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 firstname.lastname@example.org or (314) 421-4134. We'd love for you to join us and help make WILP an even stronger force in the legal community!
WILP Scholarships are handed out to deserving women law students yearly. This year's scholarship recipient was Jaclyn Roeing, a second year law student at Washington University in St. Louis School of Law.
She is She is in the top 15 percent of her class, was on the Dean’s List in the fall of 2012, and expects to graduate in May 2015. As the result of witnessing an attempted robbery, she has an interest in issues regarding women in the law and thus pursued an internship at Legal Services of Eastern Missouri.
As an intern, she worked in the Lasting Solutions Program, which provides social work and legal services to impoverished survivors of domestic violence. She was thrilled for the opportunity to support women who are going through much of the same emotional turmoil that she experienced.
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.
MORE DETAILS TO COME SOON...
New Admittees Reception held November 5, 2013
The Women in the Legal Profession held its annual reception to welcome all newly licensed women attorneys.
The reception was free to all new female bar admittees.
MOTION FOR KIDS "Book Center" by WILP
The Women in the Legal Profession Section will once again provide volunteers to work the "Book Center" and distribute books to children at the 2013 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.
MONTHLY NETWORKING LUNCHEONS
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.
Anna Bonacorsi Secretary
(314) 753-1364Email her
Jennifer Visintine Chair-Elect
(314) 552-6580Email Her
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