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Hon. Jason Sengheiser

Jason Sengheiser is a Circuit Judge in the Twenty-Second Judicial Circuit Court for the City of St. Louis. He also serves as Chair of CRSJ's Human Rights Magazine Editorial Board.

Hon. Jason Sengheiser, Chair of CRSJ's Human Rights Magazine Editorial Board

Hon. Jason Sengheiser, Chair of CRSJ's Human Rights Magazine Editorial Board

Where are you from? How have your experiences here, or throughout your upbringing, influenced your passions and aspirations today?

I am from St. Louis.  I think growing up in a city that is segregated like St. Louis exemplifies why issues like equity and social justice are important.  Just being exposed to that engendered in me an interest in human rights issues.  Then my studies in college solidified my interest in trying to work toward solutions for the injustices with which we are constantly faced.

What drives you?

My main career and life goal is to protect and strengthen the rule of law because the rule of law provides the foundation for the protection of all of our human rights.

What does social justice mean to you?

It means protecting the rights of those marginalized in our society.

What do you feel is the greatest challenge to social justice today?

I think polarized state of our politics prevents us from working together for the common good.  Finding a way to move beyond that polarization is the greatest challenge currently.

What is a piece of advice to give law students and young lawyers that want to make a meaningful impact on civil rights and social justice in today’s world?

I always tell law students and young lawyers to become involved in National, State, or local bars.  I view these bar associations as protectors of the third branch and, therefore, protectors of the rule of law.  All of these lawyers have an interest in having fair and impartial courts.  Thus, when the courts are threatened by political or other forces, it is the lawyers and bar associations who come to the rescue.  The organized bars are critical for this and many other purposes.

What CRSJ project(s) are you working on? Or, what have you undertaken in CRSJ that you found most rewarding to have worked on? Are there any upcoming events or projects you want us all to know about? 

I have thoroughly enjoyed being a part of the editorial board for Human Rights Magazine.  We have a wonderful, thoughtful group of people who work very hard to put out a high quality publication.  I am getting ready to step down as chair of the editorial board, but am very excited to be remain involved when the new chair Francine Lipman takes over. 

What do you do to relax in your spare time?

My favorite thing to do to relax is to ride my handcycle. 

What is one thing most people do not know about you that you feel they should?

I was a very competitive ice hockey player growing up.  I think I got a lot of my good habits and self-motivation from those experiences.

The Honorable Jason Sengheiser

Circuit Judge, Twenty-Second Judicial Circuit Court for the City of St. Louis

Jason Sengheiser is a Circuit Judge in the Twenty-Second Judicial Circuit Court for the City of St. Louis.  Sengheiser has also served on the Missouri Bar Board of Governors since first being elected in 2016.  Sengheiser has served on the Board of Governors of the Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis (“BAMSL”) since 2014 and is currently one of BAMSL’s representatives in the House of Delegates of the ABA.  Sengheiser has served since 2017 as chair of the editorial board of Human Rights Magazine, the premier publication of the Section of Civil Rights and Social Justice.  Sengheiser received a B.A. in Environmental Science and a B.A. in German Studies from Saint Louis University in 2000, a J.D. from Saint Louis University School of Law in 2003, and an LL.M. from Columbia Law School in 2006.