School Hosts Appellate Court, Ukrainian Judges

A panel of judges from the Missouri Court of Appeals, Eastern District heard oral arguments in three cases at the School of Law on October 24. Among those in attendance was a delegation of judges from Ukraine, who are in St. Louis on a visit organized by the city's chapter of the World Affairs Council. The court periodically holds special sessions at law schools as part of an educational outreach program.

During the special session, attorneys from both sides argued cases involving a property dispute over fences in a subdivision, a contract dispute that resulted in a $1.2 million jury verdict, and the criminal appeal of a father convicted for his role in the shooting death of his daughter’s abusive husband. The Honorable Booker T. Shaw, chief judge; the Honorable Lawrence E. Mooney; and the Honorable Patricia L. Cohen presided. The case briefs are on temporary reserve in the law library.

Read about the cases -

  • State of Missouri v. Ervell Hoover, ED87068
  • BMK Corporation v. The Clayton Corporation, ED87110
  • Joanne Zacharewicz et al. v. Sarah Hanly, Trustee, et al. ED87345

After the special session, the Ukrainian judges met with the Missouri judges and law school faculty, discussing the legal and judicial systems in both jurisdictions. The delegation then delivered a panel presentation to law students on current developments in Ukrainian law. The judges were drawn from throughout Ukraine, including Kyiv, Odessa, and Donetsk. They serve at the trial and appellate level on Ukraine's civil, criminal, and military courts. The Honorable David Herndon, United States District Court, Southern District of Illinois, accompanied the delegation.