Nominees announced for Court of Appeals, Southern District, vacancy

30 October 2003


Nominees announced for Court of Appeals, Southern District, vacancy


Contact: Beth Riggert, Communications Counsel
Supreme Court of Missouri
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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Ronnie L. White, chief justice of the Supreme Court of Missouri and chair of the Appellate Judicial Commission, today announced that the Commission has submitted to Gov. Bob Holden its panel of nominees to fill a vacancy on the Court of Appeals, Southern District. The vacancy exists due to the retirement of the Honorable Kerry L. Montgomery.

The panel consists of Jeffrey Bates, the Honorable Mary Sheffield and Richard Schnake.

Bates is a partner with the Bruer, Wooddell, Oliver and Bates law firm in Springfield, Mo. He was born September 28, 1958, in Petersburg, Va. He received his bachelor's degree in 1979 from Southwest Missouri State University (SMSU) in Springfield, Mo., and his law degree in 1984 from the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Law. He lives in Springfield.

Sheffield is an associate circuit judge in Phelps County. She was born July 26, 1955, in Durham, N.C. She received her bachelor's degree in 1976 from North Carolina State University in Raleigh, N.C., and her law degree in 1980 from the University of Miami in Coral Gables, Fla. She lives in Rolla, Mo.

Schnake is an attorney with the law firm of Neale and Newman, LLP, in Springfield. He was born August 3, 1957, in Carthage, Mo. He received his bachelor's degree in 1979 from SMSU and his law degree in 1982 from Washington University in St. Louis. He lives in Springfield.

Gov. Holden has 60 days to select one member of the panel to fill the vacancy. If the governor should fail to do so, the Missouri Constitution directs the Commission to make the appointment.

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