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WJA 2021: Tori Shafer

Tori Schafer has raked in awards during her career up to this point. She’s clearly not done.

schafer-toriTori won multiple scholarships for her performance in law school at the University of Missouri. In 2020, she received the Tigers ‘06 Scholarship as a 3L student, and while still a 2L student she received an Outstanding 2L Award from the MU Women’s Law Association for her commitment to the advancement of women in the legal field. In 2019 she also received the Linda J. Murphy Scholarship from the STL Women’s Law Association for her service and academic achievement.

Schafer is a member of the Griffiths Leadership Society for Women and the Women’s Law Association, and has been a fellow of the Sue Shear Women’s Leadership Institute since 2015.

Previously, Tori was a student attorney in the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Law’s Family Violence Clinic.

She also served as a summer legal intern for the Missouri Attorney General’s Office in 2020, and for the Refugee Appeals Board near Cape Town, South Africa in 2019, where she researched, observed and studied refugee policies and procedures in South Africa.

In 2018, she spent her summer as a legal intern at Rynearson, Suess, Schnurbusch & Champion in St. Louis, and served as a legislative intern in the Missouri Senate earlier that same year.

She also served as president for both the university’s Graduate Professional Council and the Student Bar Association. Her name landed on the Dean’s List in January 2021, just as she began working as a legal intern in the St. Louis City Circuit Attorney’s Office in January 2021.

“She’s come in and made an immediate contribution to the office,” said Alison Hock, who works on the marketing team for the Circuit Attorney office.

She’s still making an impact in the office of Kimberly M. Gardner’s office, which recruited her after identifying her interest in social justice on Twitter.

Women's Justice Awards 2021