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New Chief Magistrate Judge James P. O’Hara

Posted: Wednesday, March 6, 2013



Monday, March 5, 2013

Court Announces New Chief Magistrate Judge James P. O’Hara

Chief Judge Kathryn H. Vratil has announced that Magistrate Judge James P. O’Hara has been selected to serve as the court’s Chief Magistrate Judge.  Judge O'Hara joined the court in 2000 as a magistrate judge in Topeka, and then moved to the Kansas City courthouse in 2003. Prior to joining the bench, Judge O'Hara attended the Creighton University School of Law, served as a judicial law clerk for U.S. District Judges Robert V. Denney and C. Arlen Beam in the District of Nebraska, and then entered into private practice with the law firm of Shughart, Thomson & Kilroy, P.C.  

According to Chief Judge Vratil, “Judge O'Hara is an outstanding jurist.  He is well respected by members of the bar, and has worked closely with lawyers on our Bench-Bar Committee and the Earl E. O’Connor American Inn of Court to raise the level of professionalism, practice and collegiality in both state and federal court.  Professionally, he is industrious and meticulous, and throughout his career, he has negotiated many difficult challenges – always with kindness, innate goodness, a profound intellect – and an ever-present sense of humor.  We know that he will bring these qualities to his role as Chief Magistrate Judge, and we appreciate his willingness to serve.”


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