About Linda J. Murphy


Linda J. Murphy served as WLA president from 1987-1988. Throughout her life and legal career, Linda was an advocate for the rights of women and minorities. She was an admired and respected trial attorney known for her work in criminal defense, civil rights and domestic relations. She taught trial practice in the St. Louis area schools and handled pro bono cases for the ACLU. In 1999, Linda was awarded the Atticus Finch Award, the highest honor from the Missouri Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys. Linda’s memory continues to impact and inspire women attorneys and law students dedicated to the rights of women and the advancement of women in the legal profession.


Linda J. Murphy, the lawyer and WLA member for whom the scholarship was named, passed away in April 1999. So this year marks the 10th anniversary of her death….I think if Linda were here today, she would be especially proud of this year’s scholarship recipient. If she had the opportunity, Linda might remind this young lady that part of her job will be to inspire judges to have the courage to see clients as people – not to be fearful to do justice on behalf of those people. She would also be proud of the women judges who have been appointed this year. She might remind them that they will be at their best when they remember that they are just people too.


- Hon. Audrey G. Fleissig, from her 2009 speech at the WLA Scholarship Award Reception

Nominations currently being accepted for upcoming Board of Directors elections

WLA is accepting nominations for the election of Board Members to serve during the 2017 - 2018 year.  Elections will be held for the positions of President-Elect, Vice President, Treasurer, Secretary, and Board Member at Large.  Nominate a current board member for continued service, a colleague you admire, or yourself if you aspire to become involved in a dynamic organization with an important mission.  Nominations will remain open through May 31.  

Contacts: Current WLA President, Bridget Hoy, or current President Elect, Amy Gunn.  

Submit your nominations here.  

WLA's night at Opera Theatre St. Louis' opening night performance of The Trial

dinner and performance for discounted price of $93

June 4, 2017 | 5:30 PM dinner, 7:00 PM Show

Opera Theatre Stl. Louis

Lorretto-Hilton Center, Terrace Pavilion

130 Edgar Road

Webster Groves, Missouri 63119

Contact: Ed Hennessy

Click here to visit WLA's event page at the Opera Theatre's website.    

WLA CLE Series - Ethics Sampler: From Social Media to Cannibas to Cyber Security to Workplace Behavior, and All Points in Between.

June 8, 2017 | 3:00 PM

Bryan Cave

One Metropolitan Square

211 North Broadway, Suite 3600

St. Louis, Missouri 63102

Contact: Ed Hennessy

Register here.




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