The Circuit Court of Jackson County is losing 18-year veteran Judge Peggy Stevens McGraw who retired this week.
“I have been a public servant almost my entire working life,” McGraw said. “I have been blessed to have a wonderful career in law.”
Most of her career took place within one city block, until her retirement Oct. 31, working at either the Jackson County Circuit Court or Missouri Court of Appeals Western District.
McGraw, 61, was Circuit Clerk for the Court of Appeals when the seven judges were located on the 10th floor of the Jackson County Courthouse. In June 1995, she was appointed associate circuit judge of Division 103. Six years later, she was appointed circuit judge of Division 8.
“I have gotten more that I’ve given, and it has been very rewarding to be a part of the justice system and help people resolve life issues,” she said.
McGraw was recently honored by the Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Foundation with the “Liberty and Justice Legacy Award.” Other career highlights include her early involvement with the Association of Women Lawyers, and her term as president. She also served on the Missouri Supreme Court’s Trial Judges Education Committee for 13 years. She was chair of the Docketing Committee that mandated case management and mediation, and she served as presiding judge of the circuit court.
She plans to continue her community involvement.
She is president of the board of Scuola Vita Nuova, a Kansas City charter school, having served on the board six years. She said she is proud of the academic strides students are making.
McGraw received her law degree and a bachelor of arts in Economics from the University of Missouri-Columbia.