United States District Court for the District of Kansas

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United States District Court for the District of Kansas
(D. Kan.)
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Appeals to Tenth Circuit
Established January 29, 1861
Judges assigned 6
Chief Judge Julie A. Robinson

The United States District Court for the District of Kansas (in case citations, D. Kan.) is the federal district court whose jurisdiction is the state of Kansas. The Court operates out of the Robert J. Dole United States Courthouse in Kansas City, the Frank Carlson Federal Building in Topeka, and the United States Courthouse in Wichita. The District of Kansas was created in 1861, replacing the territorial court that preceded it, and President Abraham Lincoln appointed Archibald Williams as the Court's first judge.

Appeals from the District of Kansas are made to the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit (except for patent claims and claims against the U.S. government under the Tucker Act, which are appealed to the Federal Circuit).

The current United States Attorney is Thomas E. Beall. On March 12, 2015, Ron Miller, most recently police chief of Topeka, Kansas, was confirmed as US Marshal.[1]

Current judges[edit]

# Title Judge Duty station Born Term of service Appointed by
Active Chief Senior
26 Chief Judge Julie A. Robinson Kansas City 1957 2001–present 2017–present G.W