Missouri Supreme Court Judge Richard Teitelman, 69, has died, according to the Supreme Court of Missouri. Teitelman was the first legally blind and Jewish judge to serve on Missouri’s highest court when he began his service in 2002.
“It is with great sadness that the Supreme Court of Missouri acknowledges the passing of its beloved colleague,” the court said in a statement Tuesday morning.
Teitelman served on the Missouri Court of Appeals, Eastern District, from January 1998 to February 2002. He also worked at Legal Services of Eastern Missouri from 1975 to 1998, serving as its executive director for 18 years. From May 1974 to January 1975, he was a solo general practitioner.
“Judge Richard B. Teitelman was a champion for justice, a giant among the legal community and a guiding light for legal aid advocacy both in the St. Louis region and Missouri,” Legal Services of Eastern Missouri said in a statement. “He used his passion and great knowledge to grow and help Legal Services of Eastern Missouri flourish, that now serves 21 counties in the state.”
In honor of Judge Teitelman, the Court canceled oral arguments scheduled for Tuesday. Arrangements are pending.
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