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!