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KWAA Members Take Kansas Bar Association by Storm

KWAA iconJune 2019 -- At the Kansas Bar Association annual meeting, held June 20 and 21, 2019 in Topeka, Kansas, women attorneys of the state won a majority of the state bar association's awards and won all offices for the organization.

The following KWAA members were recognized:

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Hon. Rebecca Sanders Appointed to Workers Compensation Appeals Board

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June 2019 -- Judge Rebecca Sanders was appointed by the Kansas Secretary of Labor to fill a vacancy on the Kansas Workers Compensation Appeals Board. The process of being appointed by the Secretary first includes consideration by the Kansas Workers Compensation and Employment Security Board, which is made up of stakeholders nominated by Kansas agency heads and appointed by the Governor. The nominating board sent Judge Sanders name to the Secretary, who accepted the nomination and appointed Sanders to the position.

Judge Sanders is a long-time member of KWAA, having attended most of the annual conferences in Lindsborg, Kansas.

"I want to thank all my friends in KWAA and WAAT for their kind words and congratulations. It is because of organizations like this that empower me and all of us to achieve our professional goals. I feel like that organizations like this give us a wind to our backs and our wings to propel us up and forward," Judge Sanders stated. 

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Governor Appoints Warner to Kansas Court of Appeals

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April 30, 2019 -- In a press release issued on April 30, Governor Laura Kelly's office announced its appointment of Sarah Warner to fill the vacancy of retired Court of Appeals Judge Patrick McAnany. The Kansas Senate confirmed Warner's appointment on May 28.  She will be sworn in on July 1. The following text is from the Governor's press release.


“Sarah Warner is one of the brightest lawyers in our state and an expert in appellate advocacy,” Kelly said. “She will bring a wealth of experience and energy to the court.”

Warner has not only built her practice on tackling the kind of complex issues our appellate courts must handle, but she’s also devoted her time to serving the community through leading various bar associations and teaching appellate practice at Washburn Law School. She is currently president of the Kansas Bar Association. 

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