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Shelby Hewerdine, 25

Concordance Academy Fellow, Bryan Cave, St. Louis

shelby-hewerdinePractice areas: Commercial litigation, public interest criminal

Law school: Saint Louis University

As part of a legal partnership between Bryan Cave and Concordance Academy, Shelby Hewerdine is happy to assist clients in resolving their legal issues.

Hewerdine spends half her time on Bryan Cave billable matters and the other half at Concordance, which aims to help address the needs of those being released from prison as well as their families.

Honored for her academics as an outstanding undergraduate sociology student at Truman State University, Hewerdine went on to graduate summa cum laude from law school at SLU where she was valedictorian and earned numerous honors for top grades in a number of courses.

A participant in her alma mater’s legal clinics, she also interned for both the U.S. Attorney’s Office and the St. Louis County Prosecutor. She also served as an extern for federal appeals court Judge Raymond Gruender.

What has been your favorite moment as an attorney?

My favorite memories are going to court with Concordance participants – their relief and gratitude is a good reminder that our legal assistance is a practical help to our clients and really does impact their lives.

What inspired you to get involved in the legal profession?

I was the ultimate rule-follower as a kid, and I wanted to be in an intellectually challenging field that had opportunities to help others and shape and lead the community.

If you hadn’t become a lawyer, what profession would you have chosen?

I probably would have become a teacher – I like working with youth and I loved school at all levels, so it would’ve been a natural fit.

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