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Kansas Judicial Branch - News Releases for 2007

11/13/07: Three Nominated for 13th Court of Appeals Judge Vacancy | 10/16/07: 28th Judicial District Judge Vacancy | 10/16/07: 14 Apply for Court of Appeals Vacancy | 9/11/07: Chief Justice 30 Year Celebration | 7/6/07: 30th Judicial District Judge Vacancy | 7/3/07 : Applicants Riley County Magistrate Judge Vacancy | 5/25/07: 10th Judicial District Judge Vacancies | 5/24/07: Riley County Magistrate Judge Vacancy | 5/18/07: Justice Award | 5/9/07: Kiowa County Courthouse Moved| 5/8/07: Child Support Guidelines Public Hearing| 2/22/07: Court of Appeals Nominees | 2/13/07: Justice Lee Johnson Robing| 2/6/07: Court of Appeals Vacancy | 1/23/07: Child Support Guidelines Survey


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: November 13, 2007

The Supreme Court Nominating Commission today submitted the names of three persons to Gov. Kathleen Sebelius as nominees for the newly created 13th position on the Kansas Court of Appeals.

They are for Rep. Ward E. Loyd, Garden City; Timothy J. Moore, Wichita; and Melissa Taylor Standridge, Overland Park.  All three are in private practice.

The governor will have 60 days in which to make the appointment.

Loyd served in the Kansas House of Representatives from January 11, 1999, through January 8, 2007, while maintaining a private law practice in Garden City, where he began his practice in July 1968.  He has been sole practitioner since 1981.

Loyd is a 1965 graduate of Southwestern College in Winfield and a 1968 graduate of the Washburn University School of Law, and has served on numerous civic and governmental boards and commissions throughout his professional career.

Moore has been in private practice in the Wichita office of Morris, Laing, Evans, Brock & Kennedy, Chtd. since 1989.  He has focused on trade secrets and products liability litigation, defense work, and intellectual property. Active in the Wichita Bar Association, he has held every office in that legal organization, is a fellow of the Kansas Bar Association, and has frequently presented legal seminars to industry groups.

Moore was graduated from Brown University, magna cum laude, and from Harvard Law School, cum laude, where he was senior editor of the Harvard Journal of Law and Public Policy.

Standridge has practiced law for 13 years, including four years with the Overland Park firm of Shook, Hardy & Bacon.  She has served as chambers counsel for U.S. Magistrate Judge David J. Waxse in Kansas City, KS, since October 1999.

She is a 1993 graduate of the University of Missouri—Kansas City School of Law and was editor-in-chief of the school’s law review.  She is a 1984 graduate of the University of Kansas, Lawrence.


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: October 16, 2007

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A nominating commission charged with naming candidates to fill a district judge vacancy in the 28th Judicial District has issued a request for assistance from the public.

The 28th Judicial District includes Saline and Ottawa counties.

The nine-member commission is responsible for submitting the names of two or three nominees to the Governor for the vacancy which will be created by the departure of Judge Dan D. Boyer on January 1, 2008.

“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 28th 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 Lawton R. Nuss, departmental justice.

Kansas statutes require that a judge be a resident of the district in which selected, be at least 30 years of age, have been in the active practice of law for at least five years, and have been admitted to the practice of law within the State of Kansas.

Suggested nominees are requested to complete questionnaires for the position. The completed forms should be returned to Norman R. Kelly, Commission Secretary, P.O. Box 2388, Salina, KS 67402 no later than 5:00 p.m., November 8, 2007. The forms are available in the office of the clerk of the district court in Saline and Ottawa counties.

The nominating commission will convene at 8:00 a.m., November 15, in the City-County Building, Room 313, 300 W. Ash, to interview the suggested nominees. 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 nominees.

The 28th Judicial District Nominating Commission includes Justice Nuss as the nonvoting chair; Robert G. German, Salina; Mark J. Dinkel, Salina; Norman R. Kelly, Salina; Brian W. Wood, Salina; Emery W. Berry, Minneapolis; Frank R. Cole, Bennington; Don P. Diederich, Salina; and John K. Vanier, II, Salina.


