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Chief Judge Julie A. Robinson

Kansas City, KS
Honorable Julie A. Robinson
Chief Judge
United States District Court
500 State Avenue, Suite 511
Kansas City, KS 66101


Years of Service: 2001-Present
Appointed By: George W. Bush

A fourth generation Kansan, Julie Robinson is the first African American named to the U.S. District Court for the District of Kansas. Judge Robinson received her undergraduate and juris doctor degrees from the University of Kansas, where she later was an instructor in trial practice for the law school and president of its board of governors. After law school, Judge Robinson was a law clerk for U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Benjamin E. Franklin from 1981 to 1983. She then became an Assistant U.S. Attorney for 10 years, handling civil and criminal cases. When Judge Franklin died, Judge Robinson was appointed to fill his vacancy on the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Kansas, where she served for eight years. In 2001, President George W. Bush appointed Judge Robinson to the U.S. District Court for the District of Kansas. She now sits on the federal bench in Kansas City. Judge Robinson is a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation and received the Distinguished Public Service Award from Baker University and the Distinguished Service Award from the Kansas Bar Association. Judge Robinson is a past Chair of the Court Administration and Case Management Committee of the Judicial Conference of the United States. Judge Robinson also serves on the Board of Trustees for the American Inns of Court Foundation.  She became the district's Chief Judge on May 1, 2017.

Courtroom Deputy
Bonnie E. Wiest

Court Reporter
Kelli Jo Stewart

Law Clerks
Amy Miller Seymour

Grant Treaster

Lauren M. Lowry

Rachel A. Simek

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; one 42” monitor and a large projection screen for the jury and 19” monitors at each counsel table for evidence viewing.
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