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Order of the Fleur de Lis

To be inducted into the SLU LAW Order of the Fleur de Lis Hall of Fame is the highest honor from Saint Louis University School of Law. As a Catholic, Jesuit university, Saint Louis University’s mission is the pursuit of truth for the greater glory of God and for the service of humanity.

The University seeks excellence in the fulfillment of its corporate purposes of teaching, research, health care and service to the community. It is dedicated to leadership in the continuing quest for understanding of God's creation and for the discovery, dissemination and integration of the values, knowledge and skills required to transform society in the spirit of the Gospels. This pursuit is motivated by the inspiration and values of the Judeo-Christian tradition and is guided by the spiritual and intellectual ideals of the Society of Jesus.


2019 Induction Ceremony

The induction ceremony for the newest members of the Order of the Fleur de Lis Hall of Fame will take place on Friday, January 25, 2019, at the Missouri Athletic Club.

A cocktail hour will begin at 6 p.m. Dinner and the ceremony will follow at 7 p.m.

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For more information, contact Amanda Goldsmith, director of development, at 314-977-3303 or amanda.goldsmith@slu.edu.

2019 Inductees
  • Sally E. Barker ('76)
  • John T. Boese ('72)
  • Leonard P. Cervantes* (’73)
  • The Hon. Anne-Marie Clarke (’73)
  • The Hon. Edward L. Filippine (’57)
  • The Hon. Kevin F. O’Malley (’73)
  • Kathleen R. Sherby (’76)
  • The Hon. Francis G. Slay (’80)
  • Sr. Laura J. Wolf, OSF (’81)
  • The Hon. Michael A. Wolff, Dean and Professor Emeritus
2017 Inductees

On Friday, Oct. 13, Saint Louis University School of Law inducted 12 new members into the Order of the Fleur de Lis Hall of Fame, the highest honor from Saint Louis University School of Law.

Through their professional successes and significant contributions to the community, the following individuals have brought honor to both Saint Louis University and SLU LAW by demonstrating the University mission and Jesuit spirit.

