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Stories From Around the State

  • Date:  May 7, 2010

    Location:  River Festival Sundown Parade, Wichita, Kansas

    The League of Women Voters of Wichita, lead by Co-President Denae Lyons, provided exposure to the education campaign at a local Wichita parade by dressing in judicial robes with signs reading “Vote in Women Judges!"

  • Date:  May 4, 2010

    Location: Topeka-Shawnee County Public Library, Topeka, Kansas

    Partners: Topeka-Shawnee County Public Library

    The League of Women Voters of Topeka/Shawnee County held a special Tuesday Topics meeting featuring Mark Dupree, Johnson County Assistant Public Defender, who is also a member of the Kansas Bar Association's Diversity Committee.  He spoke about why diversity is important to an effective judiciary.


  • Date:  April 29, 2010

    Location:  Kansas State Union, Manhattan, Kansas

    Event: Meeting with Riley County Commission Members/League of Women Voters of Kansas State Council meeting

    The League of Women Voters of Manhattan/Riley County focused the State Council meeting of the Leagues of Kansas on promoting a more diverse Kansas judiciary, through a program entitled "So You Want to Be a Judge? Adding Diversity to Kansas’ Fair and Impartial Courts." This effort included a public forum on judicial diversity--featuring Kansas Supreme Court Justice Marla Luckert, Justice Carol Beier, and Court of Appeals Judge Henry Green--followed by advocacy visits to the governor and legislature, along with a press release to educate the public on judicial diversity.

  • Date:  April 29, 2010

    Location:  Emporia State University, Emporia, Kansas

    Partners:  Lyon/Chase Bar Association; Emporia State University; Emporia State University Associated Student Government; Hispanics of Today & Tomorrow (HOTT); Emporia High School; American Association of University Women; Washburn University

    The League of Women Voters of Emporia held a Law Day forum at Emporia State University entitled “How Can You Make a Difference?  Learn How Judges Are Selected!”  Speakers included Distinguished Professor of Law James Concannon of Washburn University Law School; Dr. Barbara Baker, Director of Multicultural Affairs at Emporia State University; Kenneth Buechel, Citizen member of the Emporia Judicial Nominating Commission; and Debra Huth, President of the Lyon/Chase County Bar Association.

  • League of Women Voters of the United States staff David Ward, Specialist, and Zaida Arguedas, Senior Director, wrote an article on the “Quest for a More Diverse Judiciary” campaign published in Vol. 93, No. 5 (March- April 2010) of the American Judicature Society’s flagship journal, Judicature.  

  • Date:  April 16, 2010

    Location: Crestview United Methodist Church, Topeka, Kansas

    Partners: Crestview United Methodist Church

    League of Women Voters of Topeka/Shawnee County President Gwen Elliott spoke about judicial diversity to a group of United Methodist Women, active at the Methodist Conference level.

  • Date:  April 14, 2010

    Location:  Dining Hall, Stevens Center, St. John’s Military School, Salina, Kansas

    Partners:  Salina Journal; Salina Media Group; Salina Women Attorneys Group; American Association of University Women (AAUW); Saline-Ottawa County Bar Association 

    Kansas Supreme Court Justice Eric S. Rosen presented in place of Justice Carol Beier as keynote speaker of the Salina League of Women Voters Annual Meeting.  He spoke about the everyday value of judicial diversity on the bench, and why diversity should be important to even those who are not considered diverse themselves.

  • Date: March 25, 2010

    Location: Science Hall, Kansas Wesleyan University, Salina, Kansas

    Partners:  Kansas Wesleyan University; Salina National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP); Salina League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC); Salina Human Relations Commission

    Kansas Supreme Court Justice Carol A. Beier, Kansas Court of Appeals Judge Henry Green, Magistrate Judge in Riley County District Court Sheila Hochhauser spoke about judicial demographics in Kansas, implicit bias, and the importance of a varied bench at the "What Does a Judge Look Like?" forum organized by the League of Women Voters of Salina and Kansas Wesleyan University.  The judges also discussed their own paths to their current positions, how their diversity affects their work as judges, and their views of judicial diversity in general.

  • Date:  March 14, 2010

    Location:  Great Bend High School, Great Bend, Kansas

    Partners: Great Bend High School; Ellinwood High School; Hoisington High School; Clafflin High School; and Barton County College 

    The Honorable Mike Keeley of the 20th Judicial District in Great Bend, Kansas, spoke to the League about the importance of a diverse judiciary to the state.