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Kansas Senate Panel To Have Hearing On Appeals Court Nominee

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Kansas Public Radio

The Senate Judiciary committee is having a hearing this week on Governor Sam Brownback's appointment of a new judge to the state Court of Appeals.

The Committee will convene Wednesday for testimony on the nomination of Kathryn Gardner of Topeka to the state's second-highest court.

The committee's agenda says the hearing could continue Thursday and a vote is possible then.

Governor Brownback named Gardner to the appeals court to fill a vacancy he created last year by elevating then-Judge Caleb Stegall to the Kansas Supreme Court.

Gardner has been U.S. Senior Judge Sam Crow's law clerk since 2000 and was an attorney in private practice with a Wichita law firm for 12 years before that. She also writes cowboy poetry.