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City prosecutor named Up & Coming Lawyer for 2012

City of Kansas City, Mo., First Assistant City Prosecutor Megan Pfannenstiel has been selected as one of the “Up & Coming Lawyers – 2012” by Missouri Lawyers Weekly, a publication that reports on news for attorneys and legal professionals throughout the state.

The Up & Coming awards are given to attorneys either under age 40 or in their first 10 years of their legal careers who meet certain criteria such as academic and career accomplishments; participation in activities that have a positive impact on the legal profession, the legal system or the greater community; community involvement; and intangibles such as overcoming obstacles.

Pfannenstiel was nominated for the award by Prosecutor Monica Smith. Those who wrote letters of support for the nomination included Captain Greg Volker of the Kansas City Police Department, Judge Katherine Bromfield Emke of the Municipal Court, City Prosecutor Lowell Gard, and Defense Attorney Coulter deVries.

“I am honored to receive this prestigious award,” Pfannenstiel said. “I truly want to thank the individuals who wrote letters of support on my behalf, and especially to Monica Smith, whose nomination made this great honor possible.”

When asked by Missouri Lawyers Weekly to list her greatest legal accomplishment to date, Pfannenstiel cited her role as prosecutor for the Municipal Drug Court.

“As the drug court prosecutor, it is encouraging to see people go from a drug-addicted, homeless criminal to an employed, drug-free, law-abiding member of society,” Pfannenstiel said.

Starting with an internship in the Prosecutor’s Office during law school in 2001, Pfannenstiel returned to the Municipal Court after her graduation as a Legal Aid attorney in the court’s Municipal Defense Unit. She served as a part-time prosecutor and as an attorney for the Juvenile Court before returning as a full-time prosecutor in the Prosecutor’s Office in 2004. She was named as first assistant city prosecutor in January 2011.

Mayor Sly James sent Pfannenstiel a letter of congratulations when the Up & Coming Class of 2012 was announced.

“Clearly you have done an outstanding job as the First Assistant Prosecutor in the Prosecutor’s Office and are a great example for others at City Hall to follow,” the Mayor wrote. “Thank you for everything you do to make Kansas City best.”

Pfannenstiel received her award along with other honorees at a ceremony at the Little Theatre on Sept. 13.

For additional information, please contact the Municipal Court’s Communications Manager Ellen Belzer at 816-513-3958.


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