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WJA 2022: Rosemarie Blasé

Rosemarie BlaséDowd Bennett

At age 25, Rosemarie Blasé experienced justice at the highest court in the land, the U.S. Supreme Court. She was one of three law clerks who worked with the Honorable William H. Rehnquist (1924–2005) for one year while he was serving as Chief Justice of the court. He served for 33 years with 16 of those years as Chief Justice.

“Each Justice had a different approach to analyzing cases and reaching decisions, but they worked together,” Blasé says. “The U.S. Supreme Court is not a political branch of our government, and no one saw themselves as a political actor. Everyone took the job very seriously.”

Blasé readily admits that she didn’t know much about what attorneys do when she entered Washington University, where she earned her BA. “I thought law sounded interesting as a profession, and it seemed to fit well with my skill set and interests,” she says. “I decided to go to law school. I’ve never regretted that decision.” She went on to earn her JD from Notre Dame Law School.

Today, Blasé is a partner with her firm. She assists in all stages of civil litigation and drafts complex motions and briefs on behalf of her firm’s corporate and individual clients. She works closely with their legal team to identify and analyze the key legal issues of a particular lawsuit. Often, her job is to draft motions and briefs for all stages of litigation, and submit them to state and federal courts — including state appellate and supreme courts, federal Courts of Appeal, and the U.S. Supreme Court.

With the law, Blasé enjoys the challenge of complicated questions and new questions. Digging around, finding the answer and presenting it in a way that clarifies a point or moves the law are what she enjoys most about her practice.

One of Blasé’s most interesting assignments was to be part of the team that worked on the recent lawsuit brought by St. Louis City and County against the National Football League. She helped develop legal arguments and briefs that led up to the settlement of the case. “We helped set the precedent that you can bring claims against a large entity and be successful,” she says. “Fighting back in a legal setting can bring significant success.”

Since 2002, Blasé has worked from home, in a nontraditional way. “I live in two spheres,” she says. “One where people would be surprised to know I’m a lawyer. Another where people would be surprised to know that I stayed home to raise my five children, now ages 12 through 21.” When the pandemic hit, she became a trendsetter.

“I work to bring clarity to the law, whatever situation I’m in or whatever case I’m working on,” Blasé says. “Exploring the issues, presenting arguments fairly and logically, with the hope that the outcome will bring more clarity. So much of our legal system depends on what the law means. If people can’t understand the laws, the system isn’t as just.”

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