Awards & Recognition
April 26, 2011

Polsinelli Shughart PC attorney Grace S. Day of St. Joseph, Missouri, will be honored for her dedication to the legal profession and her impact on the lives of countless families in Northwest Missouri. Missouri Lawyers Weekly selected Day as its 2011 Women’s Justice Award “Woman of the Year.” The award ceremony for Day, and other women lawyers, will be held at The Four Seasons in St. Louis, Wednesday, April 27, at 6:00 p.m.

“Anyone who knows Grace knows that this award is well-deserved,” said St. Joseph Managing Partner Dan Boulware. “She’s a fierce fighter for her clients, highly respected and a jewel in the St. Joseph community.”

Day assists clients with family law issues including custody, adoption, mediation, guardianship divorce and probate matters. She starts her mornings like many attorneys: in early, long hours, and in court almost every day. But at an age when most lawyers are retired, Day is handling 50 to 75 cases. The Missouri Bar doesn’t keep records by age so it’s difficult to say whether Day is the oldest practicing woman lawyer in the state. But at age 84, she is certainly one of the oldest.

“I decided to go to law school because I felt it was a rewarding profession, and it still is rewarding,” said Day. “It’s hectic sometimes, but interesting to say the least.”

Day may have been ready for law school but her fellow students weren’t ready for her.

“Unfortunately a woman in law school in the late 1940’s was rare and I was the only woman in my class, as well as my law school, for the entire time I as there. The professors and students made it difficult for me because they felt I was intruding on their male turf,” remembers Day.

Paralegal Deborah Larzelere, who has worked for Day for more than 25 years, says she is one of the most sought-after attorneys in the area.

“She brings to our community integrity, veracity and honor,” said Larzelere.

Day is a pioneer for women in the workplace and a strong advocate for women’s rights. She’s served as the first woman president of the St. Joseph Bar Association, is a former president of the Missouri Association for Women Lawyers, and is a former Special Assistant Attorney General for the State of Missouri. Day says her husband, and her two children, both of them lawyers, keep her young.

“I’ve had lots of interesting cases and it’s always rewarding to see the results after the case has been completed,” said Day who has no plans to retire. “The award is a culmination of a life-time of work and I’m honored to have been chosen. It has been personally and professionally satisfying to have played a role in assisting women moving forward in the profession.”

Day would be able to speak to reporters about

        • Impact of social media on divorce cases 
        • Changing role of women lawyers

 For more information contact Public Relations Manager Heather McMichael at 816-395-0618, hmcmichael@polsinelli.com

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