Lawrence lawyer honored for outstanding service to continuing legal education in Kansas

Laura Shaneyfelt, Lawrence, is the 2019 recipient of the Robert L. Gernon Award presented by the Kansas Continuing Legal Education Commission.

 Shaneyfelt is the Criminal Justice Act resource counsel for the Kansas Federal Public Defender Office.

 Established in 2005, the Gernon Award recognizes individuals or organizations demonstrating a unique commitment to legal education for lawyers in Kansas and providing outstanding service to continuing legal education.

 She graduated with a degree in journalism from Kansas State University in 1982 and from the University of Kansas School of Law in 1985. She practiced law for 30 years in Wichita before joining the Kansas Federal Defender Office in 2014.

 She has served as president of the Wichita Women Attorneys Association, was honored with that organization’s Louise Maddox award in 2008, and was included in the Top 20 Women in Business by the Wichita Business Journal in 2013.

 Justice Robert Gernon served on the Kansas Supreme Court from 2003 until his death in 2005 and previously on the Kansas Court of Appeals from 1988 to 2003. He worked to improve the training, education, and professionalism of attorneys in Kansas and across the nation.

 The award will be presented in October in Lawrence.

 Past award recipients are:

  • 2018—Stephen Angermeyer, Pittsburg

  • 2017—David E. Pierce, Topeka

  • 2016—Foulston Siefkin law firm, Wichita, Topeka, and Kansas City

  • 2015—Jan Hamilton, Topeka

  • 2014—Steve Obermeier, Olathe

  • 2013—Robert Collins, Wichita

  • 2012—Cynthia Grimes, Lenexa

  • 2011—J. Nick Badgerow, Overland Park

  • 2010—Jack Scott McInteer, Wichita

  • 2009—Mira Mdivani, Overland Park

  • 2008—Sheila Reynolds, Topeka

  • 2007—District Judge Robert J. Schmisseur, Pratt

  • 2006—Philip Bowman, Wichita

Mary Shultz
District Judge Jeffry Jack to retire in January 2020

District Judge Jeffry Jack will retire January 2 after 14 years of service. Jack was appointed a Labette County district judge in 2005. The 11th Judicial District is composed of Cherokee, Crawford, and Labette counties.

 In addition to hearing criminal, civil, and domestic cases, Jack has been primarily responsible for the juvenile offender and child in need of care cases in Labette County.

 Before becoming a judge, Jack served in the Kansas House of Representatives from 2003 to 2005 and was vice chair of the House Judiciary Committee in 2005.

 He was in private law practice from 1989 to 2005. He served in the U.S. Army Reserve and Kansas Army National Guard for 20 years, retiring as major.

 A lifelong resident of Labette County, he graduated from the University of Kansas School of Law in 1987 after earning a bachelor's degree from Harvard University in 1983.

 Jack has accepted a position as area director for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Douglas County and will be based in Lawrence.

District judges in the 11th Judicial District are appointed following a merit selection process. State statute requires a nominating commission to accept nominations, interview nominees, and forward the names of finalists to the governor, who appoints a replacement. After serving one year in office, the new judge must stand for a retention vote in the next general election to remain in the position. If retained, the incumbent will serve a four-year term.

Mary Shultz
Computer Electrical Burps

During the past 2 weeks, the Library’s patron computers have experienced some unexplained “electrical burps” which cause a station to randomly restart.  Our IT technician, Dreux Doty, has investigated the computers to determine the cause.  The best explanation we have is that while there are no issues with the computers themselves, it could be the result of some power glitches in and excavation work around the Law Enforcement Center building. 

 I will continue to monitor the situation.  I would appreciate knowing if you experience a restart so please leave a note for me on my desk if I am not in the Library. 

 Also – PLEASE REMEMBER TO SAVE, SAVE, SAVE your documents.  If you are in a Word document, click the “AutoSave” button in the upper left hand corner.

Mary Shultz
Supreme Court Nominating Commission to interview applicants October 17 and 18

On Thursday, October 17, and Friday, October 18, the Supreme Court Nominating Commission will interview applicants to fill the vacancy on the Kansas Supreme Court created by the September 8 retirement of Justice Lee Johnson.

 Interviews will be in a meeting room on the first floor of the Kansas Judicial Center, 301 SW 10th Ave., Topeka. Interviews will start at 9 a.m. October 17 and 8:30 a.m. October 18. Interviews are open to the public.

 The interview schedule, brief biographical statements, and interview guidelines are on the Kansas judicial branch website under the heading “What’s New.”

 The nominating commission will conduct its work in accordance with the Kansas Open Meetings Act, the Kansas Open Records Act, and Kansas Supreme Court Rules 1101 and 1102.

 By a majority vote, the commission can recess into closed session to discuss sensitive financial information contained in the personal financial records or official background checks of the applicants.

 Cameras and recording devices are allowed, but the commission can set reasonable rules to ensure orderly conduct.

 The public cannot ask questions or make comments during the interviews, but written comments will be accepted until Thursday, October 10. Comments can be mailed to:

Supreme Court Nominating Commission

Attn: Mikel L. Stout

301 SW 10th Ave., 1st Floor

Topeka KS 66612


Mary Shultz
Links to District Court Calendars

Links to the court calendars for Divisions 2, 3, Pro Tem (Judge George) and Pro Tem Juvenile (Judge Klepper) are now available. They are:

Division 2:

Division 3:

Pro Tem (Judge George):

Juvenile (Judge Klepper); https://www.douglascountyksorg/depts/juvenile-division/hearings

Mary Shultz
4th Annual County Employee Arts & Crafts Show

Our 4th Annual County Employee Arts and Crafts show is currently on display during September and October.  Please visit the display areas in the District Attorney’s reception area, Division 3 office area, Division 4, 5 & 6 entryway, Clerk of the District Court lobby & the Law Library to see the talents of various County employees, friends and family.  We currently have artwork from 13 different artists. 

Mary Shultz
PIK Jury Instructions

You may create Word and WordPerfect versions of jury instructions in the Law Library using either of these methods: 

             1.         LexisNexis:  Download the specific instruction and then save it as a Word or  WordPerfect document which then allows you to edit.

             2.         As an attorney registered in Kansas, you can visit the Kansas Judicial Council website: to create an account for online access from which you may create a Word document.

Mary Shultz
20 Apply for Supreme Court Vacancy

SIx judges and 14 attorneys have applied to fill a Kansas Supreme Court vacancy created by the September 8 retirement of Justice Lee Johnson. 

The applicants are:

  • Kristafer R. Ailslieger, lawyer, Topeka

  • Daniel Cahill, judge, Kansas City

  • Angela D. Coble, lawyer, Salina

  • Dennis D. Depew, lawyer, Neodesha

  • Randall L. Hodgkinson, lawyer, Topeka

  • Michael P. Joyce, judge, Leawood

  • Russell J. Keller, lawyer, Fairway

  • Thomas E. Malone, judge, Topeka

  • Rhonda K. Mason, judge, Olathe

  • Lumen N. Mulligan, lawyer, Lawrence

  • Steven J. Obermeier, lawyer, Olathe

  • David J. Rempel, lawyer, Overland Park

  • Melissa T. Standridge, judge, Leawood

  • Lyndon W. Vix, lawyer, Maize

  • Christina M. Wahl, lawyer, Kansas City, Missouri

  • Keynen J. Wall, lawyer, Lawrence

  • Brenda S. Watkins, lawyer, Olathe

  • Kristen D. Wheeler, lawyer, Wichita

  • Evelyn Z. Wilson, judge, Topeka

  • Marcia A. Wood, lawyer, Wichita

The Supreme Court Nominating Commission will be setting the date to interview applicants. The Supreme Court Nominating Commission will conduct its activity subject to the Kansas Open Meetings Act and the Kansas Open Records Act (K.S.A. 20-123). Interviews by the Supreme Court Nominating Commission will be public pursuant to the Kansas Open Meetings Act.  

The full interview schedule and brief biographical information about each applicant will be posted to the Kansas judicial branch website at under the heading "What's New" as soon after the interview schedule is completed..

After interviewing applicants, the Supreme Court Nominating Commission will decide which three to recommend to the governor to fill the position. The governor will then choose which one to appoint to fill the Supreme Court vacancy. 

The Supreme Court Nominating Commission is an independent body created by the Kansas Constitution. Four of its members are appointed by the governor from each of the state’s four congressional districts. These appointees are not attorneys. Four other members are attorneys elected by attorneys in each of the state's congressional districts. The commission chair is an attorney elected by attorneys in a statewide vote.

Members of the commission are: Mikel L. Stout, Chair, Wichita; Gerald O. Schultz, Garden City; Linda B. Weis, Manhattan; Terrence J. Campbell, Lawrence; Frances Gorman Graves, Bartlett; Lenin V. Guerra, Olathe; Robert Hayworth, Stilwell; Gloria Farha Flentje, Wichita; and Dennis Hedke, Wichita.

Mary Shultz