Missouri’s Chief Justice Mary Russell is in charge of a historic state Supreme Court. This is the first time in the state’s history that women are the majority on the high bench.

“It’s something that I never thought I would see in my professional career. I think back to when I started practicing law back in the mid ’80s. Many times I was the only woman in the courtroom or the only woman at the table or the only woman in the room,” Russell told Missourinet.

“With the majority of our population in Missouri being over 50 percent female, why shouldn’t our Supreme Court be represented by that equal percentage too?”

Russell discusses her role as the first woman to serve twice as Missouri Chief Justice, her plans to tour courts statewide, the growth of technology, and her appreciation for her colleagues and under-recognized court employees.

Listen: Justice Russell interviewed by Missourinet’s Ashley Byrd (14:30)

Read her column, Giving thanks to those at the heart of our court system