JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Judge Mark H. Neill, a circuit judge in the 22nd Judicial Circuit (St. Louis city), sat with the Supreme Court of Missouri during arguments Wednesday morning, November 7, by special designation. Neill was sitting in place of Judge Laura Denvir Stith, who was recused.

“Judge Neill was a welcome colleague on the Court for oral arguments today,” Chief Justice Zel M. Fischer said. “We respect his talent and perspective, and we appreciate his valuable contributions to the case. We are fortunate to have high-quality judges like Judge Neill to whom we can turn for assistance when one of our judges is unable to sit due to recusal or other absence.”

Neill heard the third case on the Court’s November 7 docket: Case No. SC97285, In re: Mary L. Lemp, a disciplinary case involving a St. Louis attorney.

Neill has served as a circuit judge in St. Louis since February 2002. He previously was in the private practice of law for more than 15 years and, before that, spent more than a dozen years with the legal division of the St. Louis metropolitan police department. He earned his bachelor of arts in history in 1971 and his law degree in 1974, both from Saint Louis University.