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featuring Adam Skaggs associate of the Brennan Center for Justice, speak about "Judicial Diversity" at a LWV of NJ Constitution Day event.

 




Safeguarding U.S. Democracy, Quest for a More Diverse Judiciary
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Judiciary Project Wrap-up, Day at the Capitol, Mar. 24, 2011
Video by KTKA, Channel 49, Topeka Mar. 31, 2011
"Kansas "Fair Judiciary" Campaign announces success —WIBW, Channel 13, Topeka, news coverage Mar. 31, 2011
presentations
discussions


LWV:Johnson County Law Day

The League of Women Voters of Johnson County has taken on an ambitious project to help young people learn
how diversity in the judiciary is essential in good government. Cooperating with the Johnson County Bar Association,
the League of Women Voters of Johnson County would like to sponsor students and their parents to participate in
Law Day
on Tuesday, May 3, 2011, at the Johnson Co. Courthouse, from 5:00 to 9:00 p.m.
     
Our purpose for this project was to contact young people within the middle school range to inform and educate
them about the opportunities within the local judicial system.
      Some time ago all of the school districts within Johnson County were contacted giving them information concerning
this project. Five of the middle schools replied and were given details of the program. A follow-up was made and a
list of 35 students was compiled, along with parents and advisers attending. Our committee consisting of six of our
Board members set to work to put together diversity bags and provide a lunch for the attendees.
      Two members of the committee greeted the students and their parents/advisers as they arrived at the Johnson
County courthouse. They were then ushered into a courtroom where the Honorable Judge Stephen Tatum spoke
to them regarding what his job entailed. He spoke to them about how and why he became a judge, what classes
might be of interest to them and the judicial process and courtroom procedures. The students then questioned the
Judge regarding his experiences in the courtroom and cases that he had heard. They were then encouraged to visit
various tables set up within the hallways and attend other programs, such as forensics labs and mock courts, offered
in various parts of the courthouse.
      After this conversation with Judge Tatum, the students were given Diversity bags which held pens, literature and wrist
bands sent from National. At this time they also were given lunch boxes and photos were taken for them to keep as
a memento of this Law Day. The final count was twenty-four (24) students attending with at least one parent or adviser.
      As this project has officially been completed, it is our hope that this will still give LWVUS more information for this most
important topic. It is LWVJC's hope that we have made a difference in at least one child's life with encouragement
toward a career in the judicial system.
      Respectfully submitted, Harriett Anderson, Past President, League of Women Voters of Johnson County, Kansas


The Eisenhower Roots of Judical Diversity: Race and Gender

High School students did research, prepared a report, and summarized their work at the Salina
Public Library's Community Learning Center. Their talk is entitled "The Eisenhower Roots of Judicial
Diversity: Race and Gender," sponsored by the Salina League of Women Voters. The girls focused
on Gender Diversity. The boys focused on Judicial Diversity and Civil Rights. See slide presentations
here:

Appellate judge takes oath of office
Karen Arnold-Burger exchanged the robe of presiding judge of Overland Park Municipal Court for that
of a member of the Kansas Court of Appeals on Friday...
—by Fredrick J. Johnson, Topeka Capital-Journal, 3/5/2011


House would alter judicial selection
Legislation that would allow the governor to appoint judges to the Kansas Court of Appeals, with Senate
confirmation, was debated on the House floor Thursday and passed, on a 67-46 vote, to final action.
—by Fredrick J. Johnson, Topeka Capital-Journal, 2/25/2011


Tacha named dean at Pepperdine Law, by Topeka Capital-Journal, 2/10/2011


Noted Kansan Tacha honored
The Native Sons and Daughters honored Tacha, a Goodland native raised in Scandia, as its
2010 Kansan of the Year. Tacha has been a judge since 1985 for the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals
and served as chief judge of the circuit from 2001 to 2008.
—by Tim Hrenchir, Topeka Capital-Journal, January 28, 2011.


