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Honors and Awards

Alumni Achievement Award - UMKC School of Law  (2018)

"Woman of the Year" - Missouri Lawyers Weekly Women's Justice Awards (2018)

Ronda F. Williams Spirit of Diversity Award - St. Louis Diversity Job Fair (2017)

Legal Services Award - Mound City Bar Association (2017)

President's Award - University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law (2017)

Governor Mel Carnahan Public Service Award - University of Missouri Harry S Truman School of Public Affairs (2017)

One of the "50 Missourians You Should Know" - Ingram's Magazine (2017)

"Woman of the Year" - Assn. for Women Lawyers of Greater Kansas City (2016)
Sly James Diversity and Inclusion Award -K.C. Metropolitan Bar Assn. (2016)
Women's Justice Award (Litigation) - Missouri Lawyers Weekly  (2014)

Nefertiti Award - Societas Docta, Inc. (2013)
Judge Lewis W. Clymer Award -
Jackson County Bar
Association  (2011)

President's Award - The Missouri Bar (2001, 2002 & 2014)

Leadership Positions


Executive Council Member, National Conference of Bar Presidents

Member, ABA House of Delegates

Appointed Member, Missouri Supreme Court Civil Rules Committee

Gubernatorial Appointment, Board of Curators of Lincoln University (MO) (Board President 2009-2010)

Member, Boards of Directors of Swope Community Enterprises and Swope Parkway Health Center


President, The Missouri Bar  (2016-17)

President, Board of Directors of The Missouri Bar Foundation  (2017-2018)

Chair, The Missouri Bar Leadership Academy  (2000 - 2002)

Chair, The Missouri Bar Committee on Minority Affairs  (1999 - 2002)

Elected Member, Board of Trustees of The Missouri Bar (2002-2007)

Co-Chair, ABA Section of Litigation 2011 Annual Meeting

Appointed Member, ABA Standing Committee on Judicial Independence

Appointed Member, ABA Standing Committee on Professionalism

Civil Defense Bar Representative - 16th Judicial Circuit Bench-Bar Committee

Professional Associations and Affiliations

The Missouri Bar
American Bar Association
National Bar Association
Jackson County Bar Association
Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association
Missouri Organization of Defense Lawyers


(816) 471-8575

(816) 421-0243 - fax






         Areas of Practice

Education Law

Insurance Defense

General Liability Defense

Professional Liability Defense



University of Missouri - Kansas City School of Law, 
J.D., 1989

Spelman College, Atlanta, Georgia
B.A. - English, 1986

Bar Admissions


U.S. District Court, Western District of Missouri

U.S. District Court, District of Kansas

U.S. Court of Appeals, 8th Circuit

U.S. Tax Court

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