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Chief Judge J. Thomas Marten

Wichita, KS
Honorable J. Thomas Marten
Chief Judge
United States District Court
401 N Market, Suite 232
Wichita, KS 67202


Years of Service: 1996-Present
Appointed By: William J. Clinton

Judge Tom Marten is a native Kansan. His degrees in political science and law from Washburn University in Topeka led to a one-year clerkship with Tom C. Clark, former Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court.

He practiced law with Kutak Rock in Omaha, Nebraska and Minneapolis, Minnesota, before joining Bremyer & Wise, P.A. in McPherson, Kansas, where he enjoyed a general civil and criminal trial practice for nearly fifteen years.  He served the McPherson community as president of its Chamber of Commerce and its school district's Education Foundation, and as a member of many other local boards and committees.   Judge Marten also was active in several professional organizations, and has been a frequent trial advocacy instructor at Harvard Law School since 1989 and for the National Institute for Trial Advocacy since 1983.  He is a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation.

President Clinton named Judge Marten to fill a vacancy on the federal bench in Wichita in October 1995; the Senate confirmed the appointment in January 1996.  He became the district's Chief Judge in April 2014.

Judicial Assistant
Jenine Wright

Court Reporter
Jana McKinney

Law Clerks
Andrew Alexander

Brian Wood

Misha Jacob-Warren

Pat Haley

Courtroom Technology
Electronic evidence system including: a document camera, DVD/VCR combo, laptop video input from attorney tables and lectern; annotation capabilities from the Lectern and Witness stand; audio input available for laptop and other sources from the lectern and attorney tables; multi-channel IR headsets that facilitate assisted listening and interpreters of foreign languages; 42” monitors at either side of the jury box and 19” monitors at each table for evidence viewing. The jury box also has 2 rows of 4 monitors each for display.
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