Law Day – 2018
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Law Day – 2018


>>Last weekend, and so for some of
us, there were not nearly the level of experiential opportunities that
we provide the students today. Here, we have a number of
clinical opportunities. One of the ones that is doing amazing
work, for example, is the Veterans’ Clinic. We have served over 90 veterans, bringing in
over a million and a half dollars or better for veterans whose benefits
were denied through the system, and we helped them through the claim system. And so, that’s one of the things I’m
really proud of, is the service we provide for our nation’s veterans, for
our clinical opportunities. We’ve, of course, got the Prosecution Clinic. We’ve got KJ here. We’ve got our Family Violence
Clinic with Mary Beth. We’ve got Jim, our Entrepreneurship Legal
Clinic, run by Director Jim Niemann, which takes startups from
concept to capitalization. Jim, how many entrepreneurs have you helped since the clinic’s founding
in — how many years ago?>>Over 200 in the first three years that we’ve
been in existence, and over 85 businesses.>>Yeah. So this is one of the things
that perhaps distinguishes your law school from when you were here, but it’s not just our
clinical opportunities that help students walk out of a law school ready to practice law. We’ve got great — is Carol Lindland here? Yes, absolutely. Carol Lindland is there in the back. She teaches contract, drafting, and deal
skills courses, and let me tell you, those are the most sought-after
courses in the entire law school. And I have heard students say that they
never had a more practical law school class in their entire career. And so we have a number of
those types of things. Is Ron Apoff here? Ron Apoff has worked with our Innocence Project,
helping those who were wrongfully convicted. As I say, we have a number — Erika
Lietzen is here to be honored tonight, but Erika helps students with
extensive writing experience on –>>The regulation of drugs and licensing.>>– regulation of drugs and license. And one of the things — you know, you’ll hear
more about Erika soon, but one of the things that distinguishes her as a professor is,
she came to us as a partner from Livingston and Burling after — is it 17 years?>>Eighteen years.>>– 18 years of practice experience. And so, she is — she is one of the people
that’s conveying a rich practice experience to our students, so they popped
out ready to walk into your offices and do the work of lawyers from day one. We also have Chuck Henson here. Another thing I’d like to highlight is, we have had extraordinary success this
year with all of our advocacy teams. So Chuck, tell me a little bit — or tell everybody a little bit about
the success for our teams this year.>>Well, we sent approximately 20 students
to competitions, were uniformly successful in both arbitration and our mock trial teams,
and our appellate [inaudible] competed well at the national level, and into a division
that’s in the blood of this school. And we are continuing.>>Yeah. We’re incredibly fortunate to
have Professor Henson spearheading a lot — with the other professors here as well,
spearheading a lot of those efforts to put winning teams on the road. And I am just really proud this year of the —
of what our students have done representing us in state, regional, and national competitions. Our faculty continues to gain in stature, both
in Missouri, nationally, and internationally. Our faculty has 27 — there are 27
tenured and tenure-track faculty. We’ve got five books published this year from
this faculty, which is pretty astonishing, and we’ve got publications
in top legal journals. We’ve had faculty who have
testified in front of Congress. We’re quoted routinely in national media. Our impeachment specialist on the faculty —
[laughter] I don’t think he’s here tonight, but he has a full-time occupation
responding to reporters. And I just have to say, I don’t know what’s
in the water, but in the last 36 hours, I’ve been contacted myself
by five different reporters, four of them involving defamation
cases, which is my specialty. And I’m like — I don’t know what’s going
on here, but this is not — not not-healthy. So our faculty continue a tradition of
excellence, and it’s not just excellence as scholars, but excellence as teachers. I came here — I started my life in a town — an oilfield town in the middle of nowhere
in west Texas, and I was the first person in my family to go to law school,
largely due to a dean that I met in a parking lot at Texas A&M University. So he’d come to talk to the
[inaudible] society, and he had mentioned that they had scholarships for Texans. And this was in a day when
scholarships were rare. I’ll talk about that in just
a minute, but I followed — I don’t know why I had the chutzpah
to think I could follow him out. I followed him out to his car, and said, “Tell
me more about those scholarships for Texans.” But he started a written
correspondence with me, and eventually, that scholarship is what allowed me to
become a professor at the age of 25. And so, I am so happy — I — I want
students to find what they were meant to do in life, whatever that career is. And I’m so happy I get to pay it forward by
helping students, not just as a teacher — which I feel like is my life’s mission — but
as a dean now, helping finance people’s dreams so that they can begin the
career they’re meant to be in. We do — we are quite generous with
the scholarship assistance we provide. It’s not like when you went to law school,
because a majority of our students, 72.4% last year, received some
form of scholarship assistance. And so, I will tell you — those of you who
are practicing lawyers, if people are coming into your office and they say,
“Should I go to law school?” I want you to say to them —
and this is absolutely truthful. There’s never been a better
time to go to law school, because there’s never been
more assistance available for talented students to go to law school. And that opens doors for them, so they can
consider any career they want without thinking, you know, too much about their debt burden. Another piece of what we’re
doing for students — I’m really proud of our financial
counselor, Jeff Turnbull. I don’t believe he’s here tonight, but he
and Michelle Heck, our admissions director, have been key architects of what
we call the thrifty budget plan. Through that plan, which is basically advising
students how the choices they make now can reduce their debt burden down the line, we’ve been able to reduce the debt
burden in the last five years by 32%. We were recently named one of —
this was based on old numbers. We were named one of the top
25 law schools in the country for low debt burden coming out of law school. Based on the numbers we have now, we should
be in the top 10, easily, very easily. And so that’s something I’m
really, really proud of. I love state schools. I went to Texas A&M, University of Texas. I had a stint at Cambridge University, too. That’s the only exception, but
that was free, too [laughter]. So I am a huge believer in the mission of state
universities and flagship public universities to train the next generation of leaders in
an affordable way, and to make opportunities for students who might not have them. So I’m proud to say we are still doing that,
and one of the reasons we’re here tonight is to honor our grads, who [inaudible] on
and have had some amazing accomplishments. So I don’t want to speak too long. We’ve got a lot — a big program tonight. Please just know that your law school continues to have excellent faculty who
care deeply about mentoring. This is a relatively small law
school, relative to what I’m used to. My entering class in law
school was 550 students. Our entering class was 92. I spent most of my career at a law school
where the entering class was over 300. And so, one of the reasons I came is
because I wanted to be at a law school where I could eventually know every
student, and I’m so glad I did. And I think most of our faculty
here are here for the same reason. Even our nationally and internationally-renowned
scholars are spending immense amounts of time investing in the future
alumni of this university. So I hope those of you who are here
will talk to some of our students, find out what their experiences are now, and
as I said, I don’t want to take too long. But the future of your law school is very
bright, and we’re so glad you’re here. We want you to be back as often as
you can, and share your experiences with the next generation of Tiger lawyers. So, thank you. So I’m going to go on. [ Applause ] So, Law Day is where we honor some
of the most outstanding individuals who have distinguished our law
school and the legal profession by their careers and their many accomplishments. We’re going to begin with the Citation of Merit, which is the highest alumni award
bestowed by the school of law. With this award, we recognize
the accomplishments and service that the recipients have
performed for the legal profession, their communities, and the law school. And I am very proud and glad to say that our first awardee is Anita
Estell of the class of 1986. And she will be introduced by one of
those professors that you may know, who has dedicated his life to being an
incredible mentor to generations and generations of students, and making a
difference in their lives. And so that, of course, would be
Assistant Dean Emeritus Bob Bailey, a member of the class of ’79. [ Applause ]>>Good evening. As the Dean said, we have a lengthy program, and Lynn Beiler is a recent-hired
event planner for us. And she told me — I showed her my
speech, and it was about 12 minutes long. And she said — [inaudible], and she
said, “You have three minutes or less.” And so I pared it down, and I’m going
to do it in three minutes or less. But it doesn’t do justice to the person
that I’m about to introduce to you. But let’s set the stage. Anita Estell grew up in Decatur, Illinois,
in a household with a divorced mom who raised five older brothers,
Anita, and a younger sister. In 1979, the year that I graduated from
law school and started teaching here, Anita arrived at the University
of Missouri for rush, and checked into her dorm
with her pen pal roommate. She’d been communicating
with a pen pal roommate. They greeted each other, and everything
was going fine until the father walks in. And the father, after delivering a racial
epithet, said, “This can’t happen.” And he immediately got the dorm manager, and
the dorm manager came back a few minutes later and said, “Anita, I’ve found another room
for you and an African-American roommate. So pack your bags, and we’ll take you down.” And Anita said to the dorm
manager, “I’m staying here. If you find a room for her, that’s fine.” So the first thing I want
to tell you about Anita is that she is very confident, and very assertive. Second, Anita attended rush, and she had been
told in high school that joining a sorority at MU would be a great way to meet
friends and fellow classmates. So Anita traipses from the dorm
over to [inaudible], and walks in, and there are 900 white smiling faces. Anita was the first African-American
woman to rush on this campus. Now, this caused a lot of consternation
on campus, and there were lots of opinions, most of them not favorable. But Anita said, “Look, I came here to rush. I’m going to go through the process.” So she went through the process. She persisted, and didn’t get a bid. But the second characteristic I
want to tell you about Anita is that this is a woman who
has great gumption and grit. So she finishes her undergraduate degree
in journalism, which she came here for, and then she decides to come to law school. First generation in law school,
not an easy chore. It was not an easy time in law school,
and — but, once again, she persisted, she prevailed, and she graduated. And she moved to Washington,
D.C. to start her career. She began on Capitol Hill with the
House Appropriations Committee. Then she moved to President
Clinton’s transition team. Then she became Special Assistant to
the Department of Education Secretary. She knew what she wanted to do was she wanted
to be inculcated into the culture of Washington, D.C. politics, because she
knew that she was going to become a lobbyist, and that’s what she did. She learned the legislative ropes in Washington,
D.C., and she starts a lobbying career. So the next characteristic I want to tell
you about is that Anita has always been eager to learn, and she’s always been
willing to accept new challenges. So Anita began her career as a
lobbyist in Washington, D.C., and what a fabulous career it has been, which
is why we in fact are honoring her this evening. Today, she’s President and
CEO of The Estell Group, a bipartisan full-service government
affairs and relations firm. She is the first African-American woman
to head a Washington, D.C. lobbying firm, and in Washington, D.C. — Lyrissa
and I were just in Washington, D.C., and had lunch with Lyrissa
— I mean, with Anita. And I can tell you that she genuinely
is regarded as one of the top lobbyists in Washington, D.C. If I could do my 12-minute
speech, I would tell you all the things that she had lobbied for, but suffice it to
say, she’s really brought in billions of dollars for the organizations that she works for. So the next characteristic
is that she’s a pioneer. She’s a leader, and she’s
someone who forges new paths. So, finally, as I said, about two weeks
ago, I was in Washington, D.C. with my wife, and Lyrissa, and they’d never met Anita. And afterwards, they all said
to me, “What a force of nature!” And she is. She has abundant, boundless energy. She has a passion for what she does,
and she has a high degree of compassion. She’s heavily involved in community
building through the Rosa — for Rosa Parks — the Rosa
PAC for Women’s Health. She established an organization called
CELIE, which stands for Civic Engagement and Learning Institute for Everyone, where
she’s going to be doing civic engagement in Washington, D.C. and throughout the country. And she started another program
called XXtra-Special, and it’s two Xs. Why two Xs? The women in the audience should
know why there are two Xs, for XXtra-Special, and it’s
XXtra-Special and Free. And it’s a public affairs and media company. This is a woman with boundless energy. So, we are proud today that Anita is a member of
our sorority/fraternity, the legal profession, and we are equally proud to recognize
her for her many accomplishments with this year’s Citation of Merit. [ Applause ]>>Knocked me off my feet,
Bob Bailey [laughter]. I love that man. I love you, too. Giving thanks to Jehovah-jireh, the Almighty,
Creator of all that is good and perfect, and from Whom all blessings flow. Thank you. Thank you. First of all, thank you — Bob recruited
me, so he has to say good things [laughter]. I was a journalism student raising hell on
campus, and he said, “Come on over here.” And I got over here, and made
a whole bunch of mistakes. He said, “Oh, Lord.” But it turned out okay. And he and Lyrissa — I love you so much. I’m so glad to see a woman as dean here. Let’s give her — [ Applause ] — love all deans, but I really love you,
Dean Lyrissa, and I’m going to work with you. We’re going to do some real good. I want to give thanks to my parents,
my mother and my father, and my family, and my town that I grew up in,
and my church, and all the people who helped me along the way in this school. There’s been so many professors who taught me, and I saw Professor Fisher
earlier, and Dean — so many people. I want to say thank you for
the students who are here, who are going to be inducted
into the Order of the Coif. I got into — no, no, that’s a long story, but
I made it in — among your brethren, sisters. Congratulations to you. That is a huge, huge honor. I see the next Supreme Court — member of the
Supreme Court here in Missouri, Judge Hardwick. I have no idea why the state did not put
her in, but I know everybody in this town, or in this room, will work in the
future to make sure she gets that seat, and I’m going to tell you why in a minute. I want to congratulate her husband and her. They’re both longstanding friends for
many, many years, and Lisa and I were in journalism school about the same time. And we still see each other periodically,
and it’s just a wonderful thing. She’s a wonderful lady, and she
deserves to be on the Supreme Court. I am a person who’s unabashed about the
truth, and I speak it as often as possible, but it’s always my version [laughter]. I know one man’s truth is another
man’s lie, so that treasure and — trash and treasure, is [inaudible]. I also want to acknowledge
the parents of Lisa and Herb. Lisa Hardwick, I love you, and Lisa was
just such a special force on this campus as an undergraduate, leading
the way for so many. And you did a great job with her and her sister,
whom I met, and I just want to say thank you for the great work in raising
her, beautiful woman she is. And her — will you stand up, please? [ Applause ]>>One thing, young lady. Our name is White.>>I’m sorry [laughter]>>I meant White. I’m sorry.>>I won’t mind until when I get home. I want my wife to understand
that you did say White.>>I did say — [laughter] did say White. Just a long story. Look, I’ve been up since 2:30
this morning, east coast time. My apologies, but — White, I’m sorry [laughter]
is — Hardwick-White — it’s not Hardwick now? [Laughter] Lisa — [laughter] mother, and she
makes the best sweet potato pies in the world. That’s all I’ll say. So that is lovely. But it’s so important, because without
our parents, none of us would be here. And black parents had it harder. And when you’re raising a black child, and a
black woman-child, you got to pour a whole bunch of love and confidence in
order for us to make it. It’s not easy down here. It’s not easy down here. And the reality is, I’m getting
the highest award tonight, and I say I have the shortest bio. I have a two-page bio. All right? I’ve done the Merger and
Acquisition Global Deal of the Year. Oh, yes, I have, $21.6 billion,
SoftBank acquired Sprint. I’m not just a goody-goody two-shoes
out here not making any money. Okay? I just don’t want to
brag about this all over town. I’ve been there, done that. I can do whatever I want now. I’m free. I’m free, and I’m a businessperson. So if you want to see the long bio, I’m happy to
share it, but this is the point I want to make. Black women — the National Association
of Law Placement released a report on diversity inclusion, and
Kansas City ranks as the lowest — as the city with the lowest
number of black partners in the United States of America,
with .81% — .81! I was a partner at Polsinelli for eight years. I know what the issues are. “The New York Times Magazine” just
published a report that in it — that states that it’s the experiences
of black women that are causing them to have low-birth-weight
babies, have their babies die, and there are serious mother
mortality, prenatal issues here, even with educating on flu on black women. The disparity between white women births and black women’s births is
greater now than it was in 1850. Sheryl Sandberg, Leanin.org, and Mckinsey
Company have issued a report looking at all women in the corporate pipeline. We come in from law school, and these
other programs in great numbers. We never see the C-suite. It’s not a glass ceiling issue. It’s a leaking pipe issue. So to the men and women in
this room, you’re going to — you’re running a school with black women now. You’re going to go out into
the labor force with them. Keep your eye on them. Help them. We’ve got to build some systems here to really
work with black women as well as other groups, to make sure that they excel, but black women
are having the hardest time of any group in any profession anywhere in the United
States of America, with the exception of public-funded professions, like education. And if you think about the new
series Shonda Rhimes does, again, “For The People,” it’s a lovely show. Have you all seen it? I love it. The actor, Jasmin Savoy-Brown — right? Really great program talking about
public defenders and prosecutors, young lawyers speaking out,
and I’ve talked about it. It makes a lot of sense for diverse lawyers — sure, there are plenty of jobs in the public
sector, but it’s the private sector that’s so resistant to promoting diverse lawyers. They’re doing well with Asians, but with black
women and black men, they’re not doing so well. So I’m not here to complain. I’m just here to say, life is good,
but we still have some more work to do. That’s why I’m not on a leash right now. You know, it’s for each of us. I think that’s why I love Bob, and he loves me. Because as long as there’s work
to do, we’re going to do it, no matter what we’ve [inaudible]. So what I want to say — I’m
so humbled by this award. I don’t know if I deserve it, and I don’t even
know if I deserve all of you, and knowing you, and all of you who poured love into me here. But I’m here to say, I appreciate
you, and I thank you. But in giving you that essence of
gratitude, I am also here to work with you. Let’s join arms. Let’s link arms. Let’s hold hands, and let’s look
forward into an estate, a community, and a nation that is more inclusive, and more
healthy, and more safe for all Americans. We still have a lot of work to do, and just because you’re a lawyer working 80
hours a week doesn’t mean you can’t take time to do the right thing for all people. For all people. Because we’re all one people. In God’s eyes, there is no black and white. There is no rich and poor. There is none. So, this is what I’ve decided
to do, just this moment. I am going to sponsor a student [inaudible]
who’s already a recipient of a scholarship that I have here, named after my
mother, Flora Estell Scholarship Fund. Do you have one named after your mom yet?>>Not yet [laughter].>>Oh, [laughter] you don’t
want — you want one? [Laughter] Work on that. So I have a scholarship named after my
mother, who was a cook and a housekeeper, picked cotton in Mississippi,
and had a second-grade education. That’s my mama, and [inaudible]
is the recipient. And I have been working with Senator
Schumer’s office in Washington to place more diverse talent in the U.S.A. I am
going to take her resume, and I will go give it to his office, and CELIE — CELIE will get
you — Leadership Institute for Everyone — we are launching a scholarship program for
women of color this summer in Washington, D.C. We’ll be engaging women in Stoneman
College, and we’ll also be engaging a student from the University of Missouri School of Law. And we’ll be developing other programs to
ensure that these women, who are so talented — I cannot tell you the level of stress,
and discomfort, and courage it takes as a black woman to get up every
day and say, “You can do it.” And that’s why my faith is so strong,
because but for the grace of God, I don’t know if I could’ve always succeeded. And so I’m truly thankful, but I know He
gives us the boat, and we have to row. But at this point, it’s time for us
who have so much to give to those who are most at risk of being left behind. Thank you so much for this. [ Applause ]>>Thank you so much, Anita. Our second recipient of the Citation of
Merit is David Steelman of the class of 1978. He is a current resident of the
University of Missouri’s Board of Curators, and he will be introduced by
his classmate, Thomas Hearne. [ Applause ]>>My name is Tom Hearne. I’m an attorney in Springfield. I am also the honoree’s brother-in-law
[laughter]. He had good judgment to marry my sister about
30 years ago, and she is obviously a woman with great patience [laughter] and an
unusual capacity to forgive [laughter]. And the reason why I am here is, about five
weeks ago, I received a forwarded e-mail from Mr. Steelman which in pertinent part said,
“Hey, you must find someone to introduce you at the Law Day Awards Ceremony,
no more than four minutes.” Now, I don’t know where I
rank on Mr. Steelman’s list — [laughter] or how many rejections he may
have received before he got down to me. Or whether he had any acquaintances
who would agree to speak for four minutes on any topic at any time. But, whatever the reason, I’m honored to
be here and to introduce Mr. Steelman. I first met David 43 years ago
on our first day in law school. Those that know David now would be surprised
that the David of 43 years ago was quiet, kept to himself, seldom had much to
say, and, well, was just kind of boring. [ Laughter ] What have the years wrought? Now, as — now, he has opinions, both informed
and ill-informed — doesn’t often matter — on virtually every subject matter, which he
willingly shares, and shares, and shares. Thanksgiving at the Steelman household
is getting to be very, very long. He’s no longer boring, at least according to
“The Missouri Times,” which ran an article that said Steelman was, quote, “one of
the 10 most fascinating people of 2015.” Somehow, I missed that [laughter]. The author of the article
also opined that David was — and I quote again, “one of the only people
affiliated with the university system with any practical sense of
state politics,” end quote. Now, that article was published
anonymously [laughter]. Dave, I’m very suspicious about the
identity of the author, who remains nameless, and whether he could be among us tonight. [ Laughter ] Dave is a worthy recipient
of the Citation of Merit. After graduating number one in his law school
class, he took over his father’s practice, and [inaudible] while being involved in some
of the most complex concomitant litigation. Over the years, he has never
lost the common touch. David is always willing to pick up the
cause of the defenseless or the oppressed. He served three terms in the legislature. He was its youngest minority
[inaudible] court leader at the age of 27. He almost beat another alumnus of this school,
Jay Nixon, in a run for attorney general in 1992, and after serving the University of
Missouri in many capacities, the governor — Governor Jay Nixon appointed
him to the Board of Curators. Governor Nixon, of course,
was an alumnus here, 1981. His father was an alumnus here in ’50, who
attended law school with David’s father, who was alumnus in 1952, and with my dad,
who graduated law school here in 1950. If one of the purposes of this law school
and Law Day is to transmit a love and respect for the law to succeeding generations,
the Steelman clan is exhibit number one. His father, Dorman, was one of the
best-known and well-respected — most well-respected lawyer/judges
of his generation. Dave’s sister, Debbie, daughter
Amanda, son Sam, graduate of 2017, and future daughter-in-law Courtney,
graduate 2017, are also lawyers. So, as you can see, law, this law school, and family tradition are
exemplified in tonight’s honoree. And my four minutes, or maybe a little
more, are over, so I would like to introduce to you the recipient of the 2018
Citation of Merit, David Steelman. [ Applause ]>>I’d like to exhibit my poor
judgment on my choice of [laughter]. You know, some of you think that I asked him
to introduce me because he’s my brother-in-law. Actually, Tom has 40 years of representing
felons and arsonists [laughter]. More than suited [laughter]. I’ve got to say, I’m very, very —
we are so happy to have Dean Lidsky. I mean, she’s just doing a tremendous job. And to Tom and I, what we really like are
your — is your expertise in defamation law. Tom’s handled some of the groundbreaking
defamation cases in this state, and Tom and I have handled a lot, too. We have a real simple way to teach our students. You do not grant motions to
dismiss in defamation law, and despite what pecuniary law’s rules
— big words, okay, but — [laughter]. You all remember them, right? The — I’m very honored to have the class of
’78 — Tom, of course, but some of my friends and classmates — we haven’t
kept in touch enough. I got to talk about it a little bit. Ken Baker is back here. Ken, I really am — I’m seriously
honored that you came. Ken’s dad was on the Board of Curators, and, in
fact, I think, received this award in the past. And Ken was the best football player,
and basketball player, and athlete, and he had the best dating
skills [laughter] in law school. Tom Sodergren, who’s a distinguished
at Polk County. Tom was the class cartoonist. He would do brilliant cartoons of all of
the professors as they gave their lectures, and nobody ever saw him take a note. But — [laughter]. And then, my friend David Limbaugh is here. David, of course, is a — to show you
my skills, David is a renowned author, seller of — how many bestsellers?>>I mean, like, three.>>Come on. A whole bunch of bestsellers
by David Limbaugh — what you all don’t know, I
was David’s first editor. When — while in law school
— this is a true story. I was an editor. I did his case note. I was his editor, and after I
edited this future bestseller, he gave up writing for 30 years [laughter].>>[Inaudible] my successes [laughter].>>You know, it — I want to
say this about public education. You said it best, and we forget this. And we forget how broad the experience is,
and I appreciate so much what you had to say. And it is not just the generations. It’s not your generation. It’s the generation before,
and it’s the generations after. A little story about my life — when I
was here at 12, my grandparents had moved to the big [inaudible], and when
we got — this big, new house. And when we got to that new house,
we drove down south of Welch’s Cave, and if the water was up, we
would ford the Current River. And the — we’d go to their house, and it was
their big, new house, because it had floors. We had one room to all stay in, because it
had a stove, one of those wood-burning stoves. That’s how we kept warm at night, and we
had the — didn’t have indoor plumbing. We had the outhouse, and we had
the pump that you had to prime, which was how we would get our running water. And the point I’m trying to make, though, is
the University of Missouri, and the University of Missouri Law School not only gave my
father and his generation a chance to do more, become a judge, lawyer, but really everything
I have is because of public education. He wasn’t going to go to an east coast school. He wasn’t going to go out of Missouri, and
he went to Missouri because he wanted to, and because they gave him the opportunity to go. And so, everything I have now is right here. Sarah — the saint, Sarah — Saint Sarah, and
my family, all — and Amanda is a lawyer, too. Amanda went to LSU, though. We don’t talk. But everything is because this university, this
law school, gave my father this opportunity. It’s not just us. Ted, your dad went to this law school. David, your dad –>>Yeah.>>– and your uncle, and your
grandfather went to this law school. And Colin, your family played football here. And we know what it means, and why tradition is
so important, and why we have these traditions. And you said it so well. It is not this generation,
or the next generation. It is a culture and a history of change. You know, it interests me — what — Ted’s
best friend was the only African-American that graduated in our class, Mel Skecher. Remember? And so, that shows,
one, how far we had to come, but as you pointed out, we
have a long way to go. So it is just such an honor for me to be here,
not for me, but for my friends in the class of ’78, for my family, for my future family
— Courtney, who is the student representative on the Board of Curators, and
a student here, even today, and needs to get her date set for the wedding. [ Laughter ] But –>>I thought you were going to say graduation.>>The wedding set — I cannot tell
you all how much I appreciate it. I can’t tell you guys how much I
appreciate you making it to this. I really do appreciate it, and David, I’m sorry
for all of those red marks on that first — [laughter] you’d have three
times as many bestsellers if I hadn’t have been your
professor and first editor. The university matters, and what we do with the law school matters,
and the practice of law matters. I want to say this about the practice of law. I don’t think it’s understood well, what
it really is, and that’s our own fault. I will tell you, I think there is a big
difference between being a hired gun or a mercenary, and prostituting our beliefs,
and sometimes I think we in the law forget that. It is important that we understand not just
critical thinking, but ethical thinking, and despite what people say,
it is that ethical thinking — it is that understanding
that we are constrained, and there are lines that we can’t go past. And there are things that we
don’t do, and we understand why. It’s because we represent people. We represent real people, and we
owe it to them in our obligations as lawyers not to cross those lines. And that ethical thinking is something,
frankly, I think the world needs more of, and I think our practice, our
business needs a little more of. And I want to say this, too,
and I’m very serious about this. I’m so happy one of the honorees
tonight is Elijah Haahr, who is going to be the speaker next year. And it’s been a while since we’ve
had a Mizzou law grad as speaker, and I think that that is important. Now, I will say this about Elijah Haahr. If — here’s what bothers me, though. So I’m talking to Elijah about the class of ’78,
and he points out he was born in ’82 [laughter]. So — but, you know, my son
Michael was saying this today, and I think this is what lawyers remember. And I think this is what you’ll remember
as speaker, and all of us remember. What we do is, we always seek the truth. We always seek the truth. We may not agree, but we always seek the truth,
and we try to treat each other with dignity. And, again, we may not accomplish that
all the time, but that is the tradition of this university and this law school. And I am so proud of the honor,
and I appreciate all of you. [ Applause ] [ Inaudible Speaker ]>>Bob Bailey, once again,
going to bail us all out.>>We need to get pictures of
the plaque, so that — over here. [ Inaudible Speakers ]>>Thank you.>>Thank you.>>Our next award is the Distinguished
Recent Graduate Award, which is presented to an outstanding alumnus who has
graduated within the past 10 years. I bet you know who it’s going to be now. It’s the one born in ’82. This year’s Distinguished Recent
Graduate, Representative Elijah Haahr, will be introduced by Professor Thom Lambert. [ Applause ]>>I have to say, this is
— this is good for my soul. I have long been a fan of David
Steelman and the whole Steelman clan, and I am now a giant clan of Anita Estell. And I’m really proud to be
affiliated with this institution. You do some great stuff,
have some wonderful people. I am also a giant fan of Elijah Haahr,
a 2008 graduate of our law school, the current Speaker Pro Tem of the Missouri
legislature, and soon to be, most likely, Speaker of the House of Representative
of the Missouri legislature. Elijah was in the first — no, second contracts
class I taught in 2005, and this morning, in preparation for this, Casey Baker and I
pulled up the face sheets from that class. And I saw Elijah wearing a t-shirt that can only
be described as super-geeky [laughter] on it, and it had a little skull patch — [laughter]
somewhat unfortunate facial hair [laughter]. And Casey Baker said to me, “Would you have
ever thought that guy would be the Speaker?” [Laughter] And really, over the course
of the day, I realized, you know what? I would have. I actually would have. Let me tell you why. Elijah’s very smart. He was a good student. He was constantly prepared for class. He’s a very articulate communicator. He asks good questions, both
in and out of class. He’s a good thinker. Elijah is really willing
to do a lot of drudge work. Right? Just, the horrible stuff, and I know
this because he was the editor-in-chief of “The Missouri Environmental Law and
Policy Review,” for which I was the advisor, and they have to do some really tough stuff. Journal work is no fun. I always refer to it as like Tom
Sawyer, going to whitewash the fence. You convince people that it’s an
honor to do this [laughter] ask you, and then they get the job,
and realize it’s terrible. But at the time, Elijah just did a bang-up job. He had no problems with the journal. I was most impressed. He was a hard worker. He could do some stuff [inaudible]. I knew that he was very interested in
policy, and he’s very committed to the State of Missouri, and particularly the
southwest of Missouri, from which he hails. I know this — I knew this
because we took a road trip to St. Louis together to see Justice Scalia. Scalia gave a talk at the
Missouri Athletic Club, and we went together, along
with his wife — now-wife. I didn’t know at the time that you
two were an item, but — [laughter]. And on the ride down, we talked
extensively about policy — not politics, but actual policy ideas. It was really stimulating,
fantastic, very engaged mind. And Elijah, you know, told me, “I don’t want
to be a lawyer that makes a lot of money. That’s not what I’m about. I’m about serving my community. I love this place. I want to make it better.” Now, there are a lot of law students
who are smart, and articulate, and willing to do work that’s no
fun, and interested in policy, and concerned about their community. So that is not enough to suggest to me that
this guy would be a successful politician. The reason I knew that he would be a successful
politician is because I learned on this trip, or soon after, that Elijah
is a camera hog [laughter]. Until recently, there was a photo in the
sub-plaza of the law school of Elijah, and Justice Antonin Scalia, and
one half of Professor Lambert. [ Laughter ]>>Hogged that camera, and denied
me my opportunity to have a photo with Justice Antonin Scalia, and
I’ll never get that opportunity now. In the fall, I got to go to the President’s
Tailgate, which was very exciting for me, and I get nervous when I meet important people. I don’t meet that many important people,
but I was going to meet the President of the University of Missouri
system for the first time. So I wanted to have a little, you
know, something to talk about with him, and the only thing I knew about him that I thought was worth discussing
is that he likes cowboy boots. So I thought, okay, we’re going
to talk about cowboy boots. I’ve got this all planned. So I go to the tailgate, and I
stick my hand out to meet Mun Choi, the president of the university system. I introduce myself. Thom Lambert, I’m a law professor. And he goes, “Oh, Professor
Lambert, you know Elijah Haahr.” And then we talked for the next
15 minutes about Elijah Haahr, didn’t get to talk about cowboy boots. We did talk about Elijah Haahr. So, in preparation for this, I e-mailed Mun
Choi, and asked him, you know, should I — do you want to say anything about
— so here’s what he had to say. He said, “As a state representative, Elijah
