SLU LAW Professor, Student, Alumnae Recognized for Contribution to Legal Profession

May 10, 2017

Saint Louis University School of Law was well represented at last month’s annual Women’s Justice Awards ceremony, hosted by Missouri Lawyers Weekly.

The Women’s Justice Awards recognize women in the legal profession who have made valuable contributions to the study and development of the law and the pursuit of justice in society.

SLU LAW’s Antonia Miceli, co-director of academic support and associate professor, was honored with the Legal Scholar Award, which is awarded for work on behalf of the justice system through research or scholarship or through teaching and inspiring others.

“I have the great honor of working with students throughout their law school careers and beyond, when they take their first bar exam and sometimes years down the road when they decide to add another jurisdiction to their practice,” Miceli said. “It is such a joy to watch them grow as students, to support them through the highs and lows of law school and the bar exam, and then to have the opportunity to celebrate with them when they find their name on the bar exam pass list. I love watching them develop from being my student to becoming my peer!”

Third-year student Kaitlyn Adams Parker (A&S '11) was selected for the Leaders of Tomorrow Award, awarded to law students who demonstrate leadership, professionalism and a passion for making a difference in the justice system or the legal profession.

Parker has worked to serve the underprivileged in the Missouri State Public Defender Office and the SLU LAW Legal Clinics. Prior to law school, she taught pre-kindergarten through eighth-grade students as a reading specialist in Washington, D.C., and to continue this passion, she joined Street Law and participated in the BAMSL Read Across America! Days while at SLU LAW. This spring, she led the law school's most successful PILG Auction in the event's history, raising funds for students who work in nonprofit jobs over the summer.

“My dad once told me, ‘Don’t work to be noticed, but to have your absence from something felt.’ I think SLU really taught me how to live that life,” Parker said. “I learned how to push myself to achieve more, be more and do more for others. And because of my time at SLU LAW, I feel assured in my abilities, both academically and spiritually, as I transition into the legal profession.”

The ceremony was held April 27, at the Four Seasons Hotel in downtown St. Louis, and several SLU LAW faculty and staff attended to support the law school’s honorees.

SLU LAW also had several alumnae who were honored at the ceremony:

  • Sarah E. Mullen (’08) -- Rising Star Award
  • Erica B. Slater (’11) -- Rising Star Award
  • Sheena R. Hamilton (’10) -- Litigation Practitioner Award
  • Bridget G. Hoy (’01) -- Litigation Practitioner Award
  • Andrea D. McNairy (’06) -- Litigation Practitioner Award
  • Lisa G. Moore (’98) -- Litigation Practitioner Award
  • Kathleen M. Hart (’90) -- Public Official Award
  • Cynthia L. Short (’87) -- Public Service Practitioner Award
  • Pat L. Simons (’74) -- Citizenship Award

Read more about each of the 2017 Women's Justice Award honorees.

Photos by Terry Witt

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