- United States District Court for the District of Kansas
United States District Court for the District of Kansas
Map Appeals to Tenth Circuit Established January 29, 1861 Judges assigned 6 Chief judge Kathryn Hoefer Vratil Official site
The United States District Court for the District of Kansas (in case citations, D. Kan.) is the federal district court whose jurisdiction is the state of Kansas. The Court operates out of the Robert J. Dole United States Courthouse in Kansas City, the Frank Carlson Federal Building in Topeka, and the United States Courthouse in Wichita. The District of Kansas was created in 1861, replacing the territorial court that preceded it, and President Abraham Lincoln appointed Archibald Williams as the Court's first judge.
Appeals from the District of Kansas are made to the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit (except for patent claims and claims against the U.S. government under the Tucker Act, which are appealed to the Federal Circuit).
The Court's Article III judges include five senior judges and five active judges. A vacancy was created in the District when Judge John W. Lungstrum assumed senior status on November 2, 2010.
Name Year Appointed Appointed by Location Chief Judge Kathryn H. Vratil 1992 George H. W. Bush Kansas City Judge J. Thomas Marten 1996 Bill Clinton Wichita Judge Carlos Murguia 1999 Bill Clinton Kansas City Judge Julie A. Robinson 2001 George W. Bush Topeka Judge Eric F. Melgren 2008 George W. Bush Wichita vacant - - - Senior Judge Wesley E. Brown 1962 John F. Kennedy Wichita Senior Judge Richard D. Rogers 1975 Gerald R. Ford Topeka Senior Judge Sam A. Crow 1981 Jimmy Carter Topeka Senior Judge Monti L. Belot 1991 George H. W. Bush Wichita Senior Judge John W. Lungstrum 1991 George H. W. Bush Kansas City
Judge Appointed by Began active
End reason Monti L. Belot George H. W. Bush November 25, 1991 March 4, 2008 Incumbent – Wesley E. Brown John F. Kennedy April 4, 1962 September 1, 1979 Incumbent – Sam A. Crow Ronald Reagan December 10, 1981 November 15, 1996 Incumbent – Mark W. Delahay Abraham Lincoln October 6, 1863 December 12, 1873 – resignation Cassius Gaius Foster Ulysses Grant March 10, 1874 February 28, 1899 – retirement Guy T. Helvering Franklin D. Roosevelt October 11, 1943 July 4, 1946 – death Delmas Carl Hill Harry S. Truman October 21, 1949 September 28, 1961 – reappointment William Cather Hook William McKinley January 31, 1899 December 1, 1903 – reappointment Richard Joseph Hopkins Herbert Hoover December 19, 1929 August 28, 1943 – death Patrick F. Kelly Jimmy Carter May 23, 1980 June 6, 1995 March 15, 1996 retirement John Watson Lungstrum George H. W. Bush November 5, 1991 November 2, 2010 Incumbent – John Thomas Marten Bill Clinton January 4, 1996 Incumbent – – George Thomas McDermott Calvin Coolidge January 16, 1928 April 30, 1929 – reappointment Eric F. Melgren George W. Bush October 6, 2008 Incumbent – – Arthur Johnson Mellott Harry S. Truman November 29, 1945 December 29, 1957 – death Carlos Murguia Bill Clinton September 22, 1999 Incumbent – – Earl Eugene O'Connor Richard Nixon November 1, 1971 March 1, 1992 November 29, 1998 death John Calvin Pollock Theodore Roosevelt December 1, 1903 January 24, 1937 – death Julie A. Robinson George W. Bush December 13, 2001 Incumbent – – Richard Dean Rogers Gerald Ford August 5, 1975 January 1, 1989 Incumbent – Dale Emerson Saffels Jimmy Carter November 2, 1979 November 16, 1990 November 14, 2002 death Arthur Jehu Stanley, Jr. Dwight D. Eisenhower July 7, 1958 April 1, 1971 January 27, 2001 death Henry George Templar John F. Kennedy April 12, 1962 November 1, 1974 August 5, 1988 death Frank Gordon Theis Lyndon B. Johnson March 4, 1967 July 31, 1981 January 17, 1998 death George Thomas VanBebber George H. W. Bush December 8, 1989 December 31, 2000 May 26, 2005 death Kathryn Hoefer Vratil George H. W. Bush October 9, 1992 Incumbent – – Archibald Williams Abraham Lincoln March 12, 1861 September 21, 1863 – death
Additionally, the Court has six Magistrate Judges.
Name Location Chief Magistrate Judge Karen M. Humphreys Wichita Magistrate Judge David J. Waxse Kansas City Magistrate Judge Gerald L. Rushfelt Kansas City Magistrate Judge James P. O'Hara Kansas City Magistrate Judge K. Gary Sebelius Topeka Magistrate Judge Kenneth G. Gale Wichita
The Clerk of Court is Timothy M. O'Brien, who is located in Kansas City.
- Courts of Kansas
- List of United States federal courthouses in Kansas
- ^ Recess appointment; formally nominated on December 14, 1863, confirmed by the United States Senate on March 15, 1864, and received commission on March 15, 1864.
- ^ Recess appointment; formally nominated on January 5, 1950, confirmed by the United States Senate on March 8, 1950, and received commission on March 9, 1950.
- United States District Court for the District of Kansas Official Website
- United States Attorney for the District of Kansas Official Website
- Papers of Arthur J. Stanley Jr., U.S. District Court of Kansas judge, Dwight D. Eisenhower Presidential Library
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