The Philip S. Huffman Memorial Award recognizes the commitment of volunteer time to Legal Services of Southern Missouri 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 Legal Services of Southern Missouri 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 Legal Services and helping low-income persons in Southern Missouri. This award was established and funded by the Roy W. Slusher Foundation.
Sherri Harris received her law degree from the University of Missouri-Columbia, and is a solo practitioner in Branson, Missouri. She joined LSSM’s judicare and pro bono panels in 2008. Sherri 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. Sherri is always willing to take cases, and our clients enjoy working with her and are grateful of her work.
During her tenure of helping Legal Services clients, Ms. Harris has handled 30 judicare cases and 8 pro bono cases for low-income people living in rural Missouri providing 433.15 hours of legal representation. Ms. Harris has helped 54 adults and 63 children with custody matters, divorces, minor guardianship/conservatorship, and helped victims of domestic violence.