Researching Ike
High School students did research, prepared a report, and will summarzed their work on Wednesday
evening, January 12, 2011, at the Salina Public Library's Community Learning Center. The talk is
entitled "The Eisenhower Roots of Judicial Diversity: Race and Gender," sponsored by the Salina
League of Women Voters.
—by Michael Strand, Salina Journal, January 7, 2011


Female appellate judge named
Governor Parkinson selected Karen Arnold-Burger to fill a vacancy on the appellate
court created by the announcement in August that Chief Judge Gary Rulon would retire in January.
—by Tim Carpenter, Topeka Capital-Journal, January 6, 2011


Topekan to join Supreme Court
Topeka resident Nancy Moritz Caplinger will join the state's Supreme Court on Friday during a
special swearing-in session.
—by Topeka Capital-Journal, January 3, 2011


Native Sons and Daughters to honor FDIC Chairman
Sheila Bair, U.S. Court of Appeals Judge Deannell Tacha

—by Associated Press, Lawrence Journal-World, December 16, 2010


Voters retain all 4 Kansas Supreme Court Justices
--by Hurst Leviana, Wichita Eagle, November 3, 2010


Nancy Moritz Caplinger to join Kansas Supreme Court
--by Tim Carpenter, Topeka Capital-Journal, November 2, 2010

League of Women Voters of Kansas President Ernestine Krehbiel has issued the following statement:

"The League of Women Voters of Kansas commends the governor for the appointment of Nancy Caplinger
as Justice of the Kansas Supreme Court. This appointment of this knowledgeable and proven judge moves
this court to better mirror the state's population.  Courts should reflect the people they serve.  We welcome
the opportunity for the Supreme Court of Kansas to better represent the diversity of our state."


LWVK: State Fall League Day, Topeka

The Kansas League held Secretary of State Forum in Topeka on October 30, 2010, as a part of
Fall League Day in Topeka. It was covered by the press. It took one hour, with Prof. Bob Beatty,
Political Science department, Washburn University, as Moderator. Questioners were a panel of three:
Kelli Stegeman
from KSNT Channel 27, NBC affiliate; Ric Anderson from the Topeka Capital-Journal;
and Brooke Goc president of the Lawrence. Questions were allowed from the audience
--written on cards and passed in.
     The Republican candidate, Kris Kobach, is the author of the AZ immigration law that is currently being
challenged in courts. The Democratic candidate Chris Biggs was appointed by the gov. to fill a vacancy
when R. Ron Thornburgh resigned to take a position in the private sector. 11/2/2010

Here is the news about this event:
Lawrence Journal World
KSNT print media + Video: Heated Debate in Secretary of State Race  
[Ellen Estes, LWV member, makes good comment at the end of video.]
Topeka Capital-Journal also covered the debate.


LWV-Topeka & Shawnee County: Quest for a More Diverse Judiciary
      Prof. Jeffery Jackson, law professor from Washburn University, and Gwen Elliott, president of
LWV-Topeka and Shawnee County, addressed the Women Attorneys' Association on October 27,
2010, concerning the topic of judicial diversity and the League's involvement with its promotion. 
There were 22 women attorneys in attendance, and Prof. Jackson presented some of the results
of new research that he and two of  his law students have been doing on women judges in Kansas. 
Members of the audience also received Diversity bags and their contents, provided by LWVUS. Oct. 28, 2010


Diversity remains elusive on state high courts
--by Ray Segebrecht, The Kansas City Star, October 1, 2010


The Commission on Judicial Performance was created by the Legislature in 2006
to evaluate all Kansas justices and judges and to publicize the evaluations of the retention election
judges and justices. On the Commissions website under the heading “General Information” you will
find complete information about the evaluations and the process used in evaluating the judges and
justices. Link sent by Randy Hearrell, KSJC http://www.kansasjudicialperformance.org/ Oct. 1, 2010


LWV-Johnson County: Current State of Judiciary in Kansas Judiciary
      League of Women Voters of Johnson County held a panel discussion about the current state of affairs
in Kansas regarding diversity in the judicial system, September 23, 2010, Johnson County Central Resource Library,
Overland Park, KS. The panel, in the photo below, included (left to right) District Judge (Ret.) Larry McClain,
District Judge Brenda Cameron, Federal Judge Kathryn Vratil, and Attorney Jon Gray, Former Mo. Circuit
Judge
. Diane Kuhn reports, "We were very pleased with the balanced presentation and the questions
and answer following." Oct. 1, 2010


Fair Courts in the crossfire --editorial, NYTimes, September 28, 2010


LWV-Topeka & Shawnee County: 90th Birthday Celebration
      LWV-Topeka-Shawnee County's annual membershipand fundraising event was held at Garden House,
Shawnee Lake, on the rainySeptember evening. Sept. 23, 2010. Members celebrated the 90th anniversary
of Women's Suffrage. Evening events included a silent auction of an impressive variety of
items donated by members to raise money for voter registration and political issues goals. Sept. 26, 2010
90th Anniversary of Women's Suffrage, celebrated in Topeka, KS checking in Guests welcomed rainy evening at the lake food and dessert inspecting auction items shopping for clothing Marge and Georgia Passing out reusable bags, Judiciary Study League President Gwen Elliott table centerpiece


Emporia: The Constitution, Dead or Alive?

For Constitution Day, speaker Jack Focht, a lawyer with Foulston Siefkin, LLP in Wichita, spoke on
“The Constitution: Dead or Alive?” He also spoke of whether judges in Kansas should be selected by
merit or by vote. The photo below is from this Sept. 16, 2010, event at the Colonial Ballroom,
Emporia State University, Emporia. Sept. 16, 2010
Constitution Day event, Emporia, KS


Johnson County: Fall Festival Booths

These events attract thousands of visitors. The goal was to educate and possibly recruit citizens in the effort
to promote a more diverse judiciary. These events took place September 9-11, 2010, Olathe Fair; Sept. 25,
2010, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Overland Park Fall Festival, downtown Overland Park. 9/20/2010

left to right:

1st pic - Susan Horst, left and Ellen
Miller
, right

2nd pic - Ann Etter

3rd pic - Ellen Miller



Salina: Membership Meeting featuring 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals
Justice Deanell Tacha

Justice Tacha spoke on Monday, August 30, 2010, at the Salina Public Library. Support for this presentation was
from Funding for the project comes from the League of Women Voters U.S. and the Transparency and Integrity
Fund of the Open Society Institute.



Gov. Mark Parkinson selected a former Topeka school teacher and tax court veteran Thursday to fill a trial
judge vacancy in Shawnee County District Court. Rebecca Ann Crotty, of Topeka, will serve as a district
judge in the state's 3rd Judicial District. She replaces Judge Jan Leuenberger, who retired after 15 years
on the bench. Read more. Aug. 20, 2010


Event celebrating 90 years of women having the right to vote.
—by Becky Tanner, Wichita Eagle, Mon., Aug. 16, 2010


2010 LWVUS Kansas delegates

 

 

 

 

LWVUS 2010 national convention
Ten delegates from Kansas attended the
in Atlanta, GA. A photo essay of the event includes coverage of the
Quest for a More Diverse Judiciary workshop and judiciary speakers. June 2010


Kansas Judicial Branch: A six-member commission is responsible for submitting the names of two or three
nominees to the Kansas Governor for the vacancy which will be created when Shawnee County District
Judge Jan Leuenberger retires effective August 2.  He has been a district judge since October 1995. This vacancy
is in the 3rd Judicial District has issued a request for assistance from the public. A news release was issued
June 14, 2010. http://www.kscourts.org/Kansas-Courts/General-Information/news-releases.asp#061410


See PHOTO: Currently, it looks as though there are only 3 women out of 11 judges on the Kansas Court
of Appeals
bench. See http://www.kscourts.org/kansas-courts/court-of-appeals/judge-bios/default.asp


The Supreme Court Nominating Commission nominated three persons to fill a vacancy on the Court of
Appeals that was created by the April death of Judge Jerry G. Elliott, Lawrence. If Gov. Parkinson should choose
the woman nominee, it would add a fourth woman to the appeals court bench.
http://www.kscourts.org/Kansas-Courts/General-Information/news-releases.asp#052810


