Missouri Court of Appeals judge resigns

Tuesday, January 27, 2009 | 1:29 p.m. CST; updated 3:27 p.m. CST, Tuesday, January 27, 2009

JEFFERSON CITY — Missouri Court of Appeals Judge Booker Shaw announced Tuesday that he is stepping down from the bench after a 26-year judicial career.

Shaw said he is resigning, effective Friday, to go to work for the St. Louis law firm of Thompson Coburn. He has served on the Missouri Court of Appeals, Eastern District, since November 2002.

Before that, Shaw had been appointed as a St. Louis circuit judge in 1995 and as an associate circuit judge in 1983. Shaw said this marks the first time he will have worked in private legal practice. Before becoming a judge, Shaw served as an assistant circuit attorney in St. Louis.

In his new role, Shaw said it is likely he could end up arguing cases before his former appeals court colleagues.

The Appellate Judicial Commission will receive applications and submit three nominees from which Gov. Jay Nixon can appoint a replacement. The commission says it plans to select its three finalists on March 13.


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