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Cottey College is pleased to announce the appointment of the Honorable James R. Bickel as the newest member of the Cottey College Board of Trustees. His seven-year term began on July 1.

Judge Bickel has been the Presiding Judge of the 28th Judicial Circuit of Missouri since 2001. He will retire from the bench at the end of this month. Prior to his election as Presiding Judge, he had 27 years of private law practice in Nevada with the firm Russell, Brown, Bickel and Breckenridge. He also served as the judge for Nevada’s Municipal Court.

Judge Bickel has a passion for the benefits of drug courts and he established treatment courts in all four counties of the 28th Circuit. Forcing substance abuse treatment on addicts, instead of incarceration, has turned lives around for hundreds of participants, reunited families and made communities safer.

Judge Bickel received his undergraduate and Juris Doctorate degrees from the University of Missouri-Columbia. He was president of Phi Delta Phi legal fraternity, Order of the COIF initiate, Missouri Law Review.

He has served on the Missouri Bar Fee Dispute Resolution Committee and the Attorney General’s Professional Liability Review Board. He has served as special assignment judge on the Missouri Supreme Court and opinion writer for Missouri Court of Appeals, Southern District.

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