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Monday, September 30, 2013

The Bar’s Extraordinarily Powerful Role in Selecting the Kansas Supreme Court

http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=1478660

In supreme court selection, the bar has more power in Kansas than in any other state. This extraordinary bar power gives Kansas the most elitist and least democratic supreme court selection system in the country. While members of the Kansas bar make several arguments in defense of the extraordinary powers they exercise under this system, these arguments rest on a one-sided view of the role of a judge.

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