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Supreme Court Nominating Commission Election 2017

Only certified Kansas attorneys are qualified to vote and should have received an official BALLOT from Douglas T. Shima, Clerk of the Kansas Appellate Courts.

Your ballot, along with your signed certificate, must be received by the clerk on or before May 15, 2017. Please remember that your BALLOT cannot be counted unless it is accompanied by the signed certificate.

Mary Curtis

I appreciate this opportunity to introduce myself and ask for your vote.  I have devoted my career to promoting access to justice for individuals who cannot afford an attorney and in doing so have grown to appreciate the importance of a strong and independent judiciary.   A proud graduate of the University of Kansas School of Law, I began my legal career in 1984 as a Research Attorney for the Missouri Court of Appeals.  Then, after leaving the Court, I spent almost twenty years working as a public defender in Missouri and Kansas.  While in the appellate public defender office, I briefed and argued dozens of cases in the Kansas Court of Appeals and about twenty-five cases before the Kansas Supreme Court.  For the last nine years I have worked with the Disability Rights Center of Kansas, a federally-funded non-profit agency devoted to advocating for individuals with disabilities in such diverse areas as employment, housing, and accessibility.  During this time, I have continued to represent individuals in the Kansas appellate courts. I have a profound respect for the role of the Kansas Supreme Court in shaping our profession, safeguarding our civil liberties, and acting as a restraint on the legislative and executive branches of government.  At this critical juncture when there are threats to the independence and impartiality of the Kansas Supreme Court and its Justices, I believe the process of choosing future members of the Court assumes ever greater importance.  If selected, I would devote my efforts to promoting the selection of highly qualified, learned, and experienced justices for our highest court. Please cast your ballot for me for Chair of the Supreme Court Nominating Commission, by May 15, 2017.

Mikel L. Stout

Mr. Stout handles complex business and commercial cases. He focuses on high exposure litigation with an emphasis on trial practice. He is one of the most well-known trial lawyers in Kansas and has tried many of the region’s high profile employment, environmental and commercial cases. His practice includes consultation on litigation problem solving and alternative dispute resolution. Mr. Stout enjoys Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory’s highest “AV” rating for lawyers. He has been selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America©, the Missouri & Kansas Super Lawyers® list, and Chambers USA as a leading general commercial litigation lawyer in the United States. Benchmark Litigation has named Mr. Stout a “Local Litigation Star.” In 2014, he was named by Best Lawyers® the Wichita Litigation – Environmental “Lawyer of the Year” and in 2012, the Wichita Construction “Lawyer of the Year.” He has also been listed as a Top 100 Missouri & Kansas Super Lawyer®. Mr. Stout is a Fellow, member of the Board of Regents, and Past President of the American College of Trial Lawyers and his peer memberships include the Kansas Association of Defense Counsel.

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