Thursday, April 24, 2014
Four Seasons Hotel
The Women’s Justice Awards recognize women across the state of Missouri who have demonstrated leadership, integrity, service, sacrifice and accomplishment in improving the quality of justice and exemplifying the highest ideals of the legal profession. The awards reach out to women in various segments of the legal community, including the bar, the bench, public office, business, academia, non-profits and the state at large.
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Woman of the Year– The biggest award of the evening, recognizing lifetime leadership, service, sacrifice and accomplishment in improving the quality of justice and exemplifying the highest ideals of the legal profession. NEW THIS YEAR: We’ll select our Woman of the Year from among the year’s award recipients.
- Mary R. Russell, chief justice, Supreme Court of Missouri
Public Service Practitioner Awards– Awarded to women government and non-profit lawyers who improve the quality of justice and contribute to the betterment of the profession.
- Theresa Kenney, Jasper County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office
- Dawn Parsons, Jackson County Prosecutor’s Office
- Jeanne Philips-Roth, Legal Services of Eastern Missouri
- Sarah Pleban, solo practitioner, Sarah S. Pleban Attorney at Law
Public Official Awards– Awarded to women judges and other public service officials whose public service improves the quality of justice.
- Gayle Crane, Jasper County Circuit Court
- Sherrill Rosen, Jackson County Circuit Court
- Kathy Surratt-States, U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Missouri
- Barbara Wallace, St. Louis County Circuit Court
Business Practitioner Awards– Awarded to women business practitioners who improve the quality of justice and contribute to the betterment of the profession.
- Jane Arnold, Polsinelli
- Julie Brown, Carnahan, Evans, Cantwell & Brown
- Barbara Miltenberger, Husch Blackwell
- Sheila Seck, Seck & Associates
Litigation Practitioner Awards– Awarded to women litigation practitioners who improve the quality of justice and contribute to the betterment of the profession.
- Jennifer Gille Bacon, Polsinelli
- Ketrina Bakewell, Bryan Cave
- Lynne Bratcher, Bratcher Gockel & Kingston
- Sarah Brown, Randles, Mata & Brown
- Dana Tippin Cutler, James W. Tippin & Associates
- Deborah Dodge, Hall, Ansley, Rodgers & Sweeney
- Loretta Haggard, Schuchat, Cook & Werner
- Pamela Meanes, Thompson Coburn
- Mary Doerhoff Winter, Bartimus, Frickleton, Robertson & Goza
Enterprise Awards– Awarded to women in a business setting, be they entrepreneurs, executives, corporate counsel, or other business professionals, who make a positive difference to the legal professional and the quality of justice.
- Jennie Clark, American Century Investments
- Alice Conway, Monsanto Co.
- Susan Denigan, Nestle Purina PetCare Co.
- Penni Groves, Missouri State University
- Mary Caola Kullman, The Laclede Group Inc.
- Cindy Dillard Parres, Houlihan’s Restaurants Inc.
- Elaine Spearman, St. Louis Comptroller’s Office
Citizenship Awards– Generally, though not necessarily, awarded to women non-lawyers who improve the quality of justice for the community at large.
- Kimberly Bramlett, U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri
- Amy Beechner McCarthy, Your Community Health Center
- Beth Dessem, Missouri CASA Association
Legal Scholar Awards– Awarded to women faculty members or administrators at area law schools for their own work with the justice system, through their research or scholarship, or through teaching and inspiring others.
- Angela Drake, University of Missouri School of Law
- Rebecca Dresser, Washington University School of Law
- Janis Prewitt Auner, Drury University
- Kerry Ryan, Saint Louis University School of Law
Rising Star Awards– Awarded to women lawyers 40 years old and younger or within the first 10 years of practice who have already made a difference in the justice system or the profession and who appear on a path toward even greater accomplishment.
- Jovita Foster, Armstrong Teasdale
- Ashleigh MacPherson, MacPherson Law Center
- Beverly Weber, Martin, Leigh, Laws & Fritzlen
Leaders of Tomorrow Award– Awarded to women law students who demonstrate leadership, professionalism and a passion for making a difference in the justice system or the legal profession.
- Paige Elbe, Saint Louis University School of Law
- Nicole Pleasant, Saint Louis University School of Law
- Shelly Rosenfelder, University of Missouri School of Law
- Chloe Woods, Washington University School of Law