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Charles E. Branson to serve as President of the Kansas Bar Association Board of Governors, 2020-21

Thursday, July 23, 2020   (1 Comments)
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Thursday, July 23, 2020 

Charles E. Branson to serve as President of the Kansas Bar Association Board of Governors for 2020-21;
Executive Committee members and new governors announced

TOPEKA—The Kansas Bar Association (KBA) is pleased to announce that Charles E. Branson has taken office as President of the statewide Association and its Board of Governors for 2020-21.

Branson said, “As individual legal professionals, we have watched our world change like it never has before. The KBA and its new programs have helped Kansas attorneys navigate this new frontier. As I begin my term as President, I applaud the KBA’s response to our members during this difficult time and plan to work with them to serve the public in new and meaningful ways.”

Branson is the Douglas County District Attorney. Before seeking the office of district attorney in 2004, Branson was in private practice in Lawrence; his practice focused on the areas of criminal and civil litigation. A long-time active member of the KBA, Branson has served on the Executive Committee of the Board of Governors, has been the KBA Representative on the Board of Trustees of the Kansas Bar Foundation, and has also been a member of the KBA Bench-Bar Committee and the KBF Scholarship Committee.

Charles and his wife Kathy have two children, Chance and Grace, and are very proud to call Lawrence and Douglas County their home.

The KBA also announced the members of its 2020-21 Executive Committee:
Charles Branson, Lawrence
Cheryl Whelan, Topeka
Nancy Morales-Gonzalez, Kansas City, Mo.
Laura Ice, Wichita
Mira Mdivani, Overland Park
Mitch Biebighauser, Wichita
Tish S. Morrical, Salina
Gregory A. Schwartz, Hays
Katherine E. Simpson, Lawrence

Serving as new governors in 2020-21 are:
Candice A. Alcaraz, Kansas City, Kan.
Katherine S. Clevenger, Overland Park
Hon. Bruce T. Gatterman, Larned
Scott M. Hill, Wichita
Laura Ice, Wichita
Linda S. Parks, Wichita
Rachael K. Pirner, Wichita
Katherine E. Simpson, Lawrence
Dell Marie S. Swearer, Hutchinson
William L. Townsley, III, Wichita


The Board of Governors also expressed its appreciation for the service of the following members whose terms have concluded:
Hon. Sarah Warner, Topeka
Gary L. Ayers, Wichita
Mark A. Dupree, Kansas City, Kan.
Hon. James R. Fleetwood, Wichita
Gaye R. Tibbets, Hutchinson
Diana C. Toman, Overland Park




Karla Whitaker, Interim Executive Director
Kansas Bar Association/Kansas Bar Foundation
Direct: (785) 861-8834
Main: (785) 234-5696

About the Kansas Bar Association 
The Kansas Bar Association is a voluntary professional association comprised of 6,000 members dedicated to advancing the professionalism of its members, encouraging public understanding of the law, and promoting the effective administration of our system of justice.



Robert R. Hiller Jr says...
Posted Tuesday, September 1, 2020
Congrats to our new KBA President !