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Friday, July 11, 2014

Kansas Supreme Court Applicants Include Governor's Former Counsel

As Scott Rothchild puts it, "Six months after having been sworn in as the newest judge on the Kansas Court of Appeals, Caleb Stegall is seeking a promotion to the Kansas Supreme Court."  While Kansas Court of Appeals judges are appointed by the governor subject to senate confirmation, Kansas Supreme Court justices are selected under a system in which a nominating commission (5 of whose 9 members are selected by the bar) screens applicants and submits the names of 3 finalists to the governor.

The senate confirmation system is compared to the nominating commission system here (short) and here (long)

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