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: October 16, 2007

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Fourteen persons applied for a newly created position on the Kansas Court of Appeals by the Monday deadline set by the Supreme Court Nominating Commission.

The new 13th position on the Court was funded by the 2007 Legislature effective January 1, 2008. The Nominating Commission, which consists of a lawyer and non-lawyer from each Congressional District and a lawyer-member who is elected in statewide voting, is scheduled to meet November 12 and 13 to interview applicants.

The Commission will submit the names of three persons to Gov. Kathleen Sebelius, who will make an appointment from the list. The new judge will be on the first statewide general election ballot after he or she has served one year in office.

The following submitted applications by the Monday deadline set by the Nominating Commission: Rick E. Bailey, Wichita; Terry E. Beck, Topeka; Terri L. Bezek, Baldwin City; District Court Judge David E. Bruns, Topeka; Douglas M. Crotty III, Garden City; Ward E. Loyd, Garden City; Suzanne Carey McAllister, Lawrence; Administrative Law Judge Bruce E. Moore, Salina; Timothy J. Moore, Wichita; Steven J. Obermeier, Olathe; Nancy A. Ogle, Wichita; Thomas A. Sheehan, Prairie Village; Steven P. Smith, Wichita; and Melissa Taylor Standridge, Overland Park.

Members of the Nominating Commission include Richard C. Hite, Chairman, Wichita; Kerry E. McQueen, Liberal; Janet A. Juhnke, Salina; Patricia E. Riley and Dale E. Cushinberry, both of Topeka; Thomas J. Bath Jr., Overland Park; Vivien B. Jennings, Fairway; and Lee H. Woodard and David N. Farnsworth, both of Wichita.


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 11, 2007

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A reception honoring Chief Justice Kay McFarland for her 30 years as a member of the Kansas Supreme Court, including 12 years as chief justice, is scheduled for Monday, September 17th, from 5 to 7 p.m. in the atrium of the Kansas Judicial Center, 301 W. 10th.

Speakers include Gov. Kathleen Sebelius, Linda Parks, president of the Kansas Bar Association; and Gerald L. Goodell, a longtime Topeka attorney.

The chief justice's tenure on the court began somewhat in a whirlwind on September 19, 1977. She learned of her appointment to the Court only the night before, a Sunday. Following the public announcement by the governor the next day, she was sworn in as a Supreme Court justice on Monday, September 19, 1977. Following Bennett's announcement and a brief swearing-in, she began hearing oral arguments at 9:30 a.m. the same morning.

Before her appointment to the Supreme Court, Chief Justice McFarland served as a Shawnee County District Court judge, first as judge of the probate and juvenile courts in 1971, and then as district judge in 1973 until her appointment to the Supreme Court.

As the first woman district judge in state history, Chief Justice McFarland has done much to break the glass ceiling for women in the law. Having defeated the incumbent judge of the probate/juvenile court, she became the first woman to be elected to a Shawnee County judgeship.

In January 1973, she became judge of the newly created fifth division of Shawnee County District Court, thus becoming the first woman district judge in the history of Kansas. She also became the first woman to be appointed as a justice of the Kansas Supreme Court and the first woman to become Chief Justice.

During her tenure as Chief Justice, she has led the Kansas courts from a budget crisis that resulted in an emergency surcharge on case filings to the restoration of an austere but adequate budget in which formerly routine hiring freezes and other adverse personnel actions are no longer required. The budget turnaround culminated with 2006 legislative appropriations that that enabled Chief Justice McFarland to rescind the surcharge.

Meanwhile, she has continued to manage an increasingly complex Supreme Court caseload in which numerous high profile issues have arisen, including among numerous others school finance, a new death penalty law, funeral picketing, and Indian gaming and state-operated casinos.


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: July 6, 2007

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A nominating commission charged with naming candidates to fill a district judge vacancy in the 30th Judicial District has issued a request for assistance from the public.

