Governor Kelly signs Executive Order, announces new nominee for Court of Appeals vacancy


Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly answers questions from reporters, Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2019, at the Statehouse in Topeka, Kansas. The Democratic governor and top Republicans in the GOP-controlled Legislature are headed toward a clash over proposals for cutting taxes. (AP Photo/John Hanna)

TOPEKA, Kan. (KSNW) – Governor Laura Kelly signed Executive Order 20-47 Monday, which clarifies that in the event an appointee to the Court of Appeals does not receive Senate consent, the Court of Appeals Nominating Commission will forward an additional nominee for the Governor’s consideration. That nominee will be selected from the applicants for the same vacancy and will be considered along with the two remaining nominees already submitted for that vacancy.

“As Governor, I have committed to using a fair, open process for selecting judges based on merit,” Kelly said. “While I was disappointed that members of the Senate rejected a qualified appointee, I was encouraged by near universal response from Kansas’ law community condemning their actions and rallying in support of Carl Folsom. I take Court of Appeals appointments seriously, and I will continue to do everything I can to make sure we have the best and brightest serving Kansans on the bench.”

Executive Order 20-01 initially established the Court of Appeals Nominating Commission on January 28, 2020. Executive Order 20-47 merely adds a new requirement that the Commission forward an additional nominee to the Governor if an appointment fails. This will ensure that the Governor always has three qualified nominees to consider.

The Court of Appeals Nominating Commission also announced that it has named Marcia A. Wood, of Wichita, Kan., as an additional nominee for the vacancy created by the retirement of Judge G. Joseph Pierron, Jr. Wood is an attorney at Martin, Pringle, Oliver, Wallace and Bauer, L.L.P., and focuses on civil litigation.

Governor Kelly will announce her appointee to the Pierron vacancy on or before August 2, 2020. She will announce her appointment to a separate Court of Appeals vacancy, created by the upcoming retirement of Judge Steve Leben, on or before August 26, 2020. Both appointments will be considered by the Senate when the Legislature reconvenes in January 2021.

The Court of Appeals Nominating Commission announced Monday they will interview applicants on Thursday, July 16, and Friday, July 17, 2020, to fill the upcoming vacancy on the Court of Appeals created by the June 27, 2020, retirement of Judge Steve Leben. The following Kansans submitted applications for consideration:

Daniel Cahill, Kansas City

John F. Carpinelli, Topeka

Amy Cline, Wichita

Angela D. Coble, Salina

Henry R. Cox, Shawnee

Dennis D. Depew, Neodesha

Timothy L. Dupree, Kansas City

Carl A. Folsom III, Lawrence

Bach Hang, Wichita

Randall L. Hodgkinson, Topeka

Lesley A. Isherwood, Wichita

Michael P. Joyce, Leawood

Russell J. Keller, Fairway

Sarah J. Loquist-Berry, Topeka

Rhonda K. Mason, Olathe

Steven J. Obermeier, Olathe

Dave J. Rempel, Overland Park

Diane H. Sorensen, North Newton

Kristen D. Wheeler, Wichita

Marcia A. Wood, Wichita

The interviews, originally scheduled for Thursday, March 19, and Friday, March 20, 2020, were postponed to avoid bringing the nine commission members and 20 applicants together.

Interviews will be in a meeting room in the Wichita U.S. Courthouse, 401 N. Market St., Wichita, and are open to the public.

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