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Jacy J. Hurst

Judge Jacy J. Hurst

appointed 2021


Video: Judge Hurst's swearing-in ceremony (8-13-21)

Judge Jacy J. Hurst was in private practice in the Kansas City area before joining the Kansas Court of Appeals. She was a general business litigator representing clients in federal and state courts in a broad range of areas. She ultimately specialized in healthcare regulatory and employment law and was general counsel and chief compliance officer for a system of healthcare clinics providing care to underserved patients. She is a graduate of the University of Kansas and received her law degree from the University of Kansas School of Law. She is an adjunct professor at Washburn University School of Law.

Current term

January 2023–January 2027

Previous professional experience 

2020–present, adjunct professor, Washburn University School of Law
2017–21, attorney, Kutak Rock, Kansas City, Mo., becoming partner in 2020
2014–17, general counsel and chief compliance officer, Swope Health Services, Kansas City, Mo.
2007–14, attorney, Stinson Leonard Street, Kansas City, Mo.


University of Kansas School of Law, J.D., December 2006

  • KU Law Review staff member, 2005–06

  • Student Bar Association third-year class vice president

  • Black Law Student Association treasurer

University of Kansas, B.S. business administration with concentration in political science, 2002

  • With honors


Professional memberships and activities

Kansas Board of Law Examiners
Greater Kansas City Society of Health Care Attorneys
Kansas Bar Association
Kansas Women Attorneys Association
National Association of Women Lawyers
Professional of Human Resources HRCI Certification, 2012–2020 

Awards and honors

Ethics for Good, annual presenter
National Association of Women Lawyers Challenge Club Recipient
KCMBA Bar Leadership Academy

Community, civic, and charitable activities

Douglas County United Way, board chair, 2020-2021
Douglas County United Way, board member, 2018-present
L.I.N.K., Lawrence Interdenominational Nutrition Kitchen, volunteer
Deerfield PTO, member / volunteer and past vice president
Boys Scouts of America 

Additional information

Judge Hurst lives with her family in Lawrence and spends a lot of time at youth sporting and theatre events. 

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