Laura Denvir Stith


1953 –


Who is Laura Denvir Stith?

Laura Denvir Stith has been a judge on the Supreme Court of Missouri since 2001. 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 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.

Stith is a founding director for Lawyers Encouraging Academic Performance in Kansas City, where she lives with her attorney husband, Donald Scott, and their three children. Her late father, Richard T. Stith, Jr., 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.

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Oct 30, 1953
St. Louis
  • Tufts University
  • Georgetown University Law Center

on July 23, 2013


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