    LWV-Topeka & Shawnee County: Topeka Public Schools
     Having heard from at least three speakers on the quest for a diverse judiciary topic that part of the answer
     for recruiting minority members to the practice of law, and perhaps eventually to the bench, is starting early,
     possibly as early as junior high, Topeka/Shawnee County League President, Gwen Elliott, decided to take the
     message to her fellow school social workers at Topeka Public Schools, which has by far the highest student
     minority representation of the five districts in the Shawnee County. With permission from the coordinator,
     Gwen gave a presentation on the judicial diversity project to the entire school social work department,
     including workers from all levels of instruction from preschool through high school, on May 20, 2010.
     They received the information and the packets with great enthusiasm as reaching minority students is always
     a goal of school social workers. In all, Gwen distributed 33 packets to school employees, their contacts, and
     spouses, one of whom is a practicing attorney who has minority status, and another of whom is an attorney
     who does research for the Kansas Supreme Court and the Kansas Court of Appeals.
Topeka schools' social work department


     LWV-Johnson County, Annual Meeting Saturday, May 1, Atonement Lutheran Church – 9948 Metcalf
     LAW DAY, 9 – 10:30 a.m. – Annual Meeting; 10:30 a.m. – Brunch and Awards
     Special Presentations: LWV Essay Scholarship Award recipient Jenna Gottschalk read her winning essay.
     “Making Democracy Work” Award to recipient: U.S. Congressman Dennis Moore
     who spoke on “Civility and Citizenship.”

    LWV-Wichita: River Festival Sundown Parade, May 7, 2010

Wichita Sundown Parade A Wichita Sundown Parade B
Wichita Sundown Parade C Wichita Sundown Parade D Wichita Sundown Parade E Wichita Sundown Parade F Wichita Sundown Parade G
Wichita Sundown Parade H Wichita Sundown Parade I Wichita Sundown Parade J Wichita Sundown Parade K
Wichita Sundown Parade L Wichita Sundown Parade M Wichita Sundown Parade N

    LWV-Topeka & Shawnee County: Tuesday Topics, May 4, 2010
   Speaker was Mark Dupree, Johnson County, KS, Assistant Public Defender, is a member of the Kansas Bar Association's Diversity Committee


   LWVK Council, May 1, 2010, Manhattan, Kansas.

Panel of judges, Honorable Marla Luckert, Carol Beier, Henry Green a Panel of judges, Honorable Marla Luckert, Carol Beier, Henry Green b Council 2010 a
Council 2010 b Council 2010 c
District 1 members with t-shirts and bags Grace Wilson waves goodbye

    Manhattan: Radio programming —On the April 29, 2010, "Community Bridge," alternative
radio for the Manhattan, Kansas, area offered  Jean Lee of the LWV-Manhattan/Riley County, along with
attorney Gabrielle Thompson Prof. John Fliter from K-State discussing the Leagues's Safeguarding U.S.
Democracy: A Quest for a More and Diverse Judiciary
education program. This audio program is available here
for review.


    Emporia: Law Day at Colonial Ballroom, Emporia State University, April 29, 2010. Keynote
speaker was James M Concannon, Distinguished Professor of Law, Washburn Law School. Panelists were
Dr. Barbara Baker, Director of Multicultural Affairs, E.S.U.; Kenneth Buchele, Citizen Member of Judicial
Nominating Committee; and Deborah Huth, President of Lyon/Chase County Bar Association.
discussion, Colonial Room, Emporia State University campus keynote


    Salina: Annual Meeting was held on April 14, 2010, featuring Judge Eric Rosen,
Kansas Supreme Court. This event was held in the dining hall, Stevens Center, St. John's Military School, Salina.

