Gov. Jay Nixon appointed a new Jackson County judge on Tuesday.
Nixon appointed Bryan E. Round as a circuit judge for the 16th Judicial Circuit, which encompasses Jackson County. Round replaces Peggy Stevens McGraw, who recently retired.
“Bryan Round has a record of excellent, well-rounded legal experience as a prosecutor, a private attorney and a municipal judge,” Nixon said in a press release. “I m confident that his skills and experience will be put to good use serving the people of Jackson County as a circuit judge.”
Round has served as attorney with the firm of Mitchell, Kristl & Lieber in Kansas City since 2006. He has also served as a municipal judge for the city of Peculiar, Mo., since 2004. He also had his own private practice from 1997 to 2006 after serving as an assistant prosecuting attorney for Jackson County from 1988 to 1997. Round also served as attorney to the Kansas City Board of Police Commissioners and as counsel to the Jackson County Combat Commission.
Round, who graduated from the University of Kansas and got his law degree from the University of Missouri-Kansas City, also has been involved in several charities and youth sports organizations and was an organizer and board member of the recently established Cass County Youth Court.
Nixon selected Round from three candidates for the post submitted by the 16th Circuit Judicial Commission.