CITY, Mo. – The Appellate Judicial
Commission now is accepting applications for the position of judge of the
Missouri Court of Appeals, Eastern District, to fill the vacancy that will be created
by the resignation of Judge Patricia L. Cohen, effective January 3, 2016, to
accept a position as a federal magistrate judge after serving nearly two
decades as a state court judge. She served as a circuit judge in St. Louis from
1997 until her 2003 appointment to the Eastern District, of which she served as
chief judge from July 2007 through June 2008.
Applications will be
accepted until 5 p.m. Friday, January 15, 2016. Interested persons may download
the application and instructions here.
Application: Word PDF
Instructions for applicants: Word PDF
Guidelines for references: Word PDF
Persons who applied for the
Ahrens vacancy on the Eastern District must indicate their desire to be
considered for the Cohen vacancy by e-mail at EDJudgeVacancy@courts.mo.gov. Such prior applicants
need not resubmit application materials or reference letters but may submit, by
e-mail, supplemental or substitute materials clearly marked as such. All such
materials must be received by the application deadline.
Citizens are encouraged to
nominate well-qualified candidates for the commission’s consideration. The
Missouri Constitution requires that a judge of the Missouri Court of Appeals be
at least 30 years old, licensed to practice law in Missouri, a United States
citizen for at least 15 years and a qualified Missouri voter for at least nine
years next preceding selection. Nominations should be submitted to the commission
by e-mail at EDJudgeVacancy@courts.mo.gov or by postal mail to
Missouri Court of Appeals, Eastern District Judge Vacancy, PO Box 150,
Jefferson City, MO 65102. The nomination form is available here.
Public nomination form:
The commission expects to
meet Monday and Tuesday, February 8 and 9, 2016, at the Missouri Court of
Appeals, Eastern District at the Old Post Office, 815 Olive Street in St. Louis,
to interview applicants and to select a panel of three nominees for the
governor’s consideration. The interviews will be open to the public. The names
of those to be interviewed and information relating to the number and
characteristics of all applicants will be released publicly prior to the beginning
of the interviews.