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Michael Calvin elected to St. Louis Judicial Commission

A former judge in the city of St. Louis will be among those deciding who should have a shot at the bench. Michael Calvin, a lawyer at Spencer Fane Britt & Browne, was elected to the St. Louis Judicial Commission in a two-man race that ended when voting closed on Friday.

Judicial commission races were also held in Greene, Clay, Platte, Jackson and St. Louis counties. And a new lawyer member was elected to represent the Eastern District on the Appellate Judicial Commission.

In the city of St. Louis, Calvin edged out Paul Brown by 99 votes.

Calvin said he can bring to the commission a perspective that’s a little different than the typical practicing lawyer.

“In addition to the appellate court judge who will preside, you have a former judge who knows the judges who are on the bench and who knows the history of the bench, knows what it’s like to have been a judge, kind of knows what these fellow judges might be looking for with respect to future colleagues,” he said Monday.

Calvin retired in 2008, after 30 years on the bench.

He said he looks forward to input from Brown when it comes to filling future vacancies.