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Joseph Edward Stevens,

Joseph Edward Stevens,, American federal judge. Bar: Missouri 1952, Supreme Court of the United States Court 1973. Recipient Lon O. Hocker Memorial Trial Lawyer award Missouri Bar Foundation, 1963, Spurgeon Smithson award, 1987, Charles E. Whittaker award Kansas City Lawyers Association, 1996.

Background

  • Stevens,, Joseph Edward was born on June 23, 1928 in Kansas City, Missouri, United States. Son of Joseph Edward and Mildred Christian (Smith) Stevens.

  • Education

    • University of Michigan. University of Michigan Law School. Yale University.

    Career

    • Born in Kansas City, Missouri, Stevens received a B.A. from Yale University in 1949 and a J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School in 1952. He was a lieutenant in the U.S. Naval Reserve from 1952 to 1960. He was an Active duty from 1952 to 1955.

      He was in private practice in Kansas City, Missouri from 1955 to 1980. Stevens was a federal judge on the United States District Court for the Western District of Missouri. Stevens was nominated by President Ronald Reagan on July 9, 1981, to a seat vacated by William R. Collinson.

      He was confirmed by the United States Senate on September 16, 1981, and received his commission on September 18, 1981. He served as chief judge from 1992-1995. He assumed senior status on July 1, 1995.

      Stevens served in that capacity until his death. Stevens was a federal judge on the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri. Stevens was nominated by Ronald Reagan on July 9, 1981, to a seat vacated by William R. Collinson.

      He was confirmed by the United States Senate on September 16, 1981, and received his commission on September 18, 1981. He assumed senior status on July 1, 1995. Stevens served in that capacity until his death in Kansas City, Missouri on December 18, 1998.

    Membership

    Board governors Citizens Association Kansas City, 1959-1970. Board directors, executive committee Truman Medical Center, Kansas City. Trustee Central United Methodist Church, Kansas City, 1978-1998, Barstow School, Kansas City, 1978-1987.

    Board trustees Harry S. Truman Scholarship Foundation, 1995-1998, president, 1997-1998. Served with United States Naval Reserve, 1952-1955. Member American Bar Association (house delegations 1982-1988), Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association, Lawyers Association, Missouri Bar (president 1980-1981, board governors 1976-1982, President's award 1995), University Club, Carriage Club, Vanguard Club, Mercury Club, Beta Theta Pi, Man-of-Month Fraternity, Missouri Academy Squires.

    Connections

    • Married Norma Jeanne Umlauf, November 25, 1956. Children: Jennifer Jeanne, Rebecca Jeanne.
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    Died December 18, 1998
    (aged 70)