Robert Ahsens

Assistant Professor, Legal Studies


Summary of Expertise:

Areas of Expertise:

  • Attorney at law licensed in Missouri and Federal Courts.
  • Thirty years experience as a criminal trial prosecutor.
  • Appellate practice.
  • National Institute of Trial Advocacy trained advocacy instructor and instructor trainer.
  • Past instructor for Missouri Association of Prosecuting Attorneys in evidence, trial practice and criminal law subjects.
  • Past instructor for the National Association of Attorneys General.
  • Past instructor for The Missouri Highway Patrol and other local law enforcement agencies.
  • Past instructor for William Woods University Business Department.
  • Guest lecturer for the following:
  • Columbia College
  • Missouri Department of Social Services
  • Missouri Board of Probation and Parole
  • Missouri Highway Patrol Academy


  • B.A. from Westminster College, 1972.
  • U.S. Army Officer Basic and Advanced Courses.
  • Juris Doctor from Missouri University - Columbia, School of Law, 1979.
  • MAPA trial and advanced trial schools.
  • NITA course for Trial Advocacy Trainers and the Train the Trainers Program.
  • Numerous courses and seminars in law related subjects

Professional Achievements:

  • Licensed attorney, 1980 through the present
  • Law Clerk to the Honorable Jack Pritchard, Missouri Court of Appeals, Western District, 1980 - 1982
  • Assistant Prosecutor for Cole County, Missouri, 1982 to 1985
  • First Assistant Prosecutor for Cole County, Missouri, 1985 through 1990.
  • Assistant Attorney General, Special Prosecutor, 1990 through 1993
  • Assistant Attorney General, Senior Special Prosecutor, 1993 through 2008
  • Faculty member, William Woods University, 2006 through the present


  • The Missouri Bar Association
  • The Cole County and Kansas City Bar Associations
  • The Missouri Association of Prosecuting Attorneys
  • The National Association of Government Attorneys in Capital Litigation
  • The American Criminal Justice Association