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Hansbrough seeking spot on court of appeals
Currently an associate circuit court judge in Platte County
7-25-18

by Valerie Verkamp
Landmark reporter

A Platte County judge is seeking a seat on the Missouri Court of Appeals, Western District.

Platte County Associate Circuit Court Judge W. Ann Hansbrough, 57, has applied for the vacancy on the Missouri Court of Appeals, Western District.

Hansbrough has served as a trial court judge since Feb. 14, 2014.

Prior to her position on the bench, Hansbrough worked as an attorney at the Law Office of Stout and Hansbrough located at 6304 N Lucerne Ave., Kansas City in Platte County.

Hansbrough earned a Bachelor of Journalism degree from the University of Missouri-Columbia in 1982. Three years later she earned a law degree from the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Law.

Hansbrough is one of 15 applicants seeking to fill the vacancy on the bench created by the recent retirement of Judge James E. Welsh.

Among the applicants, 13 serve in the public sector, one works in the private sector and one serves in both the public and private sector. Seven of the applicants in the public sector serve as circuit court judges.

Prior to September 2010, the names of all applicants seeking to fill a judicial vacancy were withheld from the public pursuit to rule 10. Today, the Appellate Judicial Commission releases the names of individuals being interviewed.

Missouri Supreme Court Chief Justice Zel Fischer said he was “not surprised” by the number and demographics of applicants.

“It has been and continues to be my personal opinion that the decision to make public the names of those being interviewed and the interviews themselves reduces the number of applicants,” he explained. “This is true for judges who may be facing reelection in their local communities, attorneys in private practice who may fear losing clientele, and prosecutors or public defenders who may be concerned about not appearing fully committed to those they serve.”

The commission has chosen to interview all the following applicants:

Shane T. Alexander
Thomas N. Chapman
Jacqueline A. Cook
Ellen H. Flottman
W. Ann Hansbrough
Douglas B. Harris
Shaun J. Mackelprang
Tracey A. Mason-White
James R. McAdams
Joseph D. McGaugh
Terrence M. Messonnier
Jeff A. Mittelhauser
Jeremiah J. Morgan
Cheryl A. Caponegro Nield
W. Douglas Thomson

Interviews will be conducted from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 8 at the Missouri Court of Appeals, Western District, 1300 Oak Street in Kansas City.

The public is welcome to attend and listen to the interviews.

At the end of the interviews, the Appellate Judicial Commission will choose three nominees, which will be considered by the governor.