Court of Appeals Interviews Feb. 24-25

Court of Appeals Nominating Commission to interview applicants February 24 and 25

The Court of Appeals Nominating Commission will convene February 24 and 25 to interview 19 applicants to fill the upcoming vacancy on the Kansas Court of Appeals created by the April 3, 2020 retirement of Judge G. Joseph Pierron Jr.

Interviews will be in a meeting room in the Kansas Judicial Center, 301 SW 10th Ave., Topeka. The Commission will convene at 8:30 a.m. Monday, February 24, and interviews will start at 9 a.m. Interviews will continue at 9 a.m. on Tuesday, February 25.


Interview Schedule

Monday, February 24, 2020


8:30 am Meeting Convenes
9:00 am Daniel Cahill
9:30 am Kristafer R. Ailslieger
10:00 am Lesley A. Isherwood
10:30 am Break/Exec. Session
10:50 am Angela D. Coble
11:20 am Randall L. Hodgkinson
11:50 am Diane H. Sorensen
12:20 pm Lunch break for Commission [Exec. Session]
1:30 pm Steven J. Obermeier
2:00 pm Suzanne Valdez
2:30 pm Amy Cline
3:00 pm Break/Exec. Session
3:20 pm Dennis D. Depew
3:50 pm Russell J. Keller
4:20 pm Break/Exec. Session
4:40 pm Adjourn for the day


Tuesday, February 25, 2020


8:45 am Meeting Convenes
9:00 am Sarah J. Loquist-Berry
9:30 am Marcia A. Wood
10:00 am David J. Rempel
10:30 am Break/Exec. Session
10:50 am Carl A. Folsom, III
11:20 am Natalie A. Chalmers
11:50 am Lunch break for Commission [Exec. Session]
1:10 pm Kristen D. Wheeler
1:40 pm Michael P. Joyce
2:10 pm Stephen O. Phillips
2:40 pm Break/Exec. Session
3:10 pm Reconvene for deliberations/voting
4:00 pm Adjourn for the day


The nominating commission will conduct its work in accordance with the Kansas Open Meetings Act and Executive Order 18-08. Additional details can be found in the Guidelines for Interviews. (attached as PDF)

Governor Laura Kelly signed Executive Order 20-01 on Tuesday, January 28 establishing the Court of Appeals Nominating Commission. Under Kansas law, the Governor appoints judges to the Court of Appeals subject to confirmation by the Senate. The Commission will review each applicant’s background and qualifications, conduct interviews and then submit three nominees for the Governor to consider.


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