Judge Patricia Breckenridge

Judge Patricia Breckenridge
Supreme Court of Missouri


Dates of judicial service:

  • Appointed to Supreme Court in September 2007.
  • Retained in office at the November 2008 general election for a 12-year term expiring December 31, 2020.
  • Previously served as a judge on the Missouri Court of Appeals, Western District, from 1990 to 2007; retained in the general elections in November 1992 and 2004. Served as its chief judge from 1998 to 2000.
  • Appointed and later elected as an Associate Judge in Vernon County, 28th Judicial Circuit, in 1982; re-elected in 1986 and 1990
  • Assistant Municipal Judge, City of Nevada, Missouri 1979-1982


Education:

  • Juris Doctor, University of Missouri-Columbia
  • Bachelor of Science in Agricultural Economics, with honors, University of Missouri-Columbia, 1975
  • University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, Arkansas, 1972
  • Educated in the Nevada, Missouri, public school district

 

Prior Employment

  • Partner in law firm of Russell, Brown, Bickel and Breckenridge, 1980-1982
  • Associate in law firm of Russell, Brown and Bickel, 1978-1980


Professional memberships and activities:

  • Member, Missouri Institute for Justice
    • Board of Directors, 2006-present
  • Member, Lawyers Encouraging Academic Performance (LEAP), 2005-present
    • Board of Directors, 2005-present
  • Member, Supreme Court of Missouri Committees
    • Coordinating Commission for Judicial Department Education, 2006-present
      • Chair, Civic Education Committee
    • Appellate Chair Education Annual Forum Sub-Committee
      • Chair, 2005-2008
    • Appellate Court Education Annual Forum Sub-Committee
      • Chair, 2000-2005
    • Child Support Guideline Review Sub-Committee, 1997-1999
    • Joint Committee with The Missouri Bar, Missouri Gender Fairness Implementation
      • Co-Chair, 1993-1997
      • Represented Missouri at the 2nd National Conference on Gender Bias in the Courts
  • Member, American Judicature Society, 1995-present
  • Fellow, American Bar Foundation, 1993-present
  • Faculty Member, Judicial Orientation, 1992-present
  • The Missouri Bar Foresight Committee, 1992-1994
  • Faculty Member, Missouri Judicial College, 1990-1993
  • Member, American Bar Association, 1990-Present
  • Member, National Association of Women Judges, 1990-present
  • Member, Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association, 1990-present
  • Member, Association of Women Lawyers of Greater Kansas City, 1990-present
  • Member, Missouri Task Force on Gender and Justice, 1987-1993
  • Member, Association of Probate and Associate Circuit Judges, 1983-present
    • President, 1990-1991
  • Member, The Missouri Bar, 1978-present
    • The Missouri Bar Division of Judicial Administration, 1998-2008

 

Civic and charitable activities:

  • Member, Mattie Rhodes Center
    • Board of Directors, 1999-2006
    • President, 2004-2005
  • Mentor, St. Vincent's Operation Breakthrough Day Care Center, Kansas City, 1998-present
  • University of Health Sciences, College of Osteopathic Medicine Board of Directors, 1996-1998
  • University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Dentistry Strategic Planning Committee, 1995
  • Cabot West Side Clinic Board of Directors, 1991-1997
  • Rotary International of Nevada, Missouri, 1988-1993
  • Co-founder and advisor, Vernon County Community Service Program, 1988-1990
  • Home Health Advisory Board, Nevada, Missouri, Board of Directors, 1987-1991
  • Co-founder and Member, Council on Families in Crisis, Nevada, Missouri
    • Board of Directors, 1984-1990
  • Member, Soroptimists International of Nevada, Missouri, 1983-1991
    • President, 1988-1990
  • Member, Business and Professional Women of Nevada, 1978-1990
    • President, 1983-1984
  • PEO Sisterhood, DW Chapter, 1972-present
  • Member, United Methodist Church
    • Administrative Board, 1989-1991
    • Chair, Status of Women and the Church and Society Committee, 1989-1990

Awards and Honors:
  • Women Lawyers' of Greater St. Louis Honoree, 2008
  • Association of Women Lawyers of Greater Kansas City
    • Judicial Recognition Award, 2007
    • Judge of the Year, 1999
    • Special Achievement Award, 1993-1994
  • Daily Record's Legal Leader Award, 2005
  • Woman of Distinction Award, Ozark Area Girl Scout Council 1996
  • Recipient of the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Law Citation of Merit, 1996
  • The Missouri Bar President's Award, 1994
  • Council of State Governments' Toll Fellow, 1990
  • Soroptimists of Nevada Women Helping Women and Woman of Distinction Awards, 1989
  • Rotary International of Nevada's Citizen of the Year Co-Awardee with husband, Bryan Breckenridge, 1989
  • Nevada Business and Professional Women's Woman of the Year Award, 1985

Additional Information:
  • Speeches, Lectures and Presentations
    • Commencement speaker, University of Missouri-Columbia School of Law, 2008
    • Judge, University of Missouri-Columbia School of Law, Mock Historical Trial, 2008
    • Presenter for University of Missouri-Kansas City Law School, Missouri Organization of Defense Lawyers, Missouri Association of Trial Attorneys, Missouri Association of Probate and Associate Circuit Judges, Association for Women Lawyers of Greater Kansas City, Midwest Regional Conference for Women, and the Missouri Attorney General on Appellate Practice
    • Presented lectures on Professionalism and Ethics, Administrative Law, Leadership, Driving While Intoxicated, Domestic Violence, Contempt, Civil Damages, Effective Motions, Family Law, Gender Bias, and Child Support Form 14
    • Organizer of and presenter at Kansas City Municipal Bar Association's Elwood Thomas and David Prager Appellate Institutes
    • Presented over 75 programs to local schools, and civic and community organizations on topics such as drug/alcohol abuse, criminal and juvenile law, probate law, adult and child abuse, and citizenship.
  • Personal
    • Born in Nevada, Missouri
    • Married to Bryan C. Breckenridge