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1/7/2021: The Missouri Association of Prosecuting Attorneys this morning issued the attached press release regarding yesterday’s violent actions in our nation’s Capital. The press release is accompanied by the National District Attorneys Association Statement on Preserving Democracy and the Rule of Law. Press Release

John R. Justice Loan Repayment Application - Due January 20, 2021 Info

Applications Now Being Accepted from Assistant Prosecutors for the Educational Loan Repayment Award - Deadline January 31, 2021 Press Release

The Missouri Association of Prosecuting Attorneys sends aid to District Attorneys in Louisiana impacted by Hurricane Laura Press Release

The Missouri Association of Prosecuting Attorneys issues statement on concurrent jurisdiction following passage of HB2 in Senate - Statment

8/27/2020: Know Your Rights as a Victim - Resources

Save the Date

Mar. 31 - Apr. 2, 2021
MAPA Spring Statewide Training

May 18 - 20, 2021
15th Annual Conference on
Family & Sexual Violence
United We Stand

Sep. 1 - 3, 2021
MAPA Annual Meeting and
​Fall Statewide Training

Oct. 18 - 20, 2021
Crime Scene to Trial

Other Events

Meet the President

Dan Patterson
Greene County Prosecuting Attorney

Dan has had the privilege of serving the citizens of Greene County as the elected prosecutor or as an assistant prosecutor since 1996. Prior to his election in 2010, Dan served as an Assistant Prosecuting Attorney, as First Assistant leading the Major Crimes Unit, and as Chief Assistant responsible for day-to-day operations of the office. Dan also served as a Special Assistant United States Attorney under the Project Safe Neighborhoods program.

Dan retired as a Lieutenant Colonel from the Missouri Army National Guard in 2017. Dan deployed with his Missouri National Guard units twice: first, with the 135th Field Artillery Brigade, in support of the homeland defense mission Operation Noble Eagle and, later as the Deputy Command Judge Advocate for Multi-National Task Force East, Kosovo Forces 10. Dan is a graduate of the Infantry Officer Basic Course, the Judge Advocate General's Corps Advanced Course, and the Command & General Staff College. Dan's military decorations include the Meritorious Service Medal, the Army Commendation Medal, and the Army Achievement Medal.

Dan is a graduate of Leadership Springfield class XXVII.  He is a member of the Springfield Metropolitan Bar Association and serves on the Bench and Bar Committee. In 2013, Dan was appointed to serve on the Missouri Task Force on Children’s Justice and serves as co-chair. Dan also serves our community as the chair of the Community Partnership of the Ozarks Child Abuse and Neglect Collaborative, the chair of the Child Advocacy Center Stakeholder’s Committee, Chair of the Greene County Family Justice Center Alliance, and as a member of Ozarks Fighting Back and the DWI Task Force.  Dan has also served on the Victim Center Board and the Harmony House Board.  Dan is a POST certified instructor and enjoys teaching at Springfield Police Department Academy.  Dan is a member of the Springfield Sunrise Rotary Club, attends Christ Episcopal Church with his family, and is an Eagle Scout.

A 1986 graduate of Springfield's Kickapoo High School, he completed his undergraduate degree majoring in Business Administration at Oklahoma State University in 1990, and obtained his law degree from the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Law in 1993, graduating Cum Laude. While attending law school, Dan was a member of and served on the editorial board of the Missouri Law Review.