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Laura Denvir Stith, Woman of the Year

Judge Laura Denvir Stith is the voice of the Missouri Supreme Court. Not its leader — she has long since stepped down as chief justice. Nor its public spokesperson — the court has able staff for that. But when lawyers appear before the court, they are virtually assured of getting questions — a lot of questions — from Judge Stith. And the answers she elicits might well shape the precedential value of the case.

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Rachel Berland, Leader of Tomorrow

What do you consider your biggest accomplishment so far? One of my biggest accomplishments so far is having my student comment selected for publication in the Saint Louis University Journal of Health Law & Policy. My faculty advisor, SpearIt, challenged me to produce compelling arguments and the strongest paper I could, and I am proud to be published in the same issue as health law scholar Paul Starr.

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Elizabeth D. Hatting, Leader of Tomorrow

What do you consider your biggest accomplishment so far? I ran a half-marathon in October, which I consider to be my biggest personal accomplishment so far. I am not a very athletic individual, which made the training and race very challenging. The half-marathon was also something completely different than anything I had ever done before, which makes it the accomplishment I am most proud of to date.

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Anne Legomsky, Leader of Tomorrow

What do you consider your biggest accomplishment so far? Getting an internship for this coming summer with The Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia. The work at PDS will enable me to combine the practice of both law and social work — which is exactly how I hope to put my dual J.D./M.S.W. degree to use upon graduation.

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Adrienne D. Davis, Legal Scholar

Give Adrienne D. Davis a barrier, and the outspoken advocate will work tirelessly until it comes down. She made history in high school when her Maryland class helped put an end to segregated schools there, was the first African-American woman at two law schools to hold the title of endowed professor and today shapes gender and race relations through her leadership and teaching at Washington University School of Law.

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Kelly K. Dineen, Legal Scholar

Although Kelly K. Dineen left nursing for law a decade ago, she remains a health champion. She developed a pro bono project for children with disabilities early in her legal career as part of Husch Blackwell’s health care practice group, and the project now spans several partners. Now, as an administrator and instructor of bioethics and the law at Saint Louis University School of Law, her work moves one of the nation’s top health law programs forward.

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Barbara Glesner Fines, Legal Scholar

Barbara Glesner Fines is the kind of person every lawyer wants on the other end of the phone when he or she needs advice or answers. As a professor at the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law since 1986, Fines has attracted national attention for her methods of teaching ethics and professional responsibility, even as her local community has benefited from her skills in family law.

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Leslie A. Schneider, Legal Scholar

Leslie A. Schneider was the kid in the courthouse —watching her father, a prosecutor, in action. Now she’s a judge and adjunct law professor. Attorneys in her county have named her a top judge, highlighting her legal knowledge, demeanor, promptness and rapport with the public, attorneys and jurors. Her diverse volunteer work includes providing legal assistance to low-income citizens through Mid-Missouri Legal Services and supporting women and children through various nonprofits.

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Raven J. Akram, Rising Star

Raven J. Akram, an associate at Sandberg Phoenix, has quickly hit the fast track in her practice areas. She also chairs the firm’s charitable efforts committee and is a former St. Louis Rams cheerleader. Giving back to the community is important to her: She is a guardian ad litem and dedicated volunteer for Voices for Children, as a court-appointed special advocate (CASA) for victims of abuse and neglect.

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Mara H. Cohara, Rising Star

Mara H. Cohara takes pride in simplifying complex issues into clear, logical arguments, a skill that has served her well in defending everything from complex commercial disputes to a recent spate of nuisance suits against hog farms in northern Missouri. She now chairs Lathrop & Gage’s tort department, just a few short years after she became a partner at the firm in 2009.

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