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
Proposed Supreme Court Rules 20 through 24 and Amended Supreme Court Rule 111

The Kansas Supreme Court announced on April 22, 2019, that it is accepting public comment on rules that address the Kansas eCourt project to develop a centralized case management system for Kansas courts.
Five new rules are proposed and they are referred to collectively as the Kansas eCourt Rules:

  • Rule 20 is a Prefatory Rule explaining the purpose for developing a centralized case management system;

  • Rule 21 defines terms used in the eCourt Rules;

  • Rule 22 establishes the framework for providing public access to electronic case records;

  • Rule 23 discusses requirements for efiling documents in Kansas district courts;

  • Rule 24 describes protections afforded personally identifiable information. 

The Supreme Court is also accepting comment on amendments Rule 111, which governs the physical characteristics of pleadings and other documents. Because Rule 111 is an existing rule, changes are shown by underlining new content and using strikethrough to show deleted content.  
Comments may be made by email to until 5 p.m. Monday, May 13, 2019. The subject line must read "eCourt Rules."

Mary Shultz
Board of Trustee Election Results

The election for the attorney member positions on the Michael J. Malone Douglas County Law Library Board of Trustees has been held.  Congratulations to the 5 attorneys elected to the Board:  Kathryn Barker, Curtis Barnhill, Karen Ebmeier, Mike Jilka and Josh Seiden.

The attorney members of the Board will assume office on May 1, 2019, and the first meeting will be on July 16, 2019.  The Board meets quarterly in January, April, July, and October, at noon on the third Tuesday of the month.

Mary Shultz
Drug Take Back Event

Bring your unused or expired prescription and over-the-counter medications to the DEA-sponsored Drug Take Back event on Saturday, April 27 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

There will be two collection sites where we will dispose of your unused medications at no cost to you. Needles or sharps will not be accepted. (Epipens are the exception. We will take unused/expired Epipens.):

1: East side of the Law Enforcement Center near the 11th/Rhode Island intersection rain or shine.

2. Inside Hy-Vee near the pharmacy, 4000 W 6th St., Lawrence.

Mary Shultz
April is Child Abuse Prevention Month

In honor of Child Abuse Prevention Month, Douglas County Child Abuse Prevention Task Force planted blue pinwheels at the Judicial and Law Enforcement Center on April 1, 2019, to increase awareness and community engagement in this important issue. The pinwheel serves as the national symbol for child abuse prevention, serving as a reminder that children should be raised in safe, stable and nurturing environments free from abuse and neglect.

Mary Shultz
Douglas County CASA volunteer honored with statewide award

Karen Warner, a Douglas County Court Appointed Special Advocate, or CASA, was presented with the Outstanding Community-Based Victim Advocate Award. Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt bestowed the honor during the state’s annual Kansas Crime Victims’ Rights Conference in Wichita.

Since becoming a CASA volunteer in 2011, Warner has advocated for eight abused or neglected children during their court journeys to be placed in a safe, permanent home, according to a news release from Schmidt’s office. She’s volunteered more than 1,300 hours and driven more than 6,200 miles in the process.

Mary Shultz
Longtime Douglas County District Attorney’s Office employee Cindy Riling honored

On April 11, at the 22nd Annual Crime Victims’ Rights Conference , Cindy Riling was honored with the state’s 2019 Crime Victims Service Award in the System-Based Advocate category. The award was presented at a luncheon by Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt.

 During her 14 years of service to victims, Cindy has demonstrated dedication to her profession, both to the victims she serves and to her peers across the state.  Outside of her direct work in Douglas County, Cindy has taken an active role in advancing her profession across Kansas as a committee member “subject matter expert” on the Improving Criminal Justice Response (ICJR) System Based Victim Assistance Staff (SBVAS) Subcommittee, she is approved as a System Based Victim Assistance Staff (SBVSA) curricula trainer, and Cindy assisted in providing training at 21st Annual Crime Victims’ Rights Conference in April 2018.

Mary Shultz
Nominations now being accepted for the Liberty Bell Award

The Liberty Bell Award acknowledges outstanding community service from local individuals. 

Citizens of Douglas County 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.

Historically, the Award is generally given to non-lawyers.

Who can nominate:
Nominations are accepted from members of the local bar, and the Board of Officers then vote on the qualified nominations.  

What to include:
Please provide us with a few paragraphs about how your nominee meets the qualifications.  There is no specific format, but this helps the Board vote  on the nominees.

Nominations due by 5:00 PM Thursday April 18.

NOTE: The Award will be presented at our annual Law Day luncheon being held on May 1, 2019 at Macelli's.  (more info on that later)

Please send the name of your nominee and description to Andy Bauch:    or you can drop off a hardcopy to Andy at the District Attorney's Office.

Mary Shultz