Pro Bono & Community Service

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At Senniger Powers, we not only recognize the importance of providing excellent legal services to our clients but also appreciate the moral importance in helping people in need in the communities in which we live and work. Our professionals participate meaningfully in a wide array of pro bono legal work and voluntary non-legal efforts that make a difference in the lives of others in their communities.

The Firm is devoted to making pro bono work a vital part of our professional culture. We value this public service tradition, which allows our lawyers to use their skills to address not only the needs of clients, but also matters of public concern. In addition to free representation that our lawyers provide on an individual basis, the Firm performs pro bono work for organizations such as Legal Services of Eastern Missouri and St. Louis Volunteer Lawyers and Accountants for the Arts.

In addition to pro bono legal work, we feel it is vital that we assist members of our communities through non-legal commitments. Our legal professionals are involved in community service on the local, state, and national levels. We have provided below representative examples of the various commitments our legal professionals make to help serve the community:

Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation

  • IP Task Force service.
  • Lay Review Committee member involved in grant review and community outreach.

Women's Foundation of Greater St. Louis

  • Board member and Chair of Grant Committee to fund charities that improve the status of women and girls in the region.

Motion for Kids

  • St. Louis Bar Association outreach/community service for children in foster care or with a parent in prison.

National Advisory Eye Counsel

  • Appointment by the Secretary of Health & Human Services to serve on the Counsel, which is an advisory committee of the National Institutes of Health.
  • Analysis of research grants for funding.


  • Board member for organization supporting restorative justice programs in the St. Louis Metropolitan area.

Ronald McDonald House Charities

  • Kids & Clays Committee member.

Lift for Life Gym

  • Board member for the Lift for Life Gym. This organization offers at-risk St. Louis city children a safe, enriching environment in which to strengthen their bodies, enrich their minds, develop healthy social relationships, and learn to make positive life choices.

Judicial Learning Center

  • Board Member for the Judicial Learning Center. The Judicial Learning Center is a not-for-profit group founded by leaders of the St. Louis legal community whose mission is to promote public understanding of the function and value of the judicial branch of government in the United States.

PANDAS Network: Pediatric Autoimmune Neuropsychiatric Disorders

  • Chair of Community Outreach Committee. The PANDAS Network is dedicated to promoting research, fundraising, and awareness for pediatric autoimmune neuropsychiatric disorders.

In addition to the efforts listed above, many of the legal professionals and staff support numerous other causes that they find personally meaningful. Attorneys and employees at Senniger Powers also are active in helping the poor and needy individuals in an anonymous fashion or through religious and cultural institutions of which they are members.

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