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Research Positions and Externships

Research attorney positions

Court of Appeals judges hire lawyers to work for them as research attorneys. Research attorneys serve in a position similar to what other courts might call a law clerk, elbow clerk, chambers attorney, or staff attorney. The Court of Appeals uses the title research attorney because it requires its law clerks to be licensed to practice law in Kansas. 

Each Court of Appeals judge hires two research attorneys for terms of varying length. There are also research attorneys who work in other capacities under the direction of the chief judge. 

Terms of service

In general, research attorneys start at level 1 and move to level 2 after working as a research attorney for two years. 

Terms typically begin in August, after the bar exam, and last two years. But there are frequent openings at other times of the year, and some research attorneys continue working for the court for more than two years.

If you have questions about research attorney positions with the Court of Appeals, contact:

Abby Schieber


Positions available

When a research attorney position is open, it will be listed here and in Careers.

Chief Judge Karen Arnold-Burger: No vacancies. 

Judge Henry W. Green Jr.: No vacancies.

Judge Thomas E. Malone: No vacancies.

Judge Stephen D. Hill: No vacancies.

Judge Michael B. Buser: No vacancies.

Judge G. Gordon Atcheson: No vacancies.

Judge David E. Bruns: No vacancies.

Judge Anthony J. Powell: Judge Powell's research attorney positions are filled through July 2022. Judge Powell will begin accepting applications for a research attorney for the 2022-2024 term at the beginning of 2022. 

Judge Kim R. Schroeder: No vacancies.

Judge Kathryn A. Gardner: No vacancies.

Judge Sarah E. Warner: Judge Warner's research attorney positions are filled through July 2023. Judge Warner will begin accepting applications for a research attorney for the 2023-2025 term in fall 2022.

Judge Amy Fellows Cline: No vacancies.

Judge Lesley Ann Isherwood: No vacancies.

Judge Jacy J. Hurst:  No vacancies.


Several Court of Appeals judges hire law students to work as volunteer externs for the court during the summer or throughout the school year. The Court of Appeals also conducts a summer externship program for law students interested in volunteering for the court over the summer. If you are interested in working as an extern, discuss opportunities for externships with your law school. For more information or to ask questions about these volunteer opportunities, contact:

Abby Schieber 

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