has been instrumental in restoring the budget for public higher education, which
benefits the University of Missouri. University leaders appreciate his partnership
around collaborative efforts in Springfield for the university, specifically the
school of medicine clinical campus, which helps the university to
deliver upon the state’s needs, produce more physicians for southwest Missouri.” Mun says, “This speaks to his commitment
to workforce and economic development for the state, and we also appreciate his
commitment to access and affordability for Missouri students who wish
to pursue higher education.” Then he goes on, and on, and says, “You
could tell them that he’s a product of public higher education, and a big believer
in [inaudible] institutions, et cetera.” I won’t do that, because I
think that’s pretty obvious. But I do want to thank you, Elijah, on behalf
of the University of Missouri Law School, the University of Missouri system, and
the citizens of Missouri who benefit from what we offer the state, and
you’re helping us offer the state. We want to thank you for that,
and we are very proud of you. [ Applause ]>>Thank you to Professor Lambert, and to all
the other people that are awarded tonight. I actually was realizing that I — I came
up today that I have not been to a Law Day since I was a student, and I didn’t really
know I was supposed to say anything tonight. And so I started thinking about the university, and what it was about the
university law school here that equipped me to end up in the legislature. And it’s interesting because I
was reading David Steelman’s bio, and he was the youngest legislative
leader that was elected at the time when he became the [inaudible]
leader at 20 years old. Next year, when I become the Speaker of
the House, I’ll be the youngest speaker in state history, both West Mizzou law grads. And so, what is it about this
university that equips people to serve in the public space like that? And I just look back on my
experience in law school here — I got to be a part of so many unique
opportunities here, one of which — you know, I was a member of the
first LL [inaudible] courts, get to listen to [inaudible], and we went
down to the capitol — constantly doing that. I was involved in the moot court, mock
trial, [inaudible] that case — space — in fact, I think I was the student
that went to the faculty and said, “We don’t actually have an arbitration team. I’d like to have an arbitration team.” I went to Dean Bailey, and
he got that off the ground. First, we had to — we actually had two
teams, and they both won the regional, were both national, and it’s
been going ever since then. But it’s also, as much as anything,
the people that you surround yourself, and that you get to experience as colleagues. My class of 2008, when I graduated — there are
eight members of that class that actually work in the capitol right now, three of which
were elected as state representatives. Several of them work as staff. Some work as lobbyists, and that’s an experience
— you know, when I was graduating college, looking at going to law school, I
looked at schools all over the country, and had scholarships to go
to several out of state. But kind of knew I wanted to move back
to Springfield and try, at some point, to be involved in public service, and
everybody said, “If you ever want to do anything in politics in Missouri, the
best place that you can learn that skill is the University
of Missouri law school.” And that’s why I came here, and serving with
people like Gail Jones and Robert Rao, who, in fact — this is an interesting story. We elect a speaker a year and a half early,
and so you actually have a speaker-in-waiting. And the person — one of the people that
I’m running against to be the next Speaker of the House was Robert Rao, who
also was a 2008 Mizzou law grad. It’s a unique opportunity to be here,
and it’s a unique proving ground for what you get to do in the capitol. The last way that it uniquely equips you is — when the dean was talking about we have
one professor that had been asked a lot about impeachment lately, Professor
Bowden was also my professor in evidence. So I’ve got all the equipment
I need to serve in the capitol. So — [laughter] I appreciate the
opportunity here, and I appreciate this award. And I cannot say enough what an honor
it is to receive it from the school, and what an honor it was
to graduate [inaudible]. Thank you. [ Applause ] [ Inaudible Speaker ]>>Congratulations.>>So the law school annually recognizes an
individual who’s not a graduate of the school, but who has distinguished himself or herself within the legal profession,
including legal education. This year, we are delighted to present the
award to Professor Emeritus Pete Davis, and he will be introduced by his long-time
colleague, Professor Emeritus Joe Fitch. [ Applause ]>>Three minutes, huh? Or I had four, maybe. Pete and I have a long history together. We [inaudible] our own thing — contemporaries. We’re the same age. We came to Missouri Law School
in 1970, at the same time. We formally retired at the same time, and we
both did some adjunct teaching after that. He’s held out a good year longer than I
have, but I’m really proud to introduce him. The theme here is distinguished,
and let’s start with a student. He was a distinguished student. He got a B.A. in physics from Haverford College. He went to University of Wisconsin
Law School, and managed to get through law review and Order of Coif. He was a Fulbright Scholar after law
school at Australia National University in Canberra, studying Australian water law. He was an associate for a year in a patent
with trademarks forum in District of Columbia, then was a research attorney in the Wisconsin
office of the United States Department of Agriculture while he was
working on his research doctorate, SJD doctorate of science of jurisprudence. And his thesis was Australian water law. He has been a distinguished teacher. After his arrival, he introduced
11 new courses that — into the curriculum in the applied subject
area, a couple in environmental law, a couple in national resource law,
four intellectual property courses, a couple of transportation law
courses — he’s a train man, too. Got to know that. And one in land use controls. And nine of these are still being taught. The trains [laughter]. He has been a teacher — a
distinguished teacher and lecturer abroad. He taught for a semester at the University
of Auckland in Australia in 1982. He participated in the NU London Law Program,
and he gave — in 1992, I think, or 1990 — a series of lectures in China on — at a couple
of different institutions on environmental law. He’s a distinguished scholar. Forty-odd law review articles, mostly in water
law, still being consulted by the Australians on their water law [laughter], and so on. Five chapters and updates in a
treatise on water and water rights, and he’s distinguished himself
in public service. He’s been a member of the Columbia
Planning and Zoning Commission. For eight years, he was a member, and is current on the Railroad Advisory
Board — trains [laughter]. And he has a couple of various serious
hobbies, and if you ever go to his home and go up above his garage,
and see what he has in the way of model railroads, you will be stunned. And he’s also a photographer. I think maybe I have made this in the allotted
time, but I can tell you that I’m very honored to have been asked to introduce him. He is definitely worthy of this award. [ Applause ]>>Thanks, Bill. I was quite surprised when I learned
that I was going to be given this award, and it reminds me that in 1993,
Missouri Supreme Court decided the case of Heins v. Missouri Highway
and Transportation Commission. Now, that case means nothing to most of you,
but it changed the law of drainage in Missouri. Prior to that time, we followed
what’s called the common enemy rule, which means a landowner can shove
water onto someone else’s land for a reasonable economic
purpose without liability, regardless of the consequences on the neighbor. And this court decided that
that was an unfair rule, and adopted a comparative reasonableness rule. Where did they get that idea? Well, they quoted research cases going back
to 1906 in Vermont, I suppose, but that, I don’t believe, is what happened. One of my students in water law in
the early ’90s was Roselle Parks. She started law school after she was our senior
administrative assistant for a number of years, was a very good student, and she became clerk
to Judge Price on the Missouri Supreme Court. Judge Price told me, afterwards,
that she researched the whole area of drainage law as background for the court. I don’t know what they got in the
lawyers’ briefs, but the end result was that the court switched rules to
the comparative reasonableness rule, something I’d been talking
about in class since 1970. And so, I would say that our
attempts as faculty members to engage in law reform [inaudible] was successful. That’s one of the things that we do. We also try to interest our students in various
legal questions, to give them [inaudible] to love the law, and certainly Roselle
Parks exemplified that as well. Another thing we do as faculty is do a lot
of research in areas that are of interest, and as you know, water law is my
interest, started out in Australia. Why did I study Australian
irrigation law [inaudible]? My mentor, Professor Boyschner
at Wisconsin says, “Pete, we don’t know anything about
Australian water law.” And he was right. There was a five-page law review
article in the prior 50 years, and Fulbrighters are supposed
to go do original research. So I went. I did it, and the Australians have
been consulting my works ever since. Now, I was certainly not the
only one to be starting research at that time, but I was one of the major ones. And if you want to look at my thesis,
it’s in the library [laughter]. It’s 50 years old now, but we do research. And this 25-year project of
compiling and analyzing lists of all American cases involving the common
law theories of nuisance, negligence, [inaudible] liability in water
pollution cases is unique, I believe, and certainly the water law [inaudible]. I’ve been maintaining that
list now for 25 years. That, too, is research, but it’s
also service to the profession. And so, I have greatly enjoyed doing
what I have done for the last 47 years. It’s much the same sort of thing that all
my colleagues are doing and have done, and I think it contributes to
the improvement of society. Thank you very much. [ Applause ]>>Okay, the law school created our
Entrepreneurship Award to recognize alumni who have demonstrated excellence
in the area of entrepreneurship. This award builds on a new area of emphasis for
the law school, the foundation for which is laid by our Center for Study of Intellectual
Property and Entrepreneurship, and our Entrepreneurship Legal Clinic. This year, we present this award for only the
third time, to Herbert Hardwick of the class of 1989, and he will be introduced by his
wife, The Honorable Lisa White-Hardwick of the Missouri Court of
Appeals for the Western District. [ Applause ]>>Good evening.>>Good evening.>>Good evening.>>Before I talk about Herb, I
have to talk about my friend Anita. And if you’ve ever met Anita,
you will never forget it. She is, indeed, a force of nature. She takes a room by storm, and yet, she
still goes about her work fairly quietly. I feel like I come upon her,
and all the things that — what she’s been doing, because I
haven’t necessarily heard about them. But she is a — she’s a true force, and I want
to thank her for her leadership, her courage, and the voice that she gives to
issues that often [inaudible] service, and she has a way of bringing them
out, putting them on the table.>>Thank you for that. [ Applause ]>>As someone who has known Herb
Hardwick for about 47 years, I’m here to provide an up-close view
of a man who truly views the law, or who truly used his law degree as a
launching pad for success in the business world. One thing you need to know about Herb — he does not look at the world the way
most lawyers do, or even most people do. Most of us would look at a piece of paper with a
square drawn in the middle of it and see a box. Herb would look at that same piece of paper
and see something completely different. The square would be almost irrelevant, because he would notice all
of the empty space around it. He would focus on the freedom to imagine
the possibilities outside the box without structural limitations. That perspective on life is what almost
kept him from pursuing a law degree, but it also caused him to take
advantage of opportunities that many of his peers never considered. As a stand-out football player at Kansas
City’s Southeast High School in the late 1970s, Herb might’ve been a prime candidate
for the Big Eight, or Big 10 schools, but he had his sights set on the Ivy League
schools, and he wound up at Dartmouth College in the far reaches of Hanover, New Hampshire. After college, he was working as an analyst
