Commission announces nominees for Supreme Court vacancy

19 February 2002


Commission announces nominees for Supreme Court vacancy



APPELLATE JUDICIAL COMMISSION
POST OFFICE BOX 150
JEFFERSON CITY, MISSOURI
65102

February 19, 2002  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
                           
CONTACT: Beth Riggert, Communications Counsel
Supreme Court of Missouri
573-751-3676


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 Supreme Court of Missouri. The vacancy exists due to the resignation of the Honorable John C. Holstein, effective March 1, 2002.

The panel consists the Honorable Michael W. Manners, Clifton M. Smart III and the Honorable Richard B. Teitelman.

Manners is a judge on the Jackson County Circuit Court. He was born Sept. 25, 1950, in Independence, Mo.  He received his undergraduate degree in 1972 from Central Missouri State University and his law degree in 1976 from the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law. Manners lives in Independence.

Smart is a shareholder and officer of The Strong Law Firm, P.C., in Springfield, Mo. He was born Sept. 9, 1960, in Blytheville, Ark. He received his undergraduate degree in 1983 from Tulane University and his law degree in 1986 from the University of Arkansas School of Law. Smart lives in Springfield.

Teitelman is a judge on the Missouri Court of Appeals, Eastern District. He was born Sept. 25, 1947, in Philadelphia. He received his undergraduate degree in 1969 from the University of Pennsylvania and his law degree in 1973 from Washington University School of Law. Teitelman lives in St. Louis.

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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