Appellate Judicial Commission announces demographic, interviewee and meeting information for Crane vacancy in eastern district

5 September 2013

Commission announces demographic, interviewee and meeting information for Crane vacancy in eastern district

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Pursuant to Rule 10.28(d), the Appellate Judicial Commission announces the following demographic information relating to applicants for the vacancy on the Missouri Court of Appeals, Eastern District, created by the August 2013 retirement of Judge Kathianne Knaup Crane.

There are 15 applicants for the vacancy. Four are women, and one is a minority applicant. Two are from outside the St. Louis metropolitan area. Six applicants work in the public sector and nine work in the private sector. Of those in the private sector, four work in solo or small-firm practices. Of those in the public sector, four are trial court judges. The applicants’ mean age is 53.

Also pursuant to Rule 10.28(d), the commission announces it will interview all 15 applicants:


Bennett Burkemper Jr.

Michael P. David

Margaret T. Donnelly

James M. Dowd

Joel D. Ferber

Gretchen Garrison

Richard A. Gartner

Philip M. Hess

Michael T. Jamison

Benjamin A. Lipman

Lisa K. Page

Erwin O. Switzer

Celeste Vossmeyer

Stanley J. Wallach

Thomas B. Weaver



The commission will conduct interviews from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Thursday, September 26 at the Court of Appeals, Eastern District, 815 Olive St. in St. Louis. The public is invited to attend and observe interviews. The commission will meet beginning at approximately 3 p.m. September 26 in the same location to select the three nominees from this applicant pool for the governor’s consideration.


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Contact: Whitney Payne
Deputy Communications Counsel
Supreme Court of Missouri
(573) 751-0418
whitney.payne@courts.mo.gov