and a banker with big firms in New York City, but he was more intrigued with his mother’s
home-based business, known as Joyce’s Pies. And we already heard about
the sweet potato pies. So in 1984, he returned home to Kansas City
and moved business from his mom’s kitchen into a commercial setting, where he
served as order-taker, baker’s assistant, [inaudible] person and chief strategist. Ups and downs in the family enterprise
taught him two valuable lessons. Mom knows best, and managing cash flow
is the key to a successful business. So when Herb and I got married 32 years ago,
Joyce’s Pies was in a transitional stage. I hinted that it might be a good
time for him to get a law degree. He imagined himself a better fit for business
school, but I used his out-of-the-box thinking to argue that legal skills would give him a
competitive advantage in the business world. He bought in, but vowed that
he would never, ever, in all caps, bold, practice law [laughter]. That vow lasted about one year before he
accepted summer internships at two law firms. He quickly embraced the practice
of law as a wide-open playing field that would not limit his entrepreneurial spirit. From there, he was off and running. Two years out of law school, he
opened The Hardwick Law Firm. He started out solo, doing real
estate and municipal finance, but soon invited an experienced bond
lawyer, Jean Matzeder, to his partner. Twenty-seven years later, with 14 employees,
and a footprint covering 10 states, The Hardwick Law Firm is a leading
boutique firm known for its expertise in public project financing, real estate
development, transportation, and corporate law. In addition to practicing law, Herb
has been involved in community banking for the past 20 years as an investor
and organizer of four bank acquisitions. His most recent success was with
a small bank in Goff, Kansas. Herb formed an investment group and a management
team to transition the bank to Overland Park, renamed it as Merit Bank, and grew
it from a $4 million loan portfolio to one of more than $100 million. In 2016, “The Kansas City Business
Journal” recognized Merit Bank as one of the fastest-growing companies
in the metro area. Big banks took notice, and
[inaudible] to acquire the stock. Serving as chairman of the board of
both the holding company and the bank, Herb steered the group towards a very
profitable sale of the entity last year. Now, the group is working on their next bank
acquisition, and Herb has accepted an invitation to serve on the advisory council of The
Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City. I could go on, and tell you that
Herb’s a terrific father to two sons, a highly-acclaimed Sunday school teacher
at St. James United Methodist Church, a curator at Lincoln University, and the
current chair of the [inaudible] Sales Tax Board in Kansas City, but I don’t want
to steal any more of his thunder. So just say, I am an extremely proud wife
who’s happy to introduce you to Herb Hardwick, as recipient of the 2018 Entrepreneurship Award. [ Applause ]>>It’s hard being married
to a rock star [laughter]. I’m extremely gratified and
grateful to be before you today. I’m overwhelmed that the university would
select me to be an Entrepreneur of the Year, given the many talented lawyers that
have come through this great university. But be that as it is, I humbly accept it. I’m very, very grateful, and
I just need to say a couple of things about the law school experience. Lisa is absolutely correct. I had no intentions of being a lawyer — a practicing lawyer, but I did
recognize the value of a law degree. I recognized the value because from
the time I was four or five years old, my mother told me I would
be a lawyer or a doctor. That’s it [laughter]. After I opted out of the six-year program
at UNKC, then law school it became, but I still [inaudible] that it was a place
to utilize the skills in a traditional manner. When I came here, when I applied — it’s so ironic today to be on
the podium with Professor Davis, who was one of my law school professors
that I learned a great deal from. Rob Adams, who was one of my big brothers — he
didn’t know that, but I always looked up to him. I thought he was tremendous. He shared a lot of great information with me, and helped me to do some things
while I was here at the law school. And then, of course, Bob Bailey — we should
call him a prophet, for the things that he does with students, and other people in terms of
encouraging them, and bringing them along. The Entrepreneurship Award is important
for a couple reasons, for my [inaudible]. One, it acknowledges the hard work, and
definitely the investment that many people in my life — my loved ones, and my mother, my
uncles and aunts, my cousins, my [inaudible], my father-in-law — the investments
that they taught and invested early on, from the time I was very young to
the time I had become an adult man. But for their encouragement, as Anita pointed
out, and guidance, my mother teaching me how to dream, I would not have been on this path. So I think it’s very, very important
that when you have an opportunity, that you recognize why a body such
as this, to acknowledge the people who made a difference in your life. And they have made a difference, and
they continue to make a difference. The other thing I think is noteworthy is that,
to be an entrepreneur requires certain skills and gifts, and it took me a long time
to kind of come to terms with that. When I would say I wanted
to — I was 24 years old, and I was sitting in a bank for Joyce’s Pie. I went to go get a loan, and the banker,
who was the president of the bank says — we were kind of — just kind of talk,
and as an aside, he says, “So, Herbert, what do you want to do besides
grow Joyce’s Pies?” And I said, “I want to sit in your seat.” And he started laughing. He says, “What do you mean?” He says, “You want to be a bank president?” I said, “No, I’d like to own a bank.” And he kind of looked at me,
and he was kind of puzzled. And he says, “You’re kidding me, right?” I said, “No, I’m not kidding you at all.” And it was kind of an odd
thing for a 24-year-old to say, but I kind of thought in those terms. So he probably said to himself
— he says, “This is a young guy. What does he know about banking? He’s African-American. What does he know about banking? How could he ever do that?” Well, just because there
were doubters along the way, not only in terms of building a law
practice, but building a banking — a venture [inaudible], that never deterred
me, because I always felt that, one, God gave me the ability and
the vision to do this. I feel that it’s part of
my mission to do what I do. And then the other thing that’s really important
to me is that, when you have opportunities like this — and I think this
is true for all the lawyers, and all the leaders in the
room — you are a symbol. And I feel like in a lot of ways that
I’ve become a symbol for young people, to encourage them to say, “You can do
those things that have not been done. You can walk those paths that
people have never walked. You can do those things that people
have doubted that you could do.” So my life’s mission is to demonstrate, first
for my children, and then for other children, that you can do and be whatever you
want to be in this great country. Despite all of its shortcomings,
and all of the things that occur, it’s still a land of opportunity, and
you must have the vision, the heart, and the courage to take advantage of those
opportunities that may come your way. And so I believe that the University of
Missouri afforded me that opportunity, and for that, I am forever grateful. For the education that I have, the opportunities
that have come about, the things I’ve been able to do for my family, and equally important,
the things I’ve been able to do for others. If God is willing, I’m going to make
that scholarship for my mother — [ Laughter ] — hopefully be productive and
make a difference for others. Thank you. [ Applause ]>>It is now my privilege to present
the Judge Louis F. Cottey Advocacy Award to a very determined student. Judge Cottey served the people of the State
of Missouri from his graduation in 1931 until his retirement from The
First Judicial Circuit in 1979. Judge Cottey was an exceptional
attorney and person. He was a lawyer’s lawyer, and a judge’s judge. We’re very grateful to Judge Cottey’s family
and friends for establishing this award to recognize a student who has
excelled in written and oral advocacy. This year’s recipient is Sarah Rowan, a second-year law student
from Bellville, Illinois. Sarah graduated from West Virginia University
with a bachelor’s degree in biology. She has volunteered extensively in her time
at the law school, earning the recognition of the 1L Top Pro Bono Achiever Award. In addition to juggling classes
and volunteer opportunities, she also serves as a teaching assistant for
legal research and writing, and advocacy and research, for Professor Ann
Alexanderof the class of 2008. After classes in the summer, she will work as a summer associate at
Thompson Coburn in St. Louis. Please join me in congratulating Sarah. [ Applause ] [ Applause ]>>So, annually, three awards are presented
to faculty members for their accomplishments in the major areas by which we judge all
faculty, teaching, legal scholarship, and service to the profession and the public. Our first award is the Husch Blackwell
Distinguished Faculty Achievement Award, which was established in 1980 by
alumni and friends of the law school in the Kansas City firm whose
name the award bears. If we have any members of the firm here
with us today, I would ask them to stand so that we could thank them
for this wonderful gift. We have any Husch Blackwell
lawyers here with us? So the Husch Blackwell Award honors the
faculty member who has distinguished herself in teaching the substantive skills
necessarily for our students to become outstanding legal practitioners. The awardee is recommended to the team by the
Editorial Board of the Missouri Law Review. This year’s recipient of the Husch
Blackwell Award is Professor Erika Lietzen. Erika brings a wealth of knowledge about
real-world practice to the classroom. Before joining the law school, she
was in private practice for 18 years, including eight years as partner at
Covington and Burling in Washington, D.C. Erika researches, writes, and teaches primarily
in the areas of food and drug regulation, intellectual property, and administrative law. She’s been involved in every major
amendment to the FDCA between 1997 and 2014, and has been deeply immersed in the development of the Biologics Price Competition
and Innovation Act of 2010. But that does not completely
explain why Erika was selected by The Law Review for a teaching award. To do that, I will give you the words of
a student in her administrative law class. Here’s what the student said. “She’s one of the best professors
at this school. Her mastery of the course
and ability to translate it for the uninitiated is proof enough of that. She’s a really, really great teacher.” Please join me in congratulating
Erika as the 2018 recipient of the Husch Blackwell Distinguished
Faculty Achievement Award. [ Applause ] Our next award is the Shook, Hardy &
Bacon LLP Excellence in Research Award. This award was established
in 1993 by alumni and friends in the Kansas City firm bearing its
name, and is presented each year to the full-time faculty member who —
faculty members who demonstrate excellence in research based on public
articles from the preceding year. The recipients are selected by the
dean upon advice and recommendation of a committee consisting of law school faculty
and members of the firm of Shook, Hardy & Bacon. I would ask any members of Shook Hardy who are
present today to stand so we can recognize you and your firm before I present this award. Do we have any Shook Hardy — [ Applause ]>>And Lisa –>>So we have — yeah, we have a —
we have a number of Shook Hardy folks. Thank you so much for this. We always have an incredible number of
outstanding faculty submissions for this award, and our first awardee tonight
is Professor Thom Lambert. And he is recognized for his book, “How
to Regulate, a Guide for Policy Makers,” which was published by Cambridge University
in — Cambridge University Press in 2017. Thom’s book has received accolades from some
recognizable names in the legal profession. Cass Sunstein, who is a professor at
Harvard, and is a former administrator for The White House Office of
Information and Regulatory Affairs, said, “This may well be the best guide
ever to the regulatory state. It’s brilliant, sharp, witty, and even handy. And it’s so full of insights that it counts as a
major contribution to both theory and practice. Indispensable reading for policy makers all
over the world, and also for teachers, students, and all those interested in what
the shouting is really about.” Douglas Ginsberg, Chief Judge of the U.S.
Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, said, “The title notwithstanding,
this book will be valuable for all policy [inaudible],
not just policymakers. It provides an organized and rigorous
framework for analyzing whether and how inevitably-imperfect
regulation is likely to improve upon inevitably-imperfect
market outcomes.” Thom’s scholarship focuses on anti-trust,
corporate, and regulatory matters. He’s an award-winning teacher and
scholar, and he’s received the Shook, Hardy & Bacon LLP Excellence
in Research Award twice in the past for his outstanding scholarship. Please join me in recognizing Professor
Thom Lambert as one of our 2018 recipients of the Shook, Hardy & Bacon
Excellence in Research Award. [ Applause ] Our second awardee, Professor Amy Schmitz, is recognized for her new
book, written with Colin Rule. Her book is called “The New
Handshake, Online Dispute Resolution and the Future of Consumer Protection.” It was published by The American
Bar Association in 2017. Amy’s book was reviewed by F. Peter
Phillips, an arbitrator and mediator, who practices through Business
Conflict Management, LLC, New Jersey. In his review of her book, he said, “These
are timely, innovative, and creative ideas, and it’s a refreshing reminder that the law
follows and seldom incites human endeavors. New developments in trade relationships
come without means of the market. And when the market undergoes fundamental
reshaping, such as the multi-jurisdictional, multi-legal, cross-cultural, clickable
world of the temporary online retail, we lawyers are fortunate to have people
like Amy Schmitz and Colin Rule to point us to leaders and encourage us to follow.” Amy focuses her research on online dispute
resolution in varied exchange contexts, with special focus on consumer claims and
means for consumers to obtain remedies. She is often in the [inaudible] on
topics related to consumer protection, consumer arbitration, and contracting behavior,
and she’s also actively involved in outreach, including production of a consumer
film, “Fine Print Foils,” and management of a nonprofit consumer outreach
website and app, My Consumer Tips. Please join me in recognizing Professor
Amy Schmitz as one of the 2018 recipients of the Shook, Hardy & Bacon
Excellence in Research Award. [ Applause ] Our third faculty award is the Loyd E.
Roberts Prize, which was established by the friends and family of Mr. Loyd Roberts. It’s awarded to the faculty member who’s
gave his most significant contribution to improving the administration of justice
within Missouri, nationally, or internationally. This year, this award is presented to
Professor David English for his leadership within the legal profession, in particular
for his efforts in national law reform. Few American law professors have contributed
to the public and the legal profession as profoundly as Professor David English. Through his work as Uniform Law Commissioner,
and a member of The Joint Editorial Board for Uniform Trust and Estate Acts, David has
participated significantly in the drafting of dozens of uniform and model laws
on the subject of trusts and estates. This includes the influential Uniform Probate
Code, which has been enacted in its entirety in 16 states, and in part
in numerous other states. David has also served with distinction
in numerous leadership positions within The American Bar Association Real
Property, Trust, and Estate Cross-Session, and will serve that session during the next year
as its chair, the first law professor to serve as chair of the session in decades. His extensive service to the field further
helps to enrich his excellent classroom teaching in his courses on trust and estates,
estate planning, and elder law. Please join me in recognizing
David as this year’s recipient of the Loyd E. Roberts Memorial Prize
in the Administration of Justice. [ Applause ] Our next order of business is the initiation of
new members to the Missouri chapter of The Order of the Coif, which has been
in existence since 1906. Of the 204 law schools accredited
by The American Bar Association, only 86 have been granted
chapters of Order of the Coif. We’re quite proud of this distinction,
and of our newest initiates. Today, I turn the floor over to Professor
Dennis Crouch to initiate an outstanding group of — excuse me — 2017 graduates. [ Applause ]>>Thank you very much. As President of the Missouri
Chapter of the Order of the Coif, I call this meeting to session. Tonight, we have one order of business, and
that is to initiate the 2017 new initiates. I am so glad . For the most of the students who are
former students who are sitting here today, I remember them four years
ago in my property law class, and most of them today are clerking
for The Missouri Supreme Court. These are the top of the top in this country. They are future leaders, both for the State of
Missouri, for our country, and for the world. I’m very happy to have this honor tonight. We’ll just begin and introduce —
first, we have Bradley Thomas Craigmile [ Applause ]>>Here you go.>>Thank you.>>Natten Rhodes Davis. [ Applause ]>>Hold onto that. Thank you. Kalen D. Catur. [ Applause ]>>I have that effect on cameras. [ Laughter ]>>Sorry [laughter].>>All right [inaudible].>>Thank you.>>Ellen N. Henry-Young. [ Applause ] Ryan Matthew Persha. [ Applause ] And Brooke M. Wheelwright. [ Applause ]>>Maybe we should reshoot
one without the glasses.>>Yeah.>>Suppose?>>Sorry [laughter].>>You wouldn’t like the first [inaudible]. Thank you.>>Great. We’ve got — there are four students
who couldn’t be here tonight, former graduates. Ethan Charles Duckworth, Ricky D. Flaeger, Ryan Christopher Thompson,
and Elizabeth Barnes-Wiles. Thank you so much. [ Applause ]>>In addition to those students
who have just been initiated, the law school is allowed
each year to induct a graduate as an honorary member of Order of the Coif. Our inductee is a person who has
distinguished herself within the profession, within her community, and
on behalf of her alma mater. To introduce this year’s inductee,
Melodie Powell of the class of 1981, I ask her classmate, Jean-Paul
Bradshaw, to come forward. [ Applause ]>>When my good friend, Melodie, asked me
to introduce her for the Order of the Coif, I thought maybe you actually had to
be a member to introduce [laughter], and I [laughter] associate dean
[laughter] invest the order four years ago. But alas, I find that’s not the chase. Melodie just chose poorly. You know, it’s really nice to be here tonight,
because I look at this group of people, some of whom I know, some of whom
I’m getting to know, and watch, and it’s really an incredibly statement
about, you know, the folks that come through the law school, and
about people like Bob Bailey. And if you’ve done this — anybody younger than
me and David has thanked, in some fashion, law, and it’s people like — well,
I started to say people like — I’m not sure there is anyone quite like you. People like Bob who make this school special, and the result of what you see
up here are people like that. So it’s really neat, and Melodie fits in
perfectly with the folks that you’ve seen and honored for so many other things. We met — it occurred to me as I was getting
ready for this that it is exactly 40 years ago that we were finished undergrad here
at the university, and entering — starting in the fall at the law school. Mel and I — Melodie and I both went undergrad
here, both active in a lot of the same things, but somehow really didn’t know
one another as undergrads. And so you come to law school, and back then,
the schools with the classes were just starting to have women more and more in the class. That’s still a relatively small
group, compared to what it is today. And as I look back on it, you
know, it never stood out to us that Melodie was [inaudible] the women
in our class were, in fact, women, in the sense that they fit right in. And I think it’s because they had to be a
little stronger, and they were not intimidated by being in a fairly small number. And that certainly wasn’t the case for Melodie. You will see when she gets up
here, she is not a large person. She’s diminutive physically, not imposing, and yet she always manages
to get her way [laughter]. When you hear her speak — now, keep
in mind, she grew up down in Saxton, and she has that southeast Missouri soft drawl. When we go to — we sometimes travel
to SEC [inaudible] interpreter, if you’ve never watched her [laughter]. She can talk the language of sports. But somehow, that combination — you
know, we discovered very early in class that it was better just to do what she wanted,
because that’s ultimately what was going to happen, no matter if we resist or not. She — we spent — there were several of us
that — in Jefferson City, between our second and third year in law school, and Melodie
was working in the Attorney General’s office. While the rest of us were busy, you know,
planning the softball game we were going to play in that night, or that sort of thing, she was either, A, sitting in the back
calculating everyone’s softball statistics, or B, more likely, getting ready and actually
doing the work of the Attorney General’s office. Because what happened between
the second and third year was that the AG’s office discovered
she was quite talented. And while the rest of us were
doing our pretend arguments and trial practice during our third year, she actually argued a case in
The Missouri Supreme Court. There’s a whole lot of lawyers who go
their whole career and don’t argue cases in Missouri Supreme Court, and she
did it while we were still in class. And I — through the law school, a couple
of years ago, another young lawyer — young law student argued a
case, and in the transcript, it was published that she
was the first one to do that. That’s still on there. Melodie, to my knowledge, was the first one to
do that, and that’s a pretty impressive task. And so, to no surprise, the Attorney General’s
office — John Ashcroft, at that time — hired her, and that was very good for them. She argued cases in all of the
courts of appeal around the state, represented agencies and did her work. Most probably, importantly,
met her husband, Jerry, who has been so much a part of her success. Jerry did not go to the University of Missouri. He went to Missouri State in law, then went out
to the east coast to Washington [inaudible], and — but, I would say, probably more for
the university than 99% of the graduates, because he’s been there with Melodie. Because what happened as she
practiced law and moved on — in the AG’s office, there was somewhat of a scandal involving something
called The Second Injury Fund. A lot of people don’t know
that that even exists, and it’s a part of the worker’s
compensation law. They had to clean that up, and they
asked Melodie to be the one to do that. So she took on the task in the Attorney
General’s office, cleaning up how they had dealt with the fund, and that led
her into her practice of law. So when they moved to Kansas City, she
continued to practice worker’s compensation law, recently became an administrative law judge
dealing with worker’s compensation cases. During that period of time, though, became
a true passion, and that is this university. Aside from sitting on the Board of Curators, I think she’s held every other single
position you can hold at the university, and most of the time, she’s
been in charge of it. She’s been President of the
National Alumni Association. She’s held every office you can have in the local alumni association,
