After receiving her commission from the President, former U.S. Attorney Beth Phillips was sworn in as a U.S. district judge for the Western District of Missouri on March 23, 2012. This was a small, informal ceremony to allow the judge to begin her official duties — a formal Investiture ceremony and enrobing will be held this summer. Judge Phillips was confirmed by a full vote of the U.S. Senate on March 6, 2012. She will preside in courtroom 7A in the Whittaker courthouse. WDMO welcomes its new judge as she moves to the "other side of the bench."
Beth Phillips is sworn in by U.S. District Judge Ortrie D. Smith
with her husband Circuit Judge W. Brent Powell