Text Box: Courthouse Connection    Volume 2, Issue 1, March 2010                                                                  Newsletter of the District Court for Western Missouri

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United States Magistrate Judge Matt J. Whitworth is enrobed by his sons.

Western District Celebrates the Investiture of Judge Whitworth

The Investiture Ceremony for United States Magistrate Judge Matt J. Whitworth took place on February 25, 2010 at the Whittaker Courthouse in Kansas City.  Chief Judge Fernando J. Gaitan, Jr. convened court and introduced a group of distinguished guest speakers, including:  Marietta Parker, First Assistant U.S. Attorney, District of Kansas; Todd Graves, Graves, Bartle, Marcus & Garrett; Kevin E. J. Regan, The Regan Law Firm; and retired Judge Jack Gant, Jackson County Circuit Court.

Ms. Parker noted that Whitworth embodies all the elements necessary to the American ideal of a judge:  devotion to duty, ability to inspire and lead, and great integrity.  Mr. Graves observed that as a federal prosecutor, Whitworth cared about not just the victim’s family but the perpetrator’s family.  He remarked that Whitworth’s own family was always first and foremost in his life.  Mr. Regan applauded the Court for selecting Whitworth for the Magistrate Judge position in Jefferson City, calling him a man who seeks justice and fights injustice.  Full Story >>

Inside this Edition...

Whitworth Investiture

Koger Symposium and Bartlett Lectures Announced

UMKC Selects Larsen for Alumni Award

Phillips Takes Oath of Office
Probation & Pretrial Office Helps with Clothes Closet
Jefferson City Update

Day of Caring 2010

Federal Court Advocates Section

District Court Highlights

Bankruptcy Court Highlights

Clerk's Corner
Court News and Notes

Save the Date

April 23 - Bankruptcy Practice Seminar - St. Joseph

  • May 4 - Law Clerk Society Luncheon

  • May 5 - Federal Court Advocates Bench & Bar Dialogue

  • May 14 -3rd Annual Frank W. Koger Bankruptcy Symposium

  • June 24 - Federal Practitioner’s Summer Social

  • June 25 - 10th Annual D. Brook Bartlett Lectures




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