Prominent Attorney to Speak on Campus for BSA Anniversary

October 1, 2015

Pamela J. Meanes, who guided the National Bar Association (NBA) through the tumultuous aftermath of the deadly shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, will speak at Mary Baldwin University in observance of the 20th anniversary of the Black Student Alliance (BSA).

The lecture — free and open to the public — will be held at 7 p.m. October 26 in James D. Francis Auditorium.

Meanes concluded her one-year term as president of the NBA on July 23, a term that began just nine days before Brown was shot. During her term as president of the nation’s oldest and largest organization of legal professionals, Meanes represented the NBC in dealings with government officials on the local, state, and federal levels.

She is a partner with Thompson Coburn LLP, St. Louis’ largest law firm. As a partner in the firm’s litigation and public law practices, Meanes represents a variety of clients on wide range of matters from land use, eminent domain and contract disputes, to employment and personnel issues, and many others. Since joining the firm, Meanes has represented such clients as McLeod U.S.A., Energizer Battery Co., Shell Oil, Metro, Monsanto, the Metropolitan Sewer District, East St. Louis Children’s Mission, Inc., St. Louis Women’s Healthcare, and many others. She is also active with local and state legal organizations and with a number of area civic organizations.

Meanes earned her undergraduate degree from Monmouth College, her master’s from Clark Atlanta University, and a law degree from the University of Iowa.