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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.

Courtroom Deputy
Joyce M Roach

Court Reporter
Jana L. McKinney

Law Clerks
Brian Wood

Michael Lahey

Samantha Seang

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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