JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Gov. Jay Nixon today announced the appointment of St. Louis County Circuit Judge Colleen Dolan, of Ellisville, to the Missouri Court of Appeals, Eastern District. Judge Dolan will fill the vacancy on the appellate court created by the appointment of the Honorable Patricia L. Cohen as a federal magistrate judge.   Judge Dolan has served as Circuit Judge for the 21st Judicial Circuit, which covers St. Louis County, since 1999. She is the Assistant Presiding Judge of the Circuit and also presides over the St. Louis County Drug Court. Judge Dolan has served on the Missouri Supreme Court alternative dispute resolution and family court committees, as well as the subcommittee on the training and certification of municipal judges. Judge Dolan was an Associate Circuit Judge in St. Louis County from 1994 to 1999, and was a municipal judge in Ellisville from 1992 to 1994. Prior to becoming an Associate Circuit Judge, she was in private practice with the St. Louis firm of Fischer & Dolan. For several years, Judge Dolan has worked in conjunction with the Saint Louis University School of Law’s judicial extern program, which enables law students to closely observe and learn from courtroom proceedings. Judge Dolan obtained her undergraduate degree from the University of Missouri-St. Louis and her law degree from Saint Louis University. “Judge Dolan has very capably served the people of St. Louis County from the bench for more than 20 years, and has extensive experience in hearing and ruling on both civil and criminal cases,” Gov. Nixon said. “I am confident she will ably serve the people of Missouri as an Appeals Court Judge.” Judge Dolan was one of three nominees for this judgeship submitted to Gov. Nixon by the Appellate Judicial Commission for the Missouri Court of Appeals, Eastern District, under the Missouri Nonpartisan Court Plan.