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Date: March 25, 2010
Location: Science Hall, Kansas Wesleyan University, Salina, Kansas
Partners: Kansas Wesleyan University; Salina National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP); Salina League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC); Salina Human Relations Commission
Kansas Supreme Court Justice Carol A. Beier, Kansas Court of Appeals Judge Henry Green, Magistrate Judge in Riley County District Court Sheila Hochhauser spoke about judicial demographics in Kansas, implicit bias, and the importance of a varied bench at the "What Does a Judge Look Like?" forum organized by the League of Women Voters of Salina and Kansas Wesleyan University. The judges also discussed their own paths to their current positions, how their diversity affects their work as judges, and their views of judicial diversity in general.
Date: March 14, 2010
Location: Great Bend High School, Great Bend, Kansas
Partners: Great Bend High School; Ellinwood High School; Hoisington High School; Clafflin High School; and Barton County College
The Honorable Mike Keeley of the 20th Judicial District in Great Bend, Kansas, spoke to the League about the importance of a diverse judiciary to the state.
Date: March 4, 2010
Location: 20th Century Club Auditorium, Wichita, Kansas
Partners: American Association of University Women (AAUW), National Organization for Women (NOW)
Judge Karen Humphreys of the U.S. District Court was a featured speaker on judicial diversity in Kansas. Her remarks became the topic of an opinion-editorial, "Courts Need More Women Judges," in The Wichita Eagle.
Date: March 2, 2010
Location: Topeka-Shawnee County Public Library, Topeka, Kansas
Partners: Washburn University; Topeka-Shawnee County Public Library
The League of Women Voters of Topeka/Shawnee County held the first of multiple meetings highlighting judicial diversity, featuring remarks from Professor Jeffrey Jackson of Washburn University. For the next six months, the League met at the library to discuss judicial diversity for monthly "Tuesday Topics" sessions.
By: Cynthia Padera
Date: February 22, 2010
Location: Saline County, Kansas
Partners: Saline County Board of Commissioners; National Organization for Women (NOW), American Association of University Women (AAUW)
The President of the League of Women Voters of Salina, Ann Zimmerman, presented to the Saline Board of County Commissioners on the League’s "Quest for a More Diverse Judiciary" education campaign. She highlighted the current state of diversity in the courts in Saline County. The County Commissioners in Saline County are responsible for selecting the county’s nominating commissioners.
Date: February 18, 2010
Location: Castle Tea Room, Lawrence, Kansas
Partners: Douglas County Judicial Nominating Commission; County Commissioners; Kansas University; Lawrence Bar Association
The League of Women Voters of Lawrence/Douglas County held a reception to celebrate the League's 90th anniversary and to get to know the Douglas County Judicial Nominating Commission and County Commissioners. Attendees included Douglas County Commissioners Mike Gaughan, Nancy Thellman, and Jim Flory; Kansas 7th District Nominating Commission Members Joan Nitcher, Janine Cox, and Kurt von Achen; Douglas County Justices Robert W. Fairchild, Jean Shepherd, Michael Malone, Paula Martin, and Judge George; Lawrence Bar Association Officer Richard Hird; and Kansas University Administration Coordinator Karen Hester.
Date: January 28, 2010
Location: Johnson County, Kansas
Partners: Johnson County Board of Commissioners
Co-President Candy Birch met with the Johnson County Board of Commissioners to present the League’s “Quest for a More Diverse Judiciary” education campaign and speak about the importance of diversity on the bench overall.
Date: January 6, 2010
Location: Emporia Public Library, Emporia, Kansas
Partners: Emporia Library System
Judge Merlin Wheeler of Lyon County discussed the structure of the Kansas judiciary and the function of the local District Court with the audience.
The education campaign of the League of Women Voters of Kansas received the endorsement of Chief Justice Robert Davis of the Kansas Supreme Court on November 9, 2009.