Judge Teitelman

Judge Richard B. (Rick) Teitelman

Supreme Court of Missouri


Dates of Service:

  • Appointed to Supreme Court of Missouri in February 2002 and retained in office at the November 2004 general election for a 12-year term expiring December 31, 2016
  • Served a two-year term as chief justice from July 2011 through June 2013
  • Previously served on the Missouri Court of Appeals, Eastern District, January 1998 to February 2002

 

Education:

  • Bachelor of Arts (major - mathematics), 1969

  • Juris Doctor, 1973

 

Prior employment:

  • Legal Services of Eastern Missouri, St. Louis

    • Executive director and general counsel, April 1980 to January 1998

    • Managing attorney, November 1976 to April 1980

    • Staff attorney, Consumer Unit, June 1975 to November 1976

  • Solo general practitioner, May 1974 to January 1975

 

Professional memberships and activities:

  • Judicial Conference
    • Member, Executive Council, 2007-2008
  • Conference of Chief Justices
    •  Elected, Second Vice-President of the Board of Directors, 2012
  • The Missouri Bar:

    • Member; president-elect; vice president

    • Member, Administrative Committee

    • Member, Board of Governors

    • Executive committee, Board of Governors

    • Chair, Special Committee for the Client Security Fund Consumer Law Committee

    • Chair, Delivery of Legal Services Committee

    • Co-chair, Disabled, Minority and Diversity Committee, Young Lawyers' Section

    • Editorial board member, Journal of The Missouri Bar

    • Member, Federal Practice Committee

    • Charter member, Fellows Program of Missouri Bar Foundation

    • Member, Finance Committee

    • Member, Gender and Justice Committee

    • Member, Young Lawyers' Section Council

  • American Bar Association:

    • Appointed to Standing Commitee on Pro Bono and Public Service, 2007
    • Appointed to Appellate Judicial Network Steering Committee, 2007
    • Appointed to Judicial Division, Standing Committee on Minorities in the Judiciary, 2007
    • Member, Appellate Judicial Division – Minority Clerkship Program

    • Lifetime sustaining fellow of the American Bar Foundation

    • Member, House of Delegates

    • Past chair, Commission on Mental and Physical Disability Law
    • Served on peer consultation project of the Center for Pro Bono
    • Participant, Judicial Clerkship Program, 2010
    • Member, Senior Lawyer Division
      • Chair, Diversity Committee
  • National Italian American Bar Association – elected parliamentarian
  • Sustaining member, Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis:

    • Past president; president-elect; vice president; secretary and member-at-large

    • ABA Delegate

    • Member, Administrative Law Committee

    • Member, Blue Ribbon Justice Committee and the Public Information Committee

    • Sustaining member of the Cornerstone Campaign

    • Member, Federal Practice Committee

    • Member, Finance Committee

    • Member, Government and Public Sector Lawyers Committee

    • Chair, Trial Section

    • Chair, vice chair and secretary of the Young Lawyers Section

    • President, vice president and secretary of the St. Louis Bar Foundation

    • Charter member, Fellows of the St. Louis Bar Foundation

  • Member:

    • Cole County Bar Association

    • Eighth Circuit Bar Association

    • Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association (sustaining member)

    • Lawyers Association of Metropolitan St. Louis

    • Missouri Asian Bar Association
    • Hispanic Bar Association of St. Louis
    • Mound City Bar Association

    • Springfield Metropolitan Bar Association
    • Women Lawyers Association

    • Other professional activities:

    • American Blind Lawyers Association

    • American Judicature Society – lifetime member, past vice president, executive committee of the board of directors
      • Appointed to Program Committee for 2008
    • Served on the U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Missouri, advisory group to study issues relating to the Civil Justice Reform Act of 1990

    • Board member, American Association of Jewish Lawyers and Jurists
    • Missouri Supreme Court Advisory Committee

    • Disciplinary hearing officer

    • Member, Institute of Judicial Administration of New York University
    • Member, NAACP Awards Committee St. Louis Chapter
    • Lifetime member, National Legal Aid and Defenders Association; also a member of the association's civil committee

    • Past member of the National Conference of Bar Presidents and the National Conference of Bar Foundations

    • Past member, board of trustees, National Conference of Bar Foundations

    • Past member, Southern Conference of Bar Presidents

 

Civic and charitable activities:

  • African-American/Jewish Task Force

  • American Foundation for the Blind – Midwest regional board member

  • Council for State Governments – 2003 Toll Fellowship Program

  • Jewish Community Relations Council

  • Leadership St. Louis

  • Midtown Redevelopment Corporation – past board member

  • Missouri State Historical Society

  • National Federation of the Blind, Lawyers Division

  • St. Louis Public Library – board member and chair of administrative affairs committee

  • Urban League of Metropolitan St. Louis, lifetime member

 

Honors and awards:

  • Saint Louis University School of Law 2009 Clarance Darrow Award
  • The Missouri Bar's Spurgeon Smithson Award, 2009
  • Award of Honor – The Lawyer’s Association of St. Louis

  • Award of Merit – Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis, Young Lawyers Section

  • Award of Merit – National Conference of Metropolitan Courts

  • Democracy in Action Award – American Jewish Congress

  • Difference Makers Award – ABA Young Lawyers Division, Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis

  • Distinguished Alumni Award – Founders Day Celebration, Washington University, St. Louis

  • Distinguished Non-Alumni Award – University of Missouri-Columbia School of Law

  • Durward K. McDaniel Award – American Council of the Blind

  • Henry Sutton Award in Governmental Affairs – Historical Society of St. Louis

  • Hodson Award for Public Service – ABA Division of Government and Public Sector Lawyers

  • Honorary Initiate to the Order of the Coif – Washington University, St. Louis

  • Honorary Dean – Saint Louis University School of Law's DuBourg Society

  • Legal Service Award – Mound City Bar Association

  • President's Award – The Missouri Bar

  • Purcell Award for Professionalism – The Missouri Bar

  • St. Louis Bar Foundation Award

  • Lifetime Achievement Award – St. Louis Society for the Blind

  • Good Guy Award – Women's Legal Caucus
  • Legal Services of Eastern Missouri has created an award in honor of Judge Teitelman to recognize an outstanding lawyer in its volunteer program. The "Richard B. Teitelman Distinguished Service Award" first was presented in May 2008.

 

Additional information:

  • Publications for The Missouri Bar:

    • Member, project committee, and an editor of the Consumer Law and Practice Handbook

    • Member, planning committee, and an editor of the Handicapped, Low-Income and Elderly Persons Law Handbook

    • Co-authored several consumer law articles about debt collection and management

  • Other publications:

    • Plain Language Laws: Giving the Consumer an Even Break, 14 Clearinghouse Review 522 (Oct. 1980). Co-authored with Michael Ferry of Legal Services of Eastern Missouri.

    • Numerous law articles published in the St. Louis Daily Record in the 1970s.

  • Judge Teitelman is the first legally blind and first Jewish judge to serve on Missouri’s highest court.