Michael J. Hunt, a veteran Jackson County Prosecutor who directs the office’s East Jackson County operations, has been named a fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, one of the premier legal associations in North America, Jackson County Prosecutor Jean Peters Baker announced today.
Hunt was inducted as a Fellow recently before an audience of nearly 600 persons at the 2016 Spring Meeting of the College.
Founded in 1950, the College is composed of the best of the trial bar from the United States and Canada. Fellowship in the College is extended by invitation only and only after careful investigation, to those experience trial lawyers of diverse backgrounds, who have mastered the art of advocacy and whose professional careers have been marked by the highest standards of ethical conduct, professionalism, civility and collegiality. Lawyers must have a minimum of 15 years trial experience before they can be considered for Fellowship.
Membership in the College cannot exceed one percent of the total lawyer population of any state or provision. Currently, about 5,800 members in the United States and Canada include active Fellows, Emeritus Fellows, Judicial Fellows (those appointed to the bench after induction) and Honorary Fellows.
Hunt is a Chief Trial Assistant with the Jackson County Prosecutor’s Office and has been practicing for 28 years. An alumnus of the University of Missouri Kansas City School of Law, Hunt has led the prosecution for the state of Missouri in a number of prominent cases, including the prosecution of serial killer Terry Blair and more recently the murder at Bledsoe Rental on Prospect Avenue.