• Home
  • Lawyers offer to give up majority on nominations

Lawyers offer to give up majority on nominations

Source: 
The Wichita Eagle
Author: 
Dion Lefler
Date: 
Thursday, January 17, 2013

A day after Gov. Sam Brownback called on the Legislature to change the way Kansas selects Supreme Court and appellate judges, the president of the state’s association of lawyers offered to give up its majority on the state Judicial Nominating Commission.

University of Kansas law professor Stephen Ware told the committee that he sees three major flaws in the current system.

“The current system is undemocratic, the second problem is it is extreme and the third problem is it’s secretive,” Ware said. “You don’t need to trade off judicial quality against democratic legitimacy.”

Why KU
  • Top 25 among public law schools — Business Insider
  • KU’s Project for Innocence: 2 wrongfully convicted citizens serving life sentences freed in 2015
  • 7,700+ alumni in all 50 states, D.C., 3 U.S. territories, and 20 foreign countries
  • 91 percent overall employment rate for Class of 2015 – top 23.3 percent nationally
  • 23rd in the nation for most-improved employment rates
  • One-third of full-time faculty have written casebooks and treatises
  • 25th nationwide for lowest debt at graduation
  • 21st: “Best Schools for Practical Training”
  • 77 percent of upper-level law classes have 25 or fewer students
  • National Champions: 2016 National Native American Law Students Association Moot Court Competition
  • #19 moot court program in the nation
  • #17 “best value” law school in the nation — National Jurist Magazine