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David Kays
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Current Court Information:
United States District Court for the Western District of Missouri
Title:   Judge
Position:   Seat #5
Service:
Appointed by:   George W. Bush
Active:   6/19/2008 - Present
Chief:   01/03/2014 - Present
Preceded by:   Dean Whipple
Past chief:   Fernando Gaitan
Personal History
Born:   1962
Hometown:   Kansas City, MO
Undergraduate:   Southwest Missouri State U., B.S., 1985
Law School:   University of Arkansas School of Law, J.D., 1987

David Gregory Kays (b.1962) is the chief judge for the United States District Court for the Western District of Missouri. Kays has served on the court since 2008, after being nominated by President George W. Bush.

Early life and education

Kays earned his bachelor's degree from Southwest Missouri State University in 1985, and his Juris Doctor from the University of Arkansas School of Law in 1987.[1]

Professional career

  • 2005-2008: Presiding judge
  • 1995-2004: Associate circuit judge
  • 1991-2004: Adjunct faculty, Drury University
  • 1989-1995: Laclede County Prosecuting Attorney's Office, Missouri
  • 1991-1995: Prosecuting attorney
  • 1989-1991: Chief assistant prosecuting attorney
  • 1988-1989: Assistant prosecuting attorney
  • 1989: Assistant public defender, Office of the Special Public Defender, Springfield, Missouri
  • 1988-1989: Attorney in private practice, Missouri[1]

Judicial career

Western District of Missouri

Kays was nominated by President George W. Bush on November 15, 2007, to a seat vacated by Dean Whipple. Kays was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on June 10, 2008, and received commission on June 19, 2008.[1] Kays was elevated to the role of chief judge on January 3, 2014, succeeding Fernando J. Gaitan, Jr.[2]

Notable cases

Bank robbery case (2009)

     United States District Court for the Western District of Missouri
Judge Kays presided in a bank robbery case that differed from most bank robbery cases in federal court. This case involved a bank robber who turned himself in before the federal authorities could identify him as a suspect. Kays sentenced the robber to five years in federal prison on October 6, 2009.[3]

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Federal judicial offices
Preceded by:
Dean Whipple
Western District of Missouri
2008–Current
Seat #5
Succeeded by:
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