Judge Jodie Capshaw Asel, Circuit Judge, Division IV, is the Presiding Judge of the 13th Circuit. She was first appointed to the court in 1991, and has been elected since 1992. Division IV handles general civil and criminal dockets. Judge Asel is a graduate of the University of Missouri - Columbia, School of Law, with an undergraduate degree from the University of Missouri - Columbia.Prior to appointment to the court, she was an Assistant Prosecuting Attorney for Boone County; Assistant Public Defender; and in private practice. Judge Asel has been an officer of the Missouri Circuit Judges’ Association since 2010 and is currently President of the association. Judge Asel has been a member of the Missouri Supreme Court Judicial Education Committee since 1993 and has served as Vice-Chair of the committee since 2009. She also has served on the Coordinating Commission for Judicial Education since 2008. Judge Asel was previously a member of the Executive Council of the Judicial Conference of the State of Missouri and served on the Missouri Supreme Court Fine Collection Committee, Family Law Committee, Case Management Committee, and Legislative Committee. She was a Member of the Board of Directors of the Missouri Association of Probate and Associate Circuit Judges for five years, serving as its Vice President and President. Judge Asel served as President of the Boone County Bar Association from 2004 - 2005.
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