Judge Beaird was appointed as an associate circuit judge of the Circuit Court of Jackson County in 2002. He attended the University of Missouri-Kansas City, where he received both his undergraduate and law degrees. Before his appointment to the bench, Judge Beaird was the Jackson County prosecutor and a Jackson County legislator.
Judge Beaird was evaluated by attorneys who appeared in court before him. Attorneys rated judges in 16 separate categories on a scale of 1 to 5, with 5 being the best rating. The attorney ratings for Judge Beaird included: 4.56 for understanding rules of procedure and evidence; 4.55 for treating people equally regardless of race, gender, ethnicity, economic status or any other factor; 4.51 for displaying fairness and impartiality toward each side of the case; 4.32 for giving reasons for rulings; 4.32 for clear written opinions and orders; and 4.31 for effectively using pretrial procedure to narrow and define the issues.