The 30th Judicial District includes the counties of Barber, Harper, Kingman, Pratt, and Sumner.

The 11-member commission is responsible for submitting the names of two or three nominees to the Governor for the vacancy which will be created by the September 30th retirement of District Judge Thomas H. Graber, Wellington.

“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 30th 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 Carol A. Beier, Supreme Court Departmental Justice.

Kansas statutes require that a judge be a resident of the district in which selected, be at least 30 years of age, have been in the active practice of law for at least five years, and have been admitted to the practice of law within the State of Kansas.

Suggested nominees are requested to complete questionnaires for the position. The completed forms should be returned to Justice Beier, Kansas Supreme Court, 301 S.W. 10th, Topeka, KS 66612, no later than 5:00 p.m., August 6, 2007. The forms are available in the office of clerk of the district court in each of the district’s counties.

The nominating commission will convene at 9:00 a.m., August 13, 2007, in the Sumner County Courthouse, Wellington, to interview the suggested nominees. 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 nominees.

The law requires that the commission submit at least two names, but not more than three, to the governor who may appoint any of the suggested nominees.

Notices of the vacancy are being mailed to every attorney in this judicial district by the chairman of the commission.

The 30th district judicial nominating commission includes Justice Beier, as the nonvoting chairman; Robert R. Eisenhauer, Pratt; Melvin E. Matlock, Belle Plaine; Gordon B. Stull, Pratt; Richard L. Swayden, Medicine Lodge; John A. Potucek, II, Wellington; Victor M. Elliott, Anthony; Francis E. Meisenheimer, Kingman; Howard K. Loomis, Pratt; Alan C. Goering, Medicine Lodge; and Lance S. Dixon, Kingman.


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: July 3, 2007

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Eight persons who have applied for a newly created Riley County district magistrate judge position, are to be interviewed beginning at 9 a.m. Wednesday, July 11, in the Riley County Courthouse. The position was created by the 2007 Legislature and designated by the Supreme Court to be located in Riley County,

The 21st Judicial District Nominating Commission will make the appointment following interviews. The interviews 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.

Applicants include Stephen W. Freed, Manhattan, Sheila P. Hochhauser, Manhattan; Brenda M. Jordan, Riley; Sheila Ann Maxwell, Manhattan; Elizabeth G. Thurston, Manhattan; Michelle Lynn Williams, Manhattan; Donna Andrea Worley, Evergreen, Colo.; and Phylemon Chuen-Man Yau, Manhattan.

The nominating commission includes Justice Marla J. Luckert, nonvoting chairman; Derrick L. Roberson, Manhattan; Rodney C. Olsen, Manhattan; Barry A. Clark, Manhattan; James W. Morrison, Manhattan; Steven C. McMahan, Clay Center; Kyle C. Bauer, Clay Center; Janet J. Kruh, Manhattan; and Frank A. Tillman, Manhattan.


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 25, 2007

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A nominating commission charged with naming candidates to fill two district judge vacancies in Johnson County has issued a request for assistance from the public.

The 15-member commission is responsible for submitting the names of two or three nominees to the Governor for the vacancies, which have been created by the appointment of Judge Steve Leben to the Court of Appeals and the addition of a district judge position by the 2007 Legislature.

"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 Johnson County 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 Lee A. Johnson, departmental justice for the 10th Judicial District.

Kansas statutes require that a judge be a resident of the district in which selected, be at least 30 years of age, have been in the active practice of law for at least five years, and have been admitted to the practice of law within the State of Kansas.

Suggested nominees are requested to complete questionnaires for the position. The forms are available from the Clerk of the Johnson County District Court or online at http://courts.jocogov.org/ca_judge.htm. The completed forms for both positions should be returned to Hon. Karen Arnold-Burger, Commission Secretary, 12400 Foster, Overland Park, KS 66213, no later than noon, June 18, 2007.

The nominating commission will convene July 6th at 8:00 a.m. in Suite 300, Johnson County Administration Building, 111 S. Cherry St., Olathe, to interview the suggested nominees. 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 nominees.

