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Barrister Brief - Member of the Month Program
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W.H. "Bert" Bates was awarded the  KC Counselor Lifetime Achievement Award for a lifetime of outstanding service resulting in the growth and development of the law, improvement in the administration of justice and increased recognition of the contributions by the legal profession to the welfare of society. Bert Bates received this award in recognition of his lifetime of excellence in service to the legal community. A legal legend, his 66 years in practice have spanned an amazing breadth and scope. Perhaps more impressive is Bert's service and leadership of some of the community's most significant charitable, professional and governmental bodies that have resulted in an impressive legal and civic reputation.

Immediately following hi high school graduation, Bert entered the U.S. Army and served overseas during World War II with a combat unit of the Second Infantry Division.  Afterwards, Bert attended the University of Missouri-Columbia, graduating Phi Beta Kappa in 1949. He then went on to the University of Michigan Law School where he served as senior editor of Michigan Law Review, as a law school representative of Michigan Men's Union Cabinet and as the Magister of Phi Delta Phi. 

Still going strong at the age of 92, Bert continues to hold an office in the Kansas City headquarters of Lathrop Gage LLP, where he's been practicing his entire legal career spanning an impressive 66 years. While Bert's legal and civic reputation has always preceded him, he passionately attests to his most important role to have been that of a husband, father and grandfather. 

Barrister Brief - Member of the Month Program

What makes Phi Delta Phi stand above the rest?  It’s you! Phi Delta Phi Members are the best of the best, throughout the world and throughout time. We are proud of all our members and want to show it. The Barrister Brief is a long established feature of PDP and we want to bring it back to give our members their due recognition.

Each month we want to feature a Barrister Brief - Member of the Month on the Phi Delta Phi website, our LinkedIn Group, our Facebook Page, Facebook Group and through a member email blast.

Don’t be humble, don’t be shy. We know how hard all Phis have worked to get where they are today. This is a chance to gain recognition while helping you connect and network with fellow Phis! Use the form below to nominate yourself or another candidate for the PDP Barrister Brief- Member of the Month Program.