‘Historic’ moment realized for women in law in Missouri

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Missouri Chief Justice Mary R. Russell, left, is greeted by state legislators as she enters the House chamber Wednesday, Feb. 7, 2024, prior to delivering the annual State of the Judiciary speech.
Julie Smith/News Tribune photo: Missouri Chief Justice Mary R. Russell, left, is greeted by state legislators as she enters the House chamber Wednesday, Feb. 7, 2024, prior to delivering the annual State of the Judiciary speech.


During law school, Missouri Chief Justice Mary R. Russell knew her opportunities as a female lawyer would be limited after she graduated.

About a third of the law school was female, and she said that when interviewing for a job with a large law firm, the female students wouldn't wear engagement...