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News Releases Archive
Kansas Judicial Branch - News Releases for 2004

12/30/04 | 11/02/04 | 10/07/04 | 10/04/04 | 9/8/04 | 8/25/04 | 8/2/04 | 6/28/04 | 6/25/04
6/15/04 | 6/10/04 re: Court of Appeals | 6/10/04 re: Geary Co. | 5/19/04 | 2/20/04 | 2/4/04


Office of Judicial Administration
Kansas Judicial Center
301 SW 10th
Topeka, Kansas 66612-1507
(785) 296-2256

December 30, 2004

TO: Statehouse News Media
FROM: Ron Keefover
RE: School Finance Decision

The Supreme Court will file its decision in Montoy et al. v. State of Kansas et al. at 9:30 a.m. Monday, January 3, 2005.

Monday's opinion will be posted on the Court's website at www.kscourts.org and otherwise made available through the Court's Public Information Office and the Clerk of the Appellate Courts.


Office of Judicial Administration
Kansas Judicial Center
301 SW 10th
Topeka, Kansas 66612-1507
(785) 296-2256

For more information,
contact Ron Keefover
Education-Information Officer

For Immediate Release: November 2, 2004

The names of three persons were submitted to Gov. Kathleen Sebelius Tuesday as nominees for appointment to the newly created 12th position on the State Court of Appeals. The position was created by the Legislature effective January 1, 2005.

Nominees include Nancy S. Anstaett, Overland Park; Glen R. Braun, Hays; and Michael B. Buser, Overland Park. The governor will have 60 days in which to make an appointment.

Anstaett has been a partner in the firm of Rowe & Anstaett, Overland Park, since 1997. Before that she practiced in the firm of McAnany, Van Cleave & Phillips beginning in the summer of 1980, the year she was graduated magna cum laude from the Washburn University School of Law. During her career, she represented the state in litigation by Blue Cross and Blue Shield challenging the authority of the attorney general to enforce claims of charitable status, which ultimately resulted in a requirement that Blue Cross and Blue Shield pay $75 milion to a new charitable foundation.

Anstaett also was graduated magna cum laude from Kansas State University where she had a dual major in Journalism & Mass Communication and Sociology.

Braun began his legal career upon graduation from the Washburn law school with honors in 1981 as an associate in the firm of Robert F. Glassman, P.A. in Hays. He was elevated to partner in 1984 and the firm was renamed Glassman, Bird & Braun. In 1996, the firm became Glassman, Bird, Braun & Schwartz, L.L.P., which it remains to date.

Braun served as Ellis County Attorney from 1989 to 1997 and as special prosecutor for the City of Hays from 1983-2001 when he became the City of Hays Prosecutor, a position he continues in to date. He also has served as Woodston City Attorney since 2000. He received a BS degree from Kansas State University and attended Benedictine College and the University of Copenhagen in Denmark.

Buser has been with the firm of Shook, Hardy & Bacon L.L.P. since 1991. He began his legal career in 1977 when he joined the Johnson County District Attorney's office as an assistant district attorney. He became Senior Assistant District Attorney and Administrative Assistant to the District Attorney in 1980 and held that position until he entered private practice in July 1988 to serve as general attorney for the Union Pacific Railroad Co. He joined the Shook, Hardy firm three years later.

Buser is a 1977 graduate of the University of Kansas School of Law with honors, and a 1974 graduate of Georgetown University with dual majors in Theology and American Government.


Office of Judicial Administration
Kansas Judicial Center
301 SW 10th
Topeka, Kansas 66612-1507
(785) 296-2256

For more information,
contact Ron Keefover
Education-Information Officer

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: October 7, 2004

Beginning with next week's oral arguments, the Supreme Court will make available live audio of all cases argued before it via the Court's Internet site, www.kscourts.org.

Chief Justice Kay McFarland said the live audio stream is a continued effort to make the Court's hearings as widely accessible as possible. An archive of the arguments on the Court website also will be maintained throughout the year so that persons unable to listen as the cases are argued may tune in later at their convenience.

The Supreme Court first used the Internet for broadcast of an oral argument on August 30 when both an audio and a video stream of arguments on the constitutionality of the state's school finance act were transmitted from its courtroom. The video was provided by representatives of the state's public television stations and made available through the websites of the Kansas Judicial Branch and Kan-Ed Live!, an Internet site maintained by the State Board of Regents.

