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Marla Luckert

Chief Justice Marla Luckert

appointed 2002

Chief Justice

2020 State of the Judiciary 
Video: Chief Justice Luckert's investiture (12-17-19)

Justice Marla Luckert is a fourth generation native of Sherman County, Kansas. After growing up on the western Kansas border and graduating from Goodland High School, Justice Luckert moved to Topeka for college and law school and has spent her professional career in the Capitol City. Justice Luckert has served the public as a judge and justice for nearly 30 years, handling thousands of cases.

 

Current term

January 2017–January 2023

Appointed to the court in November 2002 by Governor Bill Graves

 

Judicial experience

2019–present, chief justice, Kansas Supreme Court

2003-19, justice, Kansas Supreme Court

  • Supreme Court liaison to the Commission on Judicial Qualifications, Judges Assistance Committee, and Language Access Committee

  • Second woman to be appointed to the Kansas Supreme Court

  • Chair, Kansas Judicial Council

  • Former member, Kansas Criminal Justice Coordinating Council

  • Former ex-officio member, Kansas Children's Cabinet

2000-03, chief judge, 3rd Judicial District

  • First woman to be appointed chief judge of a Kansas judicial district 

1992-2000, district judge, 3rd Judicial District, appointed by Governor Joan Finney

 

Previous professional experience

1980-92, general practice of law, partner, Goodell, Stratton, Edmonds & Palmer, Topeka, Kansas

  • Selected for The Best Lawyers in America

Adjunct professor of law, Washburn University, 1985 and 1991-93

 

Education

Institute of Judicial Administration at New York University School of Law, Appellate Judges Program

National Judicial College, General Jurisdiction Program, 1992 

Washburn University School of Law, J.D., 1980, cum laude 

  • Editor, Washburn Law Review

Washburn University, B.A., history, 1977, magna cum laude

  • Student body president

 

Professional memberships and activities

Kansas Bar Association

  • Past president

Kansas District Judges Association

  • Past president

Kansas Women Attorneys Association

  • Past president

Topeka Bar Association

  • Past president

Sam A. Crow Inn of Court

  • Past president

Women Attorneys Association of Topeka

  • Past president

Johnson County Bar Association 

Wichita Bar Association

Wichita Women Attorneys Association

Kansas Bar Foundation, Fellow

American Bar Association

American Bar Foundation, Life Fellow

 

Awards and honors

Distinguished Service Award, Alumni Fellow, Washburn University

Distinguished Service Award, Washburn University School of Law

Distinguished Service Award, Robert Weary Award, Kansas Bar Association

Distinguished Service Award, Topeka Bar Association

Achievement Award, Kansas Women Attorneys Association

Achievement Award, Topeka Women Attorneys Association

Honorable E. Newton Vickers Professionalism Award

Woman of Excellence, Topeka YWCA

Woman of Influence, Go Topeka's Entrepreneurial and Minority Business Development Program

Parent Volunteer of the Year, children's elementary school 

 

Community, civic, and charitable activities

Past-president, Mobile Meals (now Meals on Wheels)

Past-president, Mobile Meals Foundation

Past-president, Sheltered Living Inc.

Past-president, Sheltered Living Foundation

Former board Member, Kaw Valley Girl Scout Council

Former board Member, Topeka Rotary Foundation

Former board Member, Washburn School of Law Alumni Association

Former board Member, Shawnee County Community Corrections Advisory Board 

Former board Member, Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) Advisory Board

Volunteer services to many other charities and community groups, including Meals on Wheels, YWCA, Stormont Vail Ethics Committee, American Cancer Society, the Arthritis Foundation, Girl Scout troops, Let's Help, and Doorstep

Church school teacher and children's church director

Past president, children's elementary school parent teacher organization 

Member of site councils of children's elementary, middle, and high schools

 

Additional information

Justice Luckert and her husband of 40 years have three children and two grandchildren.

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