LWV Salina Annual Meeting, April 17, 2010Judge Eric Rosen, Kansas Supreme Court
Speaker, the Honorable Eric Rosen, Kansas Supreme Court Judge Ann Zimmerman, LWV Salina president

Eric Rosen was born in Topeka in 1953. He has a Bachelors and Masters Degree with
honors from Kansas University. His law degree is from Washburn Univeristy in 1984. Before becoming a judge,
he worked in both the District Attorney's and the Public Defender's offices in Shawnee County, served as
Associate General Counsel for the Kansas Securities Commissioner and was a partner in the law firm of
Hein, Ebert and Rosen.  He served 12 years as a Shawnee County district judge before being appointed to
the Supreme Court in 2005. He has also served on the Kansas Sentencing Commission.  He received the
Attorney General's Victim Service Award for Outstanding Judge as well as many other awards and honors,
and serves in many community organizations.  His full biography is on-line .


    LWV Topeka and Shawnee County president Gwen Elliott spoke with a group of United
Methodist Women, some of whom are active at the Methodist Conference level, about Judicial Diverity on
Wednesday, April 16, 2010, at Crestview United Methodist Church, Topeka. Attendees enjoyed their
"Safeguarding U.S. Democracy" tote bags.
Crestview United Methodis Church women's group


Saline: Annual Meeting on April 14, 2010, featuring Kansas Judge Eric Rosen, KS Supreme Court.


    Salina: Judicial Diversity Forum at Kansas Wesleyan Unviersity on March 25, 2010, featured
Magistrate Judge Sheila Hochhauser, Court of Appeals Judge Henry Green, Jr., Supreme Court Justice Carol Beier,
and moderator Ann Zimmerman. 3-25-2010

panel judgespanel judges and moderator
Moderator Ann Zimmerman
Justice Carol Beier speaks panel of judges 2

    Judicial Diversity Forum at KWU ThursdayKSAL Link.com 3-25-2010


    KS Supreme Court justice to join panel discussion on diversity ... Fox Network, Kansas City, Channel 4 3-23-2010
The Salina League of Women Voters is sponsoring the event Thursday evening at Kansas Wesleyan University in Salina. Luckert is the second woman to serve on ...


    Judges to discuss diversity in Kan. court systemNebraska ABC TV, Channel 4
The Salina League of Women Voters is sponsoring the event Thursday evening ... The panelists will discuss their careers and their views on judicial diversity. 3-23-2010


    Internet Links:
Kansas
Judicial Branch : Supreme Court | Court of Appeals | District Courts | Court Structure Chart


National Center for State Courts: Judicial Salary Resource Center (KANSAS) http://www.ncsconline.org/D_KIS/Salary_Survey/state_inc.asp?STATE=KS


    Wichita Eagle editorial opinion,
Courts need more women judges,”
Friday, March 12, 2010, — For the editorial board, Rhonda Holman. Article mentions LWV-Wichita Metro. Mary Knecht coordinated the project with newspaper editorial staff. 3-12-2010



    Wichita: FORUM featureed Judge Karen Humphreys, Chief Magistrate Judge for the US District Court of Kansas, discussing judicial diversity. Discussion & Reception followed.
Thurs., March 4, 2010, 7:00 p.m., 20th Century Club Auditorium and Parlor, Murdock Theatre

Judiciciary Forum, Wichita, Mar. 4, 2010


Ann Zimmerman addresses commissioners League of Women Voters-Salina President Ann Zimmerman addressed the Salina City Commission and the Saline County Commission, making statements about the League's 90th birthday (officially, February 14, 2010) and the Kansas Judicial Diversity Project. League members also served the commissioners cake. Ann Zimmerman, 3/1/2010
City and County Commissioners
cake 4 cake 2 Ann adressing commissioners
cake 1
cake 3

    Topeka letter-to-the-editor: Judicial diversity, Topeka Capital-Journal, Sunday, February 27, 2010, written by Gwen Elliott, President of LWV-TSC. 2-29-2010

League of Women Voters Wichita-Metro held their first Book Club Discussion on Tuesday, February 23, 2010, at the Rockwell Branch of the Library. At least 30 passionate people attended. Dr. Daisy Karagarama lead the discussion. Several people mentioned joining the League of Women Voters, and all were given the Events schedule and invited to the March 4 th presentation by Chief Magistrate Judge Karen Humphreys at the Twentieth Century Club Murdock Theater on North Broadway. Pat MacDonald,2/28/2010
Dr. Daisy Karagarama and readers


