The Sue Shear Institute for Women in Public Life at UMSL will bring together the prosecutors in Missouri's two largest metropolitan areas for "Statehouse Sisters" discussion. The event will include St. Louis Circuit Attorney Jennifer Joyce and Jackson County Prosecutor Jean Peters-Baker. Nannette Baker, federal magistrate and former court of appeals judge, will moderate the discussion.

For only the second time ever, the two prosecutors in Missouri’s two largest metropolitan areas are women. The Sue Shear Institute for Women in Public Life at the University of Missouri–St. Louis will bring them together for “Statehouse Sisters” at noon March 12 in Century Room A at UMSL’s Millennium Student Center.

St. Louis Circuit Attorney Jennifer Joyce and Jackson County Prosecutor Jean Peters-Baker will talk about their roles and experiences in the real world of law and order. Nannette Baker, federal magistrate and former court of appeals judge, will moderate the discussion. The event is free and open to the public.

Joyce succeeded St. Louis’ first woman circuit attorney, Dee Joyce-Hayes, in 2001.

Peters-Baker also followed in the footsteps of a prominent woman, Sen. Claire McCaskill, who led the Jackson County Prosecutor’s office from 1993 to 1999.

For nearly 10 years during Women’s History Month each March, “Statehouse Sisters” has provided an opportunity for the university and St. Louis communities to meet women state legislators. This year’s program shifts the focus to women leaders in the legal profession.

Sponsors include the Des Lee Collaborative Vision, the Executive Leadership Consortium, the Gender Studies Program, the Office of Multicultural Relations and the Office of Student Life.

Call Dayna Stock at 314-516-6623 or email her at dstock@umsl.edu for more information.

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