The law requires that the commission submit at least two names, but not more than three, for each position to the Governor who may appoint any of the nominees.

Notices of the vacancy are being mailed to every attorney in this judicial district by Justice Johnson, chair of the commission.

The 10th Judicial District Nominating Commission includes Justice Johnson as the nonvoting chair; Hon. Karen Arnold-Burger, Overland Park; Scott C. Gyllenborg, Leawood; Hon. Larry McClain, Overland Park; Victor A. Bergman, Kansas City; Terry Presta, Overland Park; Edna Baginsky, Olathe; Marcia K. Rinehart, Leawood; Michelle A. Kinzer, Olathe; Paul J. Morrison, Olathe; Mark D. Hinderks, Overland Park; Lewanna Bell-Lloyd, Olathe; Janis K. McMillen, Overland Park; Brant W. Tidwell, Prairie Village; and Richard E. Wells, Olathe.


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 24, 2007

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

The nine-member commission is responsible for selecting a district magistrate judge to fill the vacancy which was created by the 2007 Legislature and designated to be located in Riley County.

"The nominating commission is especially interested in receiving recommendations from the general public. All of the citizens of Riley County are requested to consider this matter and the names of suggested nominees submitted by the public will be welcomed by the commission," according to Justice Marla J. Luckert, departmental justice for the 21st Judicial District, which includes Clay and Riley Counties.

Kansas statutes require that a district magistrate judge be a resident of the county in which appointed, 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 a nomination form for the position. The completed forms should be returned to Rodney C. Olsen, commission secretary, Morrison, Frost, Olsen & Irvine, LLP, 323 Poyntz, Manhattan, KS 66502, no later than noon, June 29, 2007. The forms are available in the office of clerk of the district court of Clay and Riley Counties and are online at www.kscourts.org/21st_Nom_Comm.pdf.

The nominating commission will convene at 9:00 a.m., July 11, 2007, in the Riley 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 of the vacancy are being mailed to every attorney in the 21st Judicial District by the chairman of the commission.

The nominating commission includes Justice Luckert, nonvoting chairman; Derrick L. Roberson, Manhattan; Rodney C. Olsen, Manhattan; Barry A. Clark, Manhattan; James W. Morrison, Manhattan; Steven C. McMahan, Clay Center; Kyle C. Bauer, Clay Center; Janet J. Kruh, Manhattan; and Frank A. Tillman, Manhattan.


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 18, 2007

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The Kansas Supreme Court will meet once in special session at 2 p.m. Friday, May 25th, to bestow its Justice Award to long-time Topeka attorney and philanthropist Gerald L. Goodell.

He is being recognized for his many years of making significant contributions to the improvement of justice in Kansas. The Justice Award consists of a cash gift, determined by the Supreme Court, and an individualized plaque bearing the signatures of the Kansas Supreme Court justices. Additionally, names of winners are inscribed on a plaque that has been placed on permanent display outside the Supreme Court Courtroom in the Kansas Judicial Center.

The Award has been presented a variety of persons and one organization. Among past recipients are Chief Justice David Prager, former Governor Robert F. Bennett, Lewis L. Ferguson, former Associated Press Kansas corresondent; and the Marion County Special Education Cooperative Extended Learning Program.

He is of counsel with the Topeka law firm of Goodell, Stratton, Edmonds & Palmer, L.L.P. Goodell joined the firm upon graduation from the Washburn University School of Law in 1958. Soon thereafter, he became counsel to the Urban Renewal Agency of the City of Topeka, a position which provided extensive experience in real estate law and jury trial experience in condemnation proceedings. Goodell was elected as a member of the American College of Real Estate Lawyers in 1984 and is the former Editor of the Kansas Bar Association Real Estate Handbook. He is currently listed as a leader in the field of real estate law in the publication Best Lawyers in America and represents real estate brokers, developers and lenders.

