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December 23, 2013 ■ $8.50

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Bryan Cave names first-ever chairwoman D.C.-based Pritchard eyes more growth By Jennifer Mann

Bryan Cave, Missouri’s largest law firm, has revealed that Therese D. Pritchard is chairwoman-elect of the 1,100-attorney firm. Pritchard, 60, who goes by “Terry,” joins an

elite group of women in the U.S. to lead large law firms, and she will be the first woman to lead St. Louis-based Bryan Cave in its 140year history. She is also the first firm chairperson to come from outside of the St. Louis headquarters. Don G. Lents, 64, who has been Bryan Cave’s chairman for two terms beginning in 2004, said Pritchard is an exciting choice for the firm. “We were looking for someone who is

smart, analytical, willing to be bold and direct and help us with the kind of challenging environment we’re all in, and Terry brought all those skills and attributes,” Lents said. Pritchard, who takes over the position Oct. 1, is based in Washington, D.C., but she plans to have an office and apartment in St. Louis. “The chair is really a firmwide position, so there’s always been a lot of travel involved,

Age: 60 Education: • Boston College, 1978, cum laude, law degree Residence: Washington, D.C. Family: Married; two adult daughters



Appeals court slams St. Louis circuit attorney for tweets sent during rape trial

Pre-recession incomes gone for good, legal observers say By Melissa Meinzer

By Heather Cole

St. Louis Circuit Attorney Jennifer Joyce does something rare for a Missouri prosecutor: She tweets prolifically. Joyce said she views Twitter posts as a way to “engage the citizens” and let them know what happened after initial news reports on a crime. But a Missouri appeals court said last week that Joyce’s tweets in a 2012 child-rape trial came too close to See page 12 to read crossing an ethithe tweets that St. cal line. That line, Louis Circuit Attorney drawn in Missouri Jennifer Joyce sent Supreme Court out during the trial. rules, includes one aimed specifically at prosecutors. It is meant to prevent outside information from influencing juries. The three judges on a panel of the Missouri Court of Appeals Eastern District upheld the conviction for the 1992 rape of an 11-year-old girl but said they were “troubled” by Joyce’s tweets, particularly their timing. “I have respect for attys who defend child rapists. Our system of justice demands it, but I couldn’t do it. No way, no how,” Joyce tweeted during the trial, among other remarks, according to the

Therese “Terry” D. Pritchard

opinion. “Broadcasting such statements immediately before and during trial greatly magnifies the risk that a jury will be tainted,” Judge Lisa S. Van Amburg wrote. Judges Patricia L. Cohen and Gary M. Gaertner Jr. agreed with the opinion. But Polk “failed to present evidence that the jury was substantially swayed” by Joyce’s comments, according to the [ SE E J O Y C E O N P A G E 1 2 ]

Broadcasting such “ statements immediately before and during trial greatly magnifies the risk that a jury will be tainted. Judge Lisa S. Van Amburg

Despite an economy showing timid signs of life, those pre-recession paychecks for attorneys haven’t come back yet — and they might not ever return. “We’re definitely playing a different ballgame,” said Joan Newman, a St. Louis attorney coach and trainer who also spent 30 years as a practicing attorney. “The whole BeYOnd practice of law is going the data to change. Law firms First in a series on the will definitely not come latest Missouri Bar economic survey. back the way they have See pages 10 -11 been. They have to work for a comprehensive differently.” look at the numbers in the report. The latest dose of bad news comes from The Missouri Bar’s 2013 Economic Survey report. It found the median income of private practice attorneys has fallen over the past two years. Legal educators’ and government lawyers’ incomes are down as well. Only corporate attorneys and those attorneys in nonlaw-related employment posted gains. Those gains meant that the median income for the 1,713 bar members who responded to the 2012 survey stayed the same as in the last survey, in 2010, at $85,000. According to a decade of data from The [ SE E I N CO ME S O N PAG E 10]

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Polsinelli grows Firm acquires an 11-lawyer firm in Atlanta. n Page 2

Dodsons’ award slashed Judge cuts wrongful death award to $2.18 million, from $10.8 million. n Page 6

Defender help St. Louis County Council OKs funding for private attorneys to stem jail overcrowding. n Page 13

Best Photo Illustration: Benchslap (122313)  
Best Photo Illustration: Benchslap (122313)  

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