One of Missouri's oldest female attorneys is honored

Thursday, June 17, 2010 | 7:33 p.m. CDT; updated 9:18 a.m. CDT, Friday, June 18, 2010

ST. JOSEPH — One of the oldest practicing female lawyers in the state of Missouri has been honored by the YWCA.

Grace Day is 83 and is marking her 60th year of practicing law this year. She concentrates in family law and handles cases such as divorces, annulments and adoptions.

The YWCA in St. Joseph gave Day a Lifetime Achievement Workplace Award on Thursday at the Civic Center.

The Missouri Bar does not keep records by age. But her firm, Polsinelli Shughart, says Day is believed to be the state's oldest female attorney who is still practicing.

Day was an anomaly when she entered law school in the 1940s at University of South Dakota.

She says the professors and students made it difficult for her because they felt she was "intruding on their male turf."


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