Established 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 Hall, BAMSL staff member for WILP, at email@example.com or (314) 421-4134. You can also sign up for any BAMSL Commitee or Section through your online member profile. We'd love for you to join us and help make WILP an even stronger force in the legal community!
The Women in Legal Profession (WILP) Section is offers scholarships to 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 each summer. Preference is 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 announced each year in the weekly e-Newsletter and on this web page.
Our annual suit drive is always a huge success. We receive an enormous number of gently-used men's and women's suits, which are 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 as well, which the Saint Louis Bar Foundation produces for participating students who do not have the resources to purchase a suit.
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 WILP Section also provides volunteers to work the "Book Center" and distribute books to children at the 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.
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 Etzkorn, 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.
Listed below are news items, surveys and articles that you might find interesting as a woman in the legal profession.