  • The Hon. Terry I. Adelman* ('70)
    Judge Adelman was a magistrate judge of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri from 1992 until 2015, and served as Chief U.S. Magistrate Judge from 2001 to 2008. He worked in the Public Defender’s Office in the City of St. Louis before becoming an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Eastern District of Missouri, a position he held for 20 years handling many high-profile prosecutions. He was named the First Assistant U.S. Attorney in 1980 and served for the next 12 years before becoming a judge. Judge Adelman served on the district’s court security committee for his entire judicial career and was especially proud of his service on the Model Criminal Jury Instructions Subcommittee of the Eighth Judicial Circuit. He also taught seminars on white collar crime as an adjunct professor at Washington University School of Law and SLU LAW. Judge Adelman's award was accepted by his wife, Christelle Adelman-Adler.
  • The Hon. Susan E. Block ('75)
    Judge Susan E. Block is currently a principal at Paule Camazine & Blumenthal, after retiring as a circuit judge and administrative judge in 2004, with 25 years of judicial service. She holds various leadership positions with the National Council of Jewish Women, Win With Women, HomeWorks! and the National Women’s Political Caucus, and she is a founding member of Caring for Kids. She has been an adjunct professor at Saint Louis University, Washington University and Emory University Schools of Law, specializing in trial practice and technique courses. She focuses her practice in family law matters and is viewed as a “lawyer’s lawyer” among her colleagues.
  • Kevin C. Curran ('78)
    Kevin C. Curran is currently First Assistant in the Office of the Federal Public Defender for the Eastern District of Missouri. Curran has worked in various capacities for both the Missouri State Public Defender System and the Office of the Federal Public Defender. He is an adjunct professor at SLU LAW and Washington University School of Law focusing on death penalty litigation and trial advocacy, and he currently supervises the internship program in the Office of the Federal Public Defender. Curran is a member of the Eighth Circuit Model Criminal Jury Instructions Subcommittee, has served on the National Institute for Justice and the National Commission on the Future of DNA Evidence Post-conviction Issues Working Group and is a past president of the Missouri Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. Curran's award was presented by his daughter, third-year law student Nora Curran.
  • The Hon. Jimmie M. Edwards ('81)
    Judge Jimmie M. Edwards is a circuit court judge of the 22nd Circuit Court in Missouri for St. Louis and has served for 25 years, five of which he served as the administrative judge of the Family Court and chief juvenile court judge. Judge Edwards has made a significant mark in civil law, presiding over more than 500 jury trials, and he has handled important state litigation, including the Missouri Tobacco Case. He is a member of the National Center for State Courts Board of Directors and the Missouri Supreme Court Civil Rules Committee, and he chairs the State Judicial Records Committee.
  • Anita C. Esslinger ('78)
    Anita C. Esslinger retired in 2016 as a partner and co-leader of the Global Anti-Corruption Team at Bryan Cave, where she worked in their St. Louis, Washington, D.C. and London offices. Her practice in the area of international business transactions included a variety of corporate and commercial issues, and she has written and spoken regularly on these topics, including at the Cambridge University International Symposium on Economic Crime and in Beijing, Tanjin and Hong Kong on the occasion of China’s accession to the World Trade Organization. She also served as a World Bank monitor of integrity compliance by a European company as part of the World Bank’s voluntary disclosure program.
  • Jesse A. Goldner, John D. Valentine Professor of Law Emeritus
    Jesse A. Goldner received his A.B. in 1969 and his M.A. in 1971, both from Columbia University, and earned his J.D. from Harvard Law School in 1973. He joined the SLU LAW faculty in 1973, where he began his tenure developing the School’s civil and criminal clinical programs before becoming the co-founder of the Center for Health Law Studies, which he directed for 12 years. He has done extensive research on issues relating to the law and ethics of research on human subjects. He’s had leadership roles on several councils overseeing human research and accreditation, and he currently serves on the board of directors of the National Register of Health Service Psychologists. Goldner served as SLU LAW associate dean for academic affairs for three years, and has been a visiting professor at a number of American and foreign law schools.
  • Roger L. Goldman, Callis Family Professor of Law Emeritus
    Roger L. Goldman is the nation’s foremost expert on police licensing and license revocation laws and is also a leading expert on the U.S. Supreme Court and constitutional law. Goldman received his A.B. from Harvard University in 1963 and his J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania Law School in 1966. He joined the SLU LAW faculty in 1971, where he taught courses in civil procedure, criminal procedure, constitutional law and federal courts for the next 40 years and received multiple writing and teaching awards; he served as associate dean twice and as interim dean for one year. In addition to helping states write and adopt laws to prevent repeat police officer misconduct, Goldman has written several articles and books on constitutional law and criminal procedure and is frequently sought out by both national and local media for commentary.
  • Bernard A. Reinert ('62)
    Bernard A. Reinert is the founder of and a principal in Reinert Weishaar Attorneys at Law. His practice areas have been fidelity and surety bond claims and litigation, banking and financial institutions, business and commercial litigation, construction law, trials and appeals, and he has a national reputation as a practitioner and publisher on surety and fidelity issues. After receiving his law degree in 1962, Reinert served as a law clerk to U.S. District Judge Omer Poos. He is an active member of his Kirkwood community, serving as a member of the Kirkwood R7 School District Board of Education (1976-1991) and as chairman of the City of Kirkwood Civil Service Commission (1992 to the present).
  • The Hon. Karen E. Schreier ('81)
    Judge Karen E. Schreier is a federal judge of the U.S. District Court for the District of South Dakota, currently stationed in Sioux Falls. She spent 11 years as a partner and associate at Hagen, Wilka, Schreier & Archer, P.C., practicing civil and business litigation, administrative law, estate planning and family law, before becoming the first woman to serve as U.S. Attorney for the District of South Dakota and later the first woman to serve as a federal district judge in South Dakota. She currently serves as chair of the Judicial Conference Committee on the Administration of the Bankruptcy System and is a current board member of South Dakota Children’s Home Society.
  • Mary Anne Sedey ('75)
    Mary Anne Sedey is currently a partner in the firm Sedey Harper, P.C. and has represented employees in Missouri for 40 years. Sedey has served as president of the National Employment Lawyers Association (NELA) and founded its St. Louis chapter, and was president of the executive board of the nonprofit Workplace Fairness. She served a six-year term on the Judicial Commission of the 22nd Judicial Circuit of Missouri and is currently a member of the executive committee of the Theodore McMillian Inns of Court, as well as a number of other legal organizations, and she has taught courses and spoken around the country on trial tactics and employment law issues.
  • Reuben A. Shelton ('81)
    Reuben A. Shelton recently retired as lead litigation counsel for Monsanto Company, where he handled antitrust and intellectual property litigation as well as international business litigation and global policy matters. Previously, he was special chief counsel in the Office for the Missouri Attorney General and worked for Ameren Union Electric Company for 14 years as head of the Tort Litigation Department. He is past president of BAMSL, the St. Louis Bar Foundation, and the Missouri Bar Association and currently serves on the Missouri Bar Board of Trustees – the first African American elected to those positions. He has also been involved in leadership roles in numerous other legal and nonprofit organizations and is now vice chair of the Missouri Development Finance Board.
  • The Hon. Lisa S. Van Amburg ('75)
    Judge Lisa S. Van Amburg is currently an appellate judge for the Missouri Court of Appeals for the Eastern District. She launched her career in employment law and labor law, her specialty for 27 years, working at firms VanAmburg, Chackes, Carlson and Spritzer; Schuchat, Cook &Werner; and Anderson, Everett, Sedey and VanAmburg and arguing in several notable discrimination cases. In 2003, she was appointed to the bench as a circuit judge for the 22nd Judicial Circuit of Missouri in the City of St. Louis, and was appointed to the Court of Appeals in 2012.

