The award recognizes an ABA young lawyer who demonstrates professional excellence, service to the profession and the bar, service to the community and/or a reputation for, or the advancement of, legal ethics and professional responsibility.
“Jason’s dedication to the profession and work in the community is a tremendous example and inspiration for all young lawyers,” said Mario A. Sullivan, chair of the Young Lawyers Division. “He is a true asset to the division and has worked tirelessly to ensure its success, vision and goals.”
Sengheiser serves as a law clerk at the Missouri Court of Appeals for the Eastern District and is also an adjunct faculty member at Fontbonne University, where he teaches Introduction to Law and American Constitutional Development. Sengheiser is active in several bar associations and bar activities, notably serving as district representative to help deliver legal services for disaster survivors after the tornado in Joplin, Mo., as well as flooding in other regions.
In addition to practicing law, teaching and serving as a bar leader, Sengheiser finds time to give back to his community through a variety of community service projects. He has volunteered with global endeavors such as Amnesty International USA and locally with the nonprofit St. Louis B-Works, a volunteer-run program that helps kids learn teamwork and responsibility through bikes, “bytes” and books.
Sengheiser also contributes to his community through pro bono activities as a member of the advisory board for the Saint Louis University Prison Program, which provides education and promotes service to prison staff and people incarcerated in Missouri while conducting research on education and incarceration.
“I think when we talk about increasing professionalism in the legal profession, what we are really talking about is strengthening and increasing our commitment to the rule of law, the foundation of a peaceful society,” Sengheiser said. “It is extremely gratifying to be recognized for my efforts to protect and enhance the rule of law in my career and through my service to the bar and to the public.”
The ABA Young Lawyers Division has more than 130,000 members and 300 affiliated groups and is the largest young lawyer organization in the world.
More information on the ABA National Outstanding Young Lawyer Award can be found here.