The Court does not have the equipment or personnel available to produce video broadcasts of its cases, but can make the audio stream available through an existing sound system from the courtroom.

"We believe it important that citizens have the opportunity to take advantage of this technology to hear first-hand the matters that are argued before the Court," the Chief Justice said. "Even more, those whose appeals are being argued can tune in and listen to their attorney's presentations and any questions by the justices without having to drive to the Judicial Center," she said.

The Supreme Court was among the first appellate courts in the country to routinely post its decisions on the Internet and has been doing that since the mid-1990s.


Office of Judicial Administration
Kansas Judicial Center
301 SW 10th
Topeka, Kansas 66612-1507
(785) 296-2256

For more information,
contact Ron Keefover
Education-Information Officer

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: October 4, 2004

The names of 26 attorneys were submitted by the noon Monday deadline to fill the newly created 12th position on the Court of Appeals. The position was created by the Legislature effective January 1, 2005.

The Supreme Court Nominating Commission will conduct interviews and submit the names of three persons to the governor on November 1. The governor will then have 60 days in which to make the appointment.


Office of Judicial Administration
Kansas Judicial Center
301 SW 10th
Topeka, Kansas 66612-1507
(785) 296-2256

For more information,
contact Ron Keefover
Education-Information Officer

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 8, 2004

Dr. Mary Davidson Cohen, Leawood, has been appointed to a four-year term on the Commission on Judicial Qualifications, an advisory board to the state Supreme Court that investigates disciplinary complaints brought against judges.

She succeeds Carol Sader, Prairie Village, whose term on the 14-member panel expired this summer.

Currently regional representative for Region VII for the U.S. Secretary of Education, Cohen holds a doctorate in education administration from the University of Kansas and a masters of arts in science education for elementary teachers from Columbia University. She received a bachelor of science in education from the University of Missouri at Columbia.

Cohen previously served as vice president for adult and continuing education and dean of the graduate school at Saint Mary College in Leavenworth. Before that, she served as assistant director of the William T. Kemper Foundation and was assistant chancellor for academic affairs at the University of Kansas Regents Center from 1976 to 1992.


Office of Judicial Administration
Kansas Judicial Center
301 SW 10th
Topeka, Kansas 66612-1507
(785) 296-2256

For more information,
contact Ron Keefover
Education-Information Officer

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: August 25, 2004

Thanks to the cooperative efforts of a number of entities, oral arguments involving the constitutionality of the state's school finance act will be made available live over the Internet and be the subject of a one-hour educational program on each of the state's public television stations. The arguments are scheduled to begin at 1:30 p.m. in the Supreme Court courtroom in the Judicial Center in Topeka.

Representatives of Wichita's KPTS Public Television will serve as pool television representative and oversee the production of a one-hour production of the gavel-to-gavel oral arguments. The public television broadcasts will provide statewide coverage and are scheduled to be aired at noon, September 5, on the public television stations.

Meanwhile, the arguments will be video streamed over the Internet live and later made available as an archive via the Kan-ed Live! project, which is a division of the Kansas Board of Regents. Links and instructions for accessing the live broadcasts will be included on the Kansas courts website, www.kscourts.org and on the Kan-ed project at www.kanedlive.org

There will not be a decision reached on this matter Monday. Rather, as in the case of all appellate courts, the matter will be conferenced by the justices in chambers, researched and deliberated before a draft of an opinion (or opinions) is circulated to the full court for final release. Technical information for accessing the Internet video stream is attached.


Office of Judicial Administration
Kansas Judicial Center
301 SW 10th
Topeka, Kansas 66612-1507
(785) 296-2256

For more information,
contact Ron Keefover
Education-Information Officer

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: August 2, 2004

The 8th Judicial District Nominating Commission has appointed Maritza Segarra, Junction City, district magistrate judge of the newly created position in Geary County.

The nine-member commission was responsible for selecting the judge. The magistrate position was created by the 2004 Kansas Legislature, and Chief Justice Kay McFarland signed an order certifying the position to be located in Geary County.

Segarra is a graduate of Kansas State University and received her law degree from the Washburn University School of Law. She is a member of the Geary County Bar Association and serves on the Board of Directors of Habitat for Humanity and Friends of Animals. She also is chair of the Board of Trustees for Geary Community Hospital.