*indicates deceased

~The Hon. Kevin F. O'Malley ('73) was initially selected as a member of the 2017 Order of the Fleur de Lis class. Due to a work commitment in Ireland, he will defer his induction and join the next class.

2016 Inductees

Our second annual Order of the Fleur de Lis Hall of Fame induction ceremony was held on Sept. 16, 2016. The 15 honorees set the bar high and will serve as aspirational examples for all who serve as men and women for others. Through their professional successes and significant contributions to the community, the following individuals have brought honor to both Saint Louis University and SLU LAW by demonstrating the University mission and Jesuit spirit.

  • The Honorable Henry Autrey ('77)
    Judge Autrey is currently a federal judge of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri. He received his B.S. and J.D. from Saint Louis University in 1974 and 1977. He was assistant circuit attorney for the City of St. Louis until 1986 when he became circuit court judge. In 2002, he was appointed to a seat on the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri.
  • The Honorable Clyde S. Cahill ('51)*
    Judge Cahill was a federal judge of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri from 1980 until 2004. He served in the Air Force during World War II before receiving his B.S. and J.D. from Saint Louis University in 1949 and 1951. He was active in civil rights litigation throughout Missouri. He was a chief legal advisor to the Missouri NAACP and filed the first lawsuit in Missouri that implemented the Supreme Court’s decision in Brown v. Board of Education.
  • The Honorable Michael B. Calvin ('75)*
    Judge Michael Calvin graduated from Saint Louis University School of Law in 1975. In 1988, Calvin became a circuit judge, and in 1999 he was elected by his colleagues as presiding judge, becoming the first African-American in that position. In 2008, he retired from the bench, and went on to work as of counsel to Spencer Fane Britt & Browne, focusing on mediation and arbitration.
  • Dennis C. Donnelly ('66)
    Dennis C. Donnelly is currently senior counsel of Bryan Cave LLP specializing in employment law. He received both his A.B. and J.D. from Saint Louis University in 1963 and 1966. He was the assistant circuit attorney for the City of St. Louis until 1968, when he served as assistant U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Missouri and Eastern District of Illinois. He is currently on the advisory board for Ranken Technical College and for Boys Hope/Girls Hope.
  • Susan A. "Tonie" FitzGibbon ('84)
    Susan A. “Tonie” FitzGibbon has been a part of the SLU LAW faculty since 1987, becoming the director of the William C. Wefel Center for Employment Law in 1994. She earned her J.D. from SLU in 1984. A specialist in employment law, arbitration and mediation, Fitzgibbon taught contracts, labor law and alternative dispute resolution.
  • David J. Hensler ('67)
    David J. Hensler is a top-rated business litigation attorney in Washington, D.C. focusing on securities fraud litigation, internal investigations, and many other types of general commercial litigation. Hensler received his both his A.B. and J.D. from Saint Louis University. After law school, he joined the General Counsel’s Office of the Securities and Exchange Commission and was an adjunct professor at Georgetown Law. Hensler is currently a partner at Hogan Lovells LLP in Washington, D.C.
  • The Honorable Mary Kathryn Hoff ('78)
    Judge Hoff earned her J.D. from Saint Louis University School of Law in 1978. She began her legal career in 1978 as an assistant public defender in St. Louis. In 1982, she became a private practice lawyer until May of 1989, when she was appointed as a circuit judge in the 22nd Judicial Circuit. In 1996, Hoff was appointed to the Missouri Court of Appeals for the Eastern District.
  • F. William Human, Jr. ('50)*
    F. William Human received his undergraduate and law degree from Saint Louis University. He served in the Navy during WWII and the Korean War, and was elected Clayton’s first mayor in 1959. He was chairman of the St. Louis County Charter Commission, member of the committee that created the charter for the Zoo-Museum District, as well as a member of the general counsel that created the St. Louis Science Center.
  • Joseph L. Leritz ('52)
