Judge Sally Pokorny

Adjunct Faculty
Primary office:

Sally Pokorny began her legal career as an assistant district attorney with the Shawnee County District Attorney’s office, where she prosecuted criminal cases ranging from speeding to first degree murder. For two years she handled all cases involving sex offenses, including prostitution, pornography, rape and aggravated indecent liberties with minors. In 1981, Pokorny moved to her hometown of Independence, Kansas, to become the Assistant County Attorney. In 1985 she was the first woman elected as County Attorney. After a four-year term, she entered private practice with an emphasis in family law, the enforcement and collection of child support, and criminal defense. After practicing law in Independence, Kansas, for over 25 years, Pokorny relocated her practice to Lawrence and was “of counsel” with The Law Offices of David J. Brown. Her practice concentration was family law, non-traditional family law, DUI defense, criminal law and appellate practice.  

In 2009, Governor Kathleen Sebelius appointed Pokorny to serve as a District Court Judge for the Seventh Judicial District, Douglas County, Lawrence, Kansas. Pokorny hears felony and criminal matters, family law cases and protection from abuse and protection from stalking cases.  

Courses Taught:
  • Trial Advocacy


J.D., Washburn University School of Law, 1978; B.A., Washburn University.


Trial Advocacy


Kansas Bar Foundation Silver Fellow; Kansas Bar Foundation Board of Trustees, 1996-2007; President, Kansas Bar Foundation, 2006-2007; Member, Kansas Bar Association Nominating Committee and Access to Justice committees; Executive Committee, Douglas County Judge Hugh Means Inn of Court; Member, Douglas County Bar Association. Pokorny was a founding member of the Kansas Women Attorney Association (KWAA) and was instrumental in organizing a luncheon networking group for the Lawrence Women Attorneys.  

Selected Awards & Honors

Kansas Bar Association Outstanding Service Award; Kansas Bar Association Recognition for Pro Bono Commitment; Soroptimist International of Independence “Women Helping Women” award; Business and Professional Women’s Association “Woman of the Year” award. 

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