Goodell served as general counsel for an internationally known psychiatric school, research and treatment facility since 1958, representing it in all litigation, corporate, real estate and general legal matters. Mr. Goodell has served as general counsel for all Kansas Savings and Loan Institutions since 1971.

Since November 2003, Mr. Goodell has served as of counsel to the firm.

Goodell is extensively involved in professional and community affairs. He served as president of the Kansas Bar Association (1985-1986) and as president for the Topeka Bar Association (2000-2001). He was a member of the Shawnee County District Judge Nominating Committee from 1977 until 2000. He completed a term as Chairperson of the Kansas Board of Law Examiners last June, and currently is a member of the Kansas Judicial Council, and chairperson of the Judicial Council Probate Committee. Goodell also serves as a Supreme Court appointee as a commissioner on the State Ethics Board.

Goodell is a member of the Board of Trustees for the Washburn Endowment Association, and served as its president (2005-2006). He is a past president of the Washburn Alumni Association, Washburn Law School Alumni Association and the Washburn Law School Foundation. He is a recipient of the Washburn Law School Distinguished Service Award in 1982, the Kansas Bar Association Distinguished Service Award in 1993 and the Topeka Bar Association Warren Shaw Award in 1998. He received a Doctorate of Law from Washburn Law School in 2002. He has taught Trial Techniques and Real Estate Mortgages at the Law School and has participated in numerous professional panels.


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 9, 2007

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Due to extensive tornado damage to the Kiowa County Courthouse in Greensburg, district court operations have been relocated to Mullinville, a community approximately 10 miles west on Highway 400, under an order entered this morning by Chief Justice Kay McFarland.

The first proceeding in the relocated court is scheduled for 3 p.m. today when five persons being held for burglary and theft arising from looting following the tornado are to make their first court appearance. Appearing before District Judge Daniel Love, chief judge of the 16th Judicial District, which includes Kiowa County, are: James W. Sweene, Jacob B. Kilgore, Joseph G. Novak, Spencer T. Basoco, and Joel A. Dominguez, all being held in the Pratt County Jail.

The court’s new location is 102 W. Highway 400, which is adjacent to the Mullinville branch of the Haviland State Bank. The district court will be located there until the Kiowa County Courthouse is “sufficiently repaired and suitable for the return of court business,” the Supreme Court order states.

Court officials, including Chief Judge Love, Chief Clerk of the Court DeLanna Nichols and Debra Schmidt, clerk of Kiowa County District Court; salvaged court equipment and moved court records and supplies to Mullinville Monday and Tuesday.

Chief Justice McFarland Wednesday morning expressed her appreciation on behalf the Court and the 16th Judicial District for the assistance of Haviland State Bank staff, students from Greensburg High School, electricians, carpenters and others who helped relocate the court.


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 8, 2007

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The Kansas Supreme Court's Child Support Guidelines Advisory Committee will conduct a public hearing webcast on Tuesday, May 15, at 7 p.m. The web address for the webcast and useful information about recommended changes to the Kansas Child Support Guidelines can be found on the Kansas Supreme Court website at www.kscourts.org.

Anyone with internet access and Windows Media Player software will be able to attend the public hearing webcast featuring members of the Child Support Guidelines Advisory Committee discussing recommendations for changes to the Kansas Child Support Guidelines. Viewers are encouraged to e-mail questions and comments to the advisory committee, which may be addressed live on the webcast. Individuals also have the option of attending a live broadcast of the webcast at a hosted site in Topeka, Wichita, Hays and Overland Park. Members of the Child Support Guidelines Advisory Committee will be present at each hosted site. Individuals who attend at a hosted site also will be able to submit questions and comments for members of the advisory committee.

The webcast will be archived and will be available for downloading at a later time. The internet link to the webcast is available on the Kansas Supreme Court web site at www.kscourts.org. Individuals may submit comments and questions prior to and during the webcast by e-mailing them to kansascsg@kscourts.org.

