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 Plan.

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!