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Justice Keynen "KJ" Wall Jr.

appointed 2020

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Video: Justice Wall's swearing-in ceremony (8-3-20)

Justice Keynen "KJ" Wall Jr. is a native of Scott City. He earned an undergraduate degree from Kansas State University, where he was a 1993 national college debate champion and All-American. He then earned a master's degree from the University of Minnesota, and a law degree from the University of Kansas School of Law, graduating Order of the Coif. He practiced law for the judiciary, in-house, and in private practice before he was appointed to the court in 2020. He was a partner of Forbes Law Group, LLC, at the time of his appointment and represented county hospitals, rural healthcare providers, and community mental health centers throughout Kansas.

 

Current term

August 2020 to present

Appointed to the court in March 2020 by Governor Laura Kelly

 

Previous professional experience

2015-20, partner, Forbes Law Group, Overland Park

2013-15, special projects counsel and deputy general counsel, Kansas Supreme Court

2008-13, senior legal counsel, Federated Insurance, Owatonna, Minnesota

2004-08, associate attorney, Witwer Oldenburg Barry & Johnson, Greeley, Colorado

2002-04, judicial law clerk for Chief Judge John W. Lungstrom, U.S. District Court, District of Kansas

 

Education

Kansas State University, bachelor of science in communication, 1993

University of Minnesota, master of arts in scientific and technical communications, 1996

University of Kansas School of Law, juris doctorate, 2001

 

Awards and honors

1993 CEDA National Debate Champion

1993 National Debate All-American

Order of the Coif

Best of the Bar, Kansas City Business Journal

 

Additional information

Justice Wall is married to Katie Wall, a fellow graduate of the University of Kansas School of Law, and they spend their free time attending their son and daughter’s school and extracurricular activities.

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