Marla J. Luckert was born July 20, 1955 in Goodland, Kansas. At Washburn University she earned a B.A. in history in 1977 and J.D. from Washburn University School of Law in 1980. She is married to Ken Morse and has three daughters Sarah, Alisa, and Arin.
After earning her law degree at Washburn, Luckert she joined the firm of Goodell, Stratton, Edmonds and Palmer in Topeka, Kansas. She also served as an adjunct professor of law at Washburn. Luckert was appointed by Governor Joan Finney to the Third Judicial District Court in 1992. In 2000 she became chief justice of the Third Judicial Court. In 2003 she was appointed to the Kansas Supreme Court by Governor Bill Graves.
Justice Luckert has served as president of the Kansas Bar Association, the Kansas District Judges Association, the Kansas Women Attorneys Association, the Topeka Bar Association, the Sam A. Crow Inn of Court, and the Women Attorneys Association of Topeka. Luckert will face her next retention election in 2010. Luckert is a fellow of the American Bar Foundation and the Kansas Bar Foundation. In her last election to hold her seat she was approved with 686,532 (76.5%) compared to 209,972 (23.4%) disapproving votes.
- YWCA Woman of Excellence Award (1996)
- Kansas Bar Association Outstanding Service Award (1990)
- Kansas Association of Defense Counsel's Distinguished Service Award (1990)
- "Marla Luckert Appointed to Kansas Supreme Court" (English). Retrieved 2007-03-18.
- "Appointed: Governor tabs Shawnee County District Court Judge To Replace Retiring Justice Six" (English). The Topeka Capital-Journal. 2002. Retrieved 2007-03-18.
- "Hon. Marla J. Luckert" (English). Retrieved 2007-03-18.
- "Supreme Court In Review" (English). Retrieved 2007-03-18.[dead link]
- "FindLaw Profile" (English). Retrieved 2007-03-18.
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