Judge Nancy Watkins McLaughlin joined the 21st Judicial Circuit in 2016. In this role, her judicial assignments have included family court, associate civil, circuit civil and circuit criminal matters. Judge McLaughlin earned a B.A. from Washington University and a J.D. from the University of Missouri-Columbia. She was previously a commissioner for the Missouri Public Defender Commission and the Missouri Sentencing Advisory Commission, as well as a provisional judge in the Clayton Municipal Court.
Judge McLaughlin is a member of The Missouri Bar, the American Bar Association, the National Conference of State Trial Judges (MO), the Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis, the St. Louis County Bar Association and the Women Lawyer’s Association. She is active in the Supreme Court of Missouri’s Civil Justice Commission, serves as a mock trial judge and participates in the 21st Judicial Circuit Speakers Bureau.