William Ray Price

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William Ray Price
Court Information:
Missouri Supreme Court
Title:   Former justice
Appointed by:   John Ashcroft
Active:   1992-2012
Chief:   2009-2011
Personal History
Undergraduate:   University of Iowa, 1974
Law School:   Washington and Lee University School of Law, 1978

William Ray Price, Jr. was a justice on the Missouri Supreme Court. He was appointed to the court on April 7, 1992 by Governor John Ashcroft. Price was then retained in November 1994 and November 2006. He retired on August 1, 2012.[1]

He was Chief Justice from July of 2009 until June of 2011.[2]


Price received his B.A. in Religion from the University of Iowa in 1974 and his J.D. from Washington and Lee University School of Law in 1978.[3]


From 1978 to 1992, Price worked with the Lathrop Norquist law firm, first as an associate and later as a partner.[3]

Awards and associations


  • 2006 The Claire McCaskill Award, Missouri Association of Drug Court Professionals
  • 2002 The Roosevelt Award, Greene County Drug Court
  • 2001 Robert Walston Chubb Award, Legal Services of Eastern Missouri
  • 1996 Distinguished Non-Alumnus Award, University of Missouri-Columbia School of Law[3]


  • 2009-2011 Chairman, National Association of Drug Court Professionals
  • 2008-present Judiciary Advisory Board, Searle Civil Justice Institute
  • 2009 Board Member, Advanced Science and Technology Adjudication Resource Center
  • 2001-present Chairman, Missouri Drug Court Commission[3]

For a complete list of Justice Price's accomplishments, please visit: Justice Price's Biography

Political ideology

See also: Political ideology of State Supreme Court Justices

In October 2012, political science professors Adam Bonica and Michael Woodruff of Stanford University attempted to determine the partisan ideology of state supreme court justices in their paper, State Supreme Court Ideology and 'New Style' Judicial Campaigns. A score above 0 indicated a more conservative leaning ideology while scores below 0 are more liberal. Price received a Campaign finance score (CFscore) of 1.02, indicating a conservative ideological leaning. This is more conservative than the average CF score of 0.001 that justices received in Missouri. The study is based on data from campaign contributions by judges themselves, the partisan leaning of contributors to the judges or, in the absence of elections, the ideology of the appointing body (governor or legislature). This study is not a definitive label of a justice, but an academic gauge of various factors.[4]

See also

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