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Court Committees

Bench-Bar Committee

The Bench-Bar Committee has general advisory and liaison roles with respect to the operation of the court , among other things: (1) Provides a forum for the continuous study of the operating procedures of the court; (2) serves as liaison among the court, its bar and the public; (3) studies considers and recommends the adoption, amendment or rescission of the Rules of Practice of the court; (4) studies and promote a continuing legal education program; and (5) provides reports and recommendations as directed by the court. See D. Kan. Rule 77.6

MEMBERS
  • Chief Judge Kathryn H. Vratil, Ex Officio
  • Judge Carlos Murguia, Chair
  • Judge Eric F. Melgren
  • Magistrate Judge James P. O'Hara
  • Chief Judge Robert E. Nugent
  • Barry R. Grissom
  • Melody Brannon Evans
  • Teresa L. Watson
  • Molly McMurray Gordon
  • David J. Rebein
  • Stephen J. Torline
  • Melissa A. Moodie
  • Michael Shultz
  • Casey Tourtillott
  • John T. Bullock
  • Sean McGivern
  • Rachel E. Schwartz

Disciplinary Panel

The Disciplinary Panel has general supervision over all proceedings involving the disbarment, suspension, censure or other discipline of lawyers practicing in this court or the alleged physical or mental disability of lawyers. See D. Kan. Rule 83.6.2

MEMBERS
  • Judge Sam A. Crow, Chair
  • Judge Monti L. Belot
  • Judge John W. Lungstrum

CJA Panel Selection Committee

The CJA Panel Selection Committee considers applications for membership on the CJA Panel, and approves for membership those attorneys who appear best qualified, and inquires as to the continued availability and willingness of each CJA Panel member to accept appointment. See D. Kan. Rule CR44.1

KANSAS CITY PANEL
  • Judge Carlos Murguia
  • Chief Magistrate Judge James P. O'Hara, Chair
  • Magistrate Judge Teresa J. James
  • Melody Brannon Evans
  • Kirk Redmond
  • Tom Bartee
  • Tom Telthorst
TOPEKA PANEL
  • TBA
  • Magistrate Judge K. Gary Sebelius, Chair
  • Melody Brannon Evans
  • Kirk Redmond
  • Mark Bennett, Jr.
WICHITA PANEL
  • Judge Monti L. Belot
  • Judge Eric F. Melgren
  • Magistrate Judge Kenneth G. Gale, Chair
  • Melody Brannon Evans
  • Kirk Redmond
  • Jeff Griffith
FORT LEAVENWORTH PANEL
  • Chief Magistrate Judge James P. O'Hara, Chair
  • Magistrate Judge Teresa J. James
  • Tim Burdick
  • Michael Kelly
FORT RILEY PANEL
  • Magistrate Judge Karen M. Humphreys
  • Magistrate Judge Kenneth G. Gale, Chair
  • Sonya Strickland
  • John Purvis

Other Court Committees:

CLERK'S OFFICE COMMITTEE
  • Timothy M. O'Brien, Chair
COURT HISTORY COMMITTEE
  • Judge Eric F. Melgren, Chair
COURT SECURITY COMMITTEE
  • Judge J. Thomas Marten, Chair
PROBATION COMMITTEE
  • Ronald G. Schweer, Chair
PRO SE TASK FORCE COMMITTEE
  • Magistrate Judge K. Gary Sebelius, Chair
STRATEGIC PLANNING COMMITTEE
  • Judge Carlos Murguia, Chair