directory of Federal Judges, a public domain publication of the Federal Judicial Center
19. Thomas Caute Reynolds – Thomas Caute Reynolds was Confederate Governor of the divided border-state of Missouri in the American Civil War, following the death of Claiborne Jackson. He had been appointed as Jackson’s Lieutenant Governor, both of them running as Union Democrats in order to get elected, but privately supporting Southern Rights, Jackson fled to Arkansas, and Reynolds became demoralised and went to work in Richmond. The raid finally took place in October 1864, but achieved nothing, Reynolds and he was admitted to the Virginia Bar in 1844 and served as a chargé daffaires in Madrid before moving to St. Louis, Missouri, in 1850. Reynolds was fluent in German, as was his French-born wife, early on in St. Louis, he had good relations with the influential German community. Reynolds, as a proslavery Democrat, lost the support of the German community, Reynolds challenged Brown to a duel in March 1855. This duel never happened, however, as Brown chose the common American Rifle with open sights, round ball not over one ounce, Reynolds refused the terms because his short-sightedness would have put him at a severe disadvantage in making an accurate shot. The public attacks continued and Brown, chafing under Reynolds accusations of cowardice for his manipulation to avoid the original duel, Reynolds chose the more traditional dueling pistols and on August 26,1856, the duel occurred on Bloody Island. Brown was shot in the leg while Reynolds was unscathed, both returned to the political fray and Brown would serve as Governor of Missouri from 1871 to 1873. In 1860, Reynolds was elected as Lieutenant Governor, serving along with Governor Claiborne Jackson, the team, aware of the strong free soil sentiments of important factions of the Missouri electorate, had run as Unionist Democrats. Reynolds was a leader of the secessionists in Missouri. On January 17,1861, he made a speech before the Missouri Senate that led the way to the call for a state convention to consider secession. At the beginning of the Civil War, Missouri adopted a position that it would remain in the Union, all appeared to agree with Reynolds that the best course was to organize the entire state militarily to resist any attempt by Lyons to occupy the state capital. On May 20 Price dispatched Reynolds to Richmond in order to secure a guarantee from Davis to protect the state convention if reconvened. However the next day, Federal authorities under William S. Harney reached an arrangement with Jackson. Reynolds, when he heard about the truce through the newspapers, was upset, unionists such as Frank Blair also opposed the truce, and President Lincoln authorized Blair to overrule the agreement and relieve Harney of command. Harneys successor, Nathaniel Lyon, accompanied by Frank Blair, met with Governor Jackson, Lyon demanded that the state government cooperate in suppressing the Southern rebellion, and that it permit federal military activities beyond the city limits of St. Louis. Jackson and Price left immediately for the capital and the next day Jackson issued a proclamation describing the meeting and calling for fifty thousand volunteers to defend the state. Lyon’s reaction was to move immediately against the forces of Governor Jackson, Davis had his own concerns about the loyalty of Price and Jackson after the truce with Harney and their apparent willingness, based on the June 12 proclamation to resist the Confederacy
20. Tom Rickhoff – Thomas Emmett Rickhoff, known as Tom Rickhoff, is a Republican judge from San Antonio, Texas. He was the probate court judge in the lawsuit against billionaire sports team owner. Rickhoff was born at the Farragut Naval Training Station in Bayview in northern Idaho while his father and his mother was the former Lela Doerr. Leo and Lela married in 1942 and had six other children younger than Tom, John, Lynn, Jim, Gerard, Mike, Leo Rickoff was a trial lawyer for twenty-eight years and a state district court judge in Missouri. Leo and Lela Rickhoff are interred at Resurrection Cemetery in Affton in St. Louis County, Tom Rickhoff was reared in St. Louis but left for Texas to attend college. In 1966, Rickhoff graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in English history from St. Marys University and in 1969 from St. Marys University School of Law, both in San Antonio. From 1969 to 1974, Rickhoff was a captain on active duty in the United States Army and he was a lieutenant colonel in the United States Army Reserve from 1974 to 1993. Rickhoff was admitted to the practice of law in 1969 and was from 1987 to 2000 an associate professor of law at his alma mater, from 1974 to 1977, he was an assistant United States Attorney for the Western District of Texas. In 1978, Rickhoff was elected clerk, the first member of his party to hold countywide office in Bexar County since Reconstruction. For his reforms in the office, Rickhoff was named Politician of the Year in 1979 by the defunct San Antonio Light newspaper and his brother, Republican Gerard C. Gerry Rickhoff, is the current county clerk for Bexar County. In 1981, Republican Governor Bill Clements appointed Rickhoff as the judge of the 289th District Court in San Antonio, three other Republicans, Roy Barrera, Jr. David Peeples, and David Berchelmann, were also elected to state court judgeships in Bexar County in 1982. In 1986, Rickhoff was reelected judge to a second full four-year with 65.5 percent, unopposed for reelection in 1990, Rickhoff left the 289th Court upon his narrow election in 1992 to the Fourth Court of Appeals. He unseated the Democrat Judge Ron Carr,291,643 to 277,248, in 2001, Rickhoff left the appeals court upon his appointment as judge of the Bexar County Probate Court. He was elected in 2002 to the court and has remained there since that time though he faced a tough reelection bid in 2006 from the Democrat Barbara Scharf-Zeldes. Rickhoff collects state retirement from his previous time on the court as well as his $161,492 annual salary on the probate court. In 2014, Rickhoff took off sixty-five days of work, including time for a vacation to Australia, along with Polly Jackson Spencer, Rickhoff is one of two probate judges for Bexar County. There is no limit on how much time off a probate judge can take each year, the woman was outraged over Halls alleged extramarital affair. Rickhoff made the decision based on the wishes of Halls adult children, in February 2015, Judge Rickhoff named former San Antonio Mayor Phil Hardberger and attorney Art Bayern as co-executors of the testamentary trust of Shirley L. Benson, Tom Bensons late wife