21st circuit commission announces nominees for Cohen circuit judge vacancy in St. Louis County

11 August 2016

21st circuit commission announces nominees for Cohen circuit judge vacancy in St. Louis County


St. Louis – The Twenty-First Circuit Judicial Commission announced the panel of three nominees to be submitted to Governor Jay Nixon to fill the circuit judge vacancy in St. Louis County created by the retirement of Judge Robert S. Cohen as circuit judge.

Those nominated by the commission are:

John N. Borbonus III – Borbonus graduated from George Mason University in 1988 and from St. Louis University School of Law in 1994. He is currently an associate circuit judge.

Brian H. May – May graduated from Harris-Stowe State College in 1986 and from St. Louis University School of Law in 1989. He is currently director of the governor's eastern regional office.  

Stanley Wallach – Wallach graduated from Duke University in 1987 and from The University of Chicago Law in 1992. He is currently an attorney at The Wallach Law Firm.

The commission conducted two days of public hearings and interviewed 35 applicants. The commission believes that these candidates, chosen from a field of extremely qualified individuals, possess those qualities essential to the fair and efficient administration of justice. The commission is confident that all of these individuals are capable of serving well and honorably if selected by the governor. Pursuant to Supreme Court of Missouri Rule 10.29, the commission reports the final votes received by each nominee were: Borbonus received five votes, May received four votes, and Wallach received four votes.  

The members of the Twenty-First Circuit Judicial Commission are: Judge Philip M. Hess, chief judge of the Missouri Court of Appeals, Eastern District; Matthew J. Rossiter, Rev. Anthony Witherspoon, Christy Bertelson and Jeffrey D. Sigmund.
 
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Note: The governor on October 4 appointed Brian May to fill this vacancy.

Contact: Laura Roy, clerk
Missouri Court of Appeals, Eastern District
(314) 539-4300