wla Committees Open to the Membership


Membership/Mentorship Committee

Chairperson – Sheena Hamilton, Email

This committee is tasked with increasing and sustaining membership.  It seeks to increases membership through recruiting efforts such as visiting law offices, law schools, and bar association fairs.  It is also responsible for securing and engaging student liaisons at St. Louis University, Washington University, University of Missouri-Columbia, University of Missouri-Kansas City, and Southern Illinois University-Carbondale.  It seeks to sustain members by assisting in the development and implementation of membership benefits such as facilitating networking opportunities, coordinating monthly mentorship luncheons, and promoting members through communication of job opportunities and award nominations.


Website Committee
Chairperson – Administrative Director, Email

WLA’s website serves as the primary means of communications between the organization and its members, and provides information to the general public. This committee is in charge of maintaining, revising and editing content on the website, coordinating electronic event communications, and maintaining the organization's member and new applicant database.


PR/Communications Committee
Chairperson – Olenka George, Email

WLA’s public perception, visibility, and influence are important to its ability to fully execute its mission of promoting women in the legal profession and creating positive change around women’s issues in the general community. This committee communicates with local media outlets, works to enhance the organization’s access to the media, promotes the organization and its efforts and events through media coverage, and ultimately strives to shine a light on substantive issues of importance to women and the legal community.


Scholarship Committee
Chairperson - Jerina Phillips, Email

WLA awards scholarships to female law students through the Linda J. Murphy memorial scholarship fund, supported by proceeds from the WLA Annual Golf Tournament and individual donations from WLA members and supporters. The committee communicates with administrators and women student leaders at each of the Missouri’s four law schools and Southern Illinois University-Carbondale School of Law, solicits and reviews student applications and recommends recipients to the WLA Board for approval.


Judicial Committee
Chairperson – Lisa Reynolds, Email

The promotion of women in the judiciary and other positions of influence and leadership is a key function of WLA. This committee tracks vacancies within the judiciary and other arenas (e.g. bar leadership), informs the board when vacancies arise, and coordinates the application and endorsement process. The committee also collaborates with the Sue Shear Institute for Women in Public Life to promote and support women seeking judicial appointments. 


Legislative Committee
Chairperson – Jennifer Matthew, Email

This committee organizes the annual legislative luncheon where female state legislators inform members of current legislative issues. The committee selects the theme of the discussion, solicits the participation of the legislators, communicates with the Missouri Bar to obtain CLE accreditation for the event, and plans the logistics of the luncheon. This committee also tracks state legislation of interest to women lawyers and, from time to time, submits summaries of such legislation for publication in the WLA newsletter.


Holiday Party and Charity Auction Committee
Chairperson – Valerie Craig, Email

This committee is responsible for WLA’s annual holiday party and charity auction, proceeds of which are donated to local charities serving women and children. Committee members solicit and review charity applications and recommend recipients to the Board for approval. Members also organize the event by soliciting auction items from individuals and local businesses, preparing bid sheets and related documents, and planning event logistics for the party – one of the best attended events of the year.


CLE Committee
Chairperson – Ellen Dunne, Email

WLA offers CLE programs from time to time. The programs are open to all lawyers. Committee members select the topic, recruit speakers, communicate with the Missouri Bar to obtain CLE accreditation, and plan event logistics.


Advisory/Historian Committee
Chairperson – Administrative Director, Email

This committee is open to past presidents of the organization. In its advisory capacity, the committee provides historical perspective and institutional knowledge to advise the board on policy issues. In its historian capacity, the committee is responsible for organizing and maintaining the organization’s archives.


Diversity Committee
Chairperson – Jerina Phillips, Email

This committee encourages diversity throughout our profession.  The committee plans activities and events with other bar associations to share in the missions of each bar association and celebrate our differences and commonalities that enhance the legal profession.


Service Committee

Chairperson - Portia Britt, Email

This committee develops and facilitates educational, professional and community programs that benefit the local community and the legal profession.  The committee is responsible for conducting service projects that promote WLA’s mission in providing opportunities for volunteerism and advocacy on issues affecting women.  The committee organizes various community service projects and volunteering activities throughout the year.  The committee organizes an annual breakfast with the Association of Legal Administrators (ALA) to benefit the Center for Women in Transition.  The committee also organizes an annual Law Day program aimed at providing high school students an opportunity to interact with legal professionals from diverse backgrounds and learn more about the federal judicial system.  


Upcoming Events:

WLA CLE Series "Your Role as an Appointed Attorney in St. Louis County Court's Public Defender Wait List Initiative"

Tuesday, February 25, 2020 | 3:30 PM - 5:00 PM

St. Louis County Circuit Court

Ceremonial Courtroom | Room S01

105 S. Central Avenue | Clayton | 63105

Contact: Ed Hennessy

Register here.


WLA February Mentorship Luncheon

Friday, February 28, 2020 | 12:00 PM - 1:15 PM

Dowd Bennett LLP

7733 Forsyth Boulevard, Suite 1900 | St. Louis (Clayton) | 63105

Contact: Sheena Hamilton

Register here.


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

Wednesday, March 25, 2020 | morning and afternoon sessions

In person at Vue17 | 1034 S Brentwood Blvd 17th floor | St. Louis | 63117 | or via Zoom webinar

Panel Presentation of national and local experts moderated by Joan Swartz, Attorney at Law; Missouri CLE Ethics Credit Hours pending approval

Contact: Jennifer Matthew

Register here.


Complimentary Professional Headshots

Friday, April 24, 2020 | 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM by appointment only

Members-Only event.  Update your website and social media profile with a FREE professional headshot.

Contact: Ed Hennessy

Register through Sign Up Genius.  

Save the Date(s):

Legislative Update Luncheon | Friday, March 20, 2020

Gather updates on legislative initiatives in the City, County and State as well as tips and advice on running for office

International Women's Day | March 2020 date to be announced

Join WLA and MCBA for a fun shopping event with a philanthropic twist

WLA Golf Outing | Friday, October 9, 2020

Swing into action to support the Linda J. Murphy Scholarship Fund

Look for more information on these, and other events, here and in upcoming member email blasts.


March Board Meeting:

Thursday, March 19, 2020 | 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM

Contact admin@wlastl.org for location

View our Announcements page for information on other area events.

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