Office of Judicial Administration
Kansas Judicial Center
301 SW 10th
Topeka, Kansas 66612-1507
(785) 296-2256

For More Information,
Contact Ron Keefover
Education-Information Officer

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 28, 2004

The Supreme Court Nominating Commission today submitted the names of three persons to Gov. Kathleen Sebelius for appointment to the Court of Appeals to fill a vacancy created by the May 3rd death of Judge Robert J. Lewis Jr.

Nominees include Nancy S. Anstaett and Michael B. Buser, both of Overland Park; and Nancy L. Caplinger, Topeka. The governor has 60 days in which to make the appointment.

Anstaett has been in the private practice of law in the firm of Rowe & Anstaett since 1997. Prior to that she was with the firm of McAnany, Van Cleave & Phillips, P.A., with offices in Lenexa, Prairie Village, and Kansas City, KS.

She is a 1980 graduate of the Washburn University School of Law, where she received her JD degree magna cum laude. She completed her undergraduate degree at Kansas State University in 1977, also magna cum laude.

Buser has been with the firm of Shook, Hardy & Bacon L.L.P. since December 1991. Before that he served as general attorney with the Union Pacific Railroad Co., beginning in July 1988. Following his graduate from law school in 1977, Buser served as assistant district attorney in Johnson County, including as senior assistant district attorney and administrative assistant to the district attorney until he joined the railroad in 1988.

He received his law degree from the University of Kansas School of Law, where he served as a member and Managing Editor of the Kansas Law Review. He is a 1974 graduate of Georgetown University, where he was awarded the Brennan Medal as the graduating senior who demonstrated the highest proficiency in theology.

Caplinger is Appellate Coordinator in the U.S. Attorney's Office, a position she has held since 1999. Before that, she was an assistant U.S. Attorney since 1995. She began her legal career upon her graduation from the Washburn Law School in 1985 by serving as Research Attorney to Supreme Court Justice Harold S. Herd and later as Law Clerk to U.S. District Judge Patrick Kelly, Wichita.

Upon leaving Judge Kelly's staff in 1989, she became an associate attorney in the Overland Park firm of Spencer, Fane, Britt & Browne, where she maintained a private practice until her appointment to the U.S. Attorney's office.


Office of Judicial Administration
Kansas Judicial Center
301 SW 10th
Topeka, Kansas 66612-1507
(785) 296-2256

For More Information,
Contact Ron Keefover
Education-Information Officer

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 25, 2004

The names of nine attorneys have been submitted to fill a vacancy on the Shawnee County District Court bench that was created by the retirement of Judge James Macnish.

Melissa Wangemann, the secretary of the Third Judicial District Nominating Commission, said interviews to narrow the list to not fewer than two nor more than three persons will be conducted beginning at 9 a.m., July 7 in room 411, Shawnee County District Court, Shawnee County Courthouse.

Those submitting resumes by Friday noon, the deadline set by the commission, include Kathleen Annette Ambrosio, Donald J. Cooper, Mary Droll Feighny, Pantaleon Florez, Jr., Robert A. Fox, Michael M. Jackson, Jill A. Michaux, Evelyn Wilson, and Lori L. Yockers.

Members of the public may comment on the qualifications of any of those to be interviewed by writing Marla J. Luckert, Associate Justice, 301 S.W. 10th, Room 388, Topeka, KS 66612, or by appearing in person at the interviews.


Office of Judicial Administration
Kansas Judicial Center
301 SW 10th
Topeka, Kansas 66612-1507
(785) 296-2256

For More Information,
Contact Ron Keefover
Education-Information Officer

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 15, 2004

Four representatives of the Kansas courts were selected to attend the national 2004 Leadership Institute in Judicial Education, conducted June 8-13 at the University of Memphis Center for the Study of Higher Education, it was announced in Topeka today.

They include Supreme Court Justice Robert E. Davis, Topeka; Denise Kilwein, Director of Judicial Education, Topeka; Chief Judge Stephen Tatum, Olathe; and Chief Judge Robert Fairchild, Lawrence. Teams from Guam, Iowa, and Utah also were selected to participate in the Institute.

The Leadership Institute is sponsored by the University of Memphis Center for the Study of Higher Education. The Institute was conducted on the University of Memphis campus. The primary purpose of the Institute is to evaluate the system of judicial education for the state. The ultimate goal of the Institute is more highly developed members of the judicial branch and an improved system of justice for the people of the states selected to participate.

