Kansas Court of Appeals

Stephen Koranda

Gov. Sam Brownback has selected his office's top attorney, Caleb Stegall, as the nominee for an open seat on the Kansas Court of Appeals. Brownback calls him the most qualified candidate for the job.

“His depth of knowledge across the broad spectrum of legal topics continues to impress me and others around this building. I’ve never known an attorney who can provide such excellent counsel on so many topics," said Brownback.

But the top Democrat in the House, Paul Davis from Lawrence, says the selection means that Brownback picked a friend for the job.

Lawmaker Pledges Scrutiny Of Court Nominee

Jul 31, 2013

A key Kansas lawmaker is promising that Gov. Sam Brownback's next appointee to the state Court of Appeals will be thoroughly scrutinized during a special legislative session.

Gov. Sam Brownback has decided that he won't disclose the applicants for the Kansas Court of Appeals, after all. Gov. Brownback says it would prevent some qualified candidates from coming forward. The window for applying doesn't close until July 31.

Brownback says potential candidates told him they preferred that their names remain confidential.

Update 11:35 a.m. Brownback spokeswoman Eileen Hawley has revised her statement to say only that the release of names is under discussion. She said she'd been premature in announcing a change in plans because the governor hadn't formally signed off. Hawley said no final decision has been made.

Gov. Sam Brownback's office has rejected a request to publicly disclose the names of applicants for a new seat on the state Court of Appeals.

The League of Women Voters of Kansas filed a request for the applicant names under the Kansas Open Records Act. League President, former Democratic state Rep. Dolores Furtado, says the process for picking judges legislators approved this year is "definitely less open" than the previous method.

Brownback Won't Disclose Appeals Court Applicants

Jun 27, 2013

Gov. Sam Brownback won't release the names of applicants for a new position on the Kansas Court of Appeals, even though the names of candidates have been disclosed for more than 30 years.

Chamber leaders to be picked at the Statehouse Monday; Budget projections will likely be recalculated after revenue numbers from November; Meat prices expected to rise next year.

KS Legislators To Pick Chambers' Leaders

Kansas Republican legislators are meeting at the Statehouse to choose the next Senate president and speaker of the House.

Monday's elections will be held by returning incumbents and those taking office for the first time in January.

Brownback to appoint judge to the Kansas Court of Appeals; Brownback to announce Veterans' health initiative; Via Christi expansion in Pittsburg set to break ground.

Panel Interviewing 20 For Court Of Appeals Spot

A statewide nominating commission is interviewing 20 applicants for a seat on the Kansas Court of Appeals.

Judge Thomas Malone is the new chief judge of the Kansas Court of Appeals.

The Kansas Supreme Court announced today that Thomas Malone will replace Chief Judge Richard Greene, who died on October 7.

Malone has been acting chief judge since Greene became ill during the summer. He's served on the Court of Appeals since 2003. He practiced law in private practice in Wichita from 1979 through 1990, when he also taught business law courses at Newman University.