Thirteen people have submitted applications to fill a soon-to-be-open seat on the Missouri Supreme Court.
The three women and 10 men are vying for the seat of Judge Michael Wolff, who will retire August 11th. They are:
- Timothy R. Cisar, a defense attorney in the Lake of the Ozarks;
- George W. Draper III, an judge on the Missouri Court of Appeals for the Eastern District;
- Gretchen Garrison, an attorney with Gray, Ritter and Graham in St. Louis;
- Richard A. Gartner, a litigator in St. Charles County who ran for associate circuit judge in 2010, but lost;
- Lisa White Hardwick, a judge on the Missouri Court of Appeals for the Western District;
- Joe D. Jacobson, a business law attorney in Clayton,
- Paul G. Lane, who practices with the firm Dowd and Dowd, and before 2007 worked at AT&T;
- James R. Layton, currently the Solicitor General of the state of Missouri;
- Michael W. Manners, a circuit judge in Jackson County;
- Karen King Mitchell, a judge on the Missouri Court of Appeals for the Western District;
- Glenn A. Norton, a judge on the Missouri Court of Appeals for the Eastern District;
- Mark D. Pfieffer, a judge on the Missouri Court of Appeals for the Western District;
- Erwin O. Switzer, a commercial litigator with Greensfelder, Hemker and Gale in St. Louis.
The state's Appellate Judicial Commission will interview the 13 on Wednesday, Aug. 31 and Thursday, Sept. 1 in a courtroom at the state Supreme Court Building in Jefferson City. Those interviews are open to the public.
The commission will then recommend a panel of three applicants to Gov. Jay Nixon, who selects the new Supreme Court judge from those three. If Nixon does not pick within 60 days, the commission itself makes the selection.