Cassville attorney Cordelia F. Herrin has announced her intention to file for the position of Barry County Associate Judge, Division 2, on the Republican ticket.
The judgeship is currently held by Judge Carr Woods, who plans to retire at the end of his term. The position will be voted upon in the November 2010 election.
Herrin was raised in Douglas County. She graduated as valedictorian of Dora High School's Class of 1984. A National Merit Scholar and Presidential Scholar, Herrin attended Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas, where she
graduated in 1988 with a bachelor of arts degree in English.
Herrin returned to Missouri for law school, graduating from the University of Missouri School of Law in Columbia in 1991. During law school, she was on the Law Review and the dean's list. Following graduation, Herrin worked as a law clerk for Judge Harold L. Lowenstein on the Missouri Western District Court of Appeals in Kansas City.
In 1992, Herrin moved to Barry County when she was hired as an associate by Cassville attorney Emory Melton. Herrin has practiced law with Melton since 1992, becoming a law partner in 1995.
As an attorney, Herrin has handled real estate transactions, property disputes, divorces, child custody matters, juvenile, probate and guardianship matters and criminal cases. The areas of law that Herrin has practiced are the same legal issues that come before an associate judge.
Herrin's husband of 15 years is local veterinarian Dr. Brent E. Herrin, who grew up in Cassville and is now the owner of Herrin Animal Hospital in Cassville and Monett Veterinary Hospital in Monett. The couple has an 8-year-old son, Eli, and a 2-year-old daughter, Isabel. The family makes their home on a farm in rural Mineral Township.