Judge Jerri J. Zhang was appointed as Circuit Judge to Division 3 on September 10, 2021 by Governor Michael L. Parson.  Judge Zhang had previously served five years as a Probate Court Commissioner in Division 19. 

Prior to her appointment to the bench, Judge Zhang was an attorney with the Jackson County Counselor's Office where she prosecuted petitions for involuntary detention and represented Jackson County in civil litigation.  She also served as legal counsel for the Jackson County Public Administrator where she managed the estates of incapacitated and disabled individuals, minor conservatorships, and decedent estates. She has also worked as legal counsel for the Missouri Administrative Hearing Commission and as Coordinator of Diversity Programs and Academic Success at the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Law.  

Judge Zhang has been an active member in the legal community through The Missouri Bar, Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association, Asian American Bar Association of Kansas City, Association of Women Lawyers of Greater Kansas City, and the American Bar Association. 

Judge Zhang received her Juris Doctor Degree from the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Law and her Bachelor of Journalism Degree from the University of Missouri-Columbia.