working her way up to that. She’s been a trustee for the Jefferson Club. She was one of the founders of The Griffith
Society, which is a society dedicated to mentoring women in leadership roles. So she was one of the ones who founded
that, and one of the co-chairs for that. But then, the most impressive thing — and
she’s — like I said, she’s held leadership, and a position, and I think everything
you can do at the university. But the most impressive thing is the
mentoring she has done with students that come through the Student Alumni Association, or
— she refers to them fondly as her kids. And I think, you know, her kids, when they
pass through Kansas City, and they need a place to stay, stay and go, and she and
Jerry let them sleep on the floor — or better places, if they’re
available [laughter]. But they sleep on the floor. They feed them. They take care of them. They treat them like family. We all have a tailgate, by the way, the best
tailgate you’ll experience in [inaudible], and you can experience — Melodie runs
it, so you know it’s going to be good. But those kids come by there. And now, some of the kids that she took
care of actually have kids of their own. She has adopted this university. She has taken care of this university. She has devoted her life to this university,
and it’s because of people like that that we are able to enjoy the
successes that we have had. And I’d be remiss in not mentioning that
she served on the Casting Election Board. She was appointed by Governor
Blunt, but then she was reappointed by Governor Nixon, our classmate. And she served as chairman of that, and
I would note that the Kansas City Board, during her time, has an excellent record,
maybe better than comparative boards of other parts of the state [laughter]. That’s through her leadership as well. Finally, I will mention she’s
an excellent French cook. I’ve experience that myself. If you ever go to the — to either Tiger Ball or
the Alumni Association dinners in Kansas City, she and Jerry auction off a dinner. Take advantage of that, and get it. She might play the French horn for you,
or the cello, both of which she plays because she doesn’t have
enough else to do [laughter]. So she truly is one of the most
exceptional people I’ve ever met in my life. She’s well-deserving of this honor,
so I introduce to you Melodie Powell. [ Applause ]>>Thanks, Jean, very much
for the kind introduction. That’s probably the nicest things
he’s ever said about me [laughter]. I also want to thank you and
Dianne for coming out tonight from Kansas City to share the day with me. Many thanks to the law school. I don’t know who’s responsible for this. I was very surprised and overwhelmed when
Dean Lidsky contacted me a few weeks ago, asking if I would accept this year’s
Honorary Initiate for the Order of the Coif. When I looked back through the program
tonight, I realized that my mentor, Dick Wyler, was the recipient of this award in 1998,
and Jerry, I don’t know if you remember, but we all came to the ceremony
that evening to support Dick. To be included in the same group as
Dick Wyler is extremely special to me. So I am deeply appreciate and
very humbled by the award. I’m not one of those kids that grew
up always wanting to be a lawyer. My parents were educators. I had no family lineage of attorneys. I wasn’t exactly sure what my future would be,
but all I knew was I wanted to major in French. So I came to Mizzou. I had a great undergraduate experience,
both academically and socially, but sometime during my junior year,
this little thought popped into my head. And that thought was, what in the world
am I going to do with a French degree? [Laughter] My parents didn’t
discourage me from entering in French, but I — it finally dawned on me. What am I going to do with this? So I was convinced I needed to continue my
education at the graduate or professional level. So I researched advanced degrees in French. I researched an MBA, and I
researched the legal career. I decided that’s where I needed to be. But the only place I wanted to go
was the University of Missouri. Thankfully, I was accepted. Pursuing a law degree was a very good decision. The education I received here at practicing
law prepared me to think critically, analyze all issues, and ask questions to support any position I would
have to take on behalf of a client. The professors I had, from Dean Covington,
to Bill Fish, to Tim Hines, to Jim Devine, and many, many more, were
outstanding scholars and teachers who wanted each and every student to succeed. Dean Lidsky and our current professors
continue that commitment to students today. My experience has been all
litigation-oriented, initially for several years at the appellant level, and thanks
to my Mizzou law school education, I have never had a brief stricken or
failure to incorrectly write [inaudible]. And then, at the administrative
[inaudible] level, with many cases [inaudible]
worker’s compensation, and now, just three weeks old, as a
judge hearing those cases. What I want to convey to the alums
tonight, and to the students that are here, is four of the five positions I’ve held in the 37 years I’ve practiced law were attained
directly or indirectly through Mizzou alumni, either former classmates, friends
of former classmates, or judges. Here at Mizzou, we always talk of [inaudible]
success and maintaining connections through their graduates — the Mizzou
Mafia, if they still call it that. I would argue that Mizzou law grads do an
equally good or better job in nurturing and maintaining these important connections. So all of you, remember that when you
are looking for a job, when you’re moving to a new area, or when someone calls you asking
about opportunities for Mizzou law grads. Again, my heartfelt thanks for this
Honorary Initiate Order of the Coif Award. I am truly, truly honored. Thank you very much. [ Applause ]>>The law school is also proud to have a
chapter of The Order of Barristers, and this, too, is a select national organization, and it honors outstanding law
student and alumni activists. At MU, it’s our students themselves
who, through the Board of Advocates, run our advocacy competitions, and they do
a splendid job of this across many local, regional, and national competitions. The 2018 initiates into The Order
of Barristers will be recognized at next year’s Law Day ceremony. Tonight, we recognize the one graduate
who serves as our Honorary Inductee into The Order of Barristers this year. This individual models the
art and skill of advocacy for students every day in his own practice. I ask Phil Allmeier of the
class of 1984 to come forward to introduce this year’s honorary
inductee, Robert Adams of the class of 1987. [ Applause ]>>So I’m here to introduce a
Missouri graduate [inaudible] lawyer who really needs no introduction. And after all, what can I tell you about Robert
Adams that you haven’t read about him already, except maybe to tell you most of it is true? Robert — I don’t know why and how he decided
to go to law school, but he had that role model. His father, as many of you may know,
practiced law for 50 years in Kansas City, was a Missouri grad who got lost on his way
to law school and ended up at KU [laughter]. Robert returned the favor. He started at KU, and then
found his way to Missouri to get some education eventually [laughter]. But before he was 40, Robert was the
recipient of the Lon Hodger Award, and I’m going to read the — what
the committee says about that award, so you know I’m not making it up. The Lon Hodger Award is given to three
young lawyers under the age of 40, members of the Missouri bar, who are lawyers
who exemplify the qualities of a trial lawyer, including professionalism
and high ethical conduct. The recipients are chosen based on their
demonstrated balance between zealousness and honor, strength and courtesy,
confidence and respect. They must possess a quick wit
in the courtroom supported by meticulous preparation
in the pursuit of truth. Robert was awarded the Lon Hodger
award in 1997, and it would be wrong if you said that he peaked too soon. Because since then, he’s done nothing
but continue to exemplify each of those qualities in everything that he’s done. He’s a member of The American
College of Trial Lawyers. He was named Dean of the Bar by the Metropolitan
— The Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association, Missouri Lawyer of the Year
by “Missouri Lawyers Weekly.” He’s been on — a perennial member of a
list of successful and respected lawyers, and they’re assembled each year to recognize
people nationally, such as The Chambers List, The Best Lawyers in America,
and The [inaudible] List. And he’s done all of that, and he’s created
that resume while being probably one of the most modest and unselfish
lawyers you’d ever want to meet. In a profession that fills conference
rooms and courtrooms with people who think they’re the smartest people in
the room, Rob Adams would never presuppose or presume to tell you he’s the smartest
person in the room, even when he is. But even this evening, unless his
son, Henry, who’s [inaudible], I don’t think Robert really [inaudible]
that he’s the smartest animals in the room. But having said that, I’m fairly sure
there’s nobody in the room who knows more about the relationship between chicken feces and groundwater contamination
[laughter], or the lack thereof. There’s probably no one in the room who knows as
much about pelvic organ prolapse as Robert does. If you know anything about it, you
know how difficult it must be to defend on those cases successfully in trial,
which he’s done more than once. And there’s probably two lawyers in the room
who know the difference between a pump jack and a steering pump, but I
can assure you Rob Adams does. He’s done all of that by working hard, by being
credible, and being civil to everybody he comes into contact with, whether it’s judges, jurors,
opposing counsel, [inaudible] or clients. He’s the kind of lawyer who’s
on everybody’s short list. He gets called sometimes a week before
trial, a month before trial by clients who know they have a problem they need to solve, and somehow realize they may not have the
right resources they need to solve it. I don’t know many lawyers who try the kinds
of cases Rob tries on as short as notice as he gets, but I can assure you, he puts the
kind of preparation and the kind of effort into that work that people
appreciate and understand. Robert graduated in 1987, went into
Shook, Hardy & Bacon, where he was — has been and more than a partner. He’s been a leader. He’s been on the executive committee there. He’s been a practice group leader. He’s been a mentor. He’s been a friend, and he’s been a
contributor to that firm’s growth and success. And throughout all of this, he’s never
lost sight of the most important part of his practice, and that’s his family. He’s been married to Sue for 29 years. He’s got four children, two college
graduates who are out in the real world, gainfully employed, and we see [inaudible] he’s
got another son at KU, who hopefully is going to graduate school on this
side of the state line. But through all of it, Rob’s been the kind
of lawyer the rest of us all want to be. So I don’t need, and you don’t need me to tell you what a good lawyer Rob
Adams is, but I will tell you this. If you don’t know him, he’s
more than just a good lawyer. He’s really a great person. [ Applause ]>>Bill, thank you for that
wonderful introduction. And I also appreciate the fact
that Bill may have been the person who traveled the farthest to get here. Bill is from New York City, and
