Supreme Court welcomes Judge Teitelman to its bench

22 February 2002

Supreme Court welcomes Judge Teitelman to its bench

JEFFERSON CITY, MO. -- Gov. Bob Holden announced this afternoon that he intends to appoint Eastern District Court of Appeals Judge Richard B. Teitelman to fill the Supreme Court vacancy created by the resignation of Judge John C. Holstein. Holden said his appointment would become effective March 1, upon Holstein's official resignation from the Court.

"We are delighted to welcome Judge Teitelman to our Court," Chief Justice Stephen N. Limbaugh Jr. said. "He has shown exemplary and selfless service throughout his legal career. We look forward to working with Judge Teitelman in the years to come and learning from the perspectives he will bring to our bench."

A Philadelphia native, Teitelman, 54, has served on the appeals court since January 1998.  He previously worked for more than 27 years as an attorney for Legal Services of Eastern Missouri, including more than 22 years as its executive director and general counsel.

"I look forward to working with the fine judges and superb people who are already on the Supreme Court," Tietelman said after thanking the governor and telling Holden he would endeavor to merit the governor's confidence in him.  

Teitelman received his bachelor's degree in mathematics in 1969 from the University of Pennsylvania and his law degree in 1973 from the Washington University School of Law in St. Louis. He is chair of the American Bar Association commission on mental and physical disabilities law.  He also is a member of the Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis, the American Blind Lawyers Association and the Supreme Court Historical Society. Teitelman received the President's Award from The Missouri Bar for distinguished service to the legal profession in 1990.