ST. LOUIS − The Twenty-First Circuit Judicial Commission announced the panel of three nominees to be submitted to Governor Jay Nixon to fill the associate circuit judge vacancy in St. Louis County created by the appointment of Judge Nancy Watkins to circuit judge.
Those nominated by the commission are:
Julia P. Lasater – Lasater graduated from Maryville University in 1992 and from St. Louis University School of Law in 1995. She is currently an assistant prosecuting attorney in St. Louis County.
Jason D. Dodson – Dodson graduated from Bates College in 1992 and from Washington University School of Law in 1996. He is currently the managing attorney of the Lasting Solutions Program at Legal Services of Eastern Missouri.
Mondonna (Mondi) L. Ghasedi – Ghasedi graduated from Southern Methodist University in 1996 and from University of Missouri-Columbia School of Law in 1999. She is currently an attorney with the Ghasedi Law Firm.
The commission conducted one day 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: Julia P. Lasater received five votes, Jason D. Dodson received four votes, and Mondonna (Mondi) L. Ghasedi received four votes.
The members of the Twenty-First Circuit Judicial Commission are: Judge Lisa S. Van Amburg, chief judge of the Missouri Court of Appeals, Eastern District; Matthew J. Rossiter, Rev. Anthony Witherspoon, Christy Bertelson and Jeffrey D. Sigmund.
Note: The governor on March 31 appointed Jason Dodson to fill this vacancy.
Contact: Laura Roy, (314) 539-4300