22nd circuit commission announces nominees for St. Louis city circuit court vacancy

23 July 2008

22nd circuit commission announces nominees for St. Louis city circuit court vacancy


Date:  July 23, 2008

Contact: Laura Roy, (314) 539-4300

The Twenty-Second Judicial Commission announced the panel of three nominees to be submitted to Governor Blunt to fill the vacancy on the circuit court of the city of St. Louis created by the retirement of Judge Michael B. Calvin.

Those nominated by the commission are:

Hon. Paula Perkins Bryant – Paula Perkins Bryant received her bachelor of science degree from the University of Missouri-St. Louis in 1981 and her juris doctoris from St. Louis University School of Law in 1983. In 2004, Ms. Bryant was appointed to the bench as an associate circuit judge presiding over both civil and criminal matters. Judge Bryant is also a member of the faculty at Webster University as an adjunct professor, where she teaches law related courses in the Behavior Science Department. Judge Bryant was an assistant circuit attorney during the years 1993-2004. During her tenure in the circuit attorney’s office, she was assigned to the specialized homicide unit and later became a team leader, managing a case load of A & B felonies, and three felony lawyers. From 1991-1993, Judge Bryant was in private practice handling civil and criminal cases. Judge Bryant also served as a public defender from 1987-1991 and also worked for the 22nd Judicial Circuit Court as a staff attorney. She is active with several bar associations, a member of the Catholic church, and is affiliated with other community and educational organizations. She is married and has two children.

Elaine Pudlowski - Elaine A. Pudlowski is an attorney with the law firm of Frankel, Rubin, Bond, Dubin, Siegel & Klein, P.C., practicing primarily in the areas of domestic relations, civil litigation and juvenile law.  Ms. Pudlowski received both her bachelor of arts and juris doctorate degrees from Washington University in St. Louis.  She resides in the Compton Heights neighborhood of the city of St. Louis with her husband, Jim Pudlowski, and their four sons.
Commissioner Robin Ransom Vannoy – Commissioner Vannoy was born and raised in Fairground Park Neighborhood in North St. Louis City. She graduated from Rosati-Kain High School in 1985. She received a bachelor of art in sociology & political science from Douglas College-Rutgers University in New Jersey in 1988 and graduated from the University of Missouri School of Law in May 1991. Commissioner Vannoy is married to Richard Vannoy III with a son, eight years of age, and a daughter, three years of age. She has been a resident of the Tower Grove Heights community in south St. Louis city since October 1998.

The commission believes that these candidates chosen from a field of extremely qualified individuals possess those qualities of compassion, intellect and high moral purpose essential to the fair and efficient administration of justice. Each of these people have that trial experience and sense of fairness that the commission knows is required to administer justice to the people of the city of St. Louis and the state of Missouri and proudly presents these names to Governor Blunt for his ultimate decision. The commission is confident that all of these individuals are capable of serving well and honorably if selected by the governor.

The members of the Twenty-Second Judicial Circuit Commission are: Chief Judge of the Missouri Court of Appeals Nannette A. Baker, June Bosley Dabney-Gray, Stephen Doss, Thomas Schwartz and Mary Anne Sedey.