Judge George W. Draper III

Judge Geroge W. Draper III

Judge George W. Draper III

Supreme Court of Missouri


Dates of judicial service:
  • Appointed to the Supreme Court in October 2011; retained at the November 2012 general election for a 12-year term expiring December 31, 2024
  • Appointed in May 2000 as a judge of the Court of Appeals; retained at the November 2002 general election for a 12-year term; served as chief judge July 2005 through June 2006
  • Appointed in June 1998 as circuit judge in the 21st Judicial Circuit
  • Appointed in July 1994 as associate circuit judge in the 21st Judicial Circuit; retained at the November 1996 general election


  • Bachelor of Arts (major – psychology), Morehouse College, Atlanta, Georgia 
  • Juris Doctor, Howard University School of Law


Prior employment:
  • Law clerk, Hon. Shellie Bowers, District of Columbia Superior Court, 1981-1982
  • Office of Circuit Attorney, City of St. Louis, 1984 through 1994
    • First assistant, 1993 through 1994


Professional memberships and activities:
  • Adjunct professor, Saint Louis University, 1996 to present
  • Organized and presented multiple continuing legal education programs
  • Member, The Missouri Bar
  • Member, Mound City Bar Association
  • Member, Lawyer's Association


Civic and charitable activities:
  • Vice president, Board of Covenant Community Church
  • Member, Prince Hall Free and Accepted Masons


Additional information:
  • Born August 5, 1953, in St. Louis, Missouri
  • Married to Judy P. Draper with one child