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Jackson County gets new judge

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon today appointed Mary F. Weir as Associate Circuit Judge for the 16th Judicial Circuit, which covers Jackson County.

She fills a vacancy on the circuit created by the retirement of Christine Sill-Rogers.

Weir operates her own private practice in Kansas City, and also is of counsel to the Raith Law Firm.

She works with several area domestic violence programs to represent victims of domestic violence in civil cases. She also represents both juveniles and adults in Family Court proceedings. Weir is an adjunct professor at UMKC.

Before going into private practice, Weir was an assistant public defender for the Missouri State Public Defender’s Office and was a law clerk in the 16th Circuit. She holds her undergraduate degree from UMKC and her law degree from Washburn University in Topeka.

“Mary Weir has many years of experience in advocating for some of our most vulnerable citizens, and I am pleased to appoint her to the bench in one of Missouri’s largest circuits,” Nixon said.