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Nominees selected for judgeships in St. Louis and Clay County

Staff Report//June 10, 2022//

Nominees selected for judgeships in St. Louis and Clay County

Staff Report//June 10, 2022//

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Gov. Mike Parson is weighing three panels of judicial nominees for two Missouri courts.

On June 7, the 22nd Circuit Judicial Commission nominated Craig K. Higgins, Elaine A. Pudlowski and David A. Roither for a circuit vacancy in St. Louis, as well as Francisco J. Carretero, Heather J. Hays and Rochelle M. Woodiest for an associate circuit vacancy on the same court.

Also on June 7, the 7th Circuit Judicial Commission selected Louis Angles, Calan T. McConkey and Alisha D. O’Hara for a circuit judge vacancy in Clay County.

The governor has 60 days to appoint one nominee from each panel.

Higgins, Pudlowski and Roither were among 20 applicants for the vacancy created by the retirement of Judge James E. Sullivan. Higgins and Roither are both associate circuit judges for the St. Louis City Circuit Court. Pudlowski is a partner at Frankel, Rubin, Klein, Payne & Pudlowski. The five-member commission said all three nominees were unanimous.

Carretero, Hays and Woodiest were among 15 applicants for the vacancy created by the recent elevation of Judge Thomas McCarthy to the circuit bench. Carretero, who received four votes, is a solo practitioner in St. Louis. Hays, who received five votes, is a partner at Rynearson, Suess, Schnurbusch & Champion. Woodiest, who received three votes, is a commissioner for the St. Louis Circuit Court.

The Clay County vacancy was created by the retirement of Judge K. Elizabeth Davis. Angles and O’Hara are both associate circuit judges. McConkey is an attorney with McConkey & Bowen in Excelsior Springs. The commission said all three nominees were unanimous.

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