Family Court Commissioner Anne-Marie Clarke of the St. Louis Circuit Court is a recipient of the 2018 Ina M. Boon Social Justice Award, presented by the St. Louis City Chapter of the NAACP at its 106th Anniversary Celebration and Freedom Fund Dinner, Oct. 20.
The NAACP wrote in its program, “Clarke has been an advocate for St. Louis children for 30 years. She created the Circuit’s first Truancy Court and the first probation review docket for juvenile offenders. She was the first Black woman appointed to the St. Louis Board of Police Commissioners and its first woman president. Clarke is past president of the Judicial Council of the National Bar Association and past president of the local Mound City Bar Association.”
Commissioner Clarke practiced family and juvenile law before her appointment as Hearing Officer for the Family Court, Juvenile Division in January 1986. As Hearing Officer, she heard all cases of children in foster care.
She was appointed Family Court Commissioner by the Court En Banc on October 1, 1998 and has been reappointed in 2002, 2005 and 2009. Commissioner Clarke has been assigned to both the Juvenile Division and the Domestic Relations Division, and has served on numerous statewide committees including the Fostering Court Improvement Committee, under the Missouri Supreme Court.
ST. LOUIS (Oct. 1, 2018) — Judge Rex M. Burlison, whose docket this year has included several high-profile and complex civil cases and the pretrial criminal case of former Gov. Eric Greitens, has received the annual Chief Justice’s Circuit Judicial Excellence Award.
Missouri Supreme Court Chief Justice Zel M. Fiscer presented the award during a breakfast session of the joint annual meeting of The Missouri Bar and the Judicial Conference of Missouri September 27, 2018, at the Hilton St. Louis Ballpark Hotel.
In his remarks, Fischer cited Burlison’s management of several civil cases involving women who allege that they developed ovarian cancer after using talc-based baby powder manufactured by Johnson & Johnson. In addition, he noted that the former governor had asked to waive his right to a jury and have Burlison alone adjudicate criminal charges against him. Burlison denied the motion. Prosecutors dismissed the charges during jury selection for the trial.
Burlison, 64, was appointed to the 22nd Judicial Circuit bench on August 9, 2011, by Governor Jeremiah W. (Jay) Nixon.
After graduating from Saint Louis University School of Law in 1979, he was in private law practice from 1980 until 2000.
From 1991 until March of 2000, Judge Burlison served five terms as an elected alderman for the City of Cottleville, Mo.
In March of 2000, he was appointed an Associate Circuit Judge for the 11th Judicial Circuit by Gov. Mel Carnahan.
In 2001, Burlison was appointed chief counsel of the Eastern District of the Missouri Attorney General’s Office. He served in that capacity until 2009, when Gov. Nixon appointed him director of the Office of the Governor, Eastern Region.