Associate Dean for Student Services, Law Students, and Alumnae Receive 2015 Women’s Justice Awards

Congratulations to the winners of Missouri Lawyers Weekly’s 2015 Women’s Justice Awards. Among the honorees are Associate Dean for Student Services Elizabeth Walsh in the category of Legal Scholar, and fourth-year law and social work student Claire Botnick and second-year law student Mary Hershewe in the category of Leaders of Tomorrow.

The Women’s Justice Awards ceremony, now in its 17th year, recognizes 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, nonprofits, 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.” Prior to her role as Associate Dean for Student Services, Walsh headed up the Public Service Project at Washington University School of Law.

In recent years, the award also has been given to Professors Adrienne Davis, Rebecca Dresser, Kimberly Norwood, Hillary Sale, Ann Davis Shields, and Karen Tokarz.

The Leader of Tomorrow award is given to women law students who “demonstrate leadership, professionalism, and a passion for making a difference in the justice system or the legal professional.”

Editor-in-chief of the Washington University Journal of Law & Policy, Botnick has worked as a legal intern at the Center for Court Innovation and a practicum student at the City of Saint Louis Circuit Attorney’s Office Victim Services. She assisted Brown School Professor Carrie Pettus-Davis with research on the topic of support groups for recently released offenders. Botnick was a summer associate at Cravath, Swaine & Moore and will join the firm as an associate in October.

Hershewe has served as a legal intern for the St. Louis County Courthouse and held leadership positions with the Student Bar Association and Women’s Law Caucus (WLC). She served as co-chair of the annual WLC auction to benefit the Public Interest Summer Stipend program.

Other award recipients this year include law alumnae:

  • Lucy Unger, JD ’89, a partner with Williams Venker & Sanders LLC, Legal Practitioner 
  • Sally Heller, JD ’83, owner and principal with The Heller Law Firm LLC, Legal Practitioner  
  • Michelle Tornline, JD ’04, general counsel at WireCo WorldGroup, Enterprise 
  • The Hon. Kendra Howard, JD ’01, administrative judge with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and president of the Mound City Bar Association, Rising Star 

Spring 2015