This article was originally posted on the St. Louis Post-Dispatch on May 20, 2011. Click here to read the article. 

Steve Koslovsky recalled the lessons he learned in a foreign land as a high school student.

Patricia Hageman talked about the pain of losing a father.

Michael Burton explained that his wife’s community service helped guide him into volunteer work.

They were three of 20 applicants for an opening on the Eastern District bench of the Missouri Court of Appeals, and on Wednesday and Thursday in a third-floor downtown St. Louis courtroom, they answered questions about the law and about themselves before a panel that will help determine the next Missouri state appeals judge.

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