Tokarz Chairs U.S. Magistrate Judge Merit Selection Panel, Dorothy Serves as Pretrial Master

Karen Tokarz, the Charles Nagel Professor of Public Interest Law & Public Service, was recently appointed chair of the U.S. Magistrate Judge Merit Selection Panel. The panel was created to assist the district judges in filling the current vacancy on the Eastern District of Missouri. That vacancy was created by the elevation to the district court of U.S. Magistrate Judge Audrey  Fleissig, JD ’80, a law school alumna and an adjunct professor at Washington University School of Law. 
 
The nine-person panel, which also includes law school alumna Shirley Padmore, JD ’95, a partner at Husch Blackwell, was charged with reviewing applications, interviewing candidates, and recommending a slate of five names to the district judges. Tokarz also was named chair of the U.S. Magistrate Judge Merit Selection Panel for reappointment of incumbent U.S. Magistrate Judge Thomas Mummert.
 
Director of the law school’s Dispute Resolution Program, Tokarz is a certified neutral for the Eastern District of Missouri, a member of the ADR Advisory Committee for the Eastern District, and a member of the court’s ADR Panel for Resolution of Internal Claims. She also is a member of the Missouri Supreme Court Commission on Alternative Dispute Resolution.
 
In another recent appointment, Professor of Practice Bill Dorothy served as Special Pretrial Master in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Illinois. The appointment involved addressing two attorneys’ highly contentious series of discovery disputes. By the time Dorothy was appointed, the parties had filed 15 pending motions. 
 
Combined with the motions, the memoranda and exhibits totaled well over 4,000 pages of documents. Dorothy compiled a 59-page report and recommendation. He also was assigned to attend depositions in order to supervise the attorneys’ professionalism and civility practices.
 
Dorothy, who has extensive experience as a trial lawyer and litigator, is an expert in legal ethics and professional practice.