Missouri Bar President comments on appointment of Hon. W. Brent Powell to the Supreme Court of Missouri

“The people of Missouri deserve skilled, fair and impartial judges, and the appointment of Hon. W. Brent Powell shows that Missouri’s Non-Partisan Court Plan continues to work for the people of Missouri by providing high-quality judges in the least political way while giving voters the final say through a retention vote.

The Appellate Judicial Commission did its job in forwarding three qualified applicants to the governor for consideration. We appreciate Governor Greitens’ respect for the Constitution and rule of law in this process and in his thoughtful consideration of these applicants, of which he appointed Hon. Powell to serve the people of Missouri as our newest Supreme Court judge.

Hon. Powell is a circuit judge in the 16th Judicial Circuit (Jackson County) having been appointed by Gov. Blunt in 2008. He previously served as an assistant prosecuting attorney in Platte County and then as an Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Missouri. He earned his Bachelor of Arts in political science from William Jewell College and his law degree from the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Law.

Hon. Powell is qualified to serve on our state’s highest court and we believe he will do so in a fair and impartial way deciding matters before him based on the law and facts so that everyone in Missouri gets a fair day in court.”

-Dana Tippin Cutler, 2016-17 Missouri Bar President

Learn more about Governor Eric Greitens’ appointment of Hon. W. Brent Powell of Kansas City to serve as the next judge on the Supreme Court of Missouri.

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