Zoe Linza heads BAMSL, a 6,000-attorney voluntary bar association whose prestige and reputation for innovative programs have made it prominent well outside the St. Louis area. Linza, whose former executive experience includes positions with the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals and the Missouri Optometric Association, is also vice president of the National Association of Bar Executives.
What are some of your proudest career accomplishments? Working with BAMSL leadership to keep the bar vibrant and relevant, providing continuing legal education particularly in the areas of ethics and professionalism and promoting the rule of law.
Serving on the MOCASA board in the early stages when I was lobbying daily in Jefferson City in connection with my paying job and was instrumental in receiving state funding for the MOCASA program.
Assisting the National Association of Bar Executives in promoting and educating about the role of the executive director and support staff in making the legal profession better through the work of bar associations. And looking forward to being sworn in as president of the National Association of Bar Executives in August 2016 in San Francisco.
What inspired you to get involved in the justice system? When I worked for the Missouri Senate I had the opportunity to see how the judicial system could improve the lives of Missourians. While working for Judge Duane Benton at the Department of Revenue I learned more about the judicial system and then became particularly passionate when he was appointed to the Missouri Supreme Court and I saw the impact the system had on citizen’s lives. I am a longtime friend of Judge Mary Russell and have been inspired by her work in the courts to make the judicial system accessible to all. Observing her work and professional manner has helped me to strive to achieve a better system of Justice for all.
What has been your favorite part of the job? Having the opportunity to work to improve the implementation of the rule of law and getting to know wonderful lawyers in the St. Louis area that work every day to make our world a better place and the St. Louis legal market ethical and professional. I am surprised every day by the giving and altruistic nature of the St. Louis legal community and am honored to be a part of it.
What is something that would surprise people about you? I arise at 5:30 a.m. and answer emails and then run 3 to 5 miles every single day!