Hon. Laura Denvir Stith

Stith, Laura DenvirDates of judicial service:
Appointed to the Supreme Court in March 2001
Retained in office at the November 2002 general election for a 12-year term expiring December 31, 2014
Served as chief justice for the term of July 1, 2007, through June 30, 2009
Previously served as a judge on the Missouri Court of Appeals, Western District, from 1994 to March 2001

Graduated with honors from John Burroughs School, St. Louis, in 1971
Studied at the University of Madrid through a program administered by the Institute of European Studies
Bachelor of Arts, magna cum laude, (majors - political science and social psychology, Tufts University, Boston, 1975 (attended Tufts on a national merit scholarship)
Juris Doctor, magna cum laude, Georgetown University Law Center, Washington, D.C., 1978

Prior employment:
Attorney, Shook, Hardy & Bacon law firm, Kansas City
Partner, 1984 to 1994
Associate, 1980 to 1984
Co-founder and member, Appellate Practice Group
Law Clerk to Supreme Court of Missouri Judge Robert E. Seiler, 1978 to 1979
Iglauer Fellowship Intern in Washington D.C. for Senator Thomas Eagleton, 1973

Professional memberships and activities:
Member, The Missouri Bar, 1978 to present
- Chair, Civil Practice and Procedure Committee
- Vice Chair, Civil Practice and Procedure Committee
Member, American Bar Association (ABA)
Member, Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association (KCMBA)
- Vice chair, Tort Law Committee
Member, Association for Women Lawyers (AWL) of Greater Kansas City
- President
- Member, board of directors
Missouri Fellow of the American Bar Foundation, 2004 to present
Chair, Gender and Justice Joint Committee of The Missouri Bar and the Supreme Court of Missouri
Speaker, appellate practice programs, annual conventions of the ABA, The Missouri Bar, Missouri Association of Trial Attorneys (MATA), and Missouri Organization of Defense Lawyers (MODL)
Speaker or moderator, continuing legal education programs about civil procedure and evidence, for The Missouri Bar, KCMBA, AWL and University of Missouri-Kansas City Law School
Speaker, gender bias programs, Missouri New Judges School

Civil and charitable activities:
Founding director, Lawyers Encouraging Academic Performance (LEAP), an inter-bar lawyers’ public service organization in Kansas City
Mentor and tutor to young students at St. Vincent’s Operation Breakthrough in Kansas City

Awards and honors:
Joseph Stevens Aspire to Excellence Award, Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association, 2009
Distinguished Non-Alumnus Award, University of Missouri-Columbia School of Law, 2006
Editor, Law and Policy in International Business Journal, Georgetown University Law Center