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August 1, 2013

Obama nominates Crabtree, Harpool for federal judgeships in Kansas, Missouri

The two are among 6 nominations the president made on Thursday

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President Barack Obama on Thursday made six nominations for federal judgeships.

Among them were Kansas City lawyer Daniel Crabtee for a seat on the Kansas bench and former Missouri lawmaker Doug Harpool of Springfield for a seat on the Western District of Missouri bench.

“They will be distinguished public servants and valuable additions to the United States District Court,” Obama said of the six.

Here’s the background on Crabtree and Harpool:

Daniel D. Crabtree: Nominee for the United States District Court for the District of Kansas

Daniel D. Crabtree is a partner at the law firm of Stinson Morrison Hecker LLP in Kansas City. He joined Stinson Mag Fizzell, PC—a predecessor of his current firm—as an associate in 1981 and has spent his entire legal career at the firm, becoming a partner in 1988. Over the course of his career, Crabtree has represented businesses and governmental entities in complex civil litigation in federal and state courts. He also acts as the General Counsel for the Kansas City Royals Baseball Club. Crabtree received his B.A. in 1978 from Ottawa University and his J.D. in 1981 from the University of Kansas School of Law.

M. Douglas Harpool: Nominee for the United States District Court for the Western District of Missouri

M. Douglas Harpool has been a shareholder at the law firm Baird, Lightner, Millsap Harpool, PC in Springfield since 2006, where he handles a broad array of civil litigation. He previously worked at Lathrop Gage LLP from 2004 to 2006; at Cunningham, Harpool Cardonnier LLC from 2002 to 2003; and at Daniel, Clampett, Lilly, Dalton, Powell Cunningham from 1980 to 2001. From 1983 to 1992, Harpool served as a member of the Missouri House of Representatives. He received his J.D. in 1980 from the University of Missouri Columbia School of Law and his B.S.

cum laude in 1977 from Missouri State University.

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