Judge Ronnie White

Supreme Court Judge Ronnie L. White
Hon. Ronnie L. White, retired
Supreme Court of Missouri

Dates of judicial service:
  • Served on the Supreme Court from October 1995 through July 2007
  • Was appointed October 1995 and retained at the November 1996 general election
  • Retired effective July 6, 2007
  • Served as chief justice from July 2003 through June 2005
  • Previously served as a judge on the Missouri Court of Appeals, Eastern District, from May 1994 to October 1995

  • Educated in the St. Louis, Missouri, public schools
  • Associate of Arts, St. Louis Community College, 1977
  • Bachelor of Arts (major - political science), St. Louis University, 1979
  • Juris Doctor, University of Missouri-Kansas City Law School, 1983

Prior employment :
  • Adjunct professor, Washington University School of Law, St. Louis (taught trial advocacy)
  • City Counselor, City of St. Louis
  • Served three terms in the Missouri House of Representatives
  • Principal, Cahill, White and Hemphill law firm
  • Trial attorney, Public Defender's Office, City of St. Louis
  • Trial attorney, Public Defender's Office, St. Louis County
  • Legal assistant, Department of Defense Mapping Agency
  • Legal intern, Jackson County prosecutor's office

Professional membership and activities:
  • Member, The Missouri Bar
  • Member, Judicial Conference of Missouri, 1995 to date
    - Presiding Officer, 2003 to 2005
  • Chair, Appellate Judicial Commission, 2003 to 2005
  • Faculty member, National Institute of Trial Advocacy, St. Louis, 1995

Civic and charitable activities:
  • Advisory board member, Jamison Memorial C.M.E. Church Youth Group
  • Former board member, St. Louis Housing Authority
  • Former board member, Regional Justice Information Services Commission
  • Former board member, Maria Droste Residence for Women

Awards and honors:
  • Distinguished Lawyer Award, Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis, May 2003
  • Distinguished Non-Alumni Award, University of Missouri-Columbia School of Law, October 2002
  • Outstanding public service award, Harris-Stowe State Community College, St. Louis, January 2001
  • Honorary Doctor of Laws, Harris-Stowe State Community College, St. Louis
  • Honorary Doctor of Laws, Saint Louis University

Additional information:
  • Nominated by President Bill Clinton to be a judge on the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri in June 1997; confirmation rejected by the United States Senate in a straight party-line vote