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Leading Groups Urge Voters: Protect Fair Courts, Make Informed Choice in Judicial Election

Thursday, October 23, 2014   (1 Comments)
Posted by: Beth Warrington
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TOPEKA – After a series of recent political attacks on the courts, leading organizations representing the Kansas legal community joined with the Kansas League of Women Voters today to urge voters to make an informed choice in the November 4 retention elections for Kansas Supreme Court Justices and Court of Appeals judges.


The Kansas Bar Association, Kansas Association for Justice, Kansas Association of Defense Counsel, Kansas Appleseed and the League jointly issued the following statement:

"On Election Day, Kansas voters will fulfill a significant responsibility; we will vote in the retention elections for Supreme Court Justices. Unlike legislative races, these are not meant to be partisan political contests. Our democracy rests on a foundation of fair courts, free from political interference. Judges running for retention must be evaluated for their ability to impartially apply the law in all cases. We urge voters to seek out information, available from the 2014 Kansas Judicial Review Survey, on the qualifications of justices and judges running for retention this year, before casting their votes on November 4."

The groups stressed the importance of casting an informed vote, and the League of Women Voters invites Kansans to visit the Kansas Judicial Evaluation Committee’s (KJEC) website at to learn more about the judicial retention elections and evaluate how Supreme Court justices and Court of Appeals judges are doing in the state. The KJEC is a non-partisan coalition of practicing Kansas attorneys, Kansas law professors, Kansas court professionals, representatives from civic groups and citizens dedicated to preserving the impartiality of Kansas courts and the promotion of an informed citizenry.


The Kansas Bar Association. Founded in 1882, the Kansas Bar Association is a voluntary professional association with 7,000 members, including lawyers, judges, law students, and paralegals. The KBA is dedicated to advancing the professionalism of its members, encouraging public understanding of the law, and promoting the effective administration of our system of justice. The Kansas Association for Justice. KSAJ is a statewide, not‐for-profit professional association which champions individual and corporate responsibility and accountability, the right to trial by jury, independence of the judiciary and high standards of ethics. KSAJ’s members hold those who injure others accountable for their actions.



Beth Warrington, Kansas Bar Association

(785) 234-5696,

Callie Jill Denton, Kansas Association for Justice

(785) 232-7756,

Brandy Johnson, Kansas Association of Defense Counsel

(785) 232-9091, Brandy

Dolores Furtado, League of Women Voters of Kansas

(913) 341-3072,

Benet Magnuson, Kansas Appleseed

(785) 760-4454,


Russell C. Leffel says...
Posted Friday, October 24, 2014
Thanks for posting about this important concern. In Johnson County, there are 32 votes a voter will have to make (plus Constitutional Amendment). Of those, 22 votes are regarding retention of Judges. As a democracy we risk voter disappointment when even informed voters are maybe not prepared for 2/3 of their voting to be about Judges. Russell C. Leffel, Attorney at law; Prairie Village

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