Judge Jimmie Edwards is with the 22nd Judicial Circuit in St. Louis, Missouri and serves on the advisory board of the Community Engagement in the State Courts Initiative, a project of the Conference of Chief Justices and the Consortium on Racial and Ethnic Fairness in the Courts. Judge Edwards has earned national recognition for founding the Innovative Concept Academy, a school dedicated to changing the lives of juveniles in the justice system. Founded in 2009, the academy is the first community partnership school in the country overseen by a judge. In 2013, Judge Edwards received the William H. Rehnquist Award for Judicial Excellence presented annually by the National Center for State Courts.
Before being appointed to the Missouri Circuit Court in St. Louis, Judge Edwards served from 1990 to 1992 on the legal staff of Southwestern Bell Telephone Company. From 2007 to 2012 Judge Edwards was the Administrative Judge of the Family Court and Chief Juvenile Court Judge. He received his undergraduate and law degree from Saint Louis University.