—from President Ann Zimmerman, LWV-Salina 2-22-2010
    Salina: 90th LWV Birthday proclamation:
      The Salina LWV is here today to celebrate the 90 th birthday of the LWV. The National LWV began in 1920, the same
year that women won the right to vote in national elections. That same year, Kansas was...  Read more


Entrance, Castle Tea Room League of Women Voters-Lawrence celebrated the League's 90th Birthday on February 18, 2010, with a reception at the Castle Tea Room, 1307 Massachusetts, Lawrence. Honored guests included Douglas Co. Nominating Commission, County Commissioners, and Douglas County District Judges.
Carol Jacobson, Judge Shepherd, Judge Pokorny, Marty Fairchild, Judge Fairchild, Judge Martin, Judge George, Speaker Diane Oakes Marty Fairchild, Diane Oakes and Judge Fairchild
League members at reception Co-president Diane Oakes Co-president Kay Hale Milton Scott, Nominating Commissioner Kirk VanAchen, Diane Oakes, Kay Hale
Nominating Commission Member Janine Cox, League Member Aline Hooey, Nominating Commission Member John Nichter League President Kay Hale, Univeristy of Kansas Law School Representative Karen Hester, Carrie Lindsey Judge Pokorny, Donna Flory, County Commissioner Jim Flory, Judge Shephard

LWVK celebrates the 90th birthday of LWV at the State Capitol. League leaders from across Kansas helped celebrate the 90th birthday of League at the Kansas State Capitol on Wed., February 17, 2010. Celebration included a visit with Mark Parkinson, Governor of Kansas.
90th Birthday Celebration, Kansas State Capitol, Feb. 17, 2010 gallery shot 2 gallery shot 1 House Chamber recognition
League of Women Voters of Kansas celebrate 90th birthday with Governor Parkingson
LWV-Salina celebrated the 90th birthday of LWV on February 22, 2010, with birthday cake and a statement about the Judicial Diversity Project to the joint meeting of the Salina City Commission and the Saline County Commission. -Ann Zimmerman President, LWV-Salina, presided.
—from Co President Candy Birch, Johnson County 1-28-2010
    Comments to the Johnson County Board of County Commissioners      The League of Women Voters of Johnson County is here today on a particular mission. You may recall getting an invitation last October to attend a program called Safeguarding U.S. Democracy: The Quest for a More Diverse Judiciary . That event marked the beginning of a two-year state-wide effort to draw attention to the diversity (or lack thereof) in our judicial system and to advocate for increased diversity. To that end…  Read more
—from Ann Zimmerman, President, LWV-Salina
    Salina Program Planning Meeting, at which we spent most of the time making our Judicial Diversity plans. [Choose a thumbnail to see the larger photo.] 2-2-2010 LWV-Salina Judicial Diversity planning Saline planning 1 Saline planning 3 Saline planning 4 Saline planning 2
Letter from Robert E. Davic, Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Kansas November 9, 2009

Dear Ms. Arguedas:

I am pleased to report that I have heard nothing but extremely positive comments following the League of Women Voters Kansas League Day Program on October 17. As you are aware, there were members of the Kansas Supreme Court, Court staff, and district judges present. I look forward to the other events that you will be holding in 2010, and hope that my schedule will permit me to attend at least some of them.

I share in your "quest for a more diverse judiciary," and I thank you very much for your continued educational and advocacy efforts.

