Two Associates Recognized for Pro Bono Work; Partner Ike Skelton Receives Spurgeon Smithson Award
On Sept. 18, three Husch Blackwell attorneys were honored at the annual Missouri Bar meeting in Columbia, Mo.: Kansas City Associate Stacey Meyer Bowman received a Pro Bono Publico Award; Springfield Associate Derek A. Ankrom received a Young Lawyers’ Section Pro Bono Publico Award; and Partner and former Congressman Ike Skelton, who works out of our Kansas City and Washington, D.C., offices, received a Spurgeon Smithson Award. In addition, the law firm overall received a YLS Pro Bono Publico Award.
The Pro Bono Publico Awards are presented annually to three people who have rendered outstanding pro bono service to indigent or low-income persons in need of legal assistance. The Missouri Bar Young Lawyer’s Section gives out three Pro Bono Publico Awards as well, with one reserved for an organization or firm that actively encourages its employees and/or members to provide pro bono services.
The Missouri Bar Foundation’s Spurgeon Smithson Award honors Missouri Bar members who have shown outstanding contributions to the administration of justice.
Husch Blackwell encourages its attorneys to serve the community by providing pro bono work. The firm gives full billable-hour credit to its attorneys for time spent on pro bono work and supports various programs where firm offices are located. It is a signatory member of the Pro Bono Institute’s Law Firm Pro Bono Challenge, a national organization that encourages pro bono work in law firms across the country, and in 2012 alone, more than 320 Husch Blackwell attorneys and staff performed more than 19,000 hours of pro bono legal work.