Strangers to Us All
Lawyers and Poetry

John R. O'Malley

(1948- )
Kansas City, Missouri

We learned of O'Malley's poetry by way of his poem, "Summer Solved," in the American Bar Association Journal.

John O'Malley was born in Kansas City, Missouri on April 9, 1948. He obtained his A.B. degree from St. Louis University in 1970 and his law degree from St. Louis in 1973. After law school he served as Assistant City Counselor in St. Louis, and as City Prosecutor of Grandview, Missouri from 1979 to 1989. O'Malley was appointed as Circuit Judge in 1989, and retained by election in 1990, 1996, and 2002. [Source: Ruth A. Kennedy (ed.), The American Bench. Judges of the Nation 1472-73 (Sacramento, California: Forster-Long, 9th ed., 1997-98)]