Sincerely,
Robert E. Davis
Chief Justice


Safeguarding U.S. Democracy: The Quest for a More Diverse Judiciary
A Judiciary Forum, open to the public, was kick-off event on the Diverse Judiciary issue. The forum was held in Topeka, KS, on Saturday, October 17, 2009. The forum featured the Honorable Rebecca Love Kourlis, Executive Director of the Institute for the Advancement of the American Legal System. Together the League of Women Voters of Kansas and eight local Leagues ( League of Women Voters of Kansas, Emporia, Great Bend, Johnson County, Lawrence/Douglas County, Manhattan/Riley County, Salina, Topeka, and Wichita) focused on the question: “Does the Kansas Judiciary reflect the diversity of our state? If not, why not?”
This audio podcast (59 minutes) features Hon. Rebecca Kourlis, Executive Director of the Institute for the Advancement of the Legal System. Hon. Kourlis spoke at the Kansas League of Women Voters forum: "Does the Kansas Judiciary Reflect the Diversity of our State? If Not, Why Not?" held on 17 October 2009 in Topeka, KS. The forum was the opening of a two-year League project focusing on promoting diversity at all levels of the state judiciary and enhancing the legitimacy of our system of justice in the eyes of an increasingly diverse public. Rebecca Love Kourlis was appointed to the Colorado Supreme Court in 1985 and resigned in 2006 after serving for 11 years. Kourlis authored of more than 200 opinions and dissents during her tenure and spearheaded significant reforms in the court system relating to juries, family law and attorney regulation. MP3 File 11-23-2009

Safeguarding U.S. Democracy:
The Quest for a More Diverse Judiciary

A kick-off event has held in Topeka, KS, on October 17, 2009. A public forum featured the Honorable Rebecca Love Kourlis, Executive Director of the Institute for the Advancement of the American Legal System. Together the League of Women Voters of Kansas and eight local Leagues across the state, focused on the question: “Does the Kansas Judiciary reflect the diversity of our state? If not, why not?” A preconference reception was held at the Brown vs. the Board of Education National Historic Site in Topeka. 10-23-2009

NOTE: State League members will recognize many familar faces in the slide show, left. 10-18-2009

Also visit: 100 Turn Out to Help Launch Quest for a More Diverse Judiciary, a nationally published wrap-up of these events.

A preconference reception was held at the Brown vs. the Board of Education National Historic Site in Topeka. —Select a photo to see the larger version.
Topeka preconference reception, The Quest for a More Diverse Judiciary Photo C Photo E Photo A Photo B Photo F Photo D


Impartial Judiciary National Grant Award State Planning Meeting, Topeka
LWVK has been chosen (along with Colo. LWV) for a prestigious grant from LWVUS that will give us opportunity to hold public forums about a subject near our hearts: impartial judiciary. Close to sixty interested members from throughout the state gathered at McFarland's Restaurant in Topeka on Sat., Aug. 29, and heard Zaida Arguedas, Deputy Director of LWVUS, speak about what the grant means, and what we can do at local and state levels to be visible AND receive funding to put on programs for the public about the important topic. David Ward, Specialist on the Judiciary and the Courts, assisted with this presentation to Leaguers.
— photos by CarolYoho, LWV-Topeka/Shawnee Co, posted 9/5/2009 Zaidia Arguedas and David Ward speak at grant planning meeting, Topeka, Aug. 29, 2009

See national coverage of this event on the LWVUS web site.


 

 


 

E D C A H F G B I Mark Dupree with his LWV bag Mr. and Mrs. Dupree both have bags Slides 2 Slides 1 Judiciary slideshow 2 Judiciary slideshow 1 Johnson County annual meeting D Johnson County annual meeting C Johnson County annual meeting B Johnson County annual meeting A A B C Janice introduces Margaret and Ann welcome Justice Tacha Justice Tacha speaks Professor Jeffrey Jackson speaks on diversity in the judiciary Jackson and Elliott speak with Judge Nancy Parrish, in attendance Prof. Jackson with Gwen Elliott, president of LWV-Topeka and Shawnee County Professor Jackson speaks Woman attorneys attend this lecture Ellen Miller Ann Etter Susan Horst and Ellen Miller Cynthia Padera Ernestine Krehbiel Chief Justice Lawton Nuss Dr. Jeffrey Jackson Zaida Arguedas Judiciary Wrap-up Discuss 1 Discuss 3 Discuss 3 Discuss 5 Discuss 4