Last week Amy Lorenz-Moser (’00), a partner at Armstrong Teasdale, was on campus as part of the Pro Bono Speaker Series.  Her bio on the firm’s website states: “An experienced litigator, Amy concentrates her practice on complex personal-injury defense, including product liability and toxic tort defense.” Her experiences working at Thompson Coburn, Bryan Cave and Armstrong Teasdale would draw a large crowd of interested law students, but last Wednesday the 60+ students who attended came to hear Amy speak about the post-trial criminal pro bono work she does in addition to her full-time job.

Her passion for fighting for women imprisoned  for killing their abusive husbands, began here at Mizzou Law as a student in the Domestic Violence Clinic.  Since graduation in 2000, Amy has worked tirelessly for the successful release of several women in Missouri.  Her efforts have not only radically changed the lives of the women she represented but has earned her accolades such as the prestigious ABA Pro Bono Publico Award in 2012 and an appointment on the ABA Standing Committee on Pro Bono and Public Service.

Amy captivated her audience as she explained the different processes she pursued to develop the cases that led to the release of her clients.  Students were able to listen to a video clip of one woman who will be released later this month. Amy encouraged the audience to get involved because, “It will change your life!”