Gov. Jay Nixon today announced the appointment of Associate Circuit Judge Elizabeth (Beth) Byrne Hogan to serve as a Circuit Judge on the Twenty-Second Judicial Circuit, which covers the City of St. Louis. She will fill a vacancy on the circuit created by the appointment of the Honorable Lisa Van Amburg to the Missouri Court of Appeals, Eastern District.
Judge Hogan has served on the bench in St. Louis since 2005, and has presided over civil, criminal, domestic, juvenile and drug court dockets. During that time, she has served on several committees in the Circuit and was appointed by the Missouri Supreme Court to serve on the civic education committee. Prior to being named as an Associate Circuit Judge, she worked in private practice, for the St. Louis Circuit Attorney's Office and the Jefferson County Prosecuting Attorney's Office, and as the supervising attorney for Voices for Children, now known as CASA.
"Judge Hogan brings strong judicial experience from the associate to the circuit bench, as well as a well-rounded background in public and private practice," Gov. Nixon said. "I am pleased to appoint her as the newest Circuit Judge for the City of St. Louis."
Judge Hogan obtained her law degree from the Thomas M. Cooley Law School in Michigan, and her undergraduate degree from DePauw University in Indiana. She has been a leader in her parish and with the Girl Scouts, as well as with several other civic organizations in St. Louis.
Judge Hogan was one of three applicants submitted to Gov. Nixon for consideration by the 22nd Circuit Judicial Commission under the Missouri Nonpartisan Court Plan.