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News Archive 2012

January 2012

Child Abuse Tuesday January 17, 2012

Abusers Use Custody Battles as a Way to Seek Control Tuesday January 17, 2012

As part of the Child Abuse and Neglect series by the Springfield News-Leader, LSSM Staff Attorney Kendall Seal provides input on child custody proceedings and how abusers may use the system as a way to control their vi… » Read More

February 2012

Free Tax Preparation for Low-Income People Monday February 13, 2012


This tax season, Springfield, MO residents with incomes of $31,000 or less (any age) or up to $57,000 (age 51 or less and 65 or older) can get free help in preparing their tax returns through Volunteer Income Tax Assi… » Read More

Funding For Legal Aid is Drying Up Wednesday February 15, 2012

Missouri Lawyers Weekly recently highlighted federal funding cuts for the four Missouri Legal Services programs.  Read the entire article at… » Read More

Foreclosure Deal May Offer Relief Tuesday February 21, 2012

The Springfield News-Leader highlights foreclosures in the Springfield Metropolitan area and work by Legal Services Staff Attorney Summer Masterson .  To read the full story visit… » Read More

March 2012

Domestic Violence Fatality Review Monday March 26, 2012

Recently LSSM hosted a mock domestic violence fatality review.  The review trainer was Matthew Dale, senior consultant for the National Domestic Violence Fatality Review Initiative.  The day long training provided comm… » Read More

LSSM Staff Works MARC in Branson, MO Monday March 26, 2012

LSSM staff recently worked the Multi-Agency Relief Center (MARC) in Branson, MO.  The one-stop shop of relief resources for victims of the Tornado was designed for agencies to work together to help people within the re… » Read More

May 2012

Equal Access to Justice Award Presented Wednesday May 2, 2012

Attorney Lisa Simms was presented the Equal Access to Justice Award during the Springfield Metropolitan Bar Association's (SMBA) Law Day Celebration on May 1, 2012.  The Equal Access to Justice Award was established to… » Read More

LSSM Spotlights Attorney James R. Sharp Friday May 4, 2012

LSSM recognizes Attorney James R. Sharp for his pro bono work under the "Helping Parents Help Children" project.  The project is a partnership between LSSM and the Missouri Public Defenders Office.  To read the full st… » Read More

The Missouri Bar Wall of Fame Friday May 4, 2012

The Missouri Bar has posted its 2011 Pro Bono Wall of Fame.  LSSM extends a heartfelt thank you to its volunteers.  Visit

BBB ALERT Monday May 7, 2012

June 2012

LSSM Staff Works Solo & Small Firm Conference Friday June 8, 2012

LSSM, along with Legal Services of Eastern Missouri, Legal Aid of Western Missouri and Mid-Missouri Legal Services, work a booth during The Missouri Bar's Solo & Small Firm Conference to recruit volunteer lawyers for t… » Read More

July 2012

BBB Alert Regarding Utility Bills Thursday July 12, 2012

The BBB released information today regarding a new scam that is sweeping the nation by claiming President Obama will pay your utility bills through a new federal program. Customers of utility business FirstEnergy Corp.… » Read More

LSSM Managing Attorney Joe Hills Recognized by Habitat Friday July 27, 2012

Habitat for Humanity in Springfield, Missouri, awarded Joe Hills with a Building Lives Award at its annual meeting on Monday, July 23, 2012.  This award was presented to Mr. Hills for educating tenants and soon-to-be h… » Read More

August 2012

LSSM Staff Attorney Selected for Leadership Academy Wednesday August 29, 2012

LSSM's Staff Attorney Andrea R. Long is one of twelve attorneys chosen for the 2012-2013 Missouri Bar Leadership Academy. The academy, now in its 13th year, seeks diversity in gender, race, area of practice, and locali… » Read More

September 2012

BBB Alert Monday September 24, 2012

(September 21, 2012 – Springfield, Mo.) Better Business Bureau of Southwest Missouri reminds consumers not to give personal information out over the phone. BBB has spoken with numerous consumers who have received ph… » Read More

LSSM Springfield Office Building Named The Sam F. Hamra Center For Justice Monday September 24, 2012

On Thursday, October 11, 2012, the Legal Services of Southern Missouri building will be dedicated as the “Sam F. Hamra Center for Justice.” The dedication ceremony will take place at 4:00 p.m. with a reception to follo… » Read More

October 2012

The Missouri Bar Recognizes Crista Hogan Thursday October 25, 2012


During its recent Annual Meeting, The Missouri Bar presented one of the 2012 Pro Bono Publico Awards to Crista Hogan, Executive Director of the Springfield Metropolitan Bar Association (SMBA).  

Crista Hogan was nomin… » Read More

November 2012

Philip S. Huffman Memorial Award Presented to Beth Moutrie Thursday November 8, 2012

Beth Moutrie of Doniphan, Missouri was awarded the Philip S. Huffman Memorial Award by Legal Services of Southern Missouri (LSSM) during its annual board meeting.  The Philip S. Huffman Memorial Award recognizes the co… » Read More