July/August 2014
New Judge for E.D. of Missouri: Ronnie L. White

On July 16, 2014, the U.S. Senate confirmed Ronnie L. White to serve as a U.S. District Court Judge for the Eastern District of Missouri. He fills the seat vacated by Judge Jean Hamilton.

Judge White was born in 1953 in St. Louis. After high school, he served in the U.S. Army Reserves from 1971 to 1980 while also attending college. He received his undergraduate degree in political science from St. Louis University in 1979 and his law degree from the University of Missouri – Kansas City Law School in 1983. Following law school, he joined the Office of the Public Defender in St. Louis and St. Louis County where he represented juveniles.

In 1987, he entered private practice at the firm of Cahill, White, and Hemphill in St. Louis, Missouri. During this time he also served three terms as a Missouri state representative. In 1993 he was appointed the first African American Counselor for the City of St. Louis.

Judge White was appointed to the Missouri Court of Appeals, Eastern District (St. Louis) in 1994. One year later he became the first African American to be appointed to the Supreme Court of Missouri. He served as Chief Justice from 2003 to 2005.


Judge White retired from the bench in 2007 and became a partner at the law firm of Holloran, White, & Schwartz in St. Louis, Missouri, where he focused on serious injury cases and business litigation. He also serves as an adjunct professor at Washington University School of law, where he teaches trial practice and procedure. Welcome, Judge White!