ST. LOUIS − The Twenty-First Circuit Judicial Commission announced the panel of three nominees to be submitted to Governor Jay Nixon to fill the vacancy on the St. Louis County circuit court created by the retirement of Judge Richard Bresnahan.
Those nominated by the commission are:
Judge Ellen (Nellie) H. Ribaudo – Ribaudo graduated from University of Dayton in 1993 and from St. Louis University of Law in 1996. She is currently an associate circuit court judge in St. Louis County.
Joseph L. Green – Green graduated from what is now Truman State University in Kirksville in 1982 and from St. Louis University School of Law in 1987. He is currently an attorney with the law firm of Joseph Green LLC.
Commissioner Margaret T. Donnelly – Donnelly graduated from St. Louis University in 1977 and from St. Louis University School of Law in 1988. She is currently a family court commissioner in St. Louis County.
The commission conducted two days of public hearings and interviewed 29 applicants. The commission believes that these candidates, chosen from a field of extremely qualified individuals, possess those qualities essential to the fair and efficient administration of justice. The commission is confident that all of these individuals are capable of serving well and honorably if selected by the governor. Pursuant to Supreme Court of Missouri Rule 10.29, the commission reports the final votes received by each nominee were: Ribaudo received five votes, Green received four votes, and Donnelly received three votes.
The members of the Twenty-First Judicial Circuit Commission are: Judge Lisa S. Van Amburg, chief judge of the Missouri Court of Appeals, Eastern District; Richard Wuestling IV, Matthew J. Rossiter, Rev. Anthony Witherspoon and Christy Bertelson.
Contact: Laura Roy, (314) 539-4300
Update: The governor on November 5, 2015, appointed Associate Circuit Judge Nellie Ribaudo to fill this vacancy.