Arthur A. Benson II was born in Kansas City, Missouri, on January 24, 1944.
He was admitted to Missouri Courts in 1969. In 1973, he was admitted to the U.S. Supreme Court, and the U.S. Court of Appeals (Seventh, Eighth, and Tenth Circuits).
He graduated from Williams College in 1966 (B.A., with honors), and with a J.D. from Northwestern University in 1969.
His practice areas include Legal Malpractice, Constitutional Law, Civil Rights, Equal Opportunity, and Commercial Litigation.
He is a recipient of the Reginald Heber Smith Community Lawyer Fellowship during 1969-70. He was also the Secretary of Pretrial Diversion Services, Inc. from 1972-1976. At the American Civil Liberties Union of Western Missouri, he was on the General Counsel from 1973-1975, a member of the Board of Directors from 1975-1978. In the Missouri Prairie Foundation, he was Vice President for 1975-1976, and the president during 1976-1979, and 1986-1988. Arthur Benson was also on the Board of Directors of the Missouri Chapter of the Nature Conservancy from 1976-1984. From 1977 to 1979, he was on the Missouri Advisory Committee to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights. From 1977-1982 he was on the Board of Directors of the Council on Education. Since 1978, he has been on the Board of Directors of The Theater League, Inc., and a Vice President since 1980. In 1979, he received the Civil Liberties Award of the ACLU of Western Missouri.
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