Gov. Jay Nixon today announced the appointment of Joseph S. Dueker, the associate chief trial attorney for the St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney's Office, to fill a vacancy for associate circuit judge in the 21st Circuit. The circuit encompasses all of St. Louis County. The position became available upon the naming of the Honorable Douglas R. Beach as a circuit judge for the 21st Circuit.
Dueker has been with the St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney's Office since 1993. As associate chief trial attorney since 2008, he supervises attorneys from the office in representing the State of Missouri on all criminal matters pending in Associate Circuit Court. From 1997 to 2008, he was assigned to the office's sexual assault division. In addition to being the lead attorney for the state on numerous criminal trials, including capital cases, Dueker has experience in briefing and arguing cases before appellate courts.
Dueker, who is from Chesterfield, earned his law degree from Saint Louis University School of Law in 1992. A native of St. Louis County, he received his bachelor of arts degree, cum laude, from the University of Richmond, where he also played for the university's Division I soccer team. He was one of three applicants submitted to the Governor for consideration by the 21st Circuit Judicial Commission under the Missouri Nonpartisan Court Plan.