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Established originally in 1980 as a committee, the mission of the Women in the Legal Profession Section (WILP) is to promote and enhance women lawyers professionally, personally, and within their community. WILP provides members with the opportunity to connect and interact with other female legal professionals, thus offering support, growth and synergy.



Membership in WILP is free for all BAMSL members. Currently, there are over 100 section members. However, membership is not automatic. Aren't sure if you're a member? Would you like to become one? Then contact Shannan Deemie, BAMSL staff member for WILP, at or (314) 421-4134. We'd love for you to join us and help make WILP an even stronger force in the legal community!


2015 WILP Scholarships

The Women in Legal Profession (WILP) Section is now accepting scholarship applications from law students who have committed to an internship (paid or unpaid) at a non-profit or other qualified organization in the St. Louis metropolitan area for a minimum of eight weeks beginning this summer. Preference will be given to applicants who, as part of their internship, will address legal issues that affect women, including internships that involve domestic violence, gender fairness, child custody and similar issues.
The deadline to submit the Scholarship Application and the required documentation is March 15, 2015.
The application is available HERE. Applications are to be submitted via e-mail to


Charity Suit Drive

Our annual suit drive is always overwhelmingly successful. We receive an enormous number of gently used men's and women's suits, which were donated to the Salvation Army to assist economically disadvantaged men and women who are seeking employment. These suits will directly benefit various local programs of the St. Louis Salvation Army, including its Adult Rehabilitation Center. Thanks to the many area firms that donate to this very worthy cause.

Some of the garments, this year, will be donated to the Missouri High School Mock Trial Competition, which BAMSL produces for participating students who do not have the resources to purchase a suit.




New Admittees Reception 

The Women in the Legal Profession held its annual reception to welcome all newly licensed women attorneys. See our 2013 photo gallery of this event HERE.


The reception was free to all new female bar admittees.





The Women in the Legal Profession Section once again provided volunteers to work the "Book Center" and distribute books to children at the 2014 annual Motion for Kids party. The books were generously donated by FirstBook, a non-profit that provides children in need with access to new books.

Rebecca Nickleson and Carolyn Hussmann hand out books in 2012.

Three happy kids with their new books!


WILP’s Mentoring Program provides a great opportunity for new bar members to consult and to seek guidance from experienced members of the bar. To ensure that mentees benefit as much as possible from the Mentoring Program, WILP matches mentees and mentors based on their shared interests and practice areas. Once WILP has paired the mentee and mentor, the mentee and mentor can choose how to structure their relationship. To become a mentee or a mentor, please contact Anna Bonacorsi, committee chair.



WILP members meet for lunch to discuss issues and upcoming events at various St. Louis eateries on the third Tuesday of each month. Email invitations are sent out to members as a reminder. These luncheons offer members an opportunity to get better acquainted with members and to share and learn from others' experiences.



Jennifer Visintine
(314) 552-6580
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Anna Bonacorsi
(314) 753-1364
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Kate Tucker



Listed below are news items, surveys and articles that you might find interesting as a woman in the legal profession. If you have a link that you'd like to post for others, please e-mail to for posting consideration.


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