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2011 WJA

Jill Patterson

Jill Patterson calls it a foyer — the 3-foot square of gray carpet between two sets of doors. One set leads to the open hallways of the Greene County Courthouse. One leads to the courtroom. Patterson spent some of the most difficult moments of her 15-year career in that narrow foyer.

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Lori J. Levine

Thirty-two years ago, Lori J. Levine made history. She was the first woman hired to practice with a private law firm in Jefferson City.

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Peggy Davis

Be they horse or human, Peggy Davis has watched plenty initially fail on the path to success.

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Kathleen M. Whitby

Dealing with Superfund issues, Kathleen M. Whitby faces a special challenge. Essentially, her clients already have lost.

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Jolie Justus

When Jolie Justus won election to the state Senate in 2006, it was her first foray into public office. The Kansas City Democrat quickly figured out a way to get things done in a chamber that prides itself on decorum as well as substance.

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Susan FitzGibbon

Susan FitzGibbon loved learning about the law so much she decided to teach it.

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Teresa Grantham

Teresa Grantham has caught more flies — and more acquittals — with honey than vinegar.

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Susan Ford Robertson

Susan Ford Robertson holds nothing against attorneys who live for their first steps in front of a jury.

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Heather Humphrey

After four titles in four years, Heather Humphrey found her place at Kansas City Power & Light.

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Women’s Justice Awards: Going strong

Welcome to the Missouri Lawyers Weekly Women’s Justice Awards. This is our 13th year of the event, and it’s the second year we’ve expanded the awards to honor women of achievement from throughout Missouri.

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Dorothy L. White-Coleman

Preparation, preparation and more preparation. That’s the main ingredient for a good litigator, says St. Louis lawyer and business owner Dorothy White-Coleman.

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