The Kansas team members' attendance was supported by scholarships awarded by the State Justice Institute. The State Justice Institute (SJI) is a non-profit organization established by federal law to award grants to improve the quality of justice in State courts nationwide, facilitate better coordination between state and federal courts, and foster innovative, efficient solutions to common problems faced by all courts. More information about the Institute is available on the SJI web site (http://www.statejustice.org).


Office of Judicial Administration
Kansas Judicial Center
301 SW 10th
Topeka, Kansas 66612-1507
(785) 296-2256

June 10, 2004
For More Information,
Contact Ron Keefover
Education-Information Officer

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 10, 2004

A nominating commission charged with appointing a district magistrate judge in Geary County has issued a request for assistance from the public.

The nine-member commission is responsible for selecting a district magistrate judge. The magistrate position was created by the 2004 Kansas Legislature, and Chief Justice Kay McFarland has signed an order certifying the position to be located in Geary County.

"The nominating commission is especially interested in receiving recommendations of suggested nominees to fill the vacancy from the general public. All of the citizens of the Eighth Judicial District are requested to consider this matter, and the names of suggested nominees submitted by the general public will be welcomed by the commission," according to Justice Marla Luckert, nominating commission chair.

The Eighth Judicial District consists of the following counties: Dickinson, Geary, Marion and Morris.

Kansas statutes require that a district magistrate judge be a resident of the county for which appointed to serve at the time of taking the oath of office, be a graduate of a high school or its equivalent and, if not regularly admitted to practice law in Kansas, be certified by the Supreme Court as qualified to serve in the job.

Suggested appointees are requested to complete the questionnaire for the position. The completed forms should be returned to Victor A. Davis, Jr., Secretary, 819 North Washington, P.O. Box 187, Junction City, Kansas 66441, on or before noon on July 2, 2004. The forms are available in the office of the Court Administrator, located in Junction City; Clerk of the Dickinson County District Court (Abilene); Geary County District Court, Junction City; Marion County District Court, Marion; Morris County District Court, Council Grove; and the Clerk of the Appellate Courts in Topeka.

The nominating commission will convene on July 30 at 9:30 a.m. in the Geary County Courthouse, to interview the suggested appointees. The meeting will be open to the public; however, the commission has the authority to adjourn to executive session to discuss personal traits of the suggested appointees.

Notices are being mailed to every attorney in the Eighth Judicial District by the chair of the commission.

Besides Justice Luckert, the nominating chair, the commission includes Victor A. Davis, Secretary, and Edwin M. Wheeler, both of Junction City; Darrel Bryant, and Dale Rein, both of Council Grove; Douglas Thompson and Kevin Harris, both of Abilene; Kevin Fruechting, Marion; and Carolyn Gaston, Milford.


Office of Judicial Administration
Kansas Judicial Center
301 SW 10th
Topeka, Kansas 66612-1507
(785) 296-2256

June 10, 2004
For More Information,
Contact Ron Keefover
Education-Information Officer

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 10, 2004

The names of 15 persons have been submitted to the Supreme Court Nominating Commission as candidates for a vacancy on the Court of Appeals that was created by the death May 3rd of Judge Robert J. Lewis Jr.

The Nominating Commission, which consists of one lawyer and one non-lawyer from each of the state's four congressional districts, plus an attorney member selected statewide, is scheduled to conduct interviews June 25-26 to narrow the list to three. The governor will then make an appointment from the list.

Attached is a list of those whose names have been submitted for consideration.


Office of Judicial Administration
Kansas Judicial Center
301 SW 10th
Topeka, Kansas 66612-1507
(785) 296-2256

May 19, 2004
TO: Statehouse Media
FROM: Ron Keefover
RE: School finance litigation

Attached is an Order of the Supreme Court staying all proceedings in the school finance appeal pending the outcome of the appeal or further order of the court.

The Supreme Court has placed this appeal on the fast track for resolution. Following are the deadlines that have been set by the Court so that this matter may be on the Court's oral argument docket for the week of August 30, 2004:

  • State of Kansas and State Board-related defendants (appellants/cross appellees) opening briefs due May 28, 2004.

  • *Amicus Curiae (friend of the Court) Kansas Families United for Public Education brief due June 10, 2004.

  • Plaintiffs Ryan Montoy et al. (appellees/cross appellants) briefs due June 30, 2004.