it’s my honor to have him here. [ Applause ] So Bill mentioned the chicken feces case, [laughter] in the early 2000s,
and it was in the south. And it was a hotly-contested case
involving a toxic core injury to a young boy who had leukemia, and they blamed it on arsenic. And the case went on for a
month, and as a younger lawyer, at the time I was doing everything that
I could, and probably talking too much. And at one of the breaks, the great
judge that I was in front of — his name was Kim Smith, a male Kim, and Kim
Smith used to bring us back into chambers. And he brought us back into chambers,
the lawyers, when we had a break. And Judge Smith was sitting behind his
desk, and he looks up, and he says, “You know, Rob, you’re kind of windy.” [Laughter] mean that. I’m sorry about that. And he goes, “You know, Rob, I fish. Okay [inaudible], and you know what this means?” And I said, “No.” He said, “When I do that in the courtroom, that means you’re getting windy
and you need to wind it up.” So I said, “Thank you, Your Honor.” And throughout the course of the trial,
it happened a couple of different times. I’d see him up there at the
bench, and he’d kind of turn. And I would be up at the podium talking
to a witness, and all of a sudden, I’d look over in the corner of my eye, and
I could see the judge doing this [laughter]. And I would be like, oh, my
gosh, I got to get moving. So I would get moving. Now, Bill mentioned my wife,
Sue, who I’ve had the honor to be married to for the last 29 years. One of the biggest mistakes about
marriage was that I told Sue that story. Not only did I tell her that story, but
I empowered her, at events like this when I was speaking — I said, “Honey, if
I go a little bit too long — [laughter].” And I swear, I was at the podium for maybe
30 seconds, and said, “Hi, I’m Rob Adams,” and I see Sue in the background [laughter]. My wife is here [laughter]. All right. Really, my message is for mainly
the younger people here tonight, and I’m happy to see some law students here. My son, Henry, is here. The message is, enjoy the little things in
life, because one day, you may look back and realize they were the big things. Since my son Henry is here, and
he’s — tends to have wooden ears, and maybe doesn’t hear very
well, I’m going to say it again. Enjoy the little things, because
one day, you may look back and realize they were the big things. So receiving this honor makes me feel incredibly
grateful for everything that I’ve been given in my life, and I want to talk
about three things briefly. First, I want to thank my family and my friends. Second, I want to thank my parents, and
then third, I want to thank my law school. My family and my friends — I
have been blessed in my life to have a wonderful woman, Sue, to support me. And believe me, being the spouse of a
trial lawyer who’s often gone four weeks, six weeks at a time, and her raising
our children, is pretty amazing. Sue does things like puts notes like this in
my briefcase before I leave to go out of town. So, honey, thank you for all the support. Then I’ve been blessed with four children, as
Bill has mentioned, and Henry is here tonight. And Henry, I’m very proud to
say, is doing well in law school. And then, I’m also incredibly blessed with
great friends like Bill Allmeier, the Hardwicks, and a lot of other people that
have helped me along in my life, and really made things enjoyable. And I appreciate all of their support. Second, I want to thank my parents. My mother grew up here in Columbia,
and — she grew up here in Columbia, and her mother was a professor
at the university. My mom’s dad — so my grandfather
— I never knew. He died when my mom was 10. My grandmother raised three kids as a
professor at The University of Missouri, and you can tell that kind of grit in my mother. If my mother was here, and you looked at her,
you would think, boy, that is a sweet old lady. But I will tell you, that was
the wrong impression [laughter]. Because she — while she is, on the
exterior, a beautiful woman, on the interior, she is still — gave me, I think, a work
ethic and kind of a toughness that — lots of times, you don’t see that nowadays. If I ever got in a scrape with somebody
else, and I told my mother about that, her response was, “Fight your own battles.” If I got in trouble at school, I learned very
quickly that I would never tell my mother, because I would get in more trouble at home
than I did at school, if she ever learned of it. My father — Bill mentioned that my father was a
trial lawyer, and he practiced law for 54 years. And he was a great example, and the kind
of old-school lawyer that taught me that — always fight fair, and walk away
with honor, and you win every time. Always fight fair, and walk away
with honor, and you win every time. And he taught me the value of knowing
that the person on the other side of me is just doing the same thing
you are, and trying to do their best to represent their clients,
and that you owe them respect. He also taught me that judges are the knights
of the law, and they should be revered. And you should never speak ill
of any lawyer or any judge, and I have my father to thank for that. Finally, I want to thank this law school. So I started law school in 1987 at [inaudible]
Hall when it had no air conditioning, and with a last name like Adams — the practice
at the time was that the teachers would call on students in alphabetical order. In the class of 1987, I’m somewhat
infamous, because on the first day, I was literally filleted alive by now-Judge
Lowry, who was our civil [inaudible] teacher. I was also just torn apart by the dry, and
always-kind wit of David Fisher in torts. And then, I was mesmerized and spellbound,
and couldn’t respond to any questions in property class with Grant Davis. And while things in law school in those times
seemed tense, there was always the little things that happened at the school, that I look back
now and I realize they were the big things. It was people like Bob Bailey, and Tim
Hines, and Ken Dean who were always around to support the students, and they’re
still around, and still supporting us, even when we’re out in the working place. Besides those things, there was always, and
there still is, a great spirit of camaraderie that is present in this law school. And we have all felt that tonight. This past summer, I got together with about 20
folks from my law school class down at the Lake of the Ozarks, and we talked a lot about
what a great education we had, and, you know, how things all — things for all
of us turned out pretty well. But really, the things that we
focused on were the little things, the little things that we all now realize are
the big things that make this school great. Thank you very much. [ Applause ]>>Finally, I ask you to join me in
another Law Day tradition, a brief, brief, brief meeting of The Law School Foundation. For the last 90 years, The Law School Foundation
has raised and managed funds for the school of law hand-in-hand with alumni
and friends for our school. You can see tonight’s program
and a listing of the trustees who lead the foundation that’s instrumental
— not just instrumental, crucial, to the success of our law school. I now call upon former [inaudible]
dean and now-secretary and treasurer of The Law School Foundation to conduct
the annual meeting of the foundation.>>Thank you, Dean. It’s my pleasure to call
the foundation to order. If you wonder whether or not you’re a
member of the foundation, it’s very easy. If you’re a graduate of the last
five years, if you’ve ever given $100 or more to The Law School Foundation,
you’re a member of the foundation. And, looking around the audience, I
declare that there’s a quorum present. [Laughter] Many of you here in the audience —
it’s my job today to make — to do two things. One, give you a very brief report,
in line with what the dean said, about what the foundation
from a financial standpoint. And that is that each year, the foundation
provides more than $2 million of support to the law school in the form of
professorships, scholarships, awards, prizes, monies to run the Board of Advocates,
and a variety of other activities within the law school, all through the library. That money comes from you and other
alumni who give to the foundation. It’s governed by a board. We right now have about $50
million in the foundation, which is pretty good, but
it needs to be a lot better. It can be, with your help, and it is — the foundation is governed by a board
of trustees, 15 elected trustees. So that brings me to the second part of my job
up here tonight, to call upon one of the members of the foundation to present you a slate of
five names to be elected as trustees tonight. And I will call upon Jack
Campbell to provide the report of the nominating committee of the trustees. And by the way, before Jack
presents, Jack has been a member of The Law School Foundation
trustees for 31 years. [ Applause ] Unfortunately, this is his last year, as he’s decided that it’s time
to hang up his hat, and burn it. His — [laughter] and take
a little more time off. So, Jack, you have a report
of the nominating committee.>>Thank you, Ken. There are three new members of the — to be voted on tonight, three new
members of the Board of Trustees. Melodie Powell, who you’ve
already from and been introduced. Clark Tolmell — he’s from Kansas
City, and Clark Cole from St. Louis, and The Honorable Mary Rose-Russell of The
Missouri Supreme Court, from Jefferson City. And two people to serve additional
terms have already been on the board, Jodie Capshaw of St. Louis and — excuse me — could be the next president,
Glen Glass from San Antonio. Right.>>Are there any other nominees? Hearing none, I declare the
nominations ceasing, and ask for a vote by the members of the foundation. All in favor of that slate, please say aye.>>Aye.>>Nay? Any nays? Very good, no nays. It’s unanimous. I thank you all for attending this
annual meeting of the foundation, and look forward to seeing you again next year. [ Applause ]>>In closing, I would like to
recognize just a few people. First off, to all of our law school faculty
here in the audience who came and gave support, would you please stand and be recognized? [ Applause ] I would also like to recognize Lynn Beiler, who is our events planner and
organized tonight’s event. Please give Lynn a round of applause. [ Applause ] And while we stand adjourned, I
hope that you will join us tomorrow for the Tim Heinsz Run-Walk and Jim Devine
Dog Walk, followed by the Law Day Picnic. And Josh, I know you will be there.>>We’ll have all of the Devines in attendance.>>All of the Devines will be there. If you haven’t pre-registered,
just arrive by 8:30 in the morning, and the students will set you up. The Law Day Picnic is free,
as was tonight’s reception. Tomorrow is A Taste of Columbia. We will have Shakespeare’s
pizza, beer from Lotco, and plenty of cookies from Hot Box Cookies. Instead of an administration fee,
we hope you’ll consider a gift to the Law School Student Scholarship Fund,
which helps us recruit and retain bright, hardworking students like some of
those in the courtroom tonight. And the scholarship fund
also allows these students to graduate the lowest possible debt load, so they’re free to pursue
their true career [inaudible]. Thank you so much for coming. I’m truly thankful to you for taking
your time to be here with us tonight to attend this very special and important event. Have a good evening. [ Applause ]

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