On May 2, 2019, Thompson Coburn partner and retired Judge Booker Shaw received the Distinguished Lawyer Award at The Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis’s (BAMSL) Annual Law Day Celebration. The Law Day Celebration feature a keynote address by author and presidential biographer Jon Meachum.
The Distinguished Lawyer Award is the highest honor given by BAMSL. It is given annually to a lawyer who has “made a great and lasting contribution to the St. Louis region in the area of law and community service, has motivated other lawyers to work in the public interest, and who exemplifies lawyers as good citizens contributing significantly to the community,” according to BAMSL.
Judge Shaw served on the Missouri Court of Appeals, Eastern District, for seven years, including one year as chief judge. While on the appellate bench, he participated in more than 1,000 cases and authored 141 appellate opinions on a variety of cases. He also served as a Special Visiting Judge of the Missouri Supreme Court. As a former trial judge in the 22nd Judicial Circuit, from 1983 until 2002, Judge Shaw presided over more than 500 trials. As a partner in Thompson Coburn’s Appellate practice, Judge Shaw uses his experience to bring valuable insight and perspective on a wide range of issues throughout the litigation process.
Law Day is an annual commemoration first held in 1957 when American Bar Association President Charles Rhynes envisioned a special national day to mark our nation’s commitment to the rule of law. The following year, President Dwight D. Eisenhower issued the first Law Day Proclamation. Law Day was made official in 1961 when Congress issued a joint resolution designating May 1 as the official date for celebrating Law Day. BAMSL celebrates Law Day annually during the first week of May.
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