Laura Denvir Stith

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Laura Denvir Stith
Judge of the Supreme Court of Missouri
Assumed office
March 7, 2001
Appointed by Bob Holden
Preceded by Ann K. Covington
Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Missouri
In office
July 1, 2007 – June 30, 2009
Preceded by Michael A. Wolff
Succeeded by William Ray Price, Jr.
Personal details
Born (1953-10-30) October 30, 1953 (age 60)
St. Louis, Missouri
Spouse(s) Donald G. Scott
Alma mater Tufts University
Georgetown University Law Center[1]

Laura Denvir Stith (born October 30, 1953) has been a judge on the Supreme Court of Missouri since 2001.[2] She was elected by her fellow Supreme Court justices to serve a two-year term as Chief Justice, from July 1, 2007, to June 30, 2009, becoming the second woman to serve as Missouri's highest-ranking jurist.

Stith graduated magna cum laude from Jackson College for Women (now part of Tufts University) in 1975 and from Georgetown University Law Center in 1978. Stith served as a law clerk for Chief Justice Robert Seiler of the Missouri Supreme Court and then entered private practice in Kansas City, Missouri. She served on the Missouri Court of Appeals, Western District, from 1994 to 2000. On March 7, 2001, then-Governor Bob Holden appointed her to the Supreme Court of Missouri, and she was retained by a vote of the people at the November 2002 election.[1]

Stith is a founding director for Lawyers Encouraging Academic Performance ("LEAP") in Kansas City, where she lives with her attorney husband, Donald Scott, and their three children. Her late father, Richard T. Stith, Jr. (October 31, 1919-February 10, 2013), an insurance agent and financial planner, served as mayor of Clayton, Missouri, a suburb of St. Louis, from 1983 to 1987. He was a decorated Marine pilot during World War II. Her late mother, Ann Carter Stith (November 21, 1920-November 24, 2005), was a longtime advocate of clean government, prison reform, and educational and family support services for children. Stith's brother Richard T. Stith III[1] is a law professor at Valparaiso University in Indiana. Her sister Kate Stith[1] is a law professor at Yale University, and the wife of Judge José A. Cabranes of the Second Circuit Court of Appeals.[3] Her other sister, Rebecca Stith, is an attorney with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.


  1. ^ a b c d Official Manual - State of Missouri 2003-2004
  2. ^ "Chief Justice Laura Denvir Stith". Your Missouri Courts. Retrieved 2009-06-15. 
  3. ^ José Cabranes: Family

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