Lawyers offer to give up majority on nominations
A day after Gov. Sam Brownback called on the Legislature to change the way Kansas selects Supreme Court and appellate judges, the president of the state’s association of lawyers offered to give up its majority on the state Judicial Nominating Commission.
University of Kansas law professor Stephen Ware told the committee that he sees three major flaws in the current system.
“The current system is undemocratic, the second problem is it is extreme and the third problem is it’s secretive,” Ware said. “You don’t need to trade off judicial quality against democratic legitimacy.”