Appellate Judicial Commission seeks applicants for Dowd vacancy on Missouri Court of Appeals, Eastern District
The Appellate Judicial Commission is accepting applications for judge of the Missouri Court of Appeals, Eastern District, to fill the impending vacancy to be created by the December 31, 2020, retirement of Judge Robert Dowd Jr. after more than four decades of judicial service – the longest of any current sitting judge. You 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, P.O. Box 150, Jefferson City, MO 65102. The nomination form is available online at https://www.courts.mo.gov/page.jsp?id=168353.
Applications will be accepted until 5 p.m. Friday, November 20, 2020.
Interested persons may download the application and instructions online at
Persons who applied for the Richter vacancy on the Eastern District appeals
court who wish to be considered for this vacancy are not required to submit
new applications but must notify the commission of their desire to be
considered and provide any supplemental materials or new reference letters
they wish considered pursuant to the instructions for applicants.
The commission expects to meet Thursday and Friday, January 14 and 15,
2021, at the Missouri Court of Appeals, Eastern District in the Old Post
Office at 815 Olive Street in St. Louis, to interview applicants and select
a panel of three nominees for the governor’s consideration. The commission
reserves the right to conduct the interviews using remote technology if
necessary due to COVID 19 health concerns and recommendations. Regardless
of their format, 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.