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 commitment of volunteer time to LSSM clients by a private attorney in its rural service area. The award was established in memory of Philip S. Huffman who served as a board member of LSSM from 1996 until his death in 2005. Mr. Huffman was involved in the development of Legal Aid of Southwest Missouri in the mid-1970’s. He practiced law in Hartville, Missouri for over 37 years, and had a strong commitment to LSSM and helping low-income persons in Southern Missouri.
Ms. Moutrie volunteers her time to advise and represent legal aid clients who are facing a broad spectrum of legal problems. She joined LSSM’s volunteer lawyers panel in 1998. Since that time she has accepted 97 cases and has invested over 581 hours helping low-income people living in rural Missouri on behalf of LSSM. Ms. Moutrie has helped 129 adults and 143 children with custody matters, divorces, guardianships, Medicaid, home ownership/landlord tenant, wills, social security, and helped victims out of domestic violence situations.
“Ms. Moutrie is a true advocate for the poor and disadvantaged. Her willingness to help has ensured many low-income families a chance to be heard; an opportunity they would not have had without her,” noted Executive Director Douglas B. Kays. “Beth’s dedication to low-income families is an inspiration for all attorneys. Our clients and the communities in which they live have benefited from Beth’s compassion,” added Kays.
LSSM President William Morgan is pictured with Ms. Moutrie.