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Magistrate Judge Waxse Retires from Full-time Service

Posted: Monday, February 24, 2014

The United States District Court for the District of Kansas announces the retirement from full-time service of United States Magistrate Judge David J. Waxse. During his 14 years of distinguished service on the bench in Kansas City, Kansas, Judge Waxse authored several noteworthy and influential decisions on e-discovery, civil procedure, search warrants, and various other subjects. He has been a proponent of cooperation amongst litigants as a way to secure the “just, speedy, and inexpensive determination of every action,” as mandated by Rule 1 of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure.  He has earned a reputation as a well-known scholar on e-discovery and regularly writes law review articles and gives presentations, both nationally and internationally, on e-discovery and other topics.

DSC_0260Magistrate Judge James (left) and Magistrate Judge Waxse (right).

Prior to being appointed to the bench in 1999, Judge Waxse practiced at the law firm Payne and Jones from 1970 to 1984 and was a partner at the law firm of Shook, Hardy & Bacon from 1984 to 1999. In addition, prior to becoming a judge, he was a member of the national boards of the American Civil Liberties Union, the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, and the American Judicature Society.

He was also very active within the Kansas legal community, serving as a Past-President of the Kansas Bar Association, a KBA delegate to the ABA House of Delegates, and a member of the Board of Governors of the KBA for ten years.   Judge Waxse has been an active member of the Johnson County Bar Association, Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association, and Wyandotte County Bar Association.  An Oswego, Kansas native, Judge Waxse obtained his undergraduate degree from the University of Kansas, where he played football for the Jayhawks, and his law degree from Columbia University School of Law.  Although retiring from full-time service, Judge Waxse will continue to serve the District of Kansas as a part-time recalled Magistrate Judge.