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Content date: 11/08/2012

22nd circuit commission announces nominees for Van Amburg circuit judge vacancy

The Twenty-Second Judicial Commission announced the panel of three nominees to be submitted to Gov. Jay Nixon to fill the vacancy on the St. Louis circuit court created by the appointment of Judge Lisa S. Van Amburg to the Missouri Court of Appeals, Eastern District.

Those nominated by the commission are the Hon. Paula Perkins Bryant, the Hon. Elizabeth Byrne Hogan and Commissioner James E. Sullivan.

Bryant earned her bachelorís degree in 1981 from the University of Missouri-St. Louis and her law degree in 1983 from Saint Louis University School of Law. Bryant has served as an associate circuit judge for the 22nd Judicial Circuit (St. Louis city) since 2004.

Hogan earned her bachelorís degree in 1990 from DePauw University in Greencastle, Ind., and her law degree in 1996 from the Thomas M. Cooley Law School in Lansing, Mich. She has served as an associate circuit judge for the 22nd Judicial Circuit since 2005.

Sullivan earned his bachelorís degree in 1974 from Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, Ill., and his law degree in 1977 from Saint Louis University School of Law. He has been a drug court commissioner for the 22nd Judicial Circuit since 2003.

The commission conducted one day of public hearings and interviewed 13 applicants. The commission believes that these three 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. On the second ballot, Commissioner Sullivan received five votes, and Judge Bryant and Judge Hogan each received four votes.

The members of the Twenty-Second Judicial Circuit Commission are: Judge Gary M. Gaertner Jr., chief judge of the Missouri Court of Appeals, Eastern District; June Bosley Dabney-Gray; Stephen F. Doss; Steven L. Groves; and Michael Calvin.

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