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Hon. Jerri Zhang

16th Judicial Circuit Court Div 3

Jerri J. Zhang was appointed circuit judge for the 16th Judicial Circuit Court on Sept. 10, 2021. She was appointed probate commissioner for the Court in February 2020.  She served as deputy probate commissioner from 2016-2020. 

Judge Zhang’s career has been focused on public service. Prior to her appointment to the bench, she was with the Jackson County Counselor’s Office where she prosecuted petitions for involuntary detention and represented Jackson County in civil litigation. She also served as legal counsel for the Jackson County Public Administrator where she managed the estates of incapacitated and disabled individuals, minor conservatorships, and decedent estates. She has also worked as legal counsel for the Missouri Administrative Hearing Commission and as the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Law Coordinator of Diversity Programs and Academic Success.

Judge Zhang has been an active member in the legal community through The Missouri Bar, Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association, Asian American Bar Association of Kansas City, Association for Women Lawyers of Greater Kansas City, and the American Bar Association. 

Judge Zhang received her J.D. from the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Law and her undergraduate degree in journalism from the University of Missouri-Columbia.