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Judge Lisa Van Amburg’s accomplishments in the legal field are myriad, dating to when she earned her law license in 1975 and promptly helped found the firm Anderson, Everett, Sedey & Van Amburg. She has been a leader for women in the profession through her work as an attorney and her continued mentorship of young female lawyers even after she joined the bench.

What are your proudest career accomplishments?

Opening with Saint Louis University School of Law classmates the first all-female law firm in the city of St. Louis. Winning a class action on behalf of women seeking employment on the Missouri highways. Arguing and winning a case before the U.S. Supreme Court. Coaching the University City High School Mock Trial Team to winning second place in the statewide competition. Serving the people of the state of Missouri on the trial and appellate benches of the 22nd Judicial Circuit and Missouri Court of Appeals Eastern District.

What is something that would surprise people about you?

As a little girl, I was “good friends” with Miss America of 1959, Mary Ann Mobley.

What is the best advice you have ever been given or received? Listen carefully to what the person you are speaking with says, both inside and outside the courtroom.  You will usually learn something useful and important.

What has been your favorite part of your job?

Being an integral part of the justice system for the people of the state of Missouri.

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