Judge Judy Draper was appointed an associate circuit judge for the 21st Judicial Circuit in April 2004. Her judicial assignments include civil matters. She received a B.S. from the University of North Carolina and a J.D. from Howard University. Prior to her current appointment, Judge Draper served as municipal judge in the municipalities of Berkeley and Northwoods.
Judge Draper is a member of The Missouri Bar, the St. Louis County Bar, the Missouri Asian American Bar Association, the Mound City Bar Association and the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association. She is active with the St. Louis Transitional Hope House, the St. Louis Korean American Association, the Organization of Chinese Americans, Covenant Community Church and the St. Louis Chapter of the Links. Among other leadership positions, Judge Draper has been appointed to the Missouri Supreme Court Commission on Racial and Ethnic Fairness, formed a Courts Diversity and Inclusion Committee for St. Louis County Judges, and is an American Bar Association Delegate.