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Honorable Sarah E. Warner
Judge of the Court of Appeals 2019-

Hon Sarah E. WarnerSarah Emily Warner was appointed to the Court of Appeals by Governor Laura Kelly on May 14, 2019, and her appointment was confirmed by the Kansas Senate on May 29.

Judge Warner was born in Overland Park in November 1979. She grew up in Pittsburg, graduating from St. Mary's-Colgan High School in a class of 35. She was a National Merit Scholar and attended the University of Kansas, where she completed majors with honors and distinction in French, international studies, mathematics, and political science in 2003. In 2002, Warner conducted independent research in Aix-en-Provence and Paris, France, concerning the national language movement among women in French colonial Senegal.

Warner received her law degree in 2006 from Ave Maria School of Law in Ann Arbor, Michigan—a member of the school's fourth graduating class—where she received a full scholarship after scoring in the 99th percentile on the law school admission test. She graduated magna cum laude, was a senior editor of the Ave Maria Law Review, and at commencement received the highest award given to a law school graduate.

During law school she worked as a law clerk for the law firm Burchfield, Park & Pollesch, P.A., in Brighton, Michigan, and in the chambers of former Michigan Supreme Court Chief Justice Robert Young Jr.

After graduating from Ave Maria, Warner served as chambers counsel for Kansas Supreme Court Chief Justice Robert Davis from 2006 to 2009, including during and after his transition to chief justice.

Immediately prior to her appointment, Warner was a partner in the law firm Thompson Warner, P.A., in Lawrence. In addition to briefing and arguing cases before the trial and appellate courts in her civil litigation practice, she provided consulting services for lawyers preparing to appear before the Kansas and federal appellate courts. She is a member of the United States Supreme Court Bar.

Warner has taught classes at Washburn University School of Law in Topeka for the past 10 years, including Conflict of Laws and a course in Appellate Practice she designed, and was named Washburn law school's Adjunct Professor of the Year in May 2018.

This year, Warner was named to the "40 Under Forty" list of young professionals by Ingram's Magazine, Kansas City, Missouri.

She served as president of the Kansas Bar Association from 2018-2019 and previously held elected positions on the KBA Board of Governors representing District 2 (Atchison, Brown, Doniphan, Douglas, Franklin, Jackson, Jefferson, Leavenworth, Miami, Nemaha, Osage, Pottawatomie, and Wabaunsee counties) and as president of the Young Lawyer Section (consisting of more than 1,500 Kansas lawyers under the age of 35). She also served as president of the Kansas Association of Defense Counsel (for attorneys who defend civil cases), the Douglas County Bar Association, and the Douglas County Law Library Board of Trustees. She was a member of the Kansas Board for Discipline of Attorneys from 2014 until her appointment to the appellate court.

Warner is active in Holy Trinity Catholic Parish, Lenexa, where she directs the parish folk music group and sings as a cantor. An avid swimmer, Warner is a member of a local triathlon team and has completed two half Ironman triathlons. She and her husband, Brandon Warner, an administrative patent judge with the United States Patent and Trademark Office's Patent Trial and Appeals Board, live in Lenexa.

Published Opinions authored by Judge Warner:

  • 120909 -- Grammer v. Kansas Dept. of Corrections
  • 120783 -- State v. McCroy
  • 120438 -- State v. Auman
  • 120359 -- In re Adoption of C.S.
  • 120241 -- King v. Casey's General Stores
  • 120046 -- State v. Ellis
  • 119749 -- State v. Kane