Gov. Sam Brownback officially nominated chief counsel Caleb
Stegall for the Kansas Court of Appeals on Tuesday, August 20. Stegall was
nominated ahead of 18 other applicants. Brownback called him "one of the most
if not the most qualified candidate Kansas has ever had.”
Prior to becoming chief legal counsel, Stegall was elected
as Jefferson County attorney. He also helped gain the release of four
missionaries in Haiti some years ago.
Stegall thanked many of his friends and family but paid
special attention to those individuals who disagreed with him on judicial
selection methods. He mentioned several by name, including former Kansas
Attorney General Steve Six, current KBA President Dennis Depew, and former
Sebelius appointee Steve Martino. These individuals recommended Stegall on a
personal basis and not thru their respective organizations.
Stegall will now stand for confirmation by the Kansas
Senate. He will also need to provide answers to a questionnaire. This
questionnaire was prepared by Judge Deanell
Tacha, Professor Stephen McAllister, and Professor Reginald Robinson on a
written questionnaire for individuals nominated to the Kansas Court of Appeals.
Attached is a link to the questionnaire.
The Kansas Legislature is
set to return for a special session on Tuesday, September 3. The Senate will
also take up a number of governor appointments, including the Stegall
nomination. Hearings for these appointments will begin the week on August 26. However,
at this time no meetings have been set.
Here are some news stories
about the Stegall nomination: