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Douglas County Bar Association Presents the 2019 Liberty Bell Award

At its annual Law Day Luncheon held May 1, 2019, the Douglas County Bar Association awarded retired Douglas County lawyer Ed Collister the prestigious Liberty Bell Award.

The Liberty Bell Award acknowledges outstanding community service from local individuals.  Nominations are accepted from members of the local bar, and the Board of Officers then vote on the many qualified nominations.  This event as an important chance to recognize those who promote a better understanding of the rule of law, encourage a greater respect for law, stimulate a sense of civic responsibility, and contribute to good government in the community.

Mary Shultz
3rd Judicial District Nominating Committee seeks nominees for judge vacancy in Shawnee County

The 3rd Judicial District Nominating Commission is seeking nominations to fill a district judge vacancy in Shawnee County created by the July 12 retirement of Judge Mark Braun.

The 3rd Judicial District is composed of Shawnee County.

Justice Marla Luckert, the Supreme Court departmental justice responsible for the 3rd Judicial District, said individuals can apply or be nominated, but nominations must come on a nomination form and include the nominee's signature.

A nominee for district judge must be:

  • at least 30 years old. a lawyer admitted to practice in Kansas and engaged in the practice of law for at least five years, whether as a lawyer, judge, or full-time teacher at an accredited law school.

  • a resident of the judicial district at the time of taking office and while holding office.

Nominations must be accompanied by a nomination form available from the clerk of the Shawnee County District Court, the clerk of the appellate courts at the Kansas Judicial Center, the Kansas judicial branch website at www.kscourts.org under What's New, or the district court website at www.shawneecourt.org.

One original and seven copies of the completed nomination form and supporting letters must be submitted by noon Friday, May 31, 2019, to: Justice Marla Luckert Kansas Judicial Center 301 SW 10th Ave., Room 315 Topeka KS 66612.

The nominating commission will convene to interview nominees at 9 a.m. Friday, June 14 in the Shawnee County Courthouse. Interviews are open to the public. The commission will select from 3 to 5 nominees whose names will be submitted to the governor to fill the position according to statutory qualification and residency requirements.

If there are not 3 nominees who reside in the district who are deemed qualified by the commission, the commission may consider nominees who reside outside the judicial district. The governor has 60 days after receiving the names to decide whom to appoint. 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.

The 3rd Judicial District Nominating Commission consists of Luckert as the nonvoting chair; Toby McCullough, Rossville; and Terry Beck, Daniel Crow, Thomas Lemon, Jolene Miller, and W. Eric Stafford, all of Topeka.

Mary Shultz
Juvenile Panel Attorney Wanted

Attorney with experience in juvenile law (child in need of care and juvenile offender) wanted. Appointed position carries 1/6 of the appointed-counsel CINC juvenile workload in Douglas County District Court representing both children and parents. Required: Kansas license, GAL training. Monthly payment is $2,800. Send resume and letter of application by 5PM on Friday, May 17, 2019 to Linda Koester-Vogelsang, Douglas County District Court, 111 E 11th Street, Lawrence, Kansas 66044.

Mary Shultz
New Board of Trustees Officers

At its April meeting, the Library’s Board of Trustees selected Curtis Barnhill as President and Mike Jilka as Secretary. Both take office on May 1, 2019, replacing Sarah Warner, outgoing president; and Matt Donnelly, outgoing secretary. Thanks to attorneys Warner and Donnelly for their service.

Mary Shultz
Local Attorney named member of the 21st Class of Ingram's 40 Under Forty

Congratulations to local attorney and outgoing president of the Law Library Board of Trustees Sarah Warner, who was recently named to the 21st Class of Ingram’s 40 Under Forty. Ingram’s, a Kansas City-based magazine, publishes its list of 40 Under Forty each year, highlighting young professionals in the city  who share a commitment to the long-term health of the community through their countless hours of mentoring other young professionals and volunteering with service organizations throughout the metro area.

Mary Shultz
Kansas Governor Nominates Lawrence Attorney as Appeals Court Judge Amid Lawsuit

Kansas’ governor nominated a new judge Tuesday to the state’s second-highest court, despite a lawsuit over whether she has the authority to fill the vacancy after withdrawing her first nominee over his past political tweets.

Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly announced that she is submitting Lawrence attorney Sarah Warner’s name to the Republican-controlled state Senate for a Kansas Court of Appeals seat. However, the Senate’s top GOP leader said the chamber would not consider the nomination until the legal dispute over it is resolved by the state Supreme Court.

