May 2017

Retirement: Judge Robert E. Larsen

Judge Robert E. Larsen, U.S. Magistrate Judge for the Western District of Missouri, will retire May 31, 2017, after 26 years on the Court.
Judge Larsen was born on September 9, 1946, in Queens, New York. He graduated from Rockhurst College with his Bachelor’s degree in 1969 and from the University of Missouri - Kansas City with his Juris Doctor degree in 1973.
He has served his entire career in public service, starting as Staff Attorney in the Criminal Division of the Department of Justice in Washington, D.C. from 1974 to 1976. He then served in various positions in the U.S. Attorney’s Office in the Western District of Missouri from 1976 to 1991, including Attorney in Charge of the Drug Task Force, Chief of the Criminal Division, and First Assistant U.S. Attorney.
While a U.S. Attorney, Larsen was a leader in programs for prevention and treatment of substance abuse. He was founder and chair of the Kansas City Metropolitan Task Force on Drug and Alcohol Abuse. He also led the establishment of YouthNet, a program to detour teenage addiction, and a project emphasizing treatment over prosecution for pregnant women addicted to cocaine.

On May 24, 1991, he was appointed as United States Magistrate Judge for the Western District of Missouri, succeeding Judge Calvin K. Hamilton. He served as Chief U.S. Magistrate Judge from January 1, 2010 to December 31, 2013.

In 2010, Judge Larsen was awarded as University of Missouri - Kansas City Alumnus of the Year for his many years of service as both a teacher and volunteer. He has been an adjunct professor in criminal practice and trial techniques, frequent speaker at continuing legal education programs, and Master of the Ross T. Roberts Trial Academy (formerly Inn of Court).
Judge Larsen is also the author of Pretrial Preparation in the Prosecution of White Collar Crime and Navigating the Federal Trial. Congratulations, Judge Larsen!