Commission announces nominees for Court of Appeals vacancy

1 November 2002


Commission announces nominees for Court of Appeals vacancy


Contact: Beth Riggert, Communications Counsel
Supreme Court of Missouri
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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Stephen N. Limbaugh, Jr., 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, Eastern District. The vacancy exists due to the resignation of the Honorable James R. Dowd.

The panel consists of Michael P. Gunn, Booker T. Shaw and Erwin O. Switzer III.

Gunn is an attorney with The Gunn Law Firm, P.C., in St. Louis and is the municipal judge of Manchester, Mo. He was born October 18, 1944, in St. Louis. He received his bachelor’s degree in 1965 and his law degree in 1968, both from St. Louis University. He lives in Des Peres.

Shaw is a circuit judge in the 22nd judicial circuit. He was born September 13, 1951, in St. Louis.  He received his bachelor's degree in 1973 from Southern Illinois University-Carbondale and his law degree in 1976 from the Columbus School of Law at Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C.  He lives in St. Louis.

Switzer is special chief counsel for the Missouri attorney general's office in St. Louis. He was born February 25, 1956, in St. Louis.  He received his bachelor's degree in 1978 and his law degree in 1981, both from St. Louis University. He lives in St. Louis.

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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