The Mound City Bar Foundation will host its annual Honorable Scovel Richardson Scholarship Dinner on Saturday, June 29 at The Grand Hall on Chouteau, 2319 Chouteau Ave., with reception at 6 p.m., dinner at 7 p.m. and dancing at 9 p.m.
Sandberg Phoenix & von Gontard will be awarded for diversity and inclusion, and Vatterott Foundation will be awarded for community leadership.
J. Danielle Carr, president of Mound City Bar Association, listed several reasons why Sandberg Phoenix & von Gontard will be honored as a diversity and inclusion leader. It is one of two medium to large law firms in St. Louis led by an attorney of color, Bhavik Patel, managing partner and president. The firm also has impressive percentage of diverse attorneys, as compared to its peer firms, and impressive diversity and inclusion programming.
“The firm employs and supports the following attorneys who commit significant time and energy in support of diverse attorney initiatives: Keith Price, Lauren Collins, Casey Wong, Ashley Walker and Untress Quinn,” Carr said. “If anyone was omitted, it is only because Mound City has not had the pleasure of working with them yet.”
Carr said that Sandberg Phoenix & von Gontard also supports professional development for African-American attorneys and law students.
“The firm consistently supports the local Black Law Students Association groups,” Carr said. “The firm’s attorney of color alumnae Mavis Thompson and Annette Slack benefited from the professional development and support they received from the firm and became invaluable leaders of local and/or national African-American attorney bar associations.”
Carr said the Vatterott Foundation was selected for the Community Service Award because of the family's support of the Mound City Bar Association's Ronda F. William's CLE Retreat over the last two years.
“We paid for the space, but they gave Mound City a number of monetary concessions and upgrades that significantly impacted the amount of profit the association made on the events,” Carr said. “And the Vatterott family has and continues to play an important role in the advancement of civil rights. With respect to advancing civil rights, the foundation is unsung and we found it fitting to recognize the work.”
Deionna Ferguson of Washington University School of Law and Brittany Robinson of Saint Louis University School of Law will be awarded scholarships at the dinner.
St. Louis Public Safety Director Jimmie Edwards and Elaine H. Spearman are dinner co-chairs.
Guests will be treated to appetizers, dinner, an open host bar, a live and silent auction, and after-dinner dancing. The two live auction items up for bid are autographed books by Michelle and Barack Obama.
Tickets to the event are $100 per person and may be purchased until by contacting J. Danielle Carr at email@example.com.