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Senior U.S. District Judge Dean Whipple

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  Born 1938 in Lebanon, MO

Federal Judicial Service:
Judge, U. S. District Court, Western District of Missouri
Nominated by Ronald Reagan on September 14, 1987, to a seat vacated by Ross T. Roberts; Confirmed by the Senate on December 8, 1987, and received commission on December 9, 1987. Served as chief judge, 2000-2007. Assumed senior status on April 30, 2007.

Drury College, A.B, 1961
University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law, J.D., 1965

Professional Career:
Private practice, 1967-1974
Judge, 26th Judicial Circuit Court, State of Missouri, 1975-1987

Contact Information


Dean Whipple, Senior District Judge
Kathy Willis, Judicial Assistant
Rhonda Enss, Courtroom Deputy (even numbered cases)
Alex Francis, Courtroom Deputy (odd numbered cases)

Barbara Barnard, Court Reporter



  Ben Clark, Career Law Clerk
Daniel Ostaszewski, Law Clerk
  Address: 400 E. 9th Street, Room 8462
Kansas City, MO 64106

  Courtroom: 8B  


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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. Visit our Courtroom Technology & Equipment page to view details regarding available technologies. For any additional requests or to view the equipment prior to a court hearing, please contact Rhonda Enss, Courtroom Deputy, at 816-512-5644 or Alex Francis, Courtroom Deputy, at 816-512-5629.

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