Professor, Law Student, Alumni to Receive Women's Justice Awards

Professor Hillary A. Sale  will be honored later this month with a Missouri Lawyers Weekly’s 2011 Women’s Justice Award  in the category of Legal Scholar. The Women’s Justice Awards are intended to recognize women across Missouri who have “demonstrated leadership, integrity, service, sacrifice, and accomplishment in improving the quality of justice and furthering the highest ideals of the legal profession.” The awards are given to women from various segments of the state of Missouri, including the bar, the bench, public office, civil service, business, academia, non-profits, and the state-at-large.

The Legal Scholar Award is given to law school faculty members or administrators who demonstrate excellence in “their own work with the justice system, through their research or scholarship, and/or through teaching and inspiring others.” In recent years, the award also has been given to Professors Kimberly Norwood, Karen Tokarz, and Maxine Lipeles. Sale, the  Walter D. Coles Professor of Law and professor of management, ranks among the nation’s best scholars, teachers, and leaders in corporate and securities law. She is a recipient of the Student Bar Association’s David M. Becker Professor of the Year Award and is the co-author of a casebook on securities regulation and of a book on federal securities laws, rules, and forms. Among her professional affiliations, she is a member of the Executive Committee of DirectWomen and the 2010 chair of the DirectWomen Institute, an organization dedicated to educating women attorneys about public company boards.

Other recipients this year include law alumni Cathy R. Kelly, JD ’83, Missouri State Public Defender System, who will receive the Public Official Award, and Nancy Hamilton, JD ’82, Monsanto Company, and Heather Humphrey, JD ’95, Kansas City Power & Light, who both will receive the Enterprise Award. Additionally, third-year law student Jeryl D. Hayes will receive the Leader of Tomorrow Award, which is given to a law student or recent graduate who “demonstrates leadership, professionalism, and passion for making a difference in the justice system and/or legal profession.”

Going on its 13th year, Women’s Justice Awards also have been given to several other Washington University law professors and alumni in many categories. Recent alumni recipients include Judge Hamilton, JD ’71, Woman of the Year; Debbie Champion Snyder, JD ’88, Lawyer’s Lawyer Award; Cheryl Walker, JD ’90, Citizenship Award; and Yeena Yoon, JD/MSW ’07, Leader of Tomorrow Award.