22nd circuit commission releases demographic, applicant, interview information for McCullin vacancy in St. Louis

13 May 2011

22nd circuit commission releases demographic, applicant, interview information for McCullin vacancy in St. Louis

Pursuant to Supreme Court Rule 10.28(d), the 22nd Judicial Circuit Commission releases the following information relating to applicants for the circuit judge vacancy created by the retirement of Judge Donald L. McCullin: 20 applicants, 14 women, six men, eight minorities, 12 non-minorities, nine presently employed in the private sector and 11 presently employed in the public sector. The applicants' mean age is 45.

Also pursuant to Rule 10.28(d), the commission announces it will interview all twenty applicants. The applicants are:

Bryant, Paula Perkins
Kennedy, Jessica W.
Burlison, Rex M.
Kerr, Julia M.
Carlisle, Suzette
Law, Hugh R.
Clark III, Thomas C.
Noble, Michael Warren
Clarke, Anne-Marie
Peebles, Barbara T.
Colbert-Botchway, Nicole
Simmons, Ian Christopher
Entrup, Mary Catherine
Stelzer, Michael F.
Halquist, Bridget L.
Stovall-Reid, Calea
Hogan, Elizabeth Byrne
Taaffe, Jolene April
Kellermann, Teneil
Thompson, Mavis Theassa

The commission will meet beginning at 8:30 a.m. June 15 and 16 in the small courtroom on the third floor of the Missouri Court of Appeals, St. Louis, Missouri, to conduct public interviews to select three nominees from this applicant pool for the governor’s consideration. The public is invited to attend and observe the interviews.

Applicants may send an e-mail to 21stJudicialCommission@courts.mo.gov to learn the date and time of their interview, or they may contact Judge Richter’s chambers at (314) 539-4336.

The members of the Twenty-Second Judicial Circuit Commission are: Chief Judge Roy L. Richter of the Missouri Court of Appeals, Eastern District; Mary Anne Sedey; Steven Groves; and Stephen Doss -- a fifth member has not yet been named by the governor.

Applicants will be asked some of the following questions:

    Why did you decide to become a lawyer?

    Have you ever been the victim of a crime?

    What characteristics and qualities do you believe a Judge should possess?

    What experience do you have in:  criminal law, domestic, business and general civil law?

    How would you work with your fellow Judges to
    a) Improve the court
    b) Educate the public about the court system?

    To what extent should a Judge consider political, social and economic consequences in decision making?

    What do you see as the most interesting aspects of being a Judge?  The most frustrating?

Each applicant will be asked to tell the commission in 3 minutes why your education, training, experience and personal attributes set you apart from the other applicants.


Contact: Laura Roy
(314) 539-4300