Judge Richard B. Teitelman selected as 2003 Toll Fellow

13 June 2003

Judge Richard B. Teitelman selected as 2003 Toll Fellow

Contact: Beth Riggert, Communications Counsel
Supreme Court of Missouri
Desk: 573-751-3676
Cell: 573-619-2849

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Judge Richard B. Teitelman of the Supreme Court of Missouri is one of 40 emerging state leaders from across the nation selected for the prestigious Toll Fellowship Program, sponsored by The Council of State Governments (CSG). Teitelman was nominated by Missouri Gov. Bob Holden with endorsements from Supreme Court Chief Justice-elect Ronnie L. White, Judge Paul J. Simon of the Missouri Court of Appeals, Eastern District, and state Rep. Bob Hilgemann, D-St. Louis.

The annual Toll Fellows Program, held in Lexington, Ky., is named in honor of Henry Toll, a Colorado senator who founded CSG in 1933.  This year's program is scheduled to be held Sept. 13-18, 2003.

Teitelman graduated in 1973 from Washington University School of Law in St. Louis.  In 1975, he joined Legal Services of Eastern Missouri, where he served for 23 years, including 18 years as executive director and general counsel.  He was appointed to the Missouri Court of Appeals, Eastern District, in 1998, and in 2002, he was appointed to the Supreme Court of Missouri.

The Toll Fellows Program is aimed at developing the next generation of leaders from all three branches of state government. It focuses on trends, critical thinking, professional growth and development, and becoming a better leader in times of term limits.  The experience gives these leaders perspectives they ordinarily would not obtain during the course of their regular governmental service. Program graduates include several sitting lieutenant governors, state constitutional officers, legislative leaders, judicial branch officials, agency directors and many members of Congress.

CSG is a national nonpartisan, nonprofit public service organization that assists all 50 states and five U.S. territories and commonwealths. In addition to the Toll Fellows Program, CSG provides legislative conferences and executive workshops, research information and multistate problem-solving opportunities for state governments. Based in Lexington, Ky., CSG also has offices in Atlanta, Chicago, New York, Sacramento, and Washington, D.C.