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3rd Annual Douglas County Employees Arts & Crafts Exhibit

Seasons come and go so quickly! It is nearly time for the 3rd Annual Douglas County Employee Art and Craft Exhibit!  The employee exhibit will be displayed throughout the JLE building beginning August 1 and will run through the end of September.  During this two month period, we will be displaying artwork in many forms; oil/watercolor/acrylic paint; chalk; pencil; woodcrafts; sewing; photography; quilting; sculptures; poetry…(to name a few). 

Don’t retreat or be obscure; join the pleasure and excitement, and shine through your art by revealing your interests and inspirations.  Please contact any of the members of the JLE Art Team o express your interest:  

Pam Ebert, Juvenile Offender Trial Assistant, Douglas County District Attorney (pebert@douglascountyks.org)

Vernon Anderson, Administrative Assistant to Hon. B. Kay Huff (vanderson@douglascountyks.org)

Mary Shultz, Manager, Michael J Malone Douglas County Law Library (manager@dgkslawlibrary.org)

 

 

Mary Shultz
Kansas Supreme Court adds clarification to Rule 122 in advance of efiling mandate

The Kansas Supreme Court has updated Rule 122 to add language to clarify that an electronically filed document must include a certificate of service when service is required under K.S.A. 60-205.

The clarifying language was added to the first line of section (d) of Supreme Court Rule 122: Electronic Filing and Service by Electronic Means.

Updated language in the rule appears in Supreme Court order 2018 SC 52 filed Wednesday.

Supreme Court Rule 122 was one of two rules recently amended by the court to support its mandate that beginning June 25, all Kansas-licensed attorneys who are permitted to practice law under Supreme Court Rule 208(a) must electronically file documents in cases before any state court.

The second rule amended to support the efiling mandate is Supreme Court Rule 119: Fax Filing and Service by Fax

Attorneys who are not yet filing electronically are encouraged to visit the Kansas Courts Electronic Filing web page on the judicial branch website to:

Mary Shultz
New President of the KBA Board of Governors

The Kansas Bar Association recently announced that the new President of its Board of Governors is Lawrence attorney, Sarah Warner.

Sarah is a partner at Thompson Warner, P.A., in Lawrence, where her practice focuses on resolving state and federal constitutional claims; insurance disputes; and issues relating to banking and real estate. She also teaches Conflict of Laws and Appellate Practice as an adjunct professor at Washburn University School of Law. Warner earned her B.A. from KU in 2003 and her J.D. from Ave Maria School of Law in Ann Arbor, Michigan in 2006. Sara has served on the KBA Board of Governors as the District 2 Governor, Executive Committee, Board of Publishers and Annual Survey Committee. She is a member of the Kansas Board for Discipline of Attorneys and is President of the Kansas Association of Defense Counsel. 

Congratulations to Sarah, Chair of the Board of Trustees for the Michael J Malone Douglas County Law Library!

Mary Shultz
Proposed Amendment to Rule 712

The Kansas Supreme Court is considering an amendment to Rule 712.  The amendment addresses the ability of an attorney who performs legal services for a single employer under Rule 712 to be able to provide specified pro bono legal services through entities approved by the Supreme Court. 
 
The Kansas Supreme Court is interested in receiving input concerning this amendment. The comments will be reviewed and the Court will consider whether to implement suggestions made during the public comment period.
 
Comment may be submitted to rulenotice@kscourts.org with "Rule 712" in the subject line by 5 p.m. Thursday, July 19, 2018.
 
The proposed amendment can be found at:
 
             http://www.kscourts.org/rules/Rules_Open_for_Public_Comment/default.asp



 

Mary Shultz
Announcement from BIDS Office

Please be advised that the hourly rate paid to assigned counsel is prorated from the statutory rate of $80 per hour, to the rate of $75 per hour effective July 1, 2018 and continuing until June 30, 2019.

This rate will apply to all work performed on July 1, 2018 through June 30, 2019.

Mary Shultz
Announcement re Entry into US District Courthouse in Kansas City, KS

Beginning on Monday, June 18, 2018, attorneys, clients and visitors to the Robert J. Dole Courthouse in Kansas City, Kansas must use the south doors, on State Avenue, to enter the building  The north doors, on Nebraska Avenue, will only be open to Dole Courthouse employees and deliveries (such as U.S. Mail, FedEx, UPS etc..).
 
PUBLIC PARKING:  Handicapped parking is available in the gated State Avenue lot on the southwest corner of the building. Public parking is available on the southeast corner of 5th Street and Washington Blvd.  City parking lots with hourly rates are located on the 500 block of Armstrong Avenue and the 400 block of State Avenue.

