Edwardsville attorney and part time Madison County public defender Ronald R. Slemer will be appointed associate judge in the Third Judicial Circuit.

The Administrative Office of the Illinois Courts made the announcement in a press release on Aug. 30.

Associate judges are selected by vote among the court's elected circuit judges.

Fifteen attorneys had applied for the associate judge vacancy that had been created upon the appointment of Associate Judge James Hackett to circuit judge in June.

The circuit judge vacancy that Hackett filled was created when former Circuit Judge Ann Callis resigned in May to pursue a congressional campaign.

Slemer received his undergraduate degree in 1976 from the University of Illinois and his juris doctorate in 1980 from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale.

Other attorneys who applied were:

Philip B. Alfeld of Schrempf, Kelly, Napp and Darr of Alton

Laura Andrews of Andrews and Mengarelli in Granite City

Elizabeth N. Carrion of Edwardsville

John T. Fischer, assistant Madison County State’s Attorney

Ronald J. Foster, Jr. of Schoen Walton Telken and Foster in East St. Louis

David R. Jones of Edwardsville

Philip J. Lading of Sandberg Phoenix and von Gontard in Edwardsville

Michael P. McGinley of Heyl Royster in Edwardsville

Marc W. Parker of Parker Law in Maryville

Maureen D. Schuette of Edwardsville

Katherine M. Smith of Alton

Marleen M. Suarez of Suarez Law Office in Collinsville

Kelly C. Sullivan of Sullivan and Von Bokel in Fairview Heights

Leslie A. Wood of Glen Carbon

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