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U.S. District Judge Nanette Laughrey, Public Official

All judges are ambassadors of sorts for the justice system. In 2011, U.S. District Judge Nanette Laughrey took that role one step further when she was appointed to the Committee on International Judicial Relations of the Judicial Conference of the United States, where she has helped other counties develop their legal systems. But teaching comes naturally to a judge who has also spent her career as a law professor.

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Sherri Wattenbarger, Public Service Practitioner

Sherri Wattenbarger’s day job — enforcing U.S. bankruptcy law —is important enough. But her role in the community extends to what she would say is a full circle. She helps counsel young people on financial issues and works to give young women a chance at paid internships with nonprofits.

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Professor Wanda Temm, Legal Scholar

Professor Wanda Temm, a national leader in the field of legal writing, knows well that success in the law often has as much to do with what one writes as what one says or does. More important, her students know that too: Nearly 100 percent of those who take her bar preparation program go on to pass the bar.

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Sally Surridge, Enterprise

Sally Surridge started her career in the 1980s as a litigator with Blackwell Sanders Matheny Weary & Lombardi. Eventually, she gravitated toward health care law — and Children’s Mercy, in 2001.

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Ann Davis Shields, Legal Scholar

When Ann Davis Shields instructs students on the intricacies of legal writing or the best way to prepare for a trial, she knows what she’s talking about. Before her academic career began, she was with Bryan Cave in St. Louis, one of the world’s largest law firms.

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