  • State of Kansas and State Board-related defendants (as cross appellees) due July 23, 2004.

  • Reply brief of Montoy et al. on cross appeal due August 10, 2004.

  • Oral Arguments before the Court due week of August 30, 2004.

* A request for permission to file an Amicus Curiae brief by the Kansas National Education Association has been received, but not acted upon at this writing. These briefs typically are due 30 days from the date of the Court decision granting permission.


Office of Judicial Administration
Kansas Judicial Center
301 SW 10th
Topeka, Kansas 66612-1507
(785) 296-2256

For More Information,
contact Ron Keefover
Education-Information Officer

DISTRICT JUDICIAL NOMINATING COMMISSION ELECTIONS

The purpose of each commission is to nominate persons for appointment to the office of district judge and to the office of district magistrate judge in judicial districts that have adopted the nonpartisan method for the selection of judges. There are currently seventeen nonpartisan judicial districts: 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, 21st, 25th, 28th, 30th, and 31st.

The Clerk of the Supreme Court has recently conducted elections for lawyer members whose terms are expiring on March 1, 2004. There were vacancies in the 1st, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 7th, 10th, 11th, 21st, 28th, and 30th judicial districts. Below are the election results.

JUDICIAL DISTRICT ELECTED LAWYER MEMBER
First (3 positions) John R. Kurth, William E. Pray, and John C. Tillotson
Third (2 positions) Terry E. Beck and Melissa A. Wangemann
Fourth (2 positions) Eric Godderz and R. Scott Ryburn
Fifth (2 positions) William T. North and W. Irving Shaw
Seventh (1 position) Janine A. Cox
Tenth (4 positions) Lewanna Bell-Lloyd, Victor A. Bergman, Mark Hinderks and Paul J. Morrison
Eleventh (2 positions) Sara S. Beezley and Larry A. Prauser
Twenty-First (2 positions) Anne Burke Miller and James W. Morrison
Twenty-Eighth (3 positions) Mark J. Dinkel, Norman R. Kelly and Brian W. Wood
Thirtieth (1 position) Alan C. Goering

 


Office of Judicial Administration
Kansas Judicial Center
301 SW 10th
Topeka, Kansas 66612-1507
(785) 296-2256

For More Information,
contact Ron Keefover
Education-Information Officer

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: February 4, 2004

Chief Justice Kay McFarland today publicly thanked the 2003 Kansas Legislature and Gov. Kathleen Sebelius for enabling the Judicial Branch to submit its budget directly to the Legislature, rather than first to the Executive Branch. Her comments were made in the annual State of the Judiciary message, which was delivered to the Legislature this morning.

In her message, the Chief Justice traces the chronic underfunding of the court system back to 1978 when the Judicial Branch was first required to submit its requested funding to the Director of the Budget. As a result of this change, cuts were made in the Judicial Branch budget before it ever reached the Legislature.

"Recent Judicial Branch history highlights the importance of direct submission of the Judicial Branch budget to the Legislature," the Chief Justice said in the State of the Judiciary message. " For FY 2001, the Governor's budget recommendation was $1.2 million below the amount required to fund the Judicial Branch's maintenance budget needs, and for FY 2002 the recommendation was $2 million below the necessary maintenance budget." During those years, the Legislature "was placed in the unenviable position of having to provide supplemental funding in order to avert extremely adverse personnel actions, such as furloughs, layoffs, and delaying or ceasing services important to the public." The Judicial Branch had been forced for many years to use difficult cost-cutting measures, such as hiring freezes, just to keep the courthouse doors open.

"We thank the Governor and the 2003 Legislature for this welcome change in the budgeting process," she said.

The Chief Justice urges the creation of four much-needed additional judgeships, to be located in Reno, Geary, McPherson and Douglas Counties.

Also included in the message is a request for 20 new nonjudicial positions in the district courts, primarily court services officers. From FY 1994 through FY 2003, felony case filings in Kansas increased by approximately 28.5 percent while no new court services officer positions were added to the Judicial Branch budget. Court services officers supervise juvenile offenders, convicted felons, and misdemeanants who remain in our communities, which is vital to public safety. "Additional court services officer positions are both justified and necessary to ensure meaningful supervision of offenders."

"As the Legislature is well-aware, the need for additional judges and nonjudicial personnel has existed for some time and has not been addressed. The need continues," Chief Justice McFarland said.