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Chief U.S. District Judge David Gregory Kays

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  Born 1962 in Kansas City, MO

Federal Judicial Service:
Judge, U. S. District Court, Western District of Missouri
Nominated by George W. Bush on November 15, 2007, to a seat vacated by Dean Whipple; Confirmed by the Senate on June 10, 2008, and received commission on June 19, 2008. Served as Chief Judge, 2014 - present.

Southwest Missouri State University, B.S., 1985
University of Arkansas School of Law, J.D., 1987

Professional Career:
Private practice, Missouri, 1988-1989
Assistant public defender, Office of the Special Public Defender, Springfield, Missouri, 1989
Assistant prosecuting attorney, Laclede County Prosecuting Attorney's Office, Missouri, 1988-1989
Chief assistant prosecuting attorney, Laclede County Prosecuting Attorney's Office, Missouri, 1989-1991
Prosecuting attorney, Laclede County Prosecuting Attorney's Office, Missouri, 1991-1995
Adjunct faculty, Drury University, 1991-2004
Associate circuit judge, Laclede County, Missouri, 1995-2004
Presiding judge, Twenty-sixth Judicial Circuit, State of Missouri, 2005-2008

Contact Information

  David Gregory Kays, Chief District Judge
Tracy Strodtman, Judicial Assistant/Courtroom Deputy
Regina Lambrecht, Court Reporter
  Jonathan Lehr, Career Law Clerk
Austin VanTine, Law Clerk
Elaine Smith, Law Clerk
  Address: 400 E. 9th Street, Room 8652
Kansas City, MO 64106

  Courtroom: 8D  


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Scheduling & Trial Orders

Jury Instructions

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Audio-Visual Equipment in Courtroom

Prior to trial, we urge all attorneys to schedule an appointment to test equipment. Courtroom 8D is equipped with an ELMO, television and computer monitors. For any additional requests or to view the equipment prior to a court hearing, please contact Tracy Strodtman, Courtroom Deputy, at 816-512-5600.

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