Judge Kenneth M. Romines was sworn in to the Missouri Court of A ppeals, eastern District June 30 in the jury assembly room at the St. Louis Courthouse.
Judge Romines is the husband of the former Jane Hackett, daughter of Maxine and the late Dan R. Hackett of Thayer. She graduated from Thayer High School with the class of 1963.
Romines is the brother-in-law of Lloyd and Katherine Best of Thayer; uncle to Dr. Greg and Suzanne Langley of Thayer, and Danny and Maggie Simer of Mountain Home, Ark., and great uncle to Jessica Langley of Thayer and Sam Simer of Mountain Home.
Romines received the oath from Justice William H. Crandall Jr. of the Eastern District. Missouri Supreme Court Justice Ronnie L.
White presided over the event in his last act as chief judge of the high court.
"The lawyers in St. Louis County will lose a good trial judge, but I think the citizens of the Eastern District will gain a great appellate judge," White said.
Also at the swearing-in was Gov. Matt Blunt. Romines was Blunt's first judicial appointment since being elected to the governor's office. "One of the most important things I will do as governor is appoint people who will serve on the judiciary.... Judge Romines was selected because he was the most capable of the individuals," the governor said.
Romines said he was very thankful during the event, recognizing all of his family members, friends and colleagues who made the leap to the appellate court possible. He said he derived "an awful lot of personal satisfaction" from the promotion. "I'm here today to tell you the system does work," Romines said. "It works if we keep it simple for jurors."
Romines received his undergraduate degree from William Jewel College and his law degree from the University of Mississippi School of Law.
He began his career as a law clerk for Judge Robert Jones of the Mississippi Supreme Court. After working as an assistant attorney general under John Danforth and engaging in private practice in the St. Louis law firm of Curtis and Crossen and in his own Sedalia practice, he jumped to the St. Louis County Circuit Court where he had served as circuit judge since 1987.