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Freeman General Counsel Receives Prestigious Honor

November 01, 2017

H. Dwight Douglas admitted to practice before U.S. Supreme Court.

H. Dwight Douglas, Freeman General Counsel, was admitted to the bar of the United States Supreme Court. Douglas was nominated by the University of Missouri School of Law and was sworn-in with a group of 12 outstanding alumni.

“Only a small percentage of lawyers are admitted to practice before the U.S. Supreme Court,” said Paula F. Baker, Freeman President and Chief Executive Officer. “This is an exciting honor for Dwight, and we are extremely proud of his accomplishments.”

To qualify, applicants must be admitted to practice in the highest court of a state, commonwealth, territory or possession, or the District of Columbia for at least three years. He or she must have a clean disciplinary record during that time and be deemed as having good moral and professional character. The U.S. Supreme Court also requires a letter of good standing from the state’s highest court and two sponsors.

Douglas was presented to the U.S. Supreme Court in person by Lyrissa Lidsky, University of Missouri School of Law Dean. Chief Justice John Roberts Jr. accepted the nomination, and Douglas was sworn in during open session.

Douglas began contract work for Freeman in 2000 and has served as general counsel for more than eight years. Previously, the Neosho native had a private practice in Neosho for 40 years.

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