Text Box: Courthouse Connection    Volume 2, Issue 3, September 2010                                                          Newsletter of the District Court for Western  Missouri
 Volume 2, Issue 3
September 2010 

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Thirty Years of Judicial Service

Judge Whipple, Chief Judge Gaitan and Judge Fenner
From Left: Judge Whipple, Chief Judge Gaitan and Judge Fenner


In 2010, three of the Western District’s judges will each celebrate over 30 years of public service. Judge Dean Whipple hits 36 years, with 13 years on the state bench and 23 as a federal district judge. Chief Judge Fernando J. Gaitan Jr. combines 13 years of service in circuit court and the Missouri Court of Appeals with 19 years on the federal bench. And Judge Gary A. Fenner served 16 years as a state circuit and appellate judge before moving to the federal court for the next 14 years. In honor of these achievements, the Federal Law Clerk’s Society and the Federal Practice Committee are hosting a reception on Oct. 19. The event will also welcome the incoming law clerks to the district. All Western District attorneys are invited to attend and should contact Cheryl LaBrecque at cheryl_labrecque@mow.uscourts.gov if your invitation has been misplaced. Full Story >>

Inside this Edition...

Thirty Years of Judicial Service

Judge Sachs Celebrates a Milestone

Making a Federal Case: WDMO Educational Outreach

Ross T. Roberts Inn of Court Program
WDMO Celebrates Constitution Day 2010

District Court Highlights

Bankruptcy Court Highlights

At the Circuit Level


Clerk's Corner
Court News and Notes

Save the Date

  • Oct. 6—FCAS Bench & Bar Dialogue Luncheon

  • Oct. 6—Inn of Court

  • Oct. 19—Thirty Years of Judicial Service Reception
    Oct. 25—Bankruptcy Attorney Advisory Group Meeting

    Nov. 3—Inn of Court

    Nov. 10—Open Doors of Justice Program for High School Students

    Nov. 17—Federal Practice Committee Luncheon

    Dec. 1—Inn of Court



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