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.
Upcoming mentorship luncheons will be announced here and in member emails.
Past Luncheons and Guest Speakers
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)
The Annual Meeting serves to ratify the work of the Board over the course of the year. Due to recent County health guidelines, the number of allowable in-person attendees has been limited. We invite those already registered to come out and join us. For those not yet registered, we are offering a Zoom window to the event. Click here to register for the Zoom meeting and login information will be sent to you. Registration for the event is free. We look forward to "seeing" you there.
Please join the WLA for its September Zoom Happy Hour on Thursday, September 10, from 5:30 - 6:30 PM. Join host and WLA Board member Ida Shafaie to share mocktail and cocktail recipes that have provided comfort over the last five months of quarantine. Guests will be sent featured recipes in advance and are encouraged to share a recipe or two with the group. The event is free and space is limited. Registration is on a first-come basis and attendees will be provided with meeting sign-in information prior to the event. Register here.
Please join the WLA for its May Mentorship Luncheon focused on “The Virtual Practice of Law”. The WLA will give priority in registration for this luncheon to its target audience, WLA members who are 36 and under or have been practicing five years or less. The WLA, in partnership with its Membership/Mentorship Sponsor, Dowd Bennett LLP, will host the meeting on Dowd Bennett’s Zoom account and ensure that attendees receive a $15 gift certificate for food delivery in advance. The guest speakers will be the Honorable Ellen Dunne of the 21st Judicial Circuit Court and Erica Blume Slater of The Simon Law Firm. Register here.
Please join WLA for its upcoming Legislative Update CLE. Gain insights and tips on "running for public office" and hear legislative updates/priorities from elected officials from the Missouri State Senate, St. Louis County Council, and the City of St. Louis' Board of Alderman.
State Senator Karla May
State Senator Jill Schupp
St. Louis County Councilwoman Lisa Clancy
St. Louis City Alderwoman Annie Rice
We look forward to an informative and insightful discussion over our Zoom platform. 1.5 CLE hours are pending approval for this session. Registration is FREE for members and $10 for non-members. Register here.
Save the Date:
WLA Annual Installation & Awards Ceremony
Thursday, September 24th | 5:00 - 7:00 PM
Enterprise Holdings Pavilion at Clayton's Shaw Park
Join your fellow members as they welcome the 2020-2021 Board of Directors and honor our recently appointed women judges, scholarship awardees and President's Award recipient.
WLA is committed to the health and safety of its members and guests. Every effort will be made to provide a safe meeting environment. Future health and safety concerns and directives may result in this event being moved to a virtual platform.
Monthly Board Meeting:
3rd Thursday of Each Month
11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
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