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Coronavirus, award winners top most read stories of 2020

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In 2020, award winners, lawyers running into trouble and — of course, COVID-19 — drew the most attention from readers on Here are the 10 most-viewed stories on our website in the past year.

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WJA 2020: Ashley N. Garrett, Jackson County Counselor’s Office

Of all of the admirable traits Jackson County Deputy County Counselor Ashley N. Garrett has shown throughout her career, perseverance has to be atop the list. In her five years with the Jackson County Counselor’s office, Garrett has tried three ...

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WJA 2020: Cecilia Abbott, City of Kansas City (retired)

In her 30 years working for Kansas City, recently retired City Attorney Cecilia Abbott has compiled an impressive list of career highlights, not the least of which has been a persistent push to help other women succeed in the city’s ...

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WJA 2020: Ida S. Shafaie, Armstrong Teasdale

Like many successful attorneys, Ida S. Shafaie said she knew from an early age she wanted to be involved in the law. Not too many of those attorneys created artwork to show that, however. “At some point in elementary school, ...

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WJA 2020: Kara Hofman-Johnson

Kara S. Hofman-Johnson took a slightly unusual path to her current position as counsel for the juvenile division of the 30th Circuit Court.

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WJA 2020: Kathy S. Lloyd

Throughout her impressive career in the court system, the drive to help children has played a major role for Kathy S. Lloyd.

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WJA 2020: Melissa Schopfer, Simmons Hanly Conroy

For Melissa Schopfer, working as a litigator and leading an asbestos trial team has given her a chance to combine two of her professional passions, teaching and the law.

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