The Honorable Judy Preddy Draper
Associate Circuit Judge, Division 41
Judge Draper was appointed Associate Circuit Judge on April 13, 2004 by Governor Bob Holden.
Judge Draper attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, receiving a bachelor degree in Labor Relations in 1977. She received her Juris Doctorate degree from Howard University Law School in 1980 with Law Journal honors.
Judge Draper clerked for the U.S. Department of Labor, Office of Administrative Law Judges in Washington, D.C. after graduating from law school. She was a former prosecutor for the City of St. Louis; she was the first woman of color Attorney to the Monsanto Company World Headquarters Law Department: International/Corporate section; and was an Adjunct Professor of pre-trial practice and procedure at Washington University School of Law. She was a law clerk to Honorable Clyde S. Cahill, Federal District Court Judge. She was the first female General Counsel for the Missouri Department of Corrections. Judge Draper was in private practice in Clayton, handling criminal and civil cases. She also served as a Municipal Judge for the cities of Northwoods and Berkeley.
Judge Draper was appointed by the Missouri Supreme Court to sit on the Education Committee for the Missouri Municipal and Associate Circuit Judges Association. She was appointed by the Missouri Supreme Court to serve as a member of the Regional Disciplinary Committee for St. Louis County. Judge Draper also sits on the Congressional Committee for Americans with Disabilities. Judge Draper is a board member of the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association Law Foundation. She also served on the board of the United Way (7) years and is a Board member for the St. Louis Transitional Hope House. Judge Draper has been a Speaker for many organizations including Missouri Law Schools and University of North Carolina; the American Bar Association and the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association.
Judge Draper is a founding member of the Missouri Asian American Bar Association ("MAABA") and served as president from 2001 - 2003 and now serves as Historian. She also chaired its annual "Unity Dinner" for three years. Judge Draper is a member of the Mound City Bar Association, the Woman Lawyer's Association, the Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis, the St. Louis County Bar Association, National Association of Women Judges and the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (“NAPABA”) (Board Member NAPABA Law Foundation). Judge Draper was appointed “Honorary” Consulate to the Missouri Korean American Association.
Judge Draper was the recipient of the 2011 Theodore McMillian Award for her contributions to the Legal Profession.
Judge Draper is married to Judge, George W. Draper III, who was the first African American chief judge for the Court of Appeals, Eastern District of Missouri. They have one daughter and reside in St. Louis County.