A seventh-generation Missourian, who grew up on a dairy farm, Mary R. Russell was appointed to the Supreme Court of Missouri in 2004, and retained by a majority vote of the citizens of Missouri in November 2006, for a twelve-year term. Judge Russell is a former Chief Judge on the Missouri Court of Appeals, Eastern District, where she served from 1995 - 2004. She was educated at Truman State University, receiving her B.S. and B.A. Summa Cum Laude in 1980, and graduated from law school at the University of Missouri-Columbia with her J.D. in 1983. After graduation, she was a law clerk for the Honorable George Gunn, Jr. at the Supreme Court of Missouri. Judge Russell was engaged in the private practice of law in the firm of Clayton & Rhodes in Hannibal until her appointment to the Court of Appeals.
Judge Russell, a mentor to numerous young people is currently an active member of numerous bar and judicial associations, as well as many civic groups, especially Rotary and PEO. She is currently the president of the Jefferson City Rotary Club.
In addition to her many activities, Judge Russell volunteers as a Truancy Court Judge at Lewis and Clark Middle School in Jefferson City. A recipient of many awards and honors, Judge Russell is active in educating people about the judicial system.
She is married to Jim Russell, who is a governmental consultant in Jefferson City.
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