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2014 Women’s Justice Awards

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Thursday, April 24, 2014

Four Seasons Hotel
St. Louis

 

 

 

 

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Missouri Supreme Court Chief Justice Mary Russell walks to the stage to receive her award as Women of the Year Thursday night at the Four Seasons Hotel in St. Louis. The 16th annual Women's Justice Awards drew a record attendance. PHOTOS BY: KAREN ELSHOUT

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Missouri Supreme Court Chief Justice Mary Russell accepts her award as Women of the Year. She called on everyone to give back to their communities.

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Missouri Supreme Court Chief Justice Mary Russell accepts her award as Women of the Year Thursday night.

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Missouri Supreme Court Chief Justice Mary Russell listens to her introduction from Justice Laura Denvir Stith, a former Woman of the Year.

Catherine Perry, Mary Russell

Judge Catherine Perry, on right, congratulates Missouri Supreme Court Chief Justice Mary Russell on being Women of the Year.

Deborah Dodge, Stacey Naeger, Alice Conway

Deborah Dodge, on left, and Stacey Naeger, on right, high five while talking with Alice Conway. Dodge was honored for her litigation practice and Conway in the Enterprise category.

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Women's Justice Award honorees and past recipients mingle at the cocktail reception before the awards ceremony. Judge Barbara Wallace, in striped dress, chats with retired judge Ann Covington. Cindy Parres Dillard and Mary Winter Doerhoff chat on right.

Alice Conway, Sherrill Rosen, Mary Russell

Women's Justice Award honoree Alice Conway is introduced to Judge Mary Russell by fellow honoree Sherrill Rosen, on left, as "my friend from preschool." Rosen was honored in the Public Official category and Conway for Enterprise.

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Women's Justice Award honoree Nicole Pleasant, on right, talks with her best friend and fellow Saint Louis University Law Student Umo Ironbar at the cocktail reception.

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Women's Justice Award honoree Jennifer Gille Bacon surrounds herself with Woman of the Year alumni Doreen Dodson and Judge Laura Denvir Stith.

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Women's Justice Award honoree Jeanne Philips-Roth, on right, stands with Legal Services of Eastern Missouri's Courtney Simms.

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Past Women's Justice Award honoree Carrie Hermeling speaks with Missouri Supreme Court Judges Richard Teitelman and Zel Fischer.

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Honoree Elaine Spearman, second from right, talks with friends, including Court Commissioner Anne-Marie Clarke.

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Women's Justice Award honoree Sarah Brown and her son. Brown was honored for her work as a litigation practitioner.

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Women's Justice Award honorees Sherrill Rosen, Alice Conway and Mary Russell gather with former honoree Ann Covington.

Beverly Weber, WJA

Women's Justice Award honoree Beverly Weber speaks with other guests of the Women's Justice Awards. Weber was named a "rising star" by Missouri Lawyers Media.

Theresa  Kenney, Barbara Wallace, Gayle Crane

Women's Justice Award honorees Theresa Kenney, Judge Barbara Wallace, and Judge Gayle Crane chat. Kenney was recognized by Missouri Lawyers Media in the Public Service category and Wallace and Crane in the Public Official category.

Sarah  Pleban, Jennie Clarke

Women's Justice Award honorees Sarah Pleban and Jennie Clarke. Pleban was recognized by Missouri Lawyers Media in the Public Service category and Clarke in the Enterprise category.

Shelly Rosenfelder, Zel Fischer

Women's Justice Award honoree Shelly Rosenfelder laughs with Missouri Supreme Court Judge Zel Fischer. Rosenfelder was recognized by Missouri Lawyers Media as a "Leader of Tomorrow."

Shelly Rosenfelder,  Dana Tippin Cutler

Women's Justice Award honoree Shelly Rosenfelder introduces herself to fellow honoree Dana Tippin Cutler. Rosenfelder was recognized by Missouri Lawyers Media as a "Leader of Tomorrow" and Tippin Cutler for her litigation practice. On right is Legal Services of Eastern Missouri's Courtney Simms.

