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Joseph W. Downey

Joseph W. Downey, American lawyer. Bar: Missouri 1973, United States District Court (western district) Missouri 1973, Supreme Court of the United States Court 1980.


Downey, Joseph W. was born on July 22, 1945 in Fort Meade, Maryland, United States. Son of William J. and Mary Elizabeth (Nobles) Downey.


Bachelor, St. Louis University, 1967. Juris Doctor, St. Louis University, 1972.


Research attorney Missouri Court Appeals, St. Louis, 1972-1974. Assistant public defender Public Defender Office, Clayton, Missouri, 1974-1981. Public defender City of St. Louis, 1981-1989.

Director Missouri State Public System, Columbia, since 1989. Member Jail Population Management Board, St. Louis, since 1983. Board directors Missouri Coalition for Alternatives to Imprisonment, Jefferson, Missouri, since 1984.


Member Leadership St. Louis, since 1985, Committee on Quality Education Served with United States Army, 1969-1971. Member American Bar Association (defense services committee since 1989), Missouri Association Criminal Defense Lawyers (board directors), Missouri Commission on Judicial Resources.


  • Other Interests

    Travel, cooking, photography, music.


Married Janet L. Sievert, September 4, 1987.