Lawyer Makes an Impact
Although she only went to Mercy High School for two years, that time had a profound effect on Adina Johnson ’74. The now Principal at Roberts Perryman, P.C., St. Louis, Missouri, treasures her experience at Mercy and recalls how self-affirming the community.
"I enrolled in Mercy my junior year as our family had moved from New Mexico. The transition in the middle of your high school years could have been rough, but Mercy welcomed me with open arms. I never felt like an outsider,” she said.
While she was at Mercy she was involved in theatre, Student Council and participated in short-hand competitions.
After graduation, she attended the University of Missouri majoring in English and earning her Secondary Education certification. Adina taught for 10 years. She chose teaching because through her Catholic education she learned the importance of doing what you can to make a difference. That same inspiration led her to a degree in law.
“When I decided to change careers, I wanted a profession again where I could make a difference. Through the law I believed there were many ways I could make a difference,” she said.
Adina went to school at night and earned her law degree from St. Louis University in 1998. She worked at various firms but joined Roberts Perryman, P.C. 15 years ago. In her current position she litigates cases where professionals get sued and also is involved in family law.
She travels for work and is a participates in the city’s Women’s Lawyer Group.
“One of my favorite activities is the annual Christmas program for children in foster care or who have parents in prison that is sponsored by the Bar Association of St. Louis."
She still has good friends from her days at Mercy although she rarely gets back for alumnae events. Adina keeps in touch through updates from her class group and enjoys receiving information from the school.
“I feel the all-girls environment at Mercy was very beneficial. There was no judgment, no competition. You got to be who you are, which was very self-affirming. And the Catholic education focused less on dogma and more on how you could impact the world,” she said.
Aida Johnson ’74, is doing that every day.