Becky Borthwick, Ginger Gooch, Raymond Williams, lawyers
Greene County Circuit Judge Becky J.W. Borthwick (left) and attorney Ginger K. Gooch, with Husch Blackwell LLP in Springfield are under consideration, along with a West Plains lawyer, to fill a vacancy. (Photos provided)

Two Springfield lawyers (one of them a judge) and a West Plains attorney are under consideration for appointment to the Missouri Court of Appeals, Southern District, with offices in the Hammons Tower in Springfield.

Paul C. Wilson, chief justice of the Supreme Court of Missouri, on Tuesday (Aug. 23) sent the three names to Gov. Michael Parson to replace Judge Gary W. Lynch, who retired in June.

They are Becky J.W. Borthwick, of Springfield; Ginger K. Gooch, of Springfield; and Raymond E. Williams, of West Plains.

Borthwick is a circuit judge in the 31st Judicial Circuit (Greene County). She was born in 1969 and earned her bachelor of arts in political science in 1991 from the University of Missouri-Columbia and her law degree in 1995 from the Oklahoma College of Law in Norman.

Other two are Mizzou law school grads

Gooch is a partner with Husch Blackwell LLP in Springfield. She was born in 1975 and earned her bachelor of arts, summa cum laude, in English and philosophy, law and rhetoric in 1997 from Stephens College in Columbia and her law degree, cum laude, in 2000 from the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Law.

Williams is the owner and member of Williams Law Offices LLC in West Plains and Eminence. He was born in 1962 and earned his bachelor of science, cum laude, in mechanical engineering in 1984 from what is now Missouri University of Science and Technology in Rolla; his masters in business administration in 1992 from the University of Missouri-Columbia; and his law degree, cum laude, in 1995 from the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Law.

The governor has 60 days to make a selection.

Steve Pokin

Steve Pokin writes the Pokin Around and The Answer Man columns for the Springfield Daily Citizen. He also writes about criminal justice issues. He can be reached at spokin@sgfcitizen.org. His office line is 417-837-3661. More by Steve Pokin