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Judge Stephen D. Hill grew up in Wichita but spent most of his legal career as a lawyer, county attorney, and judge in the 6th Judicial District. He received a bachelor's degree from the University of Kansas and a law degree from Washburn University School of Law. After serving 22 years as a district court judge, he was named to the Kansas Court of Appeals.


Current term

January 2019–January 2023

Appointed to the court in 2003 by Governor Kathleen Sebelius


Judicial experience

2003-present, judge, Court of Appeals

1981-2003, district judge, 6th Judicial District


Previous professional experience

1976-80, county attorney, Linn County

1975-76, partner, Hill & Wisler, Mound City, Kansas



Washburn University School of Law, J.D., 1975

University of Kansas, B.A., 1972


Professional memberships and activities

Kansas Judicial Council Pattern Instructions in Kansas Advisory Committee

  • Chairman, 2003-12


Additional information

He and his wife, Sandra, live in Topeka.


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