Former Missouri Supreme Court Judge Ray Price, who recently joined Armstrong Teasdale as a partner, has been selected to receive the American Judicature Society’s top state honor, the Herbert Harley Award. Price, the longest serving judge on the state’s highest court, was chosen for the award because of his outstanding efforts and contributions to substantially improve the administration of justice in Missouri. He will be recognized on Oct. 18, 2012, during The Missouri Bar’s annual meeting in St. Louis.
Serving more than 20 years and two terms as chief justice on the state's highest court, Price championed the development of drug courts and criminal sentencing reform. He also served on a number of national boards that focus on improving the education of judges in a wide variety of subjects.
Price retired from the bench on Aug. 1 and became a member of Armstrong Teasdale’s Litigation Practice group. He has a state-wide practice focusing on complex commercial and tort matters and maintains offices in St. Louis, Kansas City and Jefferson City.
Prior to his appointment to Missouri’s highest court in 1992, Price was a business litigation attorney for 14 years at a major Kansas City-based law firm. He was a member of the firm’s three-person executive committee and chairman of its business litigation section. Price also served as president of the Kansas City Board of Police Commissioners and as a member of the board of directors of Truman Medical Center.
Price received his J.D., cum laude, from Washington and Lee University School of Law, was a Rockefeller Fellow at Yale University Divinity School, and earned his B.A. in religion, with high distinction, from the University of Iowa.
About the American Judicature Society: Founded in 1913, the AJS is an independent, non-partisan, membership organization working nationally to protect the integrity of the American justice system. AJS’s diverse and broadly based membership – including judges, lawyers and members of the public – promotes fair and impartial courts through research, publications, education and advocacy for judicial reform. For more information please visit http://www.ajs.org.