Ronda L. Cortesini was sworn in as the Associate Circuit Judge for Pulaski County, 25th Judicial Circuit.

On Monday, Ronda L. Cortesini was sworn in at the Associate Circuit Judge for Pulaski County, 25th Judicial Circuit.

Gov. Jay Nixon appointed Cortesini, of Waynesville, as Pulaski County Associate Circuit Judge a few weeks ago.

The position became available upon the appointment by Gov. Nixon of the Honorable Greg Warren as Circuit Judge for the 25th Circuit, which includes Maries, Phelps, Pulaski and Texas counties.

Cortesini is an attorney with the St. Robert law firm of Smith & Turley and represents clients in civil and criminal litigation. She has been in private practice in Pulaski County since 2003. Cortesini is president of the Pulaski County Bar Association, and a past president of the Waynesville/St. Robert Chamber of Commerce. She also has served as a board member of the Waynesville Community Foundation and of Habitat for Humanity of Pulaski County.

After earning her law degree from the South Texas College of Law, Cortesini was in private practice in Austin, Texas, and then served as a Texas assistant attorney general from 1994 to 2001. A veteran of the U.S. Army, she also was an assistant staff judge advocate for the Texas Army National Guard.

"I'm truly grateful for this appointment and honored to serve for what I consider to be the best judges and staff in the state of Missouri," Cortesini said. "I am committed to serving you and I'm going to be fair and impartial."