St. Louis Circuit Judge David C. Mason will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award for Excellence in Teaching Advocacy from Stetson University College of Law in Gulfport, Fla., on May 21.
Stetson presents the annual award to recognize those who have fundamentally changed the way in which the world approaches the teaching of advocacy. The presentation will come at the keynote dinner and reception during law school’s annual three-day conference titled “Educating Advocates: Teaching Advocacy Skills.”
The theme of this year’s conference is “Teaching through the Twin Lenses of Diversity and Inclusiveness.”
Judge Mason will become the 12th recipient of the award. Previous recipients of this award include Terry MacCarthy, Thomas Mauet, Warren Wolfson, Barbara Bergman, James Seckinger, Edward Ohlbaum, Susan Poehls, Bill Eleazer, the Hon. David Erickson, Joshua Karton, and Travis H.D. Lewin.
Judge Mason has the longest tenure among the 31 judges of the 22nd Judicial Circuit of Missouri, having been appointed in 1991. Prior to his appointment, Judge Mason served as an assistant attorney general, general counsel to the Missouri Department of Corrections, and in private practice. He has been a teacher of Trial Advocacy for the National Institute for Trial Advocacy, the Yeshiva University Benjamin Cardozo School of Law, and several bar associations. Since 1989, he has served as an adjunct professor of law at the Washington University School of Law in St. Louis, where he earned his law degree.