Lisa Marie Watson & Michael Theodore de los Reyes
No matter the size of a donation, when someone gives money to charity, they have some level of confidence that it will be used for a specific purpose. And that expectation only grows with the size of the gift, particularly if there’s a donor agreement in place. The book, Abusing Donor Intent: The Robertson Family’s Epic Lawsuit Against Princeton University, was written by Doug White, director for the Master of Science in Fundraising Management program at Columbia University. In it, he digs into a high-profile case where the donors accused the university of misusing their charitable gift. We asked the author about the case, its implications, and steps donors should take before giving their hard-earned funds—no matter how noble the cause.
They motivate, they educate, they inspire… A great mentor does many things to guide a mentee’s future. We asked three St. Louis attorneys about their invaluable mentors.
As the holiday season draws near, and pumpkin ales, eggnog and Champagne become abundant, it’s even more important for drivers to use good judgment about their sobriety, as well as what to do if they’re pulled over.
Throughout her 35 years of practicing law—most of it in the field of family law—Susan Hais has received quite a collection of cards and letters. “I have gotten lots of feedback from people throughout the years,” she says. “I have a special drawer in my desk where I place that letter or thank-you card, so I can always remember why I keep doing it.”
It's an odd conundrum: They say a wedding is 'your big day,' but to brides taking on the challenge of planning, it may be more like 'your big year of hard work.' That's where local wedding and event planning company Absolutely IN! comes in, offering services to help brides through the many areas of the matrimonial celebration.
If actions speak louder than words, knowing how someone spends her time may be the most telling aspect of the individual. Family law attorney Susan Hais, of Hais, Hais & Goldberger, spends hers focused on her clients.
Award-winning realtors BERKLEY LAND and MATT LITWACK have joined forces with realtor KENDRA DOWNS and certified residential appraiser KAREN POLISHUK to form Land/Litwack & Associates. Last year, the group had a combined $20 million in sales. The team is part of the Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Alliance Real Estate Network.
You've spent three years studying the various areas of law to pass the bar; but now, how do you decide on your legal concentration? These local attorneys share how they chose their path—and give advice for navigating your journey through the field of law.
Parents dream of the day when their child will walk across the stage to receive a college diploma. But in the case of divorced couples, the mounting costs of higher education—books, room and board, and tuition—can create conflict.
Every day, we communicate with the people around us in various ways: We make business phone calls, create plans for the future, and tell our loved ones how much we care. “The voice is very important—communication is key to interacting with other people; and those who can’t communicate get isolated. It affects their whole way of life,” says Dr. Randal Paniello of Washington University’s Voice and Airway Center. “Voice problems are quite common and they’re nothing to be ashamed of. But there are effective treatments for most, if not all, different types of voice problems once we make a diagnosis.”
REBECCA FELDMANN, a staff attorney at Legal Services of Eastern Missouri, has been named chair of the American Immigration Lawyers Association’s Missouri-Kansas chapter.
TOM VOSS has been appointed to Grand Center’s board of directors. Voss is retiring from his position as executive chairman at Ameren Corporation on July 1.
You may or may not have heard of Jovita Foster, Stephanie Leffler or Dr. Catherine Appleton, three women who are up and comers in the business world—but you should get used to hearing their names. Leading their industries with confidence, compassion and fierce determination, these powerhouses are transforming the future of their fields and quickly becoming some of St. Louis’ best.
It seems most of what comes out of Hollywood these days are sequels and prequels…and remakes and re-imaginings and reinterpretations. It’s green, actually: Reuse, reduce, recycle. If there’s an additional dollar to be made…like I said, green. So it may surprise you to know that at some point, industry executives dropped the ball. Either that or they exercised some discretion and halted work on an ill-conceived sequel. Perhaps someone learned a valuable lesson from Deuce Bigalow: European Gigolo and Weekend at Bernie’s 2. Believe it or not, according to screenanswers.com, these sequels were actually in the works until the plug—for whatever reason—was pulled.
A packed house at the Fox Theatre was entertained by the area’s most talented high school students during the 4th annual Teen Talent Competition. First-place honors went to Donesha Buhr for her dazzling hula hoop routine.
In your pocket or handbag, there's a piece of electronic equipment so powerful it would make George Jetson swoon. St. Louis attorneys weigh in on how smart phones—as well as email, social media and other forms of e-communication—have changed how they practice law.
What if you suddenly found out your new spouse is already married, cannot conceive children or already has kids? While rare, legal experts say these fraudulent cases can be grounds for an annulment.
Former U.S. Ambassador to the United Kingdom Louis Susman recently presented at Webster University’s Speaker Series. Susman, an American lawyer and former team manager of the Cardinals, spoke about the history and future of the transatlantic alliance.
From divorce to family law and courtroom litigation, local attorneys say there are a multitude of hot topics on the horizon, largely the result of an increasingly digital world, shifts in societal norms and an ever-changing economy.
To assist in the areas where legalities and finances overlap, family law firm Hais, Hais, Goldberger & Lambson has brought in a new, dual-role team member: a legal professional who also is a certified divorce financial analyst.
Moneta Group welcomes communications manager EMILY BARLEAN to its team. Barlean’s work history includes working as senior corporate communications specialist and social media manger at Concordia Publishing House.
In 1914, while the world’s attention was focused on the Great War, here in the U.S., the women’s suffrage movement was gathering steam. Inspired to help women develop their potential and contribute to society, St. Louis suffragists Margaret McKittrick and Ann Drew founded the Junior League of St. Louis.
Local companies joined forces with jewelry designer jenny present to host Shop For A Cause, to benefit Gateway to Hope. Guests enjoyed Champagne, music and sweets while shopping the jenny present collection. Simcha’s Events, Bittersweet Artisan Truffles, Festive Atmospheres, The Rosewood Ensemble and Rachel Closson Photography sponsored the event.
Everyone has heard the old adage, If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. That tried-and-true advice is still what local lawyers recommend when it comes to investing your money—and avoiding financial scams, namely Ponzi schemes.