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!