The 2020 application period is now closed. 

The  2021 period will open on or around February 1, 2021.  

 

LINDA J. MURPHY SCHOLARSHIP POLICY

Purpose

The Linda J. Murphy Scholarship (“Scholarship”) is intended to recognize female law students who have dedicated themselves in a significant way to advancing the quality of life and stature of women in society through community service or otherwise.  Linda J. Murphy, the scholarship’s namesake, was an outstanding member of the WLA who dedicated her life and legal career to advocate for the rights of women and minorities.  Linda J. Murphy served as President of the WLA from 1987 through 1988. 

The Linda J. Murphy Scholarship is administered by WLA’s charitable arm, the Women Lawyers' Association Foundation. 

Scholarship Committee

By January 1st of each year, the President of the WLA shall appoint a Scholarship Committee consisting of a Committee Chair and 3-5 members of the WLA’s general body.  At least one board member of the WLA Foundation shall serve on the committee and shall serve as a liaison to determine WLA Foundation funds available for scholarship in any particular year.  The Committee Chair shall be a member of the WLA Board of Directors. 

Application and Notification Deadlines

Applications for the Scholarship shall open on February 1st of each year, via WLA’s website or other electronic medium, and remain open until March 15th at 5:00 p.m.  The Scholarship Committee shall select at least one (1) and not more than five (5) recipients of the Scholarship, and choose one (1) alternate scholarship recipient for each scholarship to be awarded in case a primary candidate cannot or does not accept the award for any reason.  The Committee shall present its selections to the President of the Board no later than April 15th of each year. 

Within seven (7) days of receiving the Scholarship Committee’s selections, the President and/or the WLA Foundation representative serving on the Scholarship Committee shall present the selected applicants to the WLA Foundation for approval. 

Within seven (7) days of receipt of the Foundation’s approval of the Scholarship recipients, the Committee Chair shall notify the applicants of the Committee’s decision regarding their applications.  The Scholarship recipients shall be formally recognized at the WLA’s Annual Installation Dinner in the fall. 

Eligibility

Application is open to current 1L and 2L female law students enrolled in a part-time or full-time legal program at a qualifying institution.  Applicants must be enrolled at one of the four Missouri law schools (Washington University, Saint Louis University, the University of Missouri in Columbia or the University of Missouri-Kansas City) or Southern Illinois University School of Law in Carbondale.  

Selected applicants must provide verification of continued law school enrollment in the fall semester following the award.

Applicants must submit the following documentation to be considered:

  • Linda J. Murphy Scholarship Application (completed in its entirety )and inclusive of,
  • Law School transcripts, and
  • Biographical sketch outlining the applicant's activities, honors and awards and statements addressing the applicant's background and future goals while highlighting the ways in which the applicant currently fulfills the goals of the WLA Mission Statement. 

Selection Criteria

The Committee will consider the following to make its decision:

  • Demonstrated commitment to causes that are consistent with the mission of the WLA, 
  • Academic record,
  • Demonstrated leadership and participation in school and community activities,
  • Academic and professional honors,
  • Work experience, and 
  • Statement of goals and aspirations.

The Committee may also consider financial need and has the discretion to weigh this factor as it deems appropriate.  

Read about Linda J. Murphy here.  

Read about the Linda J. Murphy Scholarship here.

Access to the the Linda J. Murphy Scholarship Application will be provided here.  

 

The 2020 application period is now closed. 

The  2021 period will open on or around February 1, 2021.    

 

WLA Zoom Happy Hour and Holiday Scavenger Hunt | Thursday, December 10th | 5:30 PM

Dust off your best (or ugliest) holiday sweater and join Debbie Weaver, Shannon Dawson and Jenifer Snow for a jolly good time!  Grab your favorite cocktail and put your running shoes on to find things around your house!  Prizes for best/ugliest sweater and for the winner of the scavenger hunt.  Special thanks to our Happy Hour sponsors, The Law Offices of Joan Swartz and the Dawson Law Firm.  Space is limited to members who will be welcomed on a first-come basis and provided with meeting sign-in information on the day of the event.  Register here.


Holiday Wine Tasting and Raffle | Wednesday, December 16th | 4:30 PM

Who needs a trip to Napa when PRP Wine International can come to you?!  Grab your friends, family or colleague (in your Covid bubble of course) and join Eric Winters (www.STLwineguy.com) from PRP for a fun and educational virtual wine tasting to support the Women Lawyers Association!  PRP Wine represents small, boutique vineyards from around the world and regularly hosts in-person and virtual wine tastings.  These exclusive wines cannot be found in stores, bars or restaurants! 

With your $100 ticket, you will receive 5 bottles (assortment of styles) of wine shipped to your home or office (value of $180 retail) and hours of fun!  Prior to the event, you will receive suggested food pairing and setup details and at the conclusion of the event the wines will be available for purchase.  Proceeds will benefit the WLA Foundation which supports law student scholarships and the Judicial Portrait Project.  Not a fan of wine?  No problem!  Sign up to join us for $10 and donate whatever additional amount you like!

*To ensure timely delivery the week of the event (via UPS with signature required), the deadline for sign-up for the tasting is November 30th.

We are also hosting a raffle during the wine tasting event, no need to be present to win.  Raffle tickets are 1 for $5 or 5 for $20.  Raffle items will have a value of at least $100.

Registration is open to all, but is limited.  Sign up now

Special thanks to our event sponsor, Armstrong Teasdale.  Additional sponsorships are also available, please contact Jen Matthew at jmatthew@alaris.us for more information.


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