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Judge Gene Martin  Biography

Class of 1943

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           Judge Gene Martin was born in Kansas City, Missouri on July 18, 1926   and is a lifelong resident of Kansas City. He attended Graceland Elementary School and graduated from Paseo High School at the age of 16 in 1943.

          Following graduation he went to work at the North American Aviation Plant in Kansas City, Kansas building the B25 bomber and as soon as his age permitted, he enlisted in the Army Air Corps Reserves. He then served during World War II as an Aviation Cadet in the Army Air Corps.

          In 1953 Gene graduated from the University of Kansas City Law School and passed the Missouri Bar Examinations. While attending Law School, he served as Courtroom Clerk for Judge Richard Duncan in the U.S. District Court. He began the practice of law with Wilbur B. Ennis immediately after passing the Bar Examinations. This relationship later evolved to become the Law Firm of Ennis, Browne, Martin and Tapp. Gene handled a broad range of legal matters with emphasis on courtroom litigation. During this time, he participated in community, family, and church matters. He also served as a special investigator for the Missouri Bar Advisory Committee, as a member of the Municipal Judicial Nominating Committee, and as secretary of the Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association.

          In December of 1976, Gene was appointed as Judge of Division 10 of the Jackson County Circuit Court. As a judge, he served every assignment: Civil, Criminal, Domestic and Juvenile. He was the Presiding Judge of the court during 1989 and 1990. After nearly 20 years on the bench, Judge Martin retired from the active docket in 1996, but continued to serve as a Senior Judge at the Circuit Court and the Missouri Court of Appeals. He also served as an arbitrator, mediator and condemnation commissioner. He has served on the Missouri Judicial College Board and the Missouri Press Bar Commission. He continued to support the UMKC Law Alumni, the UMKC Law Foundation, the Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association, and the Missouri Bar as well as several cultural and charitable organizations in Kansas City.

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