The advisory committee will be accepting public comment on recommended changes to the Guidelines until June 15, 2007, after which it will finalize its recommendations and submit its final report to the Kansas Supreme Court. If you wish to give your input to the advisory committee, please email the committee at kansascsg@kscourts.org or mail your comments to Mark Gleeson, Children and Family Program Coordinator, Office of Judicial Administration, Kansas Judicial Center, 301 SW 10th Ave., Topeka Kansas, 66612.

Questions or comments on this public hearing webcast can also be submitted to Mr. Gleeson at the above address, by email at gleesonm@kscourts.org or by calling (785) 291-3224. Individuals in need of reasonable accommodation should contact Elizabeth Reimer, Office of Judicial Administration, Kansas Judicial Center, 301 SW 10th, Topeka KS 66612; by e-mail at reimere@kscourts.org, or via (785) 296-5309 (voice); (785) 296-1804 (fax); 1-800-766-3777 (TTY). Such requests should be made as soon as possible.

Hosted sites for May 15, 2007 live webcast

Topeka, Kansas
Curtis Office Building, Room 530
1000 SW Jackson
Topeka, Kansas 66612

Wichita, Kansas
Sedgwick County Courthouse
522 N. Main
Jury Assembly Room
Wichita, Kansas 67203

Hays, Kansas
Forsythe Library, Room 039
Fort Hays State University
Hays, Kansas 67601

Overland Park, Kansas
Carlson Center, Room 212
Johnson County Community College
12345 College at Quivira
Overland Park, Kansas 66213


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: February 22, 2007

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The Supreme Court Nominating Commission today submitted the names of three persons to Gov. Kathleen Sebelius to fill a vacancy on the Court of Appeals that was created by the January appointment of Hon. Lee A. Johnson to the Supreme Court

They include Glenn R. Braun, Hays; District Judge Steve A. Leben, and Steven J. Obermeier, both of Olathe. The governor will have 60 days in which to make the appointment.

Braun has been in the private practice of law in Hays since 1981 when he joined the firm of Robert F. Glassman, P.A. He has continued in that firm as a partner since 1984. He also served as Ellis County Attorney from 1989-1997 and as a Hays city prosecutor since 1983.

Braun has been a Commissioner and Hearing Officer with the Kansas Racing and Gaming Commission since 2003. He is a 1978 graduate of Kansas State University and a 1981 graduate of the Washburn University School of Law.

Judge Leben began his legal career as an associate with the firm of Stinson, Mag & Fizzell, where he practiced law from 1982 to 1988. He left that firm in 1988 to become a solo practitioner, which included a position as of counsel to the Kansas City, MO, firm of Kuraner & Schwegler from 1989 until his appointment to the Johnson County District Court.

Judge Leben is a 1978 graduate of the University of Kansas and a 1982 graduate of the KU School of Law.

Obermeier is an assistant district attorney in Johnson County, a position he has held since 1985, when he was admitted to practice law. During his tenure as an assistant district attorney, he has prepared more than 820 appellate briefs and argued more than 285 appeals before the Kansas Court of Appeals and Kansas Supreme Court.

Obermeier is a 1981 graduate of the University of Kansas and a 1984 graduate of the Washburn law school.


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: February 13, 2007

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The Supreme Court will meet in special session Friday, February 16, at 2:30 p.m. for a robing ceremony honoring the newest member of the Court, Justice Lee A. Johnson. A reception will follow in the Judicial Center atrium.

Justice Johnson was appointed to the Court January 5th to succeed Justice Donald L. Allegrucci, who retired at the end of his term.

Justice Johnson has 26 years of legal experience, including a stint on the Kansas Court of Appeals from 2001 until his appointment to the Supreme Court. From 1980 until his appointment to the appellate court, he worked as an attorney in private practice, as well as serving as the city attorney for Caldwell and Argonia.

Justice Johnson received his law degree from Washburn University School of Law in 1980, after receiving his bachelor's degree from the University of Kansas in 1969. He and his wife, Donna, have two children, Jordan, Overland Park; and Jennifer, Emporia.

