Here are this year’s winners, click on their name for more:
Woman of the Year
Recognizing that woman who truly stands out in making an extraordinary difference in improving the quality of justice or exemplifying the highest ideals of the legal profession.
Audrey Fleissig, U.S. District Judge, St. Louis
Public Service Practitioner Award
Awarded to female government and nonprofit lawyers who improve the quality of the justice system or contribute to the betterment of the legal profession.
Katherine Wessling, Crime Victim Advocacy Center, St. Louis
Lara Webb Fors, Greene County Prosecutor’s Office and Springfield Regional Prosecutors’ Child Support Office
Jane Brown, U.S. Attorney’s Office, Kansas City
Public Official Award
Awarded to female judges and other public service officials whose service has contributed to improving the quality of the justice system or to the betterment of the legal profession.
Lisa Van Amburg, Missouri Court of Appeals Eastern District
Annette Slack, Executive Director of Community Empowerment and Diversity, St. Louis County
Janette Bleau, Christian County Prosecutor’s Office, Ozark
Becky Borthwick, Springfield Municipal Court
Lisa White Hardwick, Missouri Court of Appeals Western District
Business Practitioner Award
Awarded to female business practitioners who fulfill the ideals of leadership, professionalism and a passion for improving the quality of the justice system or contributing to the betterment of the legal profession.
Sara Neill, Capes Sokol, St. Louis
Sara Stock, Khazaeli Wyrsch Stock, St. Louis
Pascale Henn, Business Law Advisors, Lenexa, Kansas
Litigation Practitioner Award
Awarded to female litigators who demonstrate leadership, professionalism and a passion for improving the quality of the justice system or contributing to the betterment of the profession.
Irene Marusic, Brown & James, St. Louis
Mary Bonacorsi, Thompson Coburn, St. Louis
Debbie Champion, Rynearson, Suess, Schnurbusch & Champion, St. Louis
Donna Harper, Sedey Harper Westhoff, St. Louis
Melanie Keeney, Tueth Keeney Cooper Mohan Jackstadt, St. Louis
Patricia Shilling, Styron & Shilling, Ozark
Tammy Glick, Levy Craig Law Firm, Kansas City
Melanie Morgan, Morgan Pilate, Kansas City
Awarded to women in a business setting, be they entrepreneurs, executives, corporate counsel, or other business professionals, for their contributions to improving the quality of the justice system or to the betterment of the legal profession.
Julie Immer, Panera LLC, St. Louis
Jenny Schwendemann, Husch Blackwell, St. Louis
Sally Thieman, Saint Luke’s Health System, Kansas City
Generally, though not necessarily, awarded to female non-lawyers who have made significant contributions to improving the quality of justice in the community.
Karen Kalish, Estelle W. & Karen S. Kalish Foundation, St. Louis
Kate Nolen Proffitt, Jackson County CASA, Kansas City
Gail Smart, Well of Life Food Pantry, Springfield
Tishaura Jones, Treasurer, City of St. Louis
Legal Scholar Award
Awarded to women faculty members or administrators at Missouri law schools for work on behalf of the justice system, through their research or scholarship or through teaching and inspiring others.
Jacqueline Kutnik-Bauder, Saint Louis University School of Law
Geetha Rao Sant, Washington University School of Law
Julie Cheslik, University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law
Melody Daily, University of Missouri School of Law
Rising Star Award
Awarded to female 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.
Jessica Agnelly, Wendt Goss, Kansas City
Heather Bub, SmithAmundsen, St. Louis
Jessica Mendez, Armstrong Teasdale, St. Louis
Mara Lahnar, Sandberg Phoenix & von Gontard, St. Louis
Anne-Marie Brockland, The Simon Law Firm, St. Louis
Stephanie Bullard, Missouri Public Defender’s Office, Springfield
Amanda Dumey, Legal Services of Southern Missouri, Springfield
Ashley Schuette, Assistant General Counsel, CoxHealth, Springfield
Nicole Fisher, Fisher Law, Kansas City
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.
Eleanor Gourley, Washington University School of Law
Tamar Hodges, University of Missouri School of Law
Mari Katherine Webb, Saint Louis University School of Law
Mary Kate Bird, University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law