MU alumna becomes chief justice of the Missouri Supreme Court

A photo of Chief Justice Mary Russell
Chief Justice Mary Russell

For the second time in a decade, Mizzou Law alumna Mary Russell is leading the Missouri Supreme Court.

This month she begins her two-year term as chief justice, a role she previously held from July 2013 to June 2015.

In 2004, Chief Justice Russell became the third woman appointed to the court. She is its longest-serving current member and a dedicated mentor to those interested in the legal field.

MU is well represented at the state’s highest court. Five of the seven judges are alumni, including previous chief justice, Judge Paul C. Wilson.

Like Chief Justice Russell, a majority of Mizzou Law graduates stay in Missouri to launch their careers and make a difference. Their leadership shapes the future of our state.

— Mun