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Stories From Around the State

  • Date: October 28, 2010

    Location:  Kansas Bar Association Offices, Topeka, Kansas

    Partners:  Washburn University, Kansas Bar Association; Women Attorneys Association

    Professor Jeffrey Jackson of Washburn University and Gwen Elliott of the League of Women Voters of Topeka addressed the Kansas Bar Association on the League’s education campaign. 


  • Date: October 16, 2010

    Location:  Great Bend High School, Great Bend, Kansas

    Partners: Great Bend High School

    The League of Women Voters of Great Bend had a meeting with Judge Hannalore Kitts of the 20th Judicial District (Great Bend), who discussed the challenges of being a female in an elected district.  Judge Kitts spoke about how she has to spend a lot of money to run, can't really campaign, and can't talk about why she ruled as she did even when untruthful publicity is given.


  • Date: October 7, 2010

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

    Partners: Kansas Wesleyan University

    The League of Women Voters of Salina held a public lecture featuring Judge Joe Johnson of the Shawnee County District Court, Judge Maritza Segarra of Geary County District Court, and Judge Jennifer Jones of Wichita Municipal Court.  The judges asked, “We’ve got one country, one flag, one Constitution. Why do we need a diverse judiciary?” Pointing to individual students and commanding them to “come on down,” Judge Johnson positioned four at the front of the lecture hall in role plays, challenging those present to imagine what a black man charged with rape of a white woman might feel facing an all-white prosecutor, judge, and jury—or how a battered mother of four might feel about justice if she faced an all-male prosecutor, judge, and jury as she pressed her claim in court against her divorcing husband—a respected physician.


  • 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.