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Ann Zimmerman and Marilyn Harp Take Home 2022 KWAA Awards

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Marilyn Harp and Ann Zimmerman pose for a photo after receiving their awards.

This July, KWAA held its 33rd Annual Conference, at which two members received awards for distinguished careers in law.  Ann Zimmerman took home the Carol Foreman Medal of Civility while Marilyn Harp received the Jennie Mitchell Kellogg Attorney Achievement Award.

The Carol Foreman Medal of Civility is awarded to a KWAA member who has consistently carried out their professional actions and duties as a lawyer or judge with civility, ethics, and respect for others at all times; and who unequivocally serves as an example of dignity and honor to the profession. 

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KWAA Comes Home to Lindsborg

KWAA Comes Home to Lindsborg

For the first time since 2019, KWAA members met for the Annual Conference in Lindsborg, Kansas in person on July 14-16, 2022.  Judges, lawyers, and law students traveled from across the state and beyond for the appropriately named “Homecoming” conference. 

The Solo Practice and Small Firm section kicked things off with a luncheon on Thursday, after which attendees jumped right in to CLE’s. In the afternoon, the University of Kansas and Washburn law schools welcomed their alumni to receptions in downtown Lindsborg. 

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KWAA's Statement on August 2, 2022 Primary Election Ballot Question

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August 3, 2022 -- Yesterday a majority of Kansas electors rejected a proposed constitutional amendment that would have said there was no Kansas constitutional right to abortion.

The amendment was an attempt to override law that states Section 1 of the Kansas Constitution Bill of Rights, protects all Kansans’ natural right of personal autonomy, including the right to control one’s own body, to assert bodily integrity, and to exercise self-determination. The law further states that this right includes allowing a woman to make her own decisions regarding her body, health, family formation, and family life, which could include decisions about whether to continue a pregnancy.

The failure of the amendment has no immediate impact on the ability of any person to obtain an abortion or other reproductive health care in Kansas. The abortion restrictions existing prior to the attempted passage of the amendment remain in place. In addition, the state legislature retains the ability to pass legislation regulating abortions, and that legislation will continue to be subject to section 1 of the Kansas Constitution Bill of Rights.

The Kansas Women Attorneys Association believes that women should be involved at all levels of government. We urge all Kansans to contact their legislators to express their preferences on legislation related to abortion and reproductive healthcare.

KWAA members with judicial and other governmental positions did not participate in the issuance of this statement.

 

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