Chalana M. Scales-Ferguson, Esq.
Session #1: It's Time: Elevating the Voices of Black Women
Chalana M. Scales-Ferguson, Esq. is a licensed attorney who currently serves as the Director of Academic Success at the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Law. Prior to joining Mizzou Law, Professor Ferguson was a practicing attorney at Lashly & Baer, P.C. in St. Louis where she represented corporations and school districts in education and business and corporate law matters before founding Ferguson Law Group, LLC in 2015, where she was the Managing Attorney before coming to Mizzou in 2019. In 2020, she received the Carroll Mae Carrol Award from the MU Women’s Law Association.
Chalana earned her Juris Doctorate degree with a concentration in employment law from Saint Louis University School of Law and received her undergraduate degree from the University of Missouri-Columbia. She will matriculate this fall as a candidate for a Doctorate of Philosophy in Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis with an emphasis in Higher Education at the University of Missouri’s College of Education.
Prior to pursuing her legal education, Chalana gained professional experience in corporate and non-profit organizations, while devoting most of her time to raising her two daughters, Jazmyn and Raevyn. Having had aspirations of becoming an attorney for most of her life, she returned to law school at a time when she felt she could achieve appropriate balance in her family and professional life. They served as motivation for her completing law school and she knew she was setting an example for them of how to be committed to family while pursuing personal and professional goals.
Chalana is a very passionate and active servant leader, having engaged with civic organizations including the Women’s Leadership Cabinet for the United Way of Greater St. Louis, Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure Steering Committee, and the Urban League of Metropolitan St. Louis. Chalana has devoted countless hours volunteering with organizations such as: Girl Scouts of Eastern Missouri, YWCA Metro St. Louis, Boys and Girls Club of St. Louis, and the St. Louis Gateway Classic Sports Foundation. She has served on the board of directors for YWCA Metro St. Louis and is a proud member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated in which she has held numerous leadership positions and is a current member of the St. Louis Metropolitan Alumnae Chapter.
In efforts to enhance her leadership and business acumen, Chalana matriculated through the FOCUS-St. Louis CoroTM Women in Leadership and the St. Louis Business Diversity Initiative Fellows programs. Chalana has been recognized in the community for her service and leadership through awards including: St. Louis American Salute to Young Leaders, Ameren Community Lights, St. Louis Phenomenal Woman, DELUX Magazine Power 100 and Urban League Distinctive Young Leaders.
In 2012, Chalana, with her husband, Lathon, co-founded Saint Louis F.O.R.C.E. Athleticz, Inc., a volunteer-based non-profit organization for female athletes which emphasized holistic development, not only through athletic prowess, but also cultivating strong character and commitment to community through service. She has since co-founded, again with her husband, Marriage MasterMYnds, a couples mentoring ministry and network, in which they promote healthy marriages and family life. Chalana is thrilled to use her professional and personal achievements to pour into others, especially young women and girls, through education, service, and mentoring.