St. Louis County Courts

Judy Preddy Draper


Judge Draper was appointed associate circuit judge on April 13, 2004 by Gov. Bob Holden.

She received her Bachelor of Science in labor relations from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1977. She received her Juris Doctor from Howard University School of Law in 1980 with Law Journal honors.

Judge Draper was a law clerk to the late Federal District Court Judge Clyde S. Cahill and clerked for the U.S. Dept. of Labor, Office of Administrative Judges, in Washington, D.C. She is a former prosecutor for the City of St. Louis and was the first female general counsel for the Missouri Department of Corrections. She served as a municipal judge for the municipalities of Northwoods and Berkeley, while in private practice in civil, criminal and domestic law prior to her appointment to the bench. She previously taught pre-trial law at Washington University School of Law.

Judge Draper is on the board of the St. Louis Transitional Hope House and is a former member of the boards of the United Way and the Korean American Association.

Judge Draper was appointed to serve on the National Consortium on Racial and Ethnic Fairness in the Courts Host and Program Committee in 2017, and convened a law forum on the Ferguson issue. She was appointed by the Missouri Supreme Court to serve as an American Bar Association delegate and appointed to the Missouri Task Force on the Future of the Legal Profession in 2016. She was selected to attend the National Judicial College Leadership Program in 2016 and 2017.

She was appointed by the Missouri Supreme Court to sit on the Education Committee for the Missouri Municipal and Associate Circuit Judges Association. She served as a member of the Regional Disciplinary Committee for St. Louis County and as County condemnation commissioner prior to becoming an associate circuit judge.

Judge Draper is a founding member of the Missouri Asian American Bar Association and served as its president from 1999 through 2003. She is a member of the Mound City Bar Association; Missouri Asian American Bar Association; National Bar Association; National Asian Pacific American Bar Association Law Foundation; National Association of Women Judges; Women Lawyers' Association; Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis; Kansas City Bar Association; St. Louis County Bar Association, and the American Bar Association.

Judge Draper has received the following awards and recognition:
2011 Theodore McMillian Judicial Excellence Award; Excellence in Service Award for Outstanding Women for Justice; St. Louis Metro "Yes I Can" - Jewel of the Community Award.
2012 Torch Bearer Award, Missouri Asian American Bar Association; National Council of Negro Women Community Service Award.
2013 YWCA Outstanding Service Award
2013 YWCA "Judge Judy Draper Beating the Odds Award"
2014 NAACP Medgar Evers Legal Legends Award
2015 YWCA Metro St. Louis Leader of Distinction

Judge Draper is married to Missouri Supreme Court Judge George W. Draper III. They are members of Covenant Community Church.

Division: 41
Courtroom: 287
Floor: 2 North

Clerk: Cassandra
Bailiff: Pete Bommarito
Court Reporter:
Phone: 314-615-1541
105 South Central Ave
Clayton, MO 63105

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