January 27, 2015 Article

View from the Bench: Interview with the Honorable Patrick J. Connaghan

The probate commissioner for the 22nd Judicial Circuit, City of St. Louis, Missouri, offers up his thoughts on the legal profession

by Robert J. Will

Commissioner Patrick J. Connaghan has been the Probate Commissioner for the 22nd Judicial Circuit (City of St. Louis) since 2007. His responsibilities include supervision of all aspects of decedent and guardianship estates, as well as all mental health civil commitment proceedings.  He is the president of the Missouri Association of Probate and Associate Circuit Judges and serves as chairman of the association’s mental health committee. Prior to his appointment as probate commissioner, he served for 12 years as general counsel for the St. Louis City Board of Aldermen and was also in private practice. He is a 2009 Science and Technology Fellow for The Advanced Science and Technology Adjudication Resource Center (ASTAR) in Washington, D.C. In 2014, Commissioner Connaghan received the Isabella Horton Grant Award from the National College of Probate Judges for outstanding achievements in the field of adult and minor guardianships.

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