Joel P. Fahnestock 16th Judicial Circuit (Jackson County)


100% of the Committee Voted Judge Fahnestock substantially MEETS overall judicial performance standards.

21 Committee members voted “MEETS”
0 Committee members voted “DOES NOT MEET”


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Judge Fahnestock was appointed Jan. 6, 2009. Prior to her appointment, she was an Assistant United States Attorney in the Civil Division of the United States Attorney’s Office. She began her career as law clerk to United States District Judge Scott O. Wright, and then she joined the law firm of Rouse, Hendricks, German, May and Shank. She later joined the law firm of Shank, Laue & Hamilton and worked nine months in the Drug Unit of the Jackson County Prosecutor’s Office.

Judge Fahnestock graduated from William Woods College with a bachelor’s degree in English Communications. She obtained her J.D. from the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law, where she competed on the trial team and served as a note editor for the UMKC Law Review.

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