ST. LOUIS (May 1, 2014) — Three St. Louis organizations have chosen to honor St. Louis Circuit Judge Jimmie M. Edwards this month for his work in founding and continuing to lead Innovative Concept Academy (ICA) for troubled students.
In August 2009, in collaboration with Dr. Lewis Chartock of MERS Goodwill and Dr. Kelvin Adams, Superintendent of the St. Louis Public Schools, Judge Edwards opened ICA to provide educational instruction with firmness, compassion, dignity and respect to students who have been expelled from regular schools or who have been disruptive in the classroom.ICA offers students a last chance for the education every child deserves to become a productive citizen and to realize their potential in life. ICA is the first community partnership school in the country overseen by a court system.
Today, the Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis will recognize his work at ICA in presenting Edwards its 2014 Distinguished Lawyer Award during its Law Day luncheon program at the Renaissance Grand St. Louis Hotel.
On May 16, Eden Theological Seminary will present Edwards an honorary doctor of laws degree in connection with his role at ICA in commencement exercises at the Webster Groves campus.
On May 17, Edwards will be commencement speaker for Saint Louis University and will receive an honorary doctorate of laws degree.
Edwards said, “While it is humbling indeed to be recognized in this way, I am thrilled to accept these awards because individually and collectively they raise up the value of educating all of our citizens — and particularly those who have run into trouble along the way.”