Archive for Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Wiley sworn in as district judge

January 14, 2009

Charles Yunker, left, of the American Legion, chats with Judge Dan Wiley on Friday during a reception following Wiley’s swearing in ceremony at the American Legion in Leavenworth. Wiley started Monday as First Judicial District judge, replacing Frederick Stewart, who retired last year.

Charles Yunker, left, of the American Legion, chats with Judge Dan Wiley on Friday during a reception following Wiley’s swearing in ceremony at the American Legion in Leavenworth. Wiley started Monday as First Judicial District judge, replacing Frederick Stewart, who retired last year.

A Leavenworth County resident was sworn in Friday as the newest First Judicial District judge.

The ceremony and reception was held at the American Legion in downtown Leavenworth for Dan Wiley, who is an attorney long involved in the Leavenworth community. The First Judicial District covers Leavenworth and Atchison counties. He replaces Judge Frederick Stewart, who retired in 2008. Gov. Kathleen Sebelius appointed Wiley to the post in December

The 44-year-old Wiley, who has been with Murray, Tillotson and Wiley since 1993, also has served as municipal court judge for the City of Leavenworth.

During the ceremony, Wiley joked about being a municipal court judge, describing the atmosphere as “part Judge Wapner, part Jerry Springer.”

He also said he had a great relationship with other lawyers in the Leavenworth community, “although that may change come Monday,” he joked, as that’s when he starts his new position

Wiley said there were two things he told the governor during the appointment process: that he would not forget his roots — growing up on a farm and the values that come with it — and that being an attorney, he understands what it is to be on the other side of the bench.

Wiley grew up on a farm between Lawrence and Tonganoxie. He attended Kansas State University before graduating from College of Great Falls in Montana. He later earned his law degree from Kansas University.

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