(The normal photography pooling requirements are waived for ceremonial functions in the Supreme Court.)


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: February 6, 2007

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The names of 20 persons were submitted by the noon Tuesday deadline as applicants to fill a vacancy on the Kansas Court of Appeals created by appointment of Judge Lee A. Johnson to the Supreme Court. Justice Johnson filled a vacancy on the Supreme Court created by the retirement of Justice Donald L. Allegrucci.

The Supreme Court Nominating Commission will review the applications and conduct interviews February 20-21st, with the names of three on the list to be submitted to Governor Kathleen Sebelius shortly after for appointment. Sebelius will have 60 days in which to make her selection.

Applying for the position are Rick E. Bailey, Wichita; Terry E. Beck, Topeka; Glenn R. Braun, Hays; Martha J. Coffman, Lawrence; Henry Reid Cox, Shawnee; Douglas M. Crotty III, Garden City; Sharon L. Dickgrafe, Wichita; Roger L. Falk, Wichita; W. Scott Hesse, Topeka; Randall L. Hodgkinson, Topeka; James R. Howell, Andover; Robert E. Keeshan, Topeka; Judge Steve A. Leben, Fairway; Ward E. Loyd, Garden City; Suzanne Carey McAllister, Lawrence; Timothy J. Moore, Wichita; Steven J. Obermeier, Olathe; Steven P. Smith, Wichita; Melissa Taylor Standridge, Overland Park; and Gaye Birkhead Tibbets, Wichita.

Members of the public are encouraged to comment on the qualifications of any of the applicants by writing to Richard C. Hite, c/o Carol G. Green, 301 S.W. 10th Avenue, Topeka, Kansas 66612. All written comments will be distributed to the full Commission for their review.

The Supreme Court Nominating Commission is chaired by lawyer Richard C. Hite of Wichita. Others on the Commission include: First Congressional District, Kerry E. McQueen of Liberal (lawyer member) and Dr. Janet A. Juhnke of Salina (lay member); Second Congressional District, Patricia E. Riley of Topeka (lawyer member) and Dale E. Cushinberry of Topeka (lay member); Third Congressional District, Thomas J. Bath Jr. of Overland Park (lawyer member) and Vivien B. Jennings of Fairway (lay member); Fourth Congressional District, Lee H. Woodard of Wichita (lawyer member) and David N. Farnsworth of Wichita (lay member).


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: January 23, 2007

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The Kansas Child Support Guidelines Advisory Committee is surveying the public on how child support orders are established in the state's courts. The survey is part of a review of the child support guidelines used by Kansas judges that is conducted every four years.

The guidelines are rules used by judges to determine how much each parents' financial responsibility for their children is when the parents do not live together. This amount includes data from national surveys showing how much families spend on housing, transportation, food, health care, entertainment, and others.

Every four years, the Supreme Court is required to update this information and to examine how often judges adjust the basic child support amount to accommodate the unique circumstances of the family and the best interests of the children. The child support guidelines review is currently underway.

The committee is seeking input by surveying the public. The survey, which has a February 12 deadline, is online at the Kansas Supreme Court web site, www.kscourts.org. The guidelines review project examines the rules used to establish child support but does not include questions about visitation or how child support orders are enforced.

The survey takes approximately five minutes to complete and allows written comments on how participants believe the child support guidelines can be improved. Information obtained through the survey will be used by the Kansas Supreme Court Child Support Guidelines Advisory Committee, which will recommend any changes to the Supreme Court.

The Kansas Child Support Guidelines were established by the Kansas Supreme Court in 1987. Currently, approximately 200,000 Kansans either pay or receive child support for their children. During 2006, over $350 million was paid through the Kansas Child Support Payment Center.

Written copies of the survey and additional information about the Kansas Child Support Guidelines can be obtained by contacting the Office of Judicial Administration, at kansasCSG@kscourts.org or by writing to Kansas Child Support Guidelines Survey, Office of Judicial Administration, 301 SW 10th Street, Topeka, Kansas 66612.