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Jerri J. Zhang, 33

DEPUTY COMMISSIONER, 16TH CIRCUIT COURT OF JACKSON COUNTY, KANSAS CITY

jerri-zhangLaw school: University of Missouri

As her biography notes, public service has always been a focus of Jerri Zhang’s career.
Zhang served as her law school’s coordinator of diversity programs after her graduation, eventually creating a diversity mentorship initiative. Later, she’d work for the Missouri Administrative Hearing Commission before moving on to a job as legal counsel for the Jackson County Public Administrator where she managed the estates of incapacitated and disabled individuals.
Finally, after a stint in the County Counselor’s Office, she was named to her current post as a deputy probate commissioner.
In addition to being a district representative for the Young Lawyers Division of the American Bar Association, she is a member of the Association of Women Lawyers and on the board of the Asian American Bar Association of Kansas City among other professional involvement.

What inspired you to get involved in the legal profession?
While in college I worked in a lab that did psychophysiological research relating to advertising and media. I was really interested in the legal implications. My professor who was in charge of the lab also told me that I was really good at arguing and should consider law school.

What is the best career advice you have received?
Be confident in your skills and abilities. And also, be kind and courteous to court staff. They can make your life really easy or really hard.

What is your favorite thing to do away from work?
Most of my family lives in China. I love going back to visit whenever possible.

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