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Diversity & Inclusion 2021

Diversity & Inclusion 2021: Honorees, Publisher’s letter

The individuals we honor through the 2021 Diversity & Inclusion awards do the right thing. They are part of the bedrock that supports a growing foundation of work throughout Missouri’s legal profession.

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Diversity & Inclusion 2021: Spencer Fane

The days of Big Law firms treating diversity and inclusion efforts as a secondary goal rather than part of their core mission are increasingly in the rear-view mirror.

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Diversity & Inclusion 2021: Christa Barber Moss, The Milly Project

Growing up as a multiracial child in a predominantly white community, it didn’t take Christa Barber Moss long to realize she stood out. Decades later, as a Black female attorney in Springfield, some of those same childhood observations remain.

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Diversity & Inclusion 2021: Alexus Williams

Even before the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2020 election promised to be a historic one. But when an outbreak that ground most public life to a halt also posed a threat to voter turnout in a pivotal presidential election cycle, Alexus Williams stepped in to Promote the Vote.

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Diversity & Inclusion 2021: Casey Wong

As a community leader, business advisor and proven litigator, Casey Wong takes care to note the interplay among the three pillars of diversity, equity and inclusion work.

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Diversity & Inclusion 2021: Carmen White

A one-time policy wonk and former U.S. Senate staffer, Carmen White has found a home as diversity and inclusion manager at one of the oldest firms in St. Louis.

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Diversity & Inclusion 2021: Johnny S. Wang

A decade ago, Johnny Wang parlayed $20,000 in seed money from the Regional Business Council to help launch the Asian American Chamber of Commerce St. Louis. The thriving membership organization now boasts 250 members, uniting St. Louis business leaders while also strengthening ties abroad.

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Diversity & Inclusion 2021: Booker T. Shaw

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.

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Diversity & Inclusion 2021: Sarah Roe Sise

Working as an Armstrong Teasdale partner and chair of the firm’s inclusion committee provides Sarah Roe Sise with a front-row seat to its diversity and inclusion efforts. To paraphrase “Hamilton” creator Lin-Manuel Miranda, it also puts her squarely in “the room where it happens.”

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