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Thomas E. Kennedy III

Thomas E. Kennedy III brings half a century of expertise to fighting injustice and advocating for the rights of the marginalized. His commitment to improving systems that serve the poor and disabled is proven by his zealous advocacy for individuals with developmental disabilities, foster children, and underrepresented employees in the workplace.

“In the struggle for justice, the only reward is the opportunity to be in the struggle.” – Frederick Douglass

PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS: 
  • Disability Rights Bar Association
  • Civil Justice Reform Act Committee of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Illinois
  • ADA/ADAA Pattern Jury Instructions Subcommitte for the 7th Circuit Ct of Appeals, 2017-2018
AWARDS: 
  • Melton M. Lewis Equal Justice Award from LSEM 2017
  • The Midwest Foster Care and Adoption Association’s Outstanding Advocacy Award, 2005  
  • Legal Services of Eastern Missouri’s Volunteer Lawyer of the Year Award, 2004 
  • Metropolitan St. Louis Equal Housing Opportunity Council’s Open Door Award, 2003  
  • Saint Louis University School of Law’s 9th Annual Clarence Darrow Public Interest Advocate Award, 2002 
  • Lawyers Trust Fund of Illinois’ First Attorney Recognition Award, 1989 
  • The Coalition of Citizens with Disabilities in Illinois Smithson Advocacy Award, 1989 
BAR ADMISSIONS: 
  • State of Missouri 
  • State of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Missouri
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Missouri
  • U.S. District Court, Central District of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Illinois 
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the 8th Circuit
EDUCATION: 
  • University of Illinois College of Law 
  • Wesleyan University