Lisa Page started her academic journey at Southeast, and it led her to a judgeship with the Missouri Court of Appeals, Eastern District.

Judge Page is a lifelong resident of Festus, Missouri. When she was a student at Southeast, she majored in political science but picked up minors in Spanish, economics, and criminal justice.

I just really liked the professors in those classes,” Judge Page said.

After graduation in 1988, Page went on to Saint Louis University School of Law, then practiced law in Jefferson County for eight years. In 2005, she was appointed family court commissioner and elected the first female circuit judge in Jefferson County in 2006.

For nine years, she was the administrative judge of the Family Court.

Page was appointed to the Missouri Court of Appeals, Eastern District in December of 2015 and retained in 2016, where she served as chief judge from 2018-2019.

“That really sticks out in my mind,” Judge Page said. She was appointed by Missouri Governor Jay Nixon. “I told the governor that was the best Christmas present I’d ever received.”

Judge Page was a former member of the Missouri Supreme Court Trial Judge Education Committee and currently serves as the chair of the Missouri Court Management Institute (MCMI) Oversight Committee and as a member of the Appellate Education and the Civic Education Committee.

“I’m grateful that I’m here,” Judge Page said. “I wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for the foundation Southeast Missouri State University gave me."

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