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
Garnett Matthews-Campbell
Garnett Matthews-Campbell
MoBar Staff Liaison
Missouri Bar
Hon. S. Margene Burnett
Hon. S. Margene Burnett
Member
16th Judicial Circuit, Division 7
Koriambanya Sana Carew
Koriambanya Sana Carew
Member
Seyfarth Shaw LLP
Sylvia Edgar
Member
St Louis Community College
Marsha Blakemore Fischer
Marsha Blakemore Fischer
Member
University of Missouri
Karen Rose Glickstein
Karen Rose Glickstein
Member
Jackson Lewis P.C.
Caroline Luepke Hermeling
Caroline Luepke Hermeling
Member
Husch Blackwell, LLP
Hon. Philip M. Hess
Hon. Philip M. Hess
Member
Missouri Court of Appeals, Eastern District
Thomas Kelly Neill
Thomas Kelly Neill
Member
Gray Ritter & Graham, P.C.
Phyllis Anne Norman
Phyllis Anne Norman
Member
Norman and Graves
Hon. Jalilah Otto
Hon. Jalilah Otto
Member
16th Judicial Circuit
Megan Elizabeth Phillips
Megan Elizabeth Phillips
Member
U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Missouri
Hon. Nancy Steffen Rahmeyer
Hon. Nancy Steffen Rahmeyer
Member
Missouri Court of Appeals--Southern 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
Laurence R. Tucker
Laurence R. Tucker
Member
Armstrong Teasdale LLP
Lucy T. Unger
Lucy T. Unger
Member
Law Offices of Lucy T. Unger
Jennifer L. Woods
Jennifer L. Woods
Member
Frontdoor, Inc.