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Interrupting Unconscious Bias to Better Retain and Advance Women Lawyers: March 10 programs in Kansas City to feature Joan Williams  - SOLD OUT -

Thank you for your interest in attending this program, however, registration is full for this event.

 The Joint Commission on Women in the Profession is excited to sponsor an exciting program on Thursday, March 10, 2016, in Kansas City featuring Joan Williams, Founding Director of WorkLife Law and Distinguished Professor of Law at the University of California Hastings College of Law.  

Williams will present two separate programs on reducing the effects of implicit bias in order to improve the retention and advancement of women lawyers. This event will take place at the Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association Conference Center. The program will begin with a luncheon where Williams will lead managing partners, practice group chairs, and other firm leaders in a discussion of how management can work from the top down to interrupt unconscious bias. This luncheon will be followed by a plenary presentation and workshop for 150 attendees designed to provide lawyers at all stages of their career tools to succeed in the workplace. The afternoon will conclude with a networking social hour. 

For more information about Joan Williams, visit here

This event is possible thanks to the generous support of the following sponsors:       

    Armstrong Teasdale

    Husch Blackwell  

 Polsinelli  Shook Hardy & Bacon crop

Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association
The Missouri Bar
Stinson Leonard Street, LLP
Monsanto Company
White Goss, PC Ogletree
Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, PC
The Women’s Foundation of Greater Kansas City
Foland Wickens Eisfelder Roper & Hofer, PC
Dysart Taylor Cotter McMonigle & Montemore, PC
Midwest Litigation Services
Association for Women Lawyers of Greater Kansas City




Joint Commission on Women in the Profession gets new leadership, releases report

Missouri Bar President Erik Bergmanis has appointed a new co-chair to the Joint Commission on Women in the Profession.
Karen R. Glickstein, a shareholder in the Kansas City office of Polsinelli, has replaced William (Bill) R. Bay in the role. Glickstein joins Megan Phillips, judicial clerk for the Missouri Court of Appeals Eastern District, at the helm of the commission. Bay, a partner in the St. Louis office of Thompson Coburn, served as commission co-chair since its 2013 founding and serves as co-chair of the Court and bar’s Joint Task on the Future of the Profession, which was formed last year.

“I’m thrilled to continue my work with the members of the joint commission in this leadership role," said Glickstein. "The female attorneys in Missouri are so diverse in their backgrounds and areas of practice. I look forward to working with the Supreme Court, the bar and attorneys throughout the state to help ensure that the backgrounds of all female attorneys are recognized and that each receives the support needed to succeed in her chosen career path.”

The commission - a joint effort between the Supreme Court of Missouri and The Missouri Bar - was created in part to gather data on women’s representation in the profession and to identify best practices for retaining and advancing women in the field. The group recently released its first report assessing the status of women in the legal industry.

“The real significance of the data is that it will serve as a baseline from which to track progress (or lack thereof) going forward and as empirical evidence that the playing field isn't yet level,” said Phillips. “Women still haven't reached critical mass at the highest echelons of the profession.”

MoWomenLawyers Report-2015

The Report of the Joint Commission on Women in the Profession includes statistics on women in firms, in law schools, on the bench, and in the public sector, along with resources for women lawyers. It also notes some of the commission’s goals for 2016, including the voluntary collection of gender information on The Missouri Bar annual attorney enrollment form.

“What pleases me most about the report is that it demonstrates the totality of the Commission's work over the past two years,” said Phillips. “The ‘years in review’ page shows how much we've accomplished in a relatively short time, and I'm tremendously proud of that.”

You may also view the report as an online flip book here.

For more information on the Joint Commission on Women in the Profession, go to or join the conversation on Twitter using @MoWomenLawyers.


 Law Firm 101 presentation held at Mizzou Law

 The Joint Commission on Women in the Profession sponsored a panel presentation, Law Firm 101, at the University of Missouri Law School on February 19, 2014. A lively conversation on topics designed to provide practical advice to young attorneys on succeeding in the law was led by Randa Rawlins, Shelter Insurance; Marjorie Lewis, Brown, Willbrand, Simon, Powell & Lewis, P.C.; Sarah J Read, Law Offices of S.J. Read; and Professor Erin Hawley, Associate Professor of Law at MU. Following the presentation, the School of Law hosted a networking reception to allow law students to interact with the panelists and other attendees, which included former Supreme Court of Missouri Judge Ann Covington and Sebrina Barrett, Executive Director of The Missouri Bar.


ABA Honors St. Louis Civil Rights Attorney Frankie Muse Freeman with National Spirit of Excellence Award

St. Louis civil rights attorney Frankie Muse Freeman received a 2014 Spirit of Excellence Award from the American Bar Association’s Commission on Racial and Ethnic Diversity in the Profession during an award ceremony luncheon on February 8, 2014, at the American Bar Association Mid-Year Meeting in Chicago. Freeman has spent nearly a century promoting a more racially and ethnically diverse profession, more integrated schools and housing and a better and more just society; served four presidents; and is a reminder of the difference lawyers can make. Freeman said the award has energized her, adding “I am only 97, and I can still help and do something.”
 Watch Video of Freeman's Remarks | Read an Article from the St. Louis American | Press Release


Spirit of Excellence Award recipients (left to right): Leo M. Romero, Wendy C. Shiba, I.S. Leevy Johnson, Frankie Muse Freeman, Brenda Harbin-Forte, Patricia D. Lee and Benjamin F. Wilson


Governor Appoints S. Margene Burnett Newest Jackson County Circuit Judge

 Gov. Jay Nixon appointed Deputy Probate Commissioner S. Margene Burnett on Nov. 27, 2013, as a circuit judge for Division 7 of the 16th Judicial Circuit, filling a vacancy created by the retirement of Judge Mesle.
 View the Governor’s Press Release