The Kansas Bar Association would like to correct an error that was reported in the Oct. 21 Wichita Eagle article highlighting the debate between Sam Brownback and Paul Davis. It was reported yesterday that "a panel of lawyers elected by the [KBA] and laypersons appointed by the governor send three nominees to the governor …” to appoint Supreme Court justices.
The KBA has no connection with the Supreme Court Nominating Commission and plays no role in the election or appointment of members to that commission or the selection of justices. The KBA is a nonprofit, voluntary members organization — attorneys in Kansas are not required to join the KBA. Elected members of the commission are elected by all licensed attorneys in the state of Kansas, not by KBA membership. Appointed members of the commission are appointed by the governor, who does not review those selections with the KBA.