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Diversity & Inclusion 2021: Booker T. Shaw

Partner, Thompson Coburn

Retired Judge, Missouri Court of Appeals Eastern District

As a retired Missouri Court of Appeals judge, former prosecutor and Thompson Coburn partner, Booker Shaw is used to being sought out as a mentor.

shawAsked what motivates him most as an attorney and advocate for diversity and inclusion, Shaw doesn’t hesitate with his answer: “My desire to help the young lawyers who come after me become successful and happy in their careers.”

As co-chair of the firm’s diversity committee, Shaw has helped to expand its commitment to fostering a diverse and inclusive workplace, according to his nominators. And for those who follow in his footsteps, he’s a living example of both the success and challenges that his younger colleagues face.

“Under Judge Shaw’s mentorship, our firm has seen a whole crop of young attorneys become more successful, more professional and more mature,” his colleagues say in their nomination. “He has encouraged these young people, instilled confidence in them and urged them to speak up and offer their own thoughts on their cases and projects.”

Who has most inspired you in your work for Diversity & Inclusion, and why? 

The many mentors who helped, taught and encouraged me to become successful.

What goal remains unfulfilled for you as an attorney and advocate for Diversity & Inclusion? 

To elevate and retain more diverse partners.

Other family or personal details you wish to include? 

My brother, the late U.S. District Judge Charles A. Shaw, inspired me to become a lawyer.

2021 Diversity & Inclusion Awards