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Rebecca R. Corson, 29

Associate, Stanton | Barton

Rebecca R. CorsonLocation: Clayton

Practice Area: Product liability

Law School: Washington University School of Law

Rebecca Corson’s commitments to both her profession and civic engagement are reflected in her accomplishments during the three years since she graduated from law school.

She drafted the first drone legislation enacted in Missouri. She volunteers to help transgender persons with the necessary legal work to change their names and genetic markers because she’s learned how expensive those processes can be. She walked the runway during the VintageNow fashion show, a benefit for the Safe House for Women shelter in Cape Girardeau — her ninth consecutive year with the event.

Corson said it is particularly important for attorneys to remember that being a lawyer is a privilege, and that privilege should be leveraged “humbly and with joy” to help people and improve communities. Her nominator notes her adherence to that belief, saying Corson “regards uplifting her community as both a duty and a hobby.”

Added her nominator: “With her clear passion and drive for both the law and her community, Ms. Corson has certainly marked herself as someone who is up and coming in the St. Louis legal community.”

What is something that would surprise people about you?

I enjoy a wide variety of music, but my love of punk music seems to be a source of surprise and amusement for even close friends and family members.

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

It is difficult to imagine myself choosing a career outside of law. An academic career or a position as a whiskey brand ambassador would probably have been suitable alternative choices.”

What is the best career advice you’ve received?

A former employer used to remind me frequently of advice given to him by his grandmother: “Don’t ever get so big for your britches that you think you don’t have time to help someone out.”

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