May/June 2008 issue
New Judge for Eastern District of Missouri: Limbaugh (Jr.)
On Friday, June 10, 2008,
Stephen N. Limbaugh, Jr. was
confirmed by the U.S. Senate
as a U.S. District Court Judge
for the Eastern District of Missouri. He will be
sworn in later this summer.
Stephen N. Limbaugh, Jr. was born in Cape
Girardeau, Missouri, in 1952. He received his
undergraduate degree from Southern Methodist
University in 1973 and his law degree from the
Southern Methodist University School of Law in
1976. In 1998 he received his LL.M degree in
Judicial Process from the University of Virginia
School of Law.
From 1977 to 1978 he worked as an associate at
the firm of Limbaugh, Limbaugh, & Russell. He
was then elected as a Prosecuting Attorney for
Cape Girardeau, where he served through
December 1982. He then returned to the firm of
Limbaugh, Limbaugh, Russell & Syler as a
partner and remained there until 1987, when he
was appointed as a circuit judge for the 32nd
Judicial Circuit of Missouri.
In 1992 he was appointed to the Missouri
Supreme Court. He served as Chief Justice from
July 2001 through June 2003. He served on a
number of Supreme Court committees,
including the Judicial Records Committee, the
Judicial Education Committee, the Family Court
Implementation Committee, and the Court
Automation Committee. From 2001 to 2003 he
served as chair of the Appellate Judicial
Commission for the Missouri Nonpartisan Court
In addition to his service on the bench, he has
been active in the community as a speaker and
as a member of various organizations such as
the State Historical Society of Missouri and the
Boy Scouts of America.
His father, U.S. District Judge Stephen N.
Limbaugh, Sr., will retire from the bench. Judge
Stephen N. Limbaugh, Jr.ís primary chambers
will be located in Cape Girardeau, but he will
also hear a certain percentage of cases in St.
Louis. Congratulations, Judge Limbaugh!