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Date: October 28, 2010
Location: Kansas Bar Association Offices, Topeka, Kansas
Partners: Washburn University, Kansas Bar Association; Women Attorneys Association
Professor Jeffrey Jackson of Washburn University and Gwen Elliott of the League of Women Voters of Topeka addressed the Kansas Bar Association on the League’s education campaign.
Date: October 16, 2010
Location: Great Bend High School, Great Bend, Kansas
Partners: Great Bend High School
The League of Women Voters of Great Bend had a meeting with Judge Hannalore Kitts of the 20th Judicial District (Great Bend), who discussed the challenges of being a female in an elected district. Judge Kitts spoke about how she has to spend a lot of money to run, can't really campaign, and can't talk about why she ruled as she did even when untruthful publicity is given.
Date: October 7, 2010
Location: Peters Science Hall, Kansas Wesleyan University, Salina, Kansas
Partners: Kansas Wesleyan University
The League of Women Voters of Salina held a public lecture featuring Judge Joe Johnson of the Shawnee County District Court, Judge Maritza Segarra of Geary County District Court, and Judge Jennifer Jones of Wichita Municipal Court. The judges asked, “We’ve got one country, one flag, one Constitution. Why do we need a diverse judiciary?” Pointing to individual students and commanding them to “come on down,” Judge Johnson positioned four at the front of the lecture hall in role plays, challenging those present to imagine what a black man charged with rape of a white woman might feel facing an all-white prosecutor, judge, and jury—or how a battered mother of four might feel about justice if she faced an all-male prosecutor, judge, and jury as she pressed her claim in court against her divorcing husband—a respected physician.
By: Cynthia Padera
Date: September 9-11, 2010; September 25, 2010
Location: Olathe Fair; Overland Park Fall Festival
The League of Women Voters of Johnson County set up booths at two fall festivals, the Olathe Fair and the Overland Park Fall Festival, to present materials on the "Quest for a More Diverse Judiciary" education campaign to the public.
Date: September 23, 2010
Location: Central Resource Library, Overland Park, Kansas
Partners: Johnson County Library
Chief Judge Kathryn Vratil, U.S. District Court of Kansas; Judge Brenda Cameron, Johnson County District Court; Judge Larry McClain, Johnson County District Court (retired); and Jon R. Gray, former Missouri Circuit Judge and now a partner in a Missouri law firm, discussed critical issues facing the contemporary judiciary, including funding and diversity.
Date: September 16, 2010
Location: Murdock Theater, Wichita, Kansas
The League of Women Voters of Wichita celebrated Constitution Day 2010 with a discussion of judicial diversity in a district that elects judges. Speakers included Judge James Fleetwood, Judges Greg Waller, Judge Goeffrey Goering; Judge Joseph Bribiesca, and Judge Dave Dewey (retired). Subsequently, an attendee wrote in review, “The boys had not given a lot of thought to the need for more women on the bench...but agreed it could be important. Bless their hearts, ya' gotta' love 'em...However!”
Date: September 16, 2010
Location: Emporia State University, Emporia, Kansas
Partners: Lyon/Chase Bar Association; Emporia State University; Emporia State University Associated Student Government; Hispanics of Today & Tomorrow (HOTT); Emporia High School; American Association of University Women; judicial nominating commissioners
The League of Women Voters of Emporia celebrated Constitution Day 2010 with a discussion of judicial diversity, "Constitutional Law and the Judiciary System: How it Affects Us," featuring A.J. Jack Focht, a special counsel at the law firm Fouston Siefkin LLP.
Date: September 15, 2010
Location: Forum Hall, Kansas State University, Manhattan, Kansas
Partners: Kansas State University; Kansas Bar Association; Kansas Women Attorney's Association
The League of Women Voters of Manhattan/Riley County celebrated Constitution Day 2010 with a discussion of judicial diversity, featuring Justice Marla Luckert, Kansas Supreme Court; Judge Henry Green, Kansas Court of Appeals; Judge Richard Greene, Kansas Court of Appeals; Judge Melissa Standridge, Kansas Court of Appeals; and Professor Susan Valdez, University of Kansas Law School.
Date: August 30, 2010
Location: Salina Public Library, Salina, Kansas
Partners: Salina Business and Professional Women; American Association of University Women (AAUW); National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP)
The League of Women Voters of Salina held a public forum featuring federal judge Deanell Reece Tacha, a Kansas native who now serves on the United States Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals, at their annual membership meeting to discuss diversity in the Kansas courts.