Sarah is the outgoing president of the Douglas County Law Library Board of Trustees.

Mary Shultz
New Arrival - 3rd Edition of Criminal Evidentiary Foundations

The 3rd Edition of Criminal Evidentiary Foundations (including the 2019 supplement) by Edward Imwinkelried and Daniel Blinka and published by LexisNexis is now available in the Library. For a full catalog of all books and publications, click on the “catalog” tab on our website.

Mary Shultz
Supreme Court Rules 208 and 808

The Kansas Supreme Court has approved changes to Supreme Court Rules 208 and 808 relating to Attorney Registration and Continuing Legal Education.
 
Rules 208 and 808 govern the registration procedures for attorneys admitted to practice law in the State of Kansas by the Supreme Court.
 
Online registration will be available this year.
 
Changes in Rule 208 (Attorney Registration) include the following:

  • THE GRACE PERIOD HAS BEEN ELIMINATED.  All registration forms and fees are due by June 30.  The late fee will automatically be assessed for registration forms and fees received after June 30.  For those forms and fees that are paid manually and sent to the lockbox, the date the form and fee is deposited by the bank is the date “received” by the Clerk.

  • A status change that results in a lower fee (such as active to inactive) or no fee (such as active/inactive to retired), must be received in the Clerk’s office by June 30.  If the status change is not received by June 30, an attorney must pay the registration fee based on the attorney’s status shown in the records of the Clerk as of July 1.

  • Online registration will be available for attorneys to register and submit payments only.  Only status changes to a lower fee or no fee will be accepted online this year.   Additional online features will be added in future years. 

  • Changes to any contact information will still need to be submitted online at:  http://www.kscourts.org/appellate-clerk/attorney-registration/default.asp    (Click on Change of Address on the left-hand side).  This link takes you to the CLE website and the update will continue to be automatically forwarded to the Clerk of the Supreme Court (Attorney Registration), CLE Commission and the Federal Court of Kansas.

  • Online registration will be voluntary for 2019 and 2020 but will be mandatory in 2021.

Changes in Rule 808 (Continuing Legal Education) include the following:

  • The annual CLE fee is due by June 30.  A fee postmarked on or after July 1 must be accompanied by the late fee.

The revised Rules 208 and 808 can be viewed on the Kansas Supreme Court website www.kscourts.org under the Supreme/Appellate Court Rules tab Rules Relating to Discipline of Attorneys and Continuing Legal Education.

Mary Shultz
7th Judicial District Nominating Commission to interview nominees for vacancy

The 7th Judicial District Nominating Commission will convene at 9 a.m. Thursday, May 23, to interview nominees to fill a district judge vacancy in Douglas County created by the June 15 retirement of Judge Paula Martin. The commission will meet in the Judicial and Law Enforcement Center, 111 E 11th St., Lawrence. Interviews are open to the public.

The 7th Judicial District is composed of Douglas County.

The nominees are:

Andrew Bauch, Lawrence, assistant district attorney, Douglas County

Dennis Depew, Lawrence, assistant attorney general of Kansas

Stacey Donovan, Lawrence, chief public defender, Shawnee County Public Defender Office

Carl Folsom III, Lawrence, assistant federal public defender, U.S. District Court of Kansas

Blake Glover, Baldwin City, private practice; city attorney for Baldwin City

Chelsi Hayden, Lincoln, Neb., assistant clinical professor of law, University of Nebraska School of Law

Jonathon Noble, Lawrence, assistant attorney general of Kansas

Shon Qualseth, Lawrence, assistant attorney general of Kansas

Bethany Roberts, Lawrence, judge pro-tem, 7th Judicial District

Mark Simpson, Lawrence, assistant district attorney, Douglas County.

The commission will select from 3 to 5 nominees whose names will be submitted to the governor to fill the position according to statutory qualification and residency requirements. If there are not 3 nominees who reside in the judicial district who are deemed qualified by the commission, the commission may consider nominees who reside outside the district.

The governor has 60 days after receiving the names to decide whom to appoint. 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. Nominees for district judge must be: at least 30 years old. a lawyer admitted to practice in Kansas and engaged in the practice of law for at least five years, whether as a lawyer, judge, or full-time teacher at an accredited law school. a resident of the judicial district at the time of taking office and while holding office.

The 7th Judicial District Nominating Commission consists of Supreme Court Justice Eric Rosen as the nonvoting chair; and Stephanie Davis, Lisa Harris, Michael McGrew, Wesley Smith, Daniel Watkins, and Elizabeth Cateforis, all of Lawrence.

Mary Shultz