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Meet #MOLawyers: Monique Abby

Vol. 80, No. 1 / Jan. - Feb. 2024

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Monique Abby is a newly elected member of the Board of Governors of The Missouri Bar representing the eastern district. Abby, an assistant circuit attorney for the City of St. Louis’ Circuit Attorney’s Office, earned her J.D. from Saint Louis University School of Law. Board members serve two-year terms.

What made you interested in serving on the Board of Governors? 

I became interested in serving on the Board of Governors after being a member of the planning committee for the Annual Meeting for a couple of years and witnessing the awesome work that the board does for our entire state. 

What part of being on the board are you most excited about? 

I am most excited about working with fellow governors to uphold the bar’s commitment to fostering diversity and inclusion in the profession by furthering our goal of having Missouri lawyers reflect the diverse populations that we serve. As a Black female lawyer, this is an issue that is near and dear to my heart, and I want to continue to provide pathways and access to the legal profession for those who look like me. 

What do you want the lawyers you represent to know? 

I am truly a public servant, and I am committed to ensuring that the lawyers, pre-law students, law students, and community are well-represented and informed. I also want them to know that I am knowledgeable regarding legal issues that may affect them directly and/or indirectly and that I am open and available to meet and speak with them about the issues that are important to them. 

What do you enjoy doing outside of work? 

I enjoy serving on many boards and volunteering my time with various civic organizations in the area. Also, 15 years ago I created Books & Bubbly Book Club wherein my friends and I meet once per month to patronize a local restaurant and discuss the book chosen by that months’ hostess.

Editor’s note: These responses have been edited for clarity and brevity. Do you know a lawyer doing exceptional work who should be highlighted in “Meet #MOLawyers?” Let us know by emailing nhillen@mobar.org.