As part of a new pro bono initiative sponsored by the Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis, attorneys at Thompson Coburn and other law firms in St. Louis will collaborate with the City Counselor’s Office on a pro bono basis to bring lawsuits against problem properties that threaten the safety and stability of St. Louis neighborhoods.
Attorneys will also review ordinances that address such issues and make recommendations for amending ordinances or adopting new ordinances. St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay announced the partnership, called the Lawyers for the City Initiative, at a Nov. 16 press conference at City Hall.
“Not only does this initiative help City neighborhoods, it will provide great opportunities for lawyers in private law firms to get into court early in their careers,” said Thompson Coburn Chairman Tom Minogue. “It’s a higher calling to be a lawyer, and that’s part of our calling."
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