Pamela Meanes, a partner in Thompson Coburn’s litigation practice, was recognized this week as one of Missouri Lawyers Weekly’s Influential Lawyers for 2015. Pam was recognized for her work as president of the National Bar Association (NBA), the nation’s largest African-American Bar, through the months of unrest and turmoil following the shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson in August 2014.
“I am truly honored to have been chosen as one of Missouri Lawyers Weekly’s Influential Lawyers for 2015,” Pam said. “I was blessed to have a great deal of support throughout what was a challenging time. My family, the membership of the NBA, my colleagues and the leadership of Thompson Coburn were with me every step of the way. I never doubted that support and I can’t express how wonderful it was to know I had so many people who I respect so much, standing with me every moment.”
Pam – who had previously served as a vice president and as a regional director of the NBA – was sworn in as NBA president just nine days before Brown’s shooting. The ensuing unrest in Ferguson caused Pamela to immediately alter her plans for her term as NBA president, adding an initiative focused on addressing incidents of excessive use of force by law enforcement authorities and fostering stronger relations between police, courts and the African American community.
“Pam reacted as a true leader, providing a depth of wisdom and calm during what was obviously a tremendously stressful period for not only the National Bar Association, but for our country,” said Thompson Coburn Chairman Tom Minogue. “I know I speak for everyone at Thompson Coburn when I say we’re proud of the leadership that Pam provided the NBA and our community during this challenging time.”
Pam was one of 16 St. Louis area lawyers recognized in five categories by Missouri Lawyers Weekly. The lawyers recognized were chosen by the publication’s editors and will be honored at a luncheon in late January. The influential lawyers are “those Missouri lawyers who made substantial contributions to the legal community in 2015.”