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Justice Luckert selected to receive the Kansas Bar Foundation's Robert K. Weary Award

Thursday, May 4, 2017   (1 Comments)
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Justice Luckert selected to receive the Kansas Bar Foundation’s Robert K. Weary Award

TOPEKA, Kan. (May 4, 2017)

The Kansas Bar Foundation (KBF) Board of Trustees selected Kansas Supreme Court Justice, the Honorable Marla J. Luckert to receive the foundation’s most prestigious award, the Robert K. “Weary” Award. The award recognizes lawyers or law firms for exemplary service and commitment to the goals of the KBF.

KBF goals include funding charitable and educational projects that foster the welfare, honor and integrity of the legal system by improving its accessibility, equality and uniformity. In addition, the foundation strives to enhance public opinion of the role of lawyers in our society. The foundation, established in 1957, is celebrating its 60th Anniversary. Justice Luckert will be presented the award at the annual KBF recognition dinner in June.

Justice Luckert was selected for the Weary award in part for her outstanding service in 2016 to help educate the public about the role of judges and justices in the judicial system. Last year, she visited numerous organizations and discussed the role of fair and impartial courts. 

KBF Trustee and past President, Laura Ice, notes that Justice Luckert has continuously demonstrated a commitment to public service.

“Justice Luckert has served the public with quiet dignity throughout her entire career, and is a role model for many of us in the legal profession. She deserves recognition for her lifelong leadership in her profession and her community,” said Ice.

Public service is ingrained in Justice Luckert.

"A deep commitment to public service prompted me to pursue a career in the law and, eventually, as a judge. Early on in my career, I realized that all lawyers can provide an important public service by teaching their clients and others about how courts work and the role of fair and impartial courts in our country. Last year, Kansans actively sought information so they could be better informed voters. I felt privileged to answer those calls for information and to join the educational efforts of the Kansas Bar Foundation and many other lawyers and judges,” said Justice Luckert.

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 KBF. She has served as a delegate to the American Bar Association's (ABA) Conference of State Trial Judges and of the Young Lawyer's Division Assembly. She has served on several ABA committees, and has 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.

Justice Luckert is in good company with past recipients of the Weary award. The foundation awarded the first award in 2000 to Robert K. Weary, despite his objection to receiving it. Mr. Weary was a member of the KBF Board of Trustees from 1994 to 2000 and served on the KBF Investment Committee. In 1997, Mr. Weary donated the lead gift for the Kansas Law Center building campaign. Mr. Weary passed away in 2001. 

Robert K. Weary Award Recipients:

2000 Robert K. Weary


2002 Frank C. Norton



2005 Hon. Robert L. Gernon

2006 Mikel L. Stout

2007 Daniel J. Sevart

2008 Hon. Wesley E. Brown

2009 Constance M. Achterberg

2010 Jack E. Dalton

2011 Robert W. Wise

2012 Gloria Farha Flentje
2013 John J. Jurcyk, Jr.

2014 Thomas A. Adrian
2015 J. Eugene Balloun
2016 Mike Crow

 You can read more about Justice Luckert at




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Robert R. Hiller Jr says...
Posted Sunday, June 4, 2017
Hats off to Justice Luckert, and keep up the good work, Your Honor !