Judge Zac Horack joined the adjunct faculty at SEMO in 2017, instructing courses within the Department of Criminal Justice, Social Work, and Sociology, as well as the SEMO Law Enforcement Academy. Courses taught include Criminal Law, Criminal Courts, Constitutional Law, and Criminal Trial Preparation.
Away from campus, Zac serves as the Presiding Judge over Division 5 of Missouri’s 33rd Circuit Court located in Benton, Missouri. Prior to his election to the bench in 2018, Zac served as the HIDTA Prosecuting Attorney for Southeast Missouri as well as Assistant Prosecuting Attorney for Scott County.
Zac received his Doctor of Jurisprudence from Saint Louis University School of Law in 2015 with an emphasis in Criminal Litigation. Zac also received his Master of Public Health degree from the University of Missouri in 2012 with a research emphasis in Health Policy and Promotion. Zac’s undergraduate years were spent at Truman State University and the University of Missouri. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in Biological Sciences from MU in 2010. Zac’s undergraduate research focused on molecular studies involving cystic fibrosis, resulting in publication with the American Journal of Cell Physiology in conjunction with Harvard Medical School.
Zac enjoys being active in his community and in service projects throughout the state. As Missouri’s youngest judge, Zac is passionate about young people serving their communities and giving back. He is an active member of the Sikeston Jaycees, a former board member of Boys and Girls Club of Southeast Missouri, and a Specialist Instructor for the Missouri Department of Public Safety.