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Margaret Arnold


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Stories From Around the State

  • Date: September 9-11, 2010; September 25, 2010

    Location: Olathe Fair; Overland Park Fall Festival

    The League of Women Voters of Johnson County set up booths at two fall festivals, the Olathe Fair and the Overland Park Fall Festival, to present materials on the "Quest for a More Diverse Judiciary" education campaign to the public. 

  • Date: September 23, 2010

    Location:  Central Resource Library, Overland Park, Kansas

    Partners:  Johnson County Library

    Chief Judge Kathryn Vratil, U.S. District Court of Kansas; Judge Brenda Cameron, Johnson County District Court; Judge Larry McClain, Johnson County District Court (retired); and Jon R. Gray, former Missouri Circuit Judge and now a partner in a Missouri law firm, discussed critical issues facing the contemporary judiciary, including funding and diversity.

  • Date: September 16, 2010

    Location:  Murdock Theater, Wichita, Kansas

    The League of Women Voters of Wichita celebrated Constitution Day 2010 with a discussion of judicial diversity in a district that elects judges.  Speakers included Judge James Fleetwood, Judges Greg Waller, Judge Goeffrey Goering; Judge Joseph Bribiesca, and Judge Dave Dewey (retired).   Subsequently, an attendee wrote in review, “The boys had not given a lot of thought to the need for more women on the bench...but agreed it could be important.  Bless their hearts, ya' gotta' love 'em...However!”

  • Date: September 16, 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; judicial nominating commissioners

    The League of Women Voters of Emporia celebrated Constitution Day 2010 with a discussion of judicial diversity, "Constitutional Law and the Judiciary System:  How it Affects Us," featuring A.J. Jack Focht, a special counsel at the law firm Fouston Siefkin LLP.

  • Date: September 15, 2010

    Location: Forum Hall, Kansas State University, Manhattan, Kansas

    Partners: Kansas State University; Kansas Bar Association; Kansas Women Attorney's Association

    The League of Women Voters of Manhattan/Riley County celebrated Constitution Day 2010 with a discussion of judicial diversity, featuring Justice Marla Luckert, Kansas Supreme Court; Judge Henry Green, Kansas Court of Appeals; Judge Richard Greene, Kansas Court of Appeals; Judge Melissa Standridge, Kansas Court of Appeals; and Professor Susan Valdez, University of Kansas Law School.

  • Date:  August 30, 2010

    Location:  Salina Public Library, Salina, Kansas

    Partners:  Salina Business and Professional Women; American Association of University Women (AAUW); National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP)

    The League of Women Voters of Salina held a public forum featuring federal judge Deanell Reece Tacha, a Kansas native who now serves on the United States Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals, at their annual membership meeting to discuss diversity in the Kansas courts.

  • Date:  August 26, 2010

    Location:  Murdock Theater, Wichita, Kansas

    Partners: KCPT-TV

    19th Amendment Anniversary Celebration:  League of Women Voters of Wichita co-sponsored a program on the need for diversity in the Kansas judiciary, featured on KCPT-TV, featuring Linda Weir-Enegren, Founder, Rainbows United and Roots and Wings; Rev. Dr. M Catherine Northrup, J.D., First Presbyterian Church, Senior Pastor; and Nola Foulston, Sedgwick County District Attorney.

  • Thanks to six months of persuasion from the League of Women Voters of Kansas, judicial vacancy announcements and nominating commission rosters were made public on the Kansas Judicial Branch website in July 2010, significantly increasing the transparency and accessibility of the nominating process.  The League strongly recommended this change as a step to increase transparency in the judicial nominating process in Kansas.  The League made its recommendation using as a best practice the web page of the Colorado courts.

  • Date:  May 20, 2010

    Location:  Capital City School, Topeka Public School Complex, Topeka, Kansas

    Partners:  Topeka/Shawnee County school district

    League of Women Voters of Topeka/Shawnee County President Gwen Elliott gave a presentation on the judicial diversity initiative to the School of Social Work, including workers from preschool through high school.  Since reaching minority students is a goal of school social workers, the group received information and materials enthusiastically.  Ms. Elliott distributed 33 packets to school employees and spouses including a minority practicing attorney and an attorney who does research for the Kansas Supreme Court and the Kansas Court of Appeals.