Mary Shultz
New member named, three reappointed to Kansas Commission on Judicial Qualifications

TOPEKA—The Kansas Supreme Court appointed Diane Azorsky, Leawood, and reappointed three other members to the Kansas Commission on Judicial Qualifications. Their terms end June 30, 2022. Azorsky is a nonattorney representative on the commission. She is executive director of Gift of Life, Overland Park. She succeeds Valdenia Winn, a nonattorney member from Kansas City, Kan. Winn is a professor at Kansas City Kansas Community College and a member of the Kansas House of Representatives. Reappointed were: District Judge Brenda Cameron, Olathe Allen Glendenning, attorney, Great Bend Retired District Judge Larry Hendricks, Topeka Cameron serves in Johnson County of the 10th Judicial District. Hendricks recently retired from his position in Shawnee County of the 3rd Judicial District. The commission is charged with helping the Supreme Court exercise its responsibility in judicial disciplinary matters. The 14-member commission includes six active or retired judges, four attorneys, and four nonattorneys. Members are assigned to one of two panels and meet in alternating months. The chair of the commission chairs one panel, while the vice chair heads the second panel. Cameron currently is vice chair of the Commission on Judicial Qualifications and is chair of Panel A, which will include Azorsky. Other Panel A members are: James Cooper, nonattorney member, Lawrence, and vice chair of the panel Terrence Campell, attorney, Lawrence Retired District Judge Robert Fairchild, Lawrence, who served in Douglas County of the 7th Judicial District Norman Kelly, attorney, Salina District Magistrate Judge Mary Thrower, Minneapolis, who serves in Ottawa County of the 28th Judicial District. Chief Judge Nicholas St. Peter, Winfield, serves in Cowley County of the 19th Judicial District. He chairs the Commission on Judicial Qualifications and is chair of Panel B. Glendenning and Hendricks serve on Panel B. Other Panel B members are: Diane Sorensen, attorney, Wichita, and vice chair of the panel Chief Judge Bradley Ambrosier, Elkhart, who serves in Grant, Haskell, Morton, Seward, Stanton, and Stevens counties of the 26th Judicial District Sister Rosemary Kolich, Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth, nonattorney member, Leavenworth Susan Lynn, nonattorney member, Iola. Douglas Shima, clerk of the appellate courts, is secretary to the commission.

Mary Shultz
Leavenworth County judge to retire, accepts senior judge status

TOPEKA—District Judge Gunnar Sundby will retire June 16 after 20 years of service in the 1st Judicial District but will begin serving as a senior judge for the judicial branch. The Kansas Supreme Court appointed Sundby as a senior judge effective June 17. Sundby is a graduate of Washburn University and a 1977 graduate of the Washburn University School of Law. He first practiced with Stillings and Caplinger, Atchison, then was elected county attorney for Atchison County, serving from 1980 to 1992. He was a partner in a law firm with J. David Farris for seven years until his 1998 appointment as a district judge for Leavenworth County in the 1st Judicial District. The 1st Judicial District is composed of Atchison and Leavenworth counties. Sundby said his first nine years on the bench focused on domestic and probate cases. In recent years he has been assigned to the criminal and prisoner dockets, where he has dealt with thousands of criminal cases, seen prisoners from all over the state, and presided over about 200 jury trials. Sundby said he has tried "to allow all parties the opportunity to be heard" and added he appreciates the support of the residents of Leavenworth County. Sundby said his new role as senior judge will allow him to remain close to his colleagues, travel the state as needed, and still serve as a judge. As a senior judge, he can be assigned to cases being heard in any district court, as well as the Court of Appeals and the Supreme Court. Sundby said the part-time work as a senior judge will allow him and his wife, Debbie, to travel and spend more time with family, which includes four grandchildren. 

Mary Shultz
Judge Richard Walker appointed to Kansas Guardianship Program board

TOPEKA—The Kansas Supreme Court appointed Senior Judge Richard Walker to an unexpired term on the board of directors of the Kansas Guardianship Program. His term will run through June 30, 2019. Walker succeeds Judge Frank Yeoman Jr., who retired from the Shawnee County District Court in September. Walker has served as a senior judge for the Kansas Court of Appeals since 2015. He previously served 18 years as a district court judge in Harvey County of the 9th Judicial District and 13 years as chief judge of that district. The Kansas Guardianship Program recruits volunteers willing to be appointed by a district court as guardians or conservators for adults who have been declared legally unable to manage their lives and financial affairs and who do not have family members available to do that. Guardians or conservators, who receive training and support from the Kansas Guardianship Program, advocate for and protect the rights of these individuals. In 2017, there were more than 760 volunteers serving as guardians and conservators for more than 1,350 people. A seven-member board governs the statewide program, based in Manhattan. The governor appoints six board members, and the Supreme Court's chief justice appoints the seventh. Other members are Stephen Atherton, Emporia; Rep. Barbara Ballard, Lawrence; Ruth Graham, Topeka; Dave Heinemann, Topeka; Paul Kallman, Scandia; and Wayne Radford, Topeka. Jean Krahn is the executive director.

Mary Shultz