Sarah Pleban

Women's Justice Award honoree Sarah Pleban and her children at the 16th annual Women's Justice Awards. Pleban was recognized in the Public Service category for her work as a guardian ad litem.

Penni Groves

Women's Justice Award honoree Penni Groves and her family. Groves was recognized in the Enterprise category for her work as general counsel for Missouri State University.

Cindy Dillard  Parres

Women's Justice Award honoree Cindy Dillard Parres and her father, attorney Howard Dillard. Parres was recognized in the Enterprise category for her work as general counsel for Houlihan's Restaurant.

Loretta Haggard, Nicole Colbert-Botchway, Natalie Teague

Women's Justice Award honoree Loretta Haggard, center, looks on as past recipient Nicole Colbert-Botchway, on left, introduces herself to Natalie Teague, on right. Haggard was recognized in the Litigation category for her work at Schuchat, Cook & Werner, where Teague also works.

Pamela  Meanes

Women's Justice Award honoree Pamela Meanes, on left, chats with Judge Angela Turner Quigless and Serena Wilson-Griffin. Meanes was recognized in the Litigation category for her work at Thompson Coburn.

Kathy Surratt-States

Women's Justice Award honoree Judge Kathy Surratt-States, center, with her family. Surratt-States was honored for her work as a Public Official.

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Missouri Supreme Court Chief Justice Mary Russell walks to the stage to receive her award as Women of the Year Thursday night at the Four Seasons Hotel in St. Louis. The 16th annual Women's Justice Awards drew a record attendance.   PHOTOS BY: KAREN ELSHOUTMissouri Supreme Court Chief Justice Mary Russell accepts her award as Women of the Year. She called on everyone to give back to their communities.Missouri Supreme Court Chief Justice Mary Russell accepts her award as Women of the Year Thursday night.Missouri Supreme Court Chief Justice Mary Russell listens to her introduction from Justice Laura Denvir Stith, a former Woman of the Year.Judge Catherine Perry, on right, congratulates Missouri Supreme Court Chief Justice Mary Russell on being Women of the Year.Deborah Dodge, on left, and Stacey Naeger, on right, high five while talking with Alice Conway. Dodge was honored for her litigation practice and Conway in the Enterprise category.Women's Justice Award honorees and past recipients mingle at the cocktail reception before the awards ceremony. Judge Barbara Wallace, in striped dress, chats with retired judge Ann Covington. Cindy Parres Dillard and Mary Winter Doerhoff chat on right.Women's Justice Award honoree Alice Conway is introduced to Judge Mary Russell by fellow honoree Sherrill Rosen, on left, as "my friend from preschool." Rosen was honored in the Public Official category and Conway for Enterprise.Women's Justice Award honoree Nicole Pleasant, on right, talks with her best friend and fellow Saint Louis University Law Student Umo Ironbar at the cocktail reception.Women's Justice Award honoree Jennifer Gille Bacon surrounds herself with Woman of the Year alumni Doreen Dodson and Judge Laura Denvir Stith.Women's Justice Award honoree Jeanne Philips-Roth, on right, stands with Legal Services of Eastern Missouri's Courtney Simms.Past Women's Justice Award honoree Carrie Hermeling speaks with Missouri Supreme Court Judges Richard Teitelman and Zel Fischer.Honoree Elaine Spearman, second from right, talks with friends, including Court Commissioner Anne-Marie Clarke.WJAWomen's Justice Award honoree Sarah Brown and her son. Brown  was honored for her work as a litigation practitioner.Women's Justice Award honorees Sherrill Rosen, Alice Conway and Mary Russell gather with former honoree Ann Covington.Women's Justice Award honoree Beverly Weber speaks with other guests of the Women's Justice Awards. Weber was named a "rising star" by Missouri Lawyers Media.Women's Justice Award honorees Theresa Kenney, Judge Barbara Wallace, and Judge Gayle Crane chat.  Kenney was recognized by Missouri Lawyers Media in the Public Service category and Wallace and Crane in the Public Official category.Women's Justice Award honorees Sarah Pleban and Jennie Clarke. Pleban was recognized by Missouri Lawyers Media in the Public Service category and Clarke in the Enterprise category.Women's Justice Award honoree Shelly Rosenfelder laughs with Missouri Supreme Court Judge Zel Fischer. Rosenfelder was recognized by Missouri Lawyers Media as a "Leader of Tomorrow."Women's Justice Award honoree Shelly Rosenfelder introduces herself to fellow honoree Dana Tippin Cutler.  Rosenfelder was recognized by Missouri Lawyers Media as a "Leader of Tomorrow" and Tippin Cutler for her litigation practice.  On right is Legal Services of  Eastern Missouri's Courtney Simms.Women's Justice Award honoree Sarah Pleban and her children at the 16th annual Women's Justice  Awards. Pleban was recognized in the Public Service category for her work as a guardian ad litem.Women's Justice Award honoree Penni Groves and her family. Groves was recognized in the Enterprise category for her work as  general counsel for Missouri State University.Women's Justice Award honoree Cindy Dillard Parres  and her father,  attorney Howard Dillard. Parres was recognized in the Enterprise category for her work as  general counsel for Houlihan's Restaurant.Women's Justice Award honoree Loretta Haggard, center, looks on as past recipient Nicole Colbert-Botchway,  on left, introduces herself to Natalie Teague, on right. Haggard was recognized in the Litigation category for her work at Schuchat, Cook & Werner, where Teague also works.Women's Justice Award honoree Pamela Meanes, on left, chats with Judge Angela Turner Quigless and Serena Wilson-Griffin.  Meanes was recognized in the Litigation category for her work at Thompson Coburn.Women's Justice Award honoree Judge Kathy Surratt-States, center, with her family.  Surratt-States was honored for her work as a Public Official.WJAWJAWJAWJAWJA6WEBwja

