November/December 2013
New Judge for E.D. of Missouri: Noelle Collins

On December 1, Noelle Collins took office as a U.S. Magistrate Judge for the Eastern District of Missouri. She fills the vacancy left by U.S. Magistrate Judge Frederick Buckles, who retired on November 30. Her chambers is in St. Louis, Missouri.

Judge Collins received her undergraduate and master’s degrees in journalism from Northwestern University. From 1995 to 1998 she worked as a journalist in New York. She received her law degree from the University of Illinois College of Law in 2001, and began her legal career in private practice at the firm of Stinson, Morrison, Hecker in St. Louis.

From 2004 until this appointment, she served as an assistant U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Missouri, where she focused on the prosecution of human trafficking crimes. In 2011, she was named the Human Trafficking Coordinator for the U.S. Attorney’s Office. She investigated and prosecuted the sex-trafficking of adults and minors as well as the forced domestic labor of illegal immigrants. She led the Human Trafficking Task Force, which is composed of federal and state law enforcement partners and local social service providers.

In addition to her work as an attorney, she is also an Adjunct Professor at Webster University where she teaches in the Legal Studies department. Welcome, Judge Collins!