Born in Oswego, Kansas, David J. Waxse earned his B.A. degree from the University of Kansas and his juris doctorate degree from Columbia University. Prior to his appointment as a Magistrate Judge in 1999, he was a partner at Shook, Hardy & Bacon. From 1992-1999, Judge Waxse was a member, and one time chair, of the Kansas Commission on Judicial Qualifications, the state judicial discipline organization. He was also a member of the Civil Justice Reform Act Advisory Committee and the Mediation Panel for the United States District Court for the District of Kansas. In addition, he served on the Kansas Justice Commission, established by the Kansas Supreme Court to implement the Citizens' Justice Initiative review of the state justice system.
Judge Waxse is a Past-President of the Kansas Bar Association and, as a KBA delegate to the American Bar Association House of Delegates, was a member of the Board of Governors of the KBA for twelve years. He also has served on the Professionalism Committee of the ABA and on the board of editors of the Professional Lawyer, an ABA publication. He is past chair of the National Conference of Federal Trial Judges of the ABA and a member of the Ethics Committee of the Judicial Division of the ABA. He is a member of the Earl E. O’Connor Inn of Court and was President of the Inn in 2003-2004. He is also a member of the American Bar Association, the Johnson County Bar Association, the Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association, the Wyandotte County Bar Association, and the Federal Magistrate Judge’s Association. He is also a fellow of the Kansas Bar Foundation and the American Bar Foundation. Prior to becoming a judge, he was a member of the national boards of the American Civil Liberties Union, the Lawyer’s Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, and the American Judicature Society. He is a member of the Judicial Conduct Advisory Committee of AJS. He has been a lecturer in law at the University of Kansas School of Law and has made presentations on e-discovery nationally and internationally.