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Lawrence homicide victim to be featured in Rose Parade float honoring organ donors


A "floragraph" of Lawrence homicide victim Leah Brown will be among donor portraits on the 2019 Donate Life Rose Parade Float. Brown's donated tissue and corneas helped at least 50 people, the organization says. At 22, Leah Brown was gunned down by a stray bullet in downtown Lawrence. After her death, however, Brown was able to help others as an organ donor.

Brown will be one of about 40 organ, eye and tissue donors nationwide to be honored with a “floragraph” on the Donate Life Rose Parade Float on New Year’s Day in Pasadena, Calif. Donate Life says the “artistic portraits,” made of seeds, that are featured on its annual floats are often decorated by honorees’ family members. Organ recipients and other champions of the cause will ride and walk alongside the float.

Brown’s profile on the Donate Life site describes a vibrant and caring person.

“She was grateful and gracious, a young woman who was appreciative of the smallest gestures of love given to her by others. She felt the best way to spend time was with family and friends. Not only did she enjoy riding her motorcycle, she loved dancing, roller skating, riding horses, ‘Taco Tuesdays’, baking, spontaneity and laughing,” it says. “…Fittingly, beneath her final Instagram post, Leah wrote simply and passionately, ‘Be fearless in the pursuit of what sets your soul on fire.'”

Mary Shultz
National Day of Mourning December 5, 2018

By virtue of the District Court’s Administrative Order No. 18-19, the Douglas County Law Library will be closed to the public on Wednesday, December 5, 2018, in observance of the National Day of Mourning of the death of former President George H. W. Bush.

Mary Shultz
Gov.-elect Kelly will use merit-based system instead to select Court of Appeals Judges

The incoming Governor says she does not plan to use the same system of selecting appellate court judges that former Republican Gov. Sam Brownback used. That system allows the governor to make appointments directly, subject to Senate confirmation.

Instead, Governor-elect Kelly says she will use a process akin to the old way of choosing judges by filtering applications through a nonpartisan nominating committee that will forward to her a list of three candidates from which to choose.

“In an effort to increase transparency, we will use a merit-based selection process similar to that used by the Kansas Supreme Court,” Kelly said in a recent statement. “This is not required, but I believe the people of Kansas deserve to observe this process and know that we are choosing a highly-qualified person to serve in this important judicial position. I am committed to being open and transparent.”

The opening on the court is being created by the upcoming retirement of Judge Patrick D. McAnany, who reached the mandatory retirement age of 75 earlier in November.

Mary Shultz
5 reappointed to juvenile justice committee

The Kansas Supreme Court reappointed five people to two-year terms on the Juvenile Justice Oversight Committee. The committee, formed in 2016 at the direction of the Kansas Legislature, reviews and oversees improvements to the juvenile justice system in the state. Membership includes representation from all three branches of government.

The Supreme Court appointees are: District Judge Delia York, serving in the 29th Judicial District, composed of Wyandotte County. District Magistrate Judge Paula Hofaker, serving in Phillips County of the 17th District, also composed of Decatur, Graham, Norton, Osborne, and Smith counties. Kevin Emerson, chief court services officer for the 28th Judicial District, composed of Ottawa and Saline counties. Lara Blake Bors, Garden City, a juvenile defense attorney. Amy Raymond, director of trial courts programs, Office of Judicial Administration, Kansas judicial branch.

Mary Shultz
November/December Art Exhibit

Sharron Spence of Paola, Kansas is our featured artist during November and December.  Please visit the District Attorney reception area, Div. 1/4/6 office entry area, Div. 3 office area and the Law Library to see Sharron’s paintings. 

Coming soon - more artwork will be on display in the reception area of the District Court Clerk’s office. 

If you have any suggestions of an artist whose works you would like to see displayed, please contact Mary in the Law Library. 

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Mary Shultz
Holiday Schedule

The Law Library and the District Court will be closed on Thursday, November 22 and Friday, November 23 in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday.

The Law Library and the District Court will be closed on Monday, December 24 and Tuesday, December 25 in observance of the Christmas holiday.

The Law Library and the District Court will be closed on Tuesday, January 1, 2019, in observance of the New Year’s Holiday.

Mary Shultz
2019 Attorney Registration form

The deadline to renew your annual Michael J. Malone Douglas County Law Library registration for 2019 is approaching. Regardless of whether your use the Law Library, all attorneys whose main practice is in Douglas County or who live in Douglas County and whose main practice is in another state are required by Kansas statutes to register annually and pay the $50 registration fee. In addition, attorneys who are not required to register but do so in order to have a library key issued are also required to register annually and pay the fee.

The deadline to register is January 15, 2019.

Your 2019 fee payment of $50 should be made payable to the “Michael J. Malone Douglas County Law Library” and sent or delivered to the Law Library at 111 East 11th Street, Lawrence, Kansas 66044.
 
If the fee payment is not received by the due date, attorneys who are required to pay the fee will not be allowed to file any pleadings and/or documents through eFlex electronic filing for Douglas County.  In addition, nonpayment of the fee will result in library key privileges being suspended.

Registration Form

Mary Shultz
In with the NEW computers & out with the old - Silent Auction

Good News:

The 2 new HP Pavilion Touchsmart All-in-One 27-r015z computers are up & running in the Law Library. 

We will be conducting a silent auction for the 1 HP Touch Screen & 1 Dell computers that were replaced.
 
The bid sheets will be in the Law Library on the cart next to the Manager’s desk. 

Bids will be taken beginning today, FridayNovember 9, 2018, at 1:00 PM, through WednesdayNovember 21, 2018, at 1:00 PM.
 
Set out below are the specs for each computer and the required minimum bid. 
 
HP Touchsmart 610-1280 qd (2012)                    MINIMUM BID:           $100
 
Intel(R) Core ™ i7-2600 CPU 2 3.40GHz
RAM:  8.00 GB
64-bit operating system, x64-based processor
2T Hard drive
Wireless mouse & keyboard included
 
Windows 10 Pro
Microsoft Office 2010
TV Tuner
Internal blu-ray
 
DELL (2012)                                                          MINIMUM BID:           $150
 
Dual processor quadcore
RAM:  8.00 GB
64-bit operating system, x64-based processor
2T Hard drive
Wireless mouse & keyboard included
 
Windows 10 Pro
Microsoft Office 2016 Professional

Mary Shultz
Electronics in Courtroom - PROHIBITION

Effective immediately, Douglas County will not allow the use of electronic devices in the gallery of the courtrooms.  If you are an attorney handling the case at hand, you may use your electronic devices, but no one in the gallery may use or have out electronic devices, including phones, tablets or computers, without specific permission from the Court.  A future, more detailed, policy will follow.  

Bottom line, attorneys should tell your clients to leave their phones in their vehicles.  If you are an attorney, you can only use your phone while at the podium/counsel table dealing with the case currently being called by the Court.  Attorneys are prohibited from using a phone/IPad/etc while in the gallery waiting for their case to be called.  If you need to read an email or send a text, you go to the hallway.

Mary Shultz