May/June 2008 issue
New Judge for Western District of Missouri: Kays
On Tuesday, June 10, 2008,
David Gregory Kays was also
confirmed by the U.S. Senate as
a U.S. District Court Judge for
the Western District of Missouri. He was sworn
in on June 19, 2008.
David Gregory Kays was born in Kansas City,
Missouri in 1962. He received his undergraduate
degree from Southwest Missouri State University
in 1985 and his law degree from the University
of Arkansas in 1987.
From 1988 to 1989 he worked as an associate at
the firm of Miller & Huston. From August
through November of 1989 he worked as
Assistant Public Defender at the Office of the
Special Public Defender. In 1988 he went to
work at the Laclede County Prosecuting
Attorney’s Office, where he worked his way up
to the position of Prosecuting Attorney and
served in that position from 1991 through 1995.
In 1995 he was appointed as an Associate Circuit
Judge for Laclede County, where he served until
2004. In addition to his service on the bench, he
taught classes at Drury University from 1991 to
2004. From 2005 until this appointment to the
federal bench, he has served as Presiding Judge
of the 26th Judicial Circuit.
Judge Kays’ chambers will be located in Kansas
City. Congratulations, Judge Kays!