September/October 2012
New Magistrate Judge for Eastern District of Missouri: Shirley A. Mensah

The Eastern District of Missouri has selected Shirley Mensah as a U.S. Magistrate Judge. She fills the vacancy left by U.S. Magistrate Judge Mary Ann Medler, who retired in September. Judge Mensah took the oath of office on September 10, 2012.

Judge Mensah was born in Liberia and moved to the United States with her family when she was 10 years old. She became a naturalized citizen in 1988. She received her undergraduate degree from the University of Pennsylvania in 1991 and her law degree from Washington University School of Law in 1995. She began her legal career as an associate with the firm then known as Husch & Eppenberger (now Husch & Blackwell) in St. Louis, Missouri. During her time with the firm, she developed an active litigation practice that focused on financial services, healthcare, construction, biotechnology, toxic torts, product liability, and complex commercial litigation.

In addition to her practice, she has served as an Adjunct Professor of Trial Practice & Procedure at the Washington University School of Law. She has also been involved with the St. Louis chapter of The Links, Inc., a volunteer service organization that works to enrich and sustain the culture and economic survival of African American people.