Jackson County Associate Circuit Judge Margaret L. Sauer died of brain cancer on Sunday, Feb 9.

Sauer, 62, judged civil and domestic cases in the circuit court’s Division 29. She was appointed by Gov. Mel Carnahan in May 2000.

“It is very difficult to put into words the loss of Judge Sauer to the 16th Judicial Circuit,” said Judge Marco A. Roldan. “Judge’s Sauers experience and institutional knowledge will also be a great loss to the citizens of our county. All employees of the 16th Judicial Circuit will forever miss her, but Judge Sauer will not be forgotten.”

Judge Sauer received the University of Missouri-Kansas City Law Foundation Public Service Award in 1994, along with the Judicial Recognition Award from the Association for Women Lawyers of Greater Kansas City in 2000.

She also served as Deputy Probate Commissioner of the Circuit Court prior to her appointment as judge, as well as Legal Counsel for the Probate Division from 1985 to 1991 and Jackson County Public Administrator from 1983 to 1985.

“During her tenure with the Probate Division, she became an expert in estate and trust law,” said Judge Kathleen Forsyth. “and shared that expertise with probate practioners through educational programs and as a contributor to the Probate Procedures Manual, an invaluable tool for estate attorneys.”

Prior to pursuing a career in law, Sauer taught in the Kansas City, Mo., school district for several years. She also administered the hospital-based school program at Children’s Mercy Hospital before earning her law degree from the University of Missouri-Kansas City in 1983.