 

The Women’s Justice Awards recognize women across the state of Missouri who have demonstrated leadership, integrity, service, sacrifice and accomplishment in improving the quality of justice and exemplifying the highest ideals of the legal profession. The awards reach out to women in various segments of the legal community, including the bar, the bench, public office, business, academia, non-profits and the state at large.

 

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Woman of the Year- The biggest award of the evening, recognizing lifetime leadership, service, sacrifice and accomplishment in improving the quality of justice and exemplifying the highest ideals of the legal profession. NEW THIS YEAR: We’ll select our Woman of the Year from among the year’s award recipients.

Public Service Practitioner Awards- Awarded to women government and non-profit lawyers who improve the quality of justice and contribute to the betterment of the profession.

Public Official Awards- Awarded to women judges and other public service officials whose public service improves the quality of justice.

Business Practitioner Awards- Awarded to women business practitioners who improve the quality of justice and contribute to the betterment of the profession.

Litigation Practitioner Awards- Awarded to women litigation practitioners who improve the quality of justice and contribute to the betterment of the profession.

Enterprise Awards- Awarded to women in a business setting, be they entrepreneurs, executives, corporate counsel, or other business professionals, who make a positive difference to the legal professional and the quality of justice.

Citizenship Awards- Generally, though not necessarily, awarded to women non-lawyers who improve the quality of justice for the community at large.

Legal Scholar Awards- Awarded to women faculty members or administrators at area law schools for their own work with the justice system, through their research or scholarship, or through teaching and inspiring others.

Rising Star Awards- Awarded to women lawyers 40 years old and younger or within the first 10 years of practice who have already made a difference in the justice system or the profession and who appear on a path toward even greater accomplishment.

Leaders of Tomorrow Award- Awarded to women law students who demonstrate leadership, professionalism and a passion for making a difference in the justice system or the legal profession.

 

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