Joint Commission on Women in the Profession

The Joint Commission on Women in the Profession was formed July 9, 2013, by order of the Supreme Court of Missouri and in conjunction with The Missouri Bar. The Commission is charged with assessing the status of women in the profession, identifying barriers to their advancement, combating bias in the justice system and in the legal profession, and with securing full and equal participation of women in the legal profession. The Commission is co-chaired by Amy Bender-Levy and Stephanie L. Wan, and is comprised of members selected by the Court and the bar.


Since the commission's inception in 2013, it has accomplished many advancements towards its mission.  Achievements of note include:

  • Successfully advocated for a revision to the annual attorney enrollment form to include a voluntary check-box for gender, which helps facilitate analysis of women's representation in Missouri's legal profession. Current demographic information may be viewed here.
  • Provided research and recommendations to the Missouri Office of Administration, Division of Personnel, advocating for amendments to 1 CSR 20-5.020 to expand family leave policy for state employees.
  • Collaborated with the Women’s Foundation to provide research and recommendations to the Supreme Court of Missouri and The Missouri Bar advocating for paid parental leave for all judiciary and bar staff. Both bodies adopted policies providing six weeks’ paid leave. 
  • Successfully advocated for lactation accommodation in state courthouses. Supreme Court Operating Rule 7.01.C.15 mandates lactation accommodations (i.e., break time and appropriate facilities) for court employees who are nursing mothers to pump at work under FLSA-compliant conditions.
  • Successfully advocated for revisions to Supreme Court Rule 6.06 governing the return to active status to streamline the reactivation process and remove barriers to re-entry after a voluntary hiatus from practice.
  • Hosted the program Blueprinting for Success, focusing on sponsorship, promotion, networking, and leadership, featuring national expert Debbie Epstein Henry. (2018)

     

Commission Members

Member
Amy Elise Bender Levy
Amy Elise Bender Levy
Co-Chair
The Marks Law Firm
Stephanie Leilani Wan
Stephanie Leilani Wan
Co-Chair
United States Attorney's Office
Hon. Mary R. Russell
Hon. Mary R. Russell
Liaison to Supreme Court
Supreme Court of Missouri
Garnett Matthews-Campbell
Garnett Matthews-Campbell
MoBar Staff Liaison
Missouri Bar
Lynne Jaben Bratcher
Lynne Jaben Bratcher
Member
Bratcher Gockel Law, LC
Hon. S. Margene Burnett
Hon. S. Margene Burnett
Member
16th Judicial Circuit, Division 7
Sylvia Edgar
Member
St Louis Community College
Marsha Blakemore Fischer
Marsha Blakemore Fischer
Member
University of Missouri
Ginger Kay Gooch
Ginger Kay Gooch
Member
Husch Blackwell LLP
Kathleen Schlef Hamilton
Kathleen Schlef Hamilton
Member
Hon. Tracey A. Mason-White
Hon. Tracey A. Mason-White
Member
Sullivan County Circuit Clerk
Mollie Gentry Mohan
Mollie Gentry Mohan
Member
Christa Barber Moss
Christa Barber Moss
Member
United States Attorney's Office
Thomas Kelly Neill
Thomas Kelly Neill
Member
Gray Ritter & Graham, P.C.
Douglass F. Noland
Douglass F. Noland
Member
Noland Law Firm, LLC
Phyllis Anne Norman
Phyllis Anne Norman
Member
Norman and Graves
Dawn Marie Parsons
Dawn Marie Parsons
Member
Hon. Robin Ransom
Hon. Robin Ransom
Member
Missouri Court of Appeals - Eastern District
James Kendall Seal
James Kendall Seal
Member
Hon. Jason Mark Sengheiser
Hon. Jason Mark Sengheiser
Member
Circuit Court of the City of St. Louis
Joanna Lang Winslade Trachtenberg
Joanna Lang Winslade Trachtenberg
Member
TGH Litigation LLC
Jennifer L. Woods
Jennifer L. Woods
Member
Frontdoor, Inc.