The Farrow Inn is the home for students interested in family, child and elder law areas.
Jennifer Oswald Brown
Judge John Moran
Tiera Farrow, born in 1880, was known as the “Dean of Women Lawyers.” Farrow’s interest in law prevailed despite an unsupportive family and taunts from classmates quoting Blackstone who classified women in the same category as infants and idiots.
After graduating in 1903, Farrow worked as a stenographer and in 1907 she became the first woman and youngest person elected city treasurer of Kansas City. After serving two terms and traveling around the world, she came back to Kansas City and started the first firm of female lawyers in Kansas City. She struggled to maintain a modest practice until she built her own clientele, and in 1916 she became the first woman in Missouri to defend a client charged with murder.
She was appointed as divorce proctor for Jackson County later that year and earned the first public recognition by her peers as a lawyer. In 1917, she became the only individual to earn two law degrees at the Kansas City School of Law. She was the founding president of the Women’s Bar Association of Kansas City and went on to earn a bachelor’s degree in sociology, a master’s degree in social and political science and an LL.M.