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Michael B. Buser

Judge Michael B. Buser

appointed 2005


Judge Michael B. Buser grew up in Des Moines, Iowa, and Overland Park. After receiving undergraduate degrees from Georgetown University, he returned to Kansas to earn a law degree at the University of Kansas School of Law. He worked as a county prosecutor and corporate counsel and was in private practice before being named to the Court of Appeals in 2005.


Current term

January 2019–January 2023

Appointed to the court in 2005 by Governor Kathleen Sebelius


Judicial experience

2005-present, judge, Court of Appeals


Previous professional experience

1991-2005, attorney, Shook, Hardy and Bacon

1988-91, general attorney, Union Pacific Railroad

1977-88, assistant district attorney, Johnson County



University of Kansas School of Law, J.D., 1977

  • Managing editor, Kansas Law Review

Georgetown University, B.A., theology and American government

  • Recipient, Brennan Medal, given to the graduating senior who demonstrates the highest proficiency in theology

Shawnee Mission South High School, 1970


Professional memberships and activities

Book and legal articles published by Georgetown University Press, Stanford Law Review, and Kansas Law Review

Kansas Bar Association

Johnson County Bar Association

Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association


Community, civic, and charitable activities

Stop Violence Coalition

  • Past president

Johnson County Police Academy

  • Legal coordinator and instructor

Johnson County Bicentennial Commission on the Constitution

  • Jefferson meeting chairman

Georgetown University Alumni Admissions Committee

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