Every other month, WLA, along with its exclusive Membership/Mentorship Sponsor, Dowd Bennett LLP, hosts group luncheons open to either law students only or WLA members who are 36 and under or have been practicing 5 years or less. These luncheons feature prominent members of the judiciary and/or leaders within the legal community. Since space is limited, each attendee is given a unique opportunity to learn from and network with judges, lawyers and community leaders in a small group setting. For more information, please contact Sheena Hamilton.
Check back here and in future member email blasts for information on the next Mentorship Luncheon.
Past Luncheons and Guest Speakers:
May 2021| Keya Koul, Counsel in Business & Legal Affairs at Netflix and Mey Ly Ortiz, Managing Counsel in Labor & Employment at Toyota Motor North America.
November 2020 | Mischa Buford Epps, Executive Director of The Missouri Bar and Brocca L. Morrison of the Federal Public Defender for the Eastern District of Missouri
August 2020 | "The Virtual Practice of Law" with Hon. Ellen W. Dunne (21st Judicial Circuit) and Erica Blume Slater (The Simon Law Firm)
May 2020 | "The Path to Law Firm Partnership" with Kaitlin Bridges (Gray, Ritter & Graham) and Amanda Murphy (Goldblatt Singer).
February 2020 | "The Path to Law Firm Partnership" with Jerina Phillips (Lewis Rice, LLC) and Nicci Warr (Stinson, LLP).
July 2019 | Professor Carol Needham of Saint Louis University School of Law and Professor Kimberly Norwood of Washington University School of Law |
March 2019 | Honorable Mary Kathryn Hoff, of the Missouri Court of Appeals, and Elizabeth Carver of Dowd Bennett LLP.
February 2019 | Hon. Lisa Van Amburg (ret) Missouri Court of Appeals and Debbie S. Champion, partner at Rynearson, Suess, Schnurbusch and Champion
November 2018 | Honorable Laura Denvir Stith, of the Missouri Supreme Court, and WLA Past President Megan Phillips, from the Chambers of the Honorable Audrey Fleissig of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri.
September 2018 | Jennifer A Haynes, Assistant General Counsel & Vice President for the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis and Jennifer S. Kingston of Dowd Bennett, LLP.
April 2018 | Honorable Annette Llewellyn, Circuit Court Judge for the 22nd District. and Christina Moore, Associate General Counsel Saint Louis University.
March 2018 | Honorable Susan E. Block of Paule, Camazine & Blumenthal, P.C. and WLA Past President Jessica Kennedy of Washington University.
December 2017 | Hon. Nannette Baker (United States District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri) and Beth Boggs (Boggs, Avellino, Lach and Boggs, LLC).
December 2017 (rescheduled from September) | Hon. Audrey Fleissig (United States District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri) and Gretchen Garrison (Gray, Ritter and Graham, P.C.)
July 2017 | Dana Tippin Culter (Attorney at James W. Tippin & Associates and the Missouri Bar Association President) and Nicole Colbert-Botchway (Associate Circuit Judge St. Louis City and Past President of the WLA).
March 2017 | Kristol Whatley Simms (Corporate Counsel at Ameren Corporation and ACC President) and Christina Lewis Abate (Director of Underwriting at the Bar Plan).
January 2017 | Michelle Nasser and Hannah F. Preston (Dowd Bennett LLP)
November 2016 | Hon. Maura McShane (St. Louis County) and Hon. Kendra Howard (United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission)
September 2016 | Hon. Barbara Wallace (St. Louis County) and Amy Collignon Gunn (Attorney at the Simon Law Firm)
July 2016 | Hon. Elizabeth Hogan (City of St. Louis) and Doreen Dodson (Senior Partner at Polsinelli)
January 2016 | Latieke Lyles (In-house Counsel at Macy’s Inc.) and Jessica Scales (Attorney at Sedey Harper)
October 2015 | Countess Price (Associate General Counsel at Monsanto Company) and Sebrina Barrett (Executive Director of The Missouri Bar)
July 2015 | Monica Allen (Associate Vice Chancellor, Deputy General Counsel and Chief Litigation Counsel, Washington University) and Annette Slack (Executive Director of Community Empowerment and Diversity Manager at the St. Louis County Executive's Office)
May 2015 | Dana Tucker (Chief Counsel for the Eastern District of Missouri Attorney General's Office)
April 2015 | Kate Becker (President at SSM St. Mary’s Health Center and SSM Cardinal Glennon)
March 2015 | Hon. Phil Hess (Missouri Court of Appeals, Eastern District) and Teresa Mayhew Hess (former Human Resources Manager at MO Dept of Mental Health Facility)
February 2015 | Jane Dueker, Esq. (Of Counsel at Stinson Leonard Street specializing in Government Solutions)
January 2015 | Hon. Colleen Dolan (St. Louis County Circuit Judge)
December 2014 | Hon. Angela Turner Quigless (Chief Judge of the Missouri Court of Appeals for the Eastern District)
November 2014 (Innagural Luncheon) | Hon. Catherine D. Perry (Chief Judge, U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri) and Catherine Sison, Esq. (Senior Litigation Counsel for Macy's)
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
Contact email@example.com for location
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.
View our Announcements page for information on other area events.