Springfield Criminal Law Blog

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February 15, 2023
Dee Wampler
Our friend and colleague Dee Wampler died on October 8, 2021. He earned his Juris Doctor in 1965, giving up an opportunity to join the FBI to become an Assistant Prosecuting Attorney for Greene County. He became the youngest elected Prosecuting Attorney in the county’s history at the age of 29. In 1973, he began...
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February 15, 2023
Shawna Kipp
In business, they say everyone is replaceable. However, we have learned the hard way that’s simply not true. It is with the heaviest of hearts that we say goodbye to our friend, colleague and the glue that held us together, Shawna Kipp, our Senior Paralegal and Office Manager. She left this life tragically on January...
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February 14, 2023
Homer Wampler
Homer D. Wampler, Jr. attended Missouri Valley College in Marshall, Missouri, and Ozark Western College in Carthage. After working as an engineer for Proctor & Gamble, he earned his law degree from the University of Missouri-Columbia in 1938. Homer served as Assistant Greene County Prosecutor from 1941-43, and started the Neale, Newman and Wampler law...
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February 8, 2023
Joseph S. Passanise
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February 8, 2023
Taylon Sumners-Schwartz
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February 8, 2023
Sandy Ellis
Sandy Ellis is our Receptionist and brings more than 50 years of experience to the Firm. Her past work encompasses the educational and judicial systems, having served in the Willard R-2 School System, the Greene County Prosecutor’s Office, and the Missouri Court of Appeals. A graduate of Southwest Baptist College in Bolivar, Missouri, Sandy also...
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February 8, 2023
Sarah Shewmaker
Sarah Shewmaker is a Paralegal for the Firm, working directly for Managing Partner Joseph S. Passanise. Sarah joined the Firm in October 2013. As part of the trial-preparation team, she conducts research, files briefs, and creates a variety of other legal documents needed for criminal defense cases and appeals. A graduate of Drury University with...
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February 8, 2023
Teresa Courtois
Teresa Courtois is a Paralegal for the Firm, working directly for Associate Attorney Taylon Sumners-Schwartz. She works on the trial-preparation team, preparing documentation, filing briefs and conducting research. Teresa was with the Greene County Prosecutor’s Office before moving to Lincoln, Nebraska. There she worked for the Clerk of the District Court for three years. She...
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February 8, 2023
Pam Mosier
Pam Mosier is the Administrator for the Firm and has overall responsibility for managing finance and operating procedures. She brings an extensive background in organizational and financial management to the Firm, having served as a Clinic Manager for Mercy Hospital for more than 25 years. There, she had finance oversight and was responsible for revenue...
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