The Foundation's board of trustees created the Weary Award in 2000 to recognize "lawyers or law firms for their exemplary service and commitment to the goals of the Kansas Bar Foundation." Weary was the initial recipient of the award—despite objections—for his decades of service to the community, the Foundation and the legal profession in Kansas.
Marla J. Luckert was born July 20, 1955, in Goodland, Kansas. She received a bachelor of arts in history in May 1977 and her juris doctorate in 1980 from Washburn University of Topeka. While in law school, she served as technical editor of the Washburn Law Journal and received the faculty and alumni awards for best student note.
Upon her admission to practice in 1980, she joined the Topeka firm of Goodell, Stratton, Edmonds and Palmer. She had a general litigation and health law practice. She was selected by her peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America. She also served as an adjunct professor of law at Washburn University. In 1992 she was appointed by Governor Joan Finney to the Third Judicial District Court. She was appointed by the Kansas Supreme Court to the Kansas Judicial Council where she served as chair of the Criminal Law Advisory Committee. In 2000, she became chief judge of the Third Judicial District. Governor Bill Graves appointed her to the Kansas Supreme Court effective January 13, 2003.
Justice Luckert has served as president of the Kansas Bar Association, the Kansas District Judges Association, the Kansas Women Attorneys Association, the Topeka Bar Association, the Sam A. Crow Inn of Court, and the Women Attorneys Association of Topeka. She is a fellow of the American Bar Foundation and the Kansas Bar Foundation. She has served as a delegate to the American Bar Association’s (ABA) Conference of State Trial Judges and of the Young Lawyers Division Assembly. She has served on several ABA committees, and been a member of the National Conference of Bar Presidents and the Southern Conference of Bar Presidents. She has served as a member of the American Inn of Court education committee. She is also a member of the American Judges Association, the National Association of Women Judges, the American Judicature Society and the National Center for State Courts. She has received awards for outstanding achievement or service from the Kansas Bar Association, the Kansas Women Attorneys Association, and other bar groups.
She has also been active in numerous community groups and has received the outstanding volunteer award from her children’s elementary school and the Topeka YWCA’s Woman of Excellence award. She served on the Board of Governors of the Washburn University School of Law Alumni Association for several years. In 2015, she was honored as a Woman of Influence by Go Topeka’s Entrepreneurial and Minority Business Development Program. She and her spouse have three children.View Past Recipients
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