Jalilah Otto this week was appointed as an associate circuit judge for the 16th Judicial Circuit which covers Jackson County.
Gov. Jay Nixon made the appointment Jan. 7. Otto is chief trial assistant for the Jackson County Prosecutor’s Office, where she supervises more than 20 prosecutors and support staff. She also is cross-designated as a Special Assistant United States Attorney, permitting her to conduct trials in both state and federal court.
Otto previously served as an assistant prosecuting attorney from 2005 to 2010. In 2010, she joined the United States Attorney’s Office as a Special Assistant United States Attorney assigned to the narcotic and gang unit, and also focused on investigating and prosecuting violent crimes committed in Kansas City and St. Joseph.
She has served as an adjunct professor at Metropolitan Community College and at National American University. She has a law degree from University of Missouri and a bachelor’s degree from Tulane University.
“Jalilah Otto has done tremendous work as a public servant in the Prosecuting Attorney’s Office and in the U.S. Attorney’s Office prosecuting difficult case and managing other attorneys and legal staff,” Nixon said. “I am pleased to appoint her as an Associate Circuit Judge to serve the people of Jackson County from the bench.