LINDA J. MURPHY SCHOLARSHIP POLICY
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.
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.
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:
The Committee will consider the following to make its decision:
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 is available here.
Cardinals Watch Party
Wednesday, August 4th | After Work | Sports & Social at Ballpark Village
Not busy after work on August 4th? Now you are! Head to Sports & Social at Ballpark Village to connect with fellow WLA members while cheering on the Cards as they take on Atlanta (first pitch is 7:15 PM). This will be a "BYOM" - Bring Your Own Money - event. Gather your tribes and hope to see you there. No RSVP or registration is needed. Go Cards!
Thursday, August 5th | 5:30 - 7:30 PM | Olive + Oak 216 West Lockwood, Webster Groves, 63119
WLA's Annual Meeting and President's Party will be held Thursday, August 5th, from 5:30 - 7:30 PM at Olive + Oak in Webster Groves. The Annual Meeting also serves to ratify the work of the Board over the course of the Bar year. We invite registered guests to join us for our annual report of the organization, and unbeatable fellowship with your fellow WLA members accompanied by light appetizers and drinks. The event is free to members. Register here.
Monthly Board Meeting:
Third Wednesday of every month
Noon - 1:30 PM
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Save the Dates:
Thursday, September 9th
WLA Installation Gala at the Missouri Botanical Garden's Spink Pavilion
Thursday, September 23rd
WLA Mentorship Panel at Harris-Stowe University
Additional information on these and other events will appear in member emails and in the Events section of our website.
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