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WJA 2019

Sara Parker Pauley- Missouri Department of Conservation

Sara Parker Pauley has done a great deal during her working years, but being appointed director of the Missouri Department of Conservation brought everything full circle. “I’m completing my career where I started it,” said Pauley, a University of Missouri ...

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Vickie Mauck- Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association

Vickie Mauck likes to consider herself an optimist. “I tend to be a really positive person and turn challenges into opportunities,” she said. Her latest challenge is the executive directorship of the Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association where she’s been ...

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Regi Martin- Greene County Circuit Court

She worked in a textile factory, owned a bar and grill and even had her own fabric business. And all of that was after Regi Martin earned her law degree. “I was in the private sector for 17 years,” said ...

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Suzanne M. Kissock- Missouri Western State University

There is a reason that Suzanne M. Kissock is trying to make “Introduction to Law” a basic general education requirement course. “We believe it is so important in America today that you understand the Constitution and the basic notions of ...

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Nasreen Esmail- Missouri Division of Workers’ Compensation

Nasreen Esmail says she was always fascinated with legal matters. “I just like the focus of the law,” said Esmail, a native of India and a graduate of Saint Louis University School of Law. “It instills in you the ability ...

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Kathleen E. Croker- Phelps County Family Crisis Services

Kathleen E. Croker remembers the day she was flipping through job listings as she was reading a copy of The Economist. “A lot of them were [for] lawyers, so I thought that would be a good advanced degree,” said Croker, ...

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Larissa M. Whittingham- Husch Blackwell

Larissa M. Whittingham sets quite an example. The associate in Husch Blackwell’s labor and employment group gave a remarkable 150 hours to pro bono work last year. That’s the equivalent of nearly four full work weeks. Still, she notes that ...

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Gaylin Rich Carver- Carver & Michael

It has been a decade since Gaylin Rich Carver co-founded with Sara Michael the firm that bears their names. That firm has built a solid track record, even hiring an associate in 2014. But as Carver makes clear, it isn’t ...

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Andrea A. Stanley- Brown & Crouppen

Andrea A. Stanley is proud to be a plaintiff’s lawyer. She said she’s always been a people person, and she finds the work to be meaningful. “I feel like being a plaintiff’s lawyer, you’re representing the people,” she said. “I’m ...

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Rachel E. Schwartz- Stueve Siegel Hanson

As a partner whose specialties include commercial litigation, Rachel E. Schwartz has had her share of big-ticket courtroom wins. Her recent victories include a $217 million jury verdict for Kansas farmers against Syngenta that paved the way for a $1.51 ...

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Allison Schreiber Lee- Paule, Camazine & Blumenthal

When Allison Schreiber Lee takes on a case, she makes good use of the rules of evidence. She files requests for admissions, interrogatories, discovery motions — all the classic methods to build a case and narrow down the issues. At ...

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