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Longtime Kirksville attorney honored by Missouri Bar Association

Longtime lawyer and Kirksville City Attorney Howard Hickman passed away in February. (KTVO File)

Lawyers and court personnel from across northeast Missouri gathered Friday in Kirksville to remember one of their own.

Longtime lawyer and Kirksville City Attorney Howard Hickman passed away in February.

Friday afternoon, local members of the Missouri Bar Association held a special court session to commemorate the life and service of Hickman.

A resolution that served as a tribute to Hickman was formally presented and adopted by bar association members.

Hickman's family was on hand to accept the resolution.

Lawyers also shared memories of working with Hickman in and out of the courtroom over the years.

John Slavin was a partner of Hickman's at the Kirksville law firm of Farr, Hickman and Slavin LLC.

He told those at Friday's event that Hickman was the type of lawyer many should strive to be.

"We should all aspire to his professional philosophy to settle in the cases that needed to be settled, try the cases that needed to be tried and always treat other attorneys, court staff, parties and witnesses with dignity and respect."

Hickman graduated from the University of Missouri with his undergraduate degree and from the Mizzou School of Law with his Juris Doctorate Degree.

Shortly after graduation, he moved to Kirksville in 1977 to practice law.


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