    Joseph L. Leritz is senior partner of Leritz & Plunkert, P.C., specializing in fire insurance, subrogation, insurance coverage litigation and commercial litigation. He graduated from SLU LAW in 1952. He has appeared in state and federal courts at all levels including the U.S. Supreme Court. A member of the Missouri Bar Association and the Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis, Leritz served as president of Member of the Association of Defense Counsel from 1969 to 1970.
  • Henry F. Luepke ('60)
    Henry F. Luepke Jr. received his A.B. from The University of Notre Dame in 1957 and his J.D. from Saint Louis University School of Law in 1960. He is currently Of Counsel of Lewis Rice LLC, a law firm in St. Louis, Mo. As a lawyer, attorney Luepke served Saint Louis City County, as well as clients throughout Missouri.
  • Marian V. "Bo" Mehan ('82)
    Marian V. “Bo” Mehan received J.D. from Saint Louis University School of Law in 1982. She works in estate planning at Lewis Rice LLC, a job in which she has had for over 30 years. She has held various leadership positions with several St. Louis nonprofit organizations, such as the Cardinal Glennon Children’s Hospital Foundation, Catholic Services for Children, the Girl Scout Council of Greater St. Louis, and the St. Louis Art Museum Foundation.
  • Robert F. Scoular ('68)
    As chairman of SNR Denton, Robert F. Scoular is currently a trial and appellate attorney specializing in complex litigation. He serves on the executive committee of the Board of Directors of Public Counsel and leads the firm’s Los Angeles pro bono efforts. He received his J.D. from SLU's School of Law in 1964, and currently serves on several boards for California nonprofits such as the Southern California Advisory Board of the Daughters of Charity Foundation.
  • The Honorable Joseph J. Simeone (Professor Emeritus)*
    Professor Emeritus Joseph J. Simeone was a longtime Saint Louis University School of Law professor and a former judge of both the Missouri Supreme Court and Court of Appeals. He served as legal counsel for two Missouri governors and the legal advisor for the Judiciary Committee of the Missouri House of Representatives. He is the principal author of the Judicial Article of the Missouri Constitution, the original Missouri Public Defender Act, the Controlled Substances Law, various environmental laws and other legislation.
  • John G. Simon ('86)
    John G. Simon received his undergraduate and law degree from Saint Louis University in 1983 and 1986. He founded Simon Law Firm, P.C., where he dedicates his career to helping injury victims. Simon is currently a member of the American Association for Justice, and has served on the Board of Governors of the Missouri Association of Trial Attorneys since 1991. He is also an adjunct professor at SLU's School of Law teaching trial advocacy.
  • Arlene Zarembka ('74)
    Arlene Zarembka earned her B.A. in economics from Swarthmore College in 1970 and her J.D. from Saint Louis University School of Law in 1974. After graduation, she spent six years as an attorney in Legal Services and six years in a private practice partnership before she opened her own law firm in 1987. Zarembka has advocated for civil liberties and civil rights for all persons throughout her practice, writing more than 90 published commentaries on civil rights, civil liberties, and social and economic justice.
    *indicates deceased
2015 Inductees

Our inaugural Order of the Fleur de Lis Hall of Fame induction ceremony was held on Sept. 25, 2015. The 14 honorees of our inaugural class certainly set the bar high and will serve as aspirational examples for all who serve as men and women for others. Through their professional successes and significant contributions to the community, the following individuals have brought honor to both Saint Louis University and SLU LAW by demonstrating the University mission and Jesuit spirit.

  • John (Jack) M. Bray, 1962
  • Honorable Kathianne Knaup Crane, 1971
  • Irvin, 1954 and Maggie Dagen*
  • Doreen D. Dodson, 1974
  • John E. (Jack) Dunsford*, 1956
  • Vincent C. Immel*
  • Sandra H. Johnson
  • Honorable Theodore McMillian*, 1949
  • Michael D. O'Keefe, 1961
  • Peter W. Salsich Jr., 1965
  • Eileen H. Searls
  • John C. Shepherd*, 1951
  • Honorable Paul J. Simon, 1960
  • Jon A. Theobald, 1970