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Belizean Attorney, Danette Silva becomes senior staff attorney for U.S. Court of Appeals

Posted: Monday, June 25, 2018. 5:29 pm CST.

BBN Staff:   This year in February, Belizean born, Danette E. Silva became the Senior Staff Attorney for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit in St. Louis, Missouri, USA.

Danette was born in Belize, but was raised in St. Louis where her family moved in 1984. In 1999, she graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in psychology, history, politics, and law from Webster’s University.

She was also first in her class when she graduated with her J.D. from Saint Louis University School of Law in 2003.

Danette has received numerous academic awards and is a member of Alpha Sigma Nu, the honor society of Jesuit colleges and universities.

When it comes to her career, she was Senior Articles Editor for the Saint Louis-Warsar Transatlantic Law Journal and was also a teaching assistant for Legal Research and Writing. Danette also served as an extern for Theodore McMillian, a Judge for the U.S. Court of Appeals.

In regards to her legal career, in 2003 she was a term staff attorney for the Eight Circuit and earned a position as a career staff attorney in 2005. She was with the Staff Attorneys for 11 years where she was then appointed to Judge Lavenski Smith who is now the Chief. At this time, she provided special assistance to the Senior Staff Attorney by being responsible for various administrative projects and duties.

In 2014 she joined the in-house legal department of Cortene Corporation (A fortune 100 company) after she left the court. While here she worked as Corporate Counsel and later General Council, she returned to court in December where she was serving as Senior Staff Attorney Designee since 2017.

Danette was preceded by Kim P. Jones who retired on January 31, 2018.


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