JEFFERSON CITY, MO. (KMIZ)
Gov. Mike Parson has appointed Judge Robin Ransom as the next Judge of the Supreme Court of Missouri.
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Judge Ransom will fill the vacancy created by the retirement of the Honorable Laura Denvir Stith in early March.
“Appointing a judge to the Supreme Court of Missouri is an important duty that I do not take lightly. I am proud and honored to name Judge Robin Ransom as the newest member of the state’s highest court,” Governor Parson said. “Judge Ransom will add valuable experience, perspective, and balance to the court. I have high confidence that she will continue to be a fair enforcer of the law, faithfully interpret the law as written, and reasonably consider decisions made at the trial and appellate level in her own evaluation.”
Missouri Legislative Black Caucus Chair Rep. Ashley Bland Manlove, D-Kansas city, said the following on Judge Ransom being the first Black woman to be named to the state Supreme Court.
“In nearly 200 years of statehood, only two Black judges – and no Black women – have served on the Missouri Supreme Court. We are pleased to see Black women finally represented on our highest court with the appointment of Judge Robin Ransom. Although this is a historic day, the fact that it took two centuries to happen highlights the continued need to address inequities in all aspects of Missouri’s judicial system.”
Ransom was a judge on the Missouri Court of Appeals, Eastern District, in St. Louis. Judge Ransom received her bachelor of arts in political science and sociology in 1988 from Rutgers-New Brunswick and her law degree in 1991 from the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Law.
George W. Draper III, chief justice of the Supreme Court of Missouri and chair of the Appellate Judicial Commission, announced the nominees on Friday to fill the vacancy created by the March 2021 retirement of Judge Laura Denvir Stith.
The other two nominees were Donald E. Burrell Jr. and William M. Corrigan Jr.