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Eric S. Rosen

Justice Eric S. Rosen

appointed 2005


Justice Eric Rosen is a Topeka native. After earning a bachelor's degree and a master's degrees with honors at the University of Kansas, he received a law degree from Washburn University School of Law. He was in private practice and worked as an assistant district attorney and as associate general counsel for the Kansas Securities Commissioner before being named a district court judge for the 3rd Judicial District. He served 12 years before being named to the Supreme Court.


Current term

January 2021–January 2027

Appointed to court 2005


Judicial experience

2005-present, justice, Kansas Supreme Court

  • Supreme Court liaison for attorney disciplinary matters, the Lawyers Assistance Program, Judges Assistance Committee, and court services officers

1993-2005, district judge, 3rd Judicial District


Previous professional experience

1990-93, partner, Hein, Ebert, and Rosen, Topeka

1988-90, associate, Porter, Fairchild, Wachter, and Haney, Topeka

1987-88, associate general counsel, Kansas Securities Commissioner

1985-87, assistant district attorney, Shawnee County

1993-2003, lecturer, Menninger School of Law and Psychiatry

2008-10, instructor, Kansas Law Enforcement Training Center

Adjunct professor, Washburn University School of Law



Appellate Judges School, New York University School of Law

Washburn University School of Law, J.D., 1984

University of Kansas, M.A. with honors and B.A., social work, 1975


Professional memberships and activities

Member, Dwight D. Opperman Institute of Judicial Administration, New York University School of Law

American Judicature Society

Kansas District Judges Association

American Bar Association

Kansas Bar Association

Topeka Bar Association

Member, Kansas Sentencing Commission, 2002-05

Sam A. Crow Inns of Court; president, 2004-05


Awards and honors

2002, member, U.S. presidential commission to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Brown v. Board of Education decision of the U.S. Supreme Court

Martin Luther King Living the Dream Humanitarian Award

Topeka High School, honorary diploma and certificate of honor

Attorney General's Victim Service Award for Outstanding Judge

Kansan of Distinction, 1991, Topeka Capital-Journal

Topeka West High School hall of fame inductee, 2013


Community, civic, and charitable activities

Jerome Horton Foundation—Suicide Awareness and Prevention

Community Corrections Advisory Board

Topeka High School Site Council; president, 2004-06

Topeka High Booster Club

Indian Woods Neighborhood Association

Temple Beth Shalom

YMCA of Topeka


Additional information

He and his wife, Elizabeth "Libby" Rosen, have four children and seven grandchildren.

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