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Letter from the Publisher

You’ve heard of DNA, right? It’s that self-replicating material all of us have that contains our genetic code.

What you probably don’t know, though, is who played a crucial role in understanding what it does. Sure, you might have heard about a couple of physicists who won a Nobel Prize in the 1950s for being the first with the epiphany, but they couldn’t have done it without Rosalind Franklin.

Who, you ask?

My point exactly.

Franklin is touted among certain circles as one of the most unsung of unsung heroes. You see, were it not for Franklin’s critical data of images of DNA, those two physicists might never have figured it out.

There are a lot of Rosalind Franklins in history.

We all know her. She’s the woman in the cube down the hall who you count on. You might say she’s hard-wired to contribute. It’s in her DNA. Yet she doesn’t seek the limelight and public accolades are rare.

Until now.

Missouri Lawyers Media for the second year in a row is honored and absolutely delighted to facilitate a public recognition that moves a whole bunch of unsung heroes into the sung category.

At MLM we think we’ve done a terrific job at consistently recognizing top attorneys across this state. We do that every year through our Women’s Justice Awards, our Missouri Lawyers Awards and our Up & Coming program. And while most of those folks don’t seek the spotlight either, having been nominated by others, they are often a leading force in their firms and businesses. Not all, certainly, but most of those well-deserving honors go to recognized faces within their organizations and the legal community.

What we hadn’t done as well, until we introduced this program last year, was recognize those employees who attorneys rely on day-in and day-out to consistently support their efforts. The ones who rise to the occasion despite anonymity.

You will find their stories on these pages. They are a testament to the Unsung Heroes who work for the cause, not the recognition. They are in every law firm, behind every outstanding attorney with support and focus. And they were nominated by their peers and managers.

There are 25 exceptional people recognized today through these pages.

Please join me in converting each from unsung status to regular hero.

They are now, officially and forever, sung.

Meet your heroes.

Irwin, Liz 2_newLiz Irwin

Publisher, Missouri Lawyers Media