Thirteen up for job on Missouri Supreme Court

John O'Brien Jul. 18, 2011, 12:20pm


JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (Legal Newsline) - Thirteen applicants, including six current judges, will be interviewed by the Missouri Appellate Judicial Commission for a spot on the state Supreme Court.

Judge Michael Wolff's impending resignation will create a vacancy on the bench. The commission has scheduled interviews for Aug. 31 and Sept. 1 and will choose three applicants to send to Gov. Jay Nixon, who will select one of them for the court.

Five of the 13 are judges on the state's Court of Appeals. George Draper is from the Eastern District, while judges Lisa White Hardwick, Karen King Mitchell, Glenn Norton and Mark Pfeiffer are from the Western District.

Also from the public sector is James Layton, the state's solicitor general, and Mitchell Manners, a circuit judge in Jackson County.

Lawyers applying for the job are Timothy Cisar, Gretchen Garrison, Richard Gartner, Joe Jacobsen, Paul Lane and Erwin Switzer. Garrison works at the firm Gray, Rigger & Graham, and Lane works at Kell Lampin.

Interviews are open to the public. They will be held in the Division II courtroom of the Supreme Court Building.

Wolff was chief justice of the court from 2005-07 and has served on the court since 1998. He had previously served as counsel to the Governor's Office and a law professor at Saint Louis University School of Law.

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