Awards and Honors

Selected Awards

  • AFSCME Robert J. Carico Champion of Service Award, 2008
  • Missouri State Council of Firefighters Recognition, 2007
  • University of Missouri Alumni Alliance Award, 2007
  • SSM Cardinal Glennon Champion of Children Award, 2007
  • Missouri Head Start Association Award of Appreciation, 2007
  • National Multiple Sclerosis Society Committed Statesperson Award, 2006
  • Muleskinners Betty Saunders Elected Officeholders Award, 2006
  • Missouri Alliance for Animal Legislation Open Your Heart Award, 2006
  • Missouri Watch Defender of Patient Safety Award, 2005
  • Missouri Association of Trial Attorneys Champion of Justice Award, 2004
  • Military Officers Association of America Certificate of Appreciation, 2004
  • Hickman High School Outstanding Alumnus Award, 2003
  • Missouri Votes Conservation Rising Star Award, 2003

Boards, Honors and Commissions

  • First state trade mission to Cuba following commencement of U.S.-Cuba normalization process, 2015
  • CrimeStoppers Board, Member, 2015
  • Mid-Missouri Highsteppers, Board of Directors, Member, 2008
  • Missouri Kidney Program Advisory Council, Board of Directors, Member, 2004-2008
  • Prevent Child Abuse Missouri, Board of Directors, Member, 2004-2007
  • American Council of Young Political Leaders, East Asia-Pacific Summit Delegate, Tokyo, Japan, 2006
  • Democratic National Convention Rules Committee, Member, 2004
  • Governor’s Commission on the Future of Higher Education, Member, 2004
  • University of Missouri College of Education Commencement Speaker, Winter 2004
  • American Council of Young Political Leaders, China Delegate, 2003
  • Together Center, Inc., Board of Directors, Member, 1995-2001


  • “Whither the Witness? The Federal Government’s Special Duty of Protection in Criminal Proceedings after Piechowicz v. U.S.,” 76 Cornell L. Rev. 1285 (1991).
  • “The Inadequacies of the Presidential Selection Process,” Vanderbilt Undergraduate Review (1986).
  • (Co-author) “Summary Appeals and Extraordinary Relief on Appeal,” Federal Civil Litigation, (Lorman Education Services 1995).
  • (Co-author) “Removal to Federal Court: Issues, Practice and Procedure,” Federal Civil Litigation, (Professional Education Systems 1995).