Judge Mitchell
Judge Karen King Mitchell

Missouri Court of Appeals, Western District

Dates of Judicial Service:
  • Appointed July 2009 to the Missouri Court of Appeals; retained in November 2010 for a 12-year term expiring December 31, 2022

Education:
  • Bachelor of Arts, 1981, University of Missouri - Columbia
  • Juris Doctor, 1984, University of Missouri - Kansas City

Prior Employment:
  • Law Clerk to Judge Fernando J. Gaitan, Jackson County Circuit Court, 1984-1985
  • Law Clerk to Judge Charles B. Blackmar, Supreme Court of Missouri, 1985-1986
  • Assistant Regional Counsel, United States Department of Health and Human Services, 1986 - 1987
  • Assistant Attorney General, Office of the Missouri Attorney General, 1987- 1999; Chief Deputy Attorney General, 1999-2009
  • Director, Missouri Department of Revenue, January 2009 - July 2009

Professional Membership and Activities:
  • Board of Governors of the Missouri Bar
  • Liaison to the Missouri Bar's Government Practice Committee of the Missouri Bar
  • Elwood L. Thomas Inn of Court
  • Missouri Supreme Court of Appellate Practice Committee
  • Missouri Supreme Court Committee on Procedure in Criminal Cases
  • Young Lawyers' Section Council of the Missouri Bar (1989 - 1995)
  • Missouri Supreme Court Task Force for Gender and Justice (1990 - 1993)
  • Research and Writing Instructor, University of Missouri - Kansas City (1986)

Civic and Charitable Activities:
  • Member, Saint Andrews Lutheran Church, ELCA

Awards and Honors:
  • David J. Dixon Appellate Advocacy Award
  • Ray Marvin Award, National Association of Attorneys General

Additional Information:
  • Born in Kansas City, Missouri
  • Resident of Columbia, Missouri
  • Married with one son