Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback announced the selection of Kansas Court of Appeals judge Caleb Stegall to fill a seat on the Supreme Court left vacant by the recent departure of Justice Nancy Moritz for the U.S. 10th Circuit Court of Appeals.
“Justice Stegall will be an excellent addition to the Kansas Supreme Court,” Brownback said. “His strong legal background, temperament and dedication to justice will serve the citizens of Kansas well for many years to come. Selecting justices is one of the most important constitutional duties of a governor, and I am honored to select Caleb Stegall.”
The Supreme Court Nominating Commission conducted interviews of all applicants and on Aug. 5 submitted their three recommendations to the Governor. The Governor then interviewed all three finalists.
Stegall was appointed to the Kansas Court of Appeals in August 2013 and confirmed by the Senate the following month. He graduated third in his class at the University of Kansas School of Law, after which he served as a law clerk at the U.S. 10th Circuit Court of Appeals. Prior to being named to the Court of Appeals, Stegall’s legal experience includes serving as Chief Counsel to the Governor and as the top prosecutor in Jefferson County. He has represented a wide range of clients including a commitment to those who are less privileged or cannot adequately speak for themselves, including Family Promise of Lawrence, and arranging the release of missionaries held in Haiti following a major earthquake.
“I am humbled and honored to be appointed to the Kansas Supreme Court. I know I have big shoes to fill and I look forward to going to work every day devoted to our State’s promise of a fair and impartial judiciary, committed to the rule of law,” Stegall said. “To paraphrase Justice Nancy Moritz’s final opinion on the Court, I will strive every day to work under no compulsion other than the ever-present compulsion to follow the law rather than my personal opinions.”