Gov. Jay Nixon today announced the appointment of the Honorable Anthony Rex Gabbert, of Kansas City, to the Missouri Court of Appeals, Western District. Judge Gabbert, who is a circuit judge on the 7th Circuit in Clay County, will fill the vacancy on the appellate court created by the retirement of the Honorable James M. Smart.
Judge Gabbert was appointed as a circuit judge on the 7th Circuit in 2004 after serving as associate circuit judge for 10 years. Prior to serving on the circuit bench, he was in private practice, as well as serving as a municipal judge for the city of North Kansas City. The judge's legal experience also includes serving as an assistant prosecuting attorney in Clay County and as city prosecutor for Gladstone.
"I am pleased to appoint Judge Gabbert from this well-qualified panel to serve on the Court of Appeals," Gov. Nixon said. "He brings almost 20 years of judicial experience, as well as a background in private practice and as a prosecutor. This well-rounded record of legal experience and knowledge will enable him to serve Missourians well in his new position."
Judge Gabbert received his undergraduate degree from the University of Missouri-Kansas City and his law degree from the Mississippi College School of Law. He has taught as an adjunct professor at several Kansas City-area universities and colleges, including William Jewell College, Rockhurst University, Park University, Ottawa University, Mid-America Nazarene University, and Penn Valley Community College.
Judge Gabbert was one of three nominees for this judgeship submitted to Gov. Nixon by the Appellate Judicial Commission for the Missouri Court of Appeals, Western District, under the Missouri Nonpartisan Court Plan.