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Judicial Commission to meet May 13

Scott Lauck//May 7, 2009

Judicial Commission to meet May 13

Scott Lauck//May 7, 2009

Wasting no time, the Appellate Judicial Commission has announced it will meet Wednesday in Jefferson City to select another panel of candidates for an appellate judgeship in Kansas City.

The announcement came just a day after Gov. Jay Nixon selected Mark Pfeiffer, a Columbia attorney, to fill the first of three vacancies on the Missouri Court of Appeals Western District. Judges Ron Holliger, Paul Spinden and Joseph Dandurand left the court earlier this year.

Because all three vacancies came at once, the Judicial Commission has chosen to use the same pool of applicants to select each of the three-candidate panels. That means 17th Judicial Circuit Judge Jacqueline A. Cook and Lee’s Summit attorney Cynthia L. Reams Martin could get another shot at the court. Cook and Martin were the other two candidates for the first vacancy.

The next person chosen will replace Spinden, who retired in January to join the faculty of Liberty University School of Law in Lynchburg, Va.

The commission’s meeting is scheduled for 12:15 p.m. on May 13 at the Supreme Court Building.

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