Law School Inducts Honorary Order of the Coif Initiate Meyer, Recognizes 2013 Academic Excellence Award Winners


Each spring, the law school honors students from the top 15 percent of the class at a special Academic Excellence Reception. This year, members of the class of 2013 were saluted along with Honorary Order of the Coif initiate John S. Meyer, Jr., JD ’84, a shareholder and executive committee member in the St. Louis firm of Capes, Sokol, Goodman & Sarachan PC and an ex-officio member of the law school’s National Council.

At Capes, Sokol, Goodman & Sarachan, Meyer chairs the firm’s business and real estate practice group. He has represented clients in a wide variety of commercial transactions, ranging from asset acquisitions and dispositions to zoning. Prior to joining the firm in 2007, he practiced in the banking and real estate, bankruptcy, and construction law groups at Bryan Cave LLP. He is a member of the American Arbitration Association, the Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis, and the Construction and Business Law sections of the American Bar Association.

Meyer currently chairs the law school’s Eliot Society and Annual Giving Campaign. He has long been involved with Grace Hill, a not-for-profit organization that works to provide quality healthcare while promoting healthy lifestyles. He also recently joined the Beyond Housing Board of Directors, completed six years of service as member of the Board of Trustees of John Burroughs School, and is a member of the Finance Committee for Planned Parenthood of the St. Louis Region.

Dean Kent Syverud and Vice Dean Andrew Martin also made remarks. Martin and Associate Dean Janet Bolin presented each honoree with a gift and a chocolate “purse of gold,” in recognition of the ancient tradition in which initiates to the English Order of the Coif were honored for their achievements with purses of gold.