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Evelyn Z. Wilson

Justice Evelyn Z. Wilson

appointed 2020


Video: Justice Wilson's swearing-in ceremony (1-24-20)

Evelyn Zabel Wilson is a native of Smith Center, Kansas. She received an undergraduate degree in business/economics from Bethany College in Lindsborg, Kansas, and a law degree from Washburn University School of Law. Before her appointment to the court, she was a district judge and then chief judge of the 3rd Judicial District, which is Shawnee County. She was a private practice lawyer for 19 years.


Current term

January 2023–January 2029

Appointed to court December 2019


Judicial experience

2020-present, justice, Kansas Supreme Court

  • Supreme Court liaison to the Commission on Judicial Conduct and Language Access Committee

2014-20, chief judge, 3rd Judicial District, Topeka

2004-14, district judge, 3rd Judicial District, Topeka


Previous professional experience

1992-2004, managing partner, partner, and associate, Wright, Henson, Somers, Sebelius, Clark & Baker law firm, Topeka

  • Received "AV" rating from Martindale/Hubbell

2001-04, adjunct professor of law, Washburn University School of Law, Topeka

1985-92, associate, Lund Law Firm, Oberlin, Kansas, and Oberlin city counselor and prosecutor for several years



Washburn University School of Law, J.D., Dean's Honors, 1985

Bethany College in Lindsborg, Kansas, bachelor's degree in business economics, magna cum laude, 1982

Smith Center High School, valedictorian


Professional memberships and activities

Kansas Bar Foundation

Kansas District Judges Association

Kansas Women Attorneys Association

Topeka Bar Association


Community, civic, and charitable activities

First Lutheran Church, Topeka

Helped spearhead the development of the Shawnee County Crisis Intervention Team

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