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CJA Panel Selection Committee

The CJA Panel Selection Committees set the size of the panels and consider applications for membership on the CJA Panels for each city, The committees select the attorneys who appear best qualified to serve on the Panel for three-year terms. See District of Kansas CJA Plan.

KANSAS CITY PANEL

  • Chief Judge Eric F. Melgren, Ex Officio
  • Magistrate Judge Teresa J. James, Chair
  • District Court Judge Daniel D. Crabtree
  • Sarah Hess (2024-2027)
  • Melody Brannon, Federal Public Defender, Ex Officio
  • Laura Shaneyfelt, CJA Resource Counsel, Ex Officio
  • Mark Thomason, Panel Attorney District Representative

TOPEKA PANEL

  • Chief Judge Eric F. Melgren, Ex Officio
  • District Court Judge Toby Crouse, Chair
  • Magistrate Judge Rachel E. Schwartz
  • Chris Joseph (2022-2025)
  • Melody Brannon, Federal Public Defender, Ex Officio
  • Laura Shaneyfelt, CJA Resource Counsel, Ex Officio
  • Mark Thomason, Panel Attorney District Representative

WICHITA PANEL

  • Chief Judge Eric F. Melgren, Ex Officio
  • Magistrate Judge Gwynne E. Birzer, Chair
  • District Court Judge John W. Broomes
  • Kari Schmidt (2022-2025)
  • Melody Brannon, Federal Public Defender, Ex Officio
  • Laura Shaneyfelt, CJA Resource Counsel, Ex Officio
  • Mark Thomason, Panel Attorney District Representative