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.

Read about the Linda J. Murphy Scholarship here.  

Read the Linda J. Murphy Scholarship Policy, including eligibility and selection criteria, 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 Annual Installation & Awards Ceremony

Thursday, September 24th | 5:00 - 7:00 PM

Enterprise Holdings Pavilion at Clayton's Shaw Park

WLA's 2020-2021 Board will be installed at the Annual Installation and Awards Ceremony on Thursday, September 24th, from 5:00 - 7:00 PM at the Enterprise Holdings Pavilion at Clayton's Shaw Park.  Join us to celebrate and congratulate President Jennifer Matthew; President-Elect Deborah Price; Vice-President Ida Shafaie; Secretary Andreea Sharkey; Treasurer Jacqueline Graves; Members-At-Large: Shannon Dawson, Christina Moore, Jenifer Snow, Mariel Taylor, Abigail Twenter and Alexus Williams; and Past-President Lisa Reynolds.  Board members will be sworn in by the Hon. Barbara Wallace (Ret.) who will also address the assembled group.  WLA will also honor recently appointed women judges, its Foundation's scholarship awardees, and the Hon. Ellen W. Dunne, recipient of the President's Award.

Tickets are $50.  Registered guests will enjoy great food from Just 1 Taste food truck, assorted beverages and live music.  Due to current St. Louis County health guidelines, capacity is very limited.  WLA will be livestreaming the Awards portion of the event via Zoom beginning at about 6:00 PM.  Zoom access is available for $5.  Register here.

WLA is committed to the health and safety of its members and guests.  Every effort will be made to provide a safe meeting environment for this event.  Future health and safety concerns and directives may result in it being moved to a virtual platform.

Diversity CLE - The Time is Now - Best Practices in Driving Diversity and Inclusion in the Legal Profession (co-sponsored with Alaris)

Wednesday, September 30th | 12:00 - 1:00 PM

Join Panelists Joel Stern of the National Association of Minority & Women Owned Law Firms (NAMWOLF), Jonathan Lovitz of the National LGBT Chamber of Commerce (NGLCC), and moderator Joan Swartz for an engaging discussion on incorporating diversity, inclusion, and cultural awareness in the legal profession.  The CLE is scheduled for Wednesday, September 30th, from Noon - 1:00 PM  The CLE has been approved for 1.2 Missouri Ethics/Elimination of Bias Credit Hours.  Click here for more information and to register.

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3rd Thursday of Each Month

11:30 AM - 1:00 PM

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