Summer Work with the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Western District of Missouri

connollyby Taylor Connolly, Class of 2014

Taylor Connolly is from Overland Park, Kansas. He is a Graduate Research Fellow (GRF), member of the National Trial Team at William & Mary, and Notes Editor for the Environmental Law & Policy Review. Taylor is a graduate of Kansas State University and has a Third Degree Black-Belt in Tae-Kwon-Do.

I have thoroughly enjoyed my time at the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Western District of Missouri, and the experience has been nothing short of amazing. As a highlighting of my summer, in my internship I have been able to:

  • Present three cases on behalf of the Government in front of Federal Magistrate Judges Robert E. Larsen, Chief Magistrate Judge, and Sarah W. Hays.
  • Issue an arrest warrant and represent the Government for an initial appearance of a defendant.
  • Assist in brief writing on cases pending before the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit.
  • Research Federal Sentencing Guidelines application issues and prepare sentencing memoranda on behalf of the Government to be filed with United States District Courts for the Western District of Missouri.
  • Respond on behalf of the Government to filed 28 U.S.C. 2255 motions.
  • Assist in trial preparations and ongoing investigations.


In the above photo, I am posing with USAO interns with Federal Chief Magistrate Judge Robert E. Larsen, Assistant U.S. Attorney Patrick Daly, and Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Sarah Castle in Judge Larsen’s courtroom after a successful first showing in our respective case presentations. I am the second person on the right.