ENDORSEMENT POLICY

In furtherance of its mission, WLA, upon approval by the Board, may endorse candidates for judicial positions at such times and for such positions as it deems appropriate. Endorsements are made solely on qualification for the position and in furtherance of our mission.  WLA welcomes and encourages your requests.

The Process

Candidates requesting WLA’s endorsement must complete the online application and submit it along with a curriculum vitae or resumé online.  The Board will consider the nominee’s responses to this application and may, in its discretion, conduct interviews.  The weight given to any particular factor of the nominee’s application and/or interview rests with the discretion of each voting Board member.

Policy for Judicial Endorsements

For counties in the Missouri Plan, WLA will not make any pre-panel endorsements for a judicial position.  A panel candidate’s application for WLA’s endorsement is due 10 days from the date the panel is announced.  When that application period has closed, the Board will post on the WLA website the names of those candidates seeking our endorsement.  The Board will then provide its members with a link to our website that allows for comments on any or all of the individuals seeking our endorsement.  The comment period will last seven (7) days or will end 3 days prior to the first panel member’s interview with the Governor’s office, whichever comes first.  The Board welcomes and encourages comments.  Comments will only be kept until such time as the Board finalizes its vote.  The vote, comments, and discussion are confidential.  Once the comment period closes, the Board will deliberate, announce its decision on the website under Current Endorsements, and notify the Governor’s office of WLA’s endorsement.

Policy for Judicial Commission Endorsements

Any application for WLA’s endorsement is due at least 30 days prior to the election for judicial commissioner.  Once the application period has closed, the Board will post on the WLA website the names of those candidates seeking our endorsement and open a comment period lasting seven (7) days.  The Board will then provide its members with a link to our website to provide comments.  All comments, discussion and final decision are confidential.  Once the comment period closes, the Board will deliberate and announce its decision on the website under Current Endorsements.

WLA Annual Meeting and President's Party

Thursday, August 13th |5:30  - 7:00 PM

South Pavilion at Clayton's Shaw Park

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.


WLA Zoom "Mixology" Happy Hour

Thursday, September 10th | 5:30 - 6:30 PM

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.


WLA Zoom Mentorship Luncheon

Thursday, August 27th | 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM

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.  


WLA CLE Series - 2020 Zoom Legislative Update

Friday, September 11th | 11:45 AM - 1:00 PM

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.  

Panelists Include:

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

Contact admin@wlastl.org for location


View our Announcements page for information on other area events.

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