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Mathis, Marifian & Richter Shares Experiences in the U.S. Legal System With German Student

Belleville, IL, March. 16, 2011. The Belleville-based law firm of Mathis, Marifian & Richter, Ltd. (MM&R), recently played host to a German law school exchange student hoping to gain experience of the U.S. legal system. Student Jennifer Koch, who is visiting the area through Belleville's Sister Cities program with Paderborn, Germany, finishes her internship with the law firm this week.

, shareholder at MM&R, served as Koch's mentor and arranged for her to visit with several other law firms and courts, sit in on meetings with MM&R clients, spend time at the St. Clair County State's Attorney's office, watch proceedings and civil motions, observe depositions and visit Washington University and St. Louis University Law schools, where she attended classes. She also had the opportunity to visit the St. Louis County Courts and the United State's Attorney's office, and spend time with former MM&R shareholder Laura Grandy, Chief Judge of the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Illinois.

"Our firm was pleased to host Jennifer and help her gain greater insight into other legal systems outside of Germany. As a second-year law student, she hasn't determined her focus so hopefully we were able to give her some new experiences as she navigates her way towards a successful career in law," said O'Keefe.

This is actually Koch's second visit to Belleville. Her first trip was in 2005, then 15 years old, when she participated in a student exchange program and made many friends. Among them was Belleville Mayor Mark Eckert and his family, who helped connect Koch with the law firm.

When asked what she gained from her experience with MM&R, Koch stated, "It's been a really good experience to get to know how the American system works and learn about procedures and trials. This is an important experience not just for school, but for my future."

Koch's last day with MM&R is March 18th. She returns to Germany and school shortly after finishing her internship.

Established in 1984, Mathis, Marifian & Richter, Ltd., has emerged as one of the most trusted and respected law firms in the St. Louis and Southern Illinois areas. Headquartered in Belleville, Ill., the firm also has offices in Clayton, Mo. and Nashville, Ill. MM&R's principals and associates possess knowledge and experience in practice areas that include business law, taxation, estate planning, employee benefits, banking law, bankruptcy, and commercial and tort litigation. For more information, please

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