Lon O. Hocker Awards presented during Annual Meeting

In 1954, Mary B. Hocker established the Lon O. Hocker Awards in memory of her late husband, an outstanding St. Louis trial lawyer. Each year, The Missouri Bar Foundation presents the awards to young lawyers who have demonstrated unusual proficiency in the art of trial advocacy.

On Sept. 21, 2016, during The Missouri Bar Foundation and Public Service Awards Luncheon at The Missouri Bar’s Annual Meeting at the Lodge of Four Seasons in Lake Ozark, Lon O. Hocker Awards were presented to Erica Mynarich, Michael Patrick Mahon and Kate E. Noland.

As a lawyer at Carver, Cantin & Mynarich LLC in Springfield, Mynarich represents people charged with crimes in federal and state courts, as well as clients with all types of cases before the Missouri Court of Appeals and the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals.

“What drives my passion for this job is the relationships I’m able to build with these people who are going through really rough times,” Mynarich said in an interview about the award. “A lot of them did do what they’re charged with, but just because they did something really bad doesn’t mean that they’re bad people. I try really hard to spend time with them because a lot of times they just need to feel that I care and that they can trust me.”

 Mahon is a trial attorney for the Missouri State Public Defender in the St. Louis City office.

 In an interview about receiving the award, Mahon explained his driving force to be a good advocate: “First and foremost are the clients. Each case is equally important and I am driven to provide the best possible representation that I can. I think the level of service that you get from your lawyer should never be determined by the amount of money you have.”

 Noland is a lawyer with the Noland Law Firm in Liberty and an adjunct professor of constitutional law at William Jewell College. She says that helping people is part of what drives her work.

 “You can’t help fix every single problem that someone has, and you can’t make their lives whole from whatever happened,” said Noland in an interview about the award. “But you can at least use your skills and abilities to put your client in the best position that they can be.”

 Click here to see Mynarich, Mahon and Noland discuss their work.

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