3L Sheena Hart selected for national women’s law student academy at Harvard Law School.

Southern Illinois University



3L Sheena Hart selected for national women’s law student academy at Harvard Law School.

September 22, 2017, Pete Rosenbery


Sheena L. Hart, a third-year law student at the SIU School of Law, will attend a national women’s law student academy this week at Harvard Law School.

Hart, who is from Matthews, Mo., is one of 45 female law students from around the nation selected for the inaugural Ms. JD’s National Women’s Law Students Organization (NWLSO) Leadership Academy. The event is Friday and Saturday, Sept. 22-23, and includes an intensive one-day workshop on Sept. 23 that will feature attorneys and professional development leaders who will provide insight into their own leadership experiences and offer professional advice.

Hart said it is an honor to have the “incredible opportunity” to attend the workshop.

“I have a passion to serve and I hope to gain a deeper understanding of what leadership is from other perspectives,” she said. “I hope to use my experience from the academy in my future career as an attorney in Southeast Missouri.”

Hart is specializing in International and Comparative Law, and said she would like to practice in the area of property law, trusts and estates, and business law. She plans to take cases that have international components. Cindy Buys, a professor and director of the International Law Program, has been “instrumental” in preparing Hart to be an attorney, Hart said.

“Her classes offer experiential components that simulate real tasks and challenges attorneys face in practice,” Hart said. “SIU School of Law is known for being a school that is great for obtaining practical experience.”

Hart is the daughter of Karen McCoy of Doniphan, Mo., and is married to Michael Hart of Matthews, Mo.

Hart graduated from Southeast Missouri State University in May 2015 with a bachelor’s degree in corporate communications. Her professional experiences at a law student include work as a law clerk for Barrett, Twomey, Broom, Hughes & Hoke, LLP, in Carbondale, and this past summer as a judicial intern/clerk for U.S. District Judge Stephen N. Limbaugh, Jr., District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri. Her pro bono efforts include working with the law school’s Immigration Detention Program at the Pulaski County Detention Center in Ullin.