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Commission to nominate judges for Oct. 1 vacancy

September 3, 2008

A nominating commission charged with naming candidates to fill a district judge vacancy in the 1st Judicial District, which includes Leavenworth and Jefferson counties, has issued a request for assistance from the public.

The 1st Judicial District includes Leavenworth and Atchison counties.

The nine-member commission is responsible for submitting the names of two or three nominees to Gov. Kathleen Sebelius for the vacancy, which will be created by the Oct. 1 retirement of Judge Philip C. Lacey.

"The nominating commission is especially interested in receiving recommendations of suggested nominees to fill the vacancy from the general public," said Justice Erin S. Rose, departmental justice. "All of the citizens of the 1st Judicial District are requested to consider this matter, and the names of suggested nominees submitted by the general public will be welcomed by the commission."

Kansas statutes require that a judge be a resident of the district in which selected, be at least 30 years of age, have been in the active practice of law for at least five years, and have been admitted to the practice of law within the State of Kansas.

Suggested nominees are requested to complete questionnaires for the position. The completed forms should be returned to Justice Rosen, 301 SW 10th Ave., Topeka 66612 no later than noon, Sept. 18, 2008. The forms are available in the office of the clerk of the district court in Atchison and Leavenworth counties, and online at www.kscourts.org.

The commission chairman has submitted notices of the vacancy to every attorney in this judicial district.

The 1st Judicial District Nominating Commission includes Justice Rosen as the nonvoting chair and Robert D. Beal, Leavenworth; John R. Kurth, Atchison; J. David Farris, Atchison; E. Roger Horsky, Leavenworth; Rosemary Nies, Atchison; Mildred G. McMillon, Tonganoxie; Julie A. Clem, Atchison; and Roy A. Braum, Easton.

The nominating commission will convene at 9 a.m. Sept. 29 in the Leavenworth County Justice Center, Leavenworth, to interview the suggested nominees. The meeting will be open to the public; however, the commission has the authority to adjourn to executive session to discuss personal traits of the suggested nominees.

The law requires that the commission submit at least two names, but not more than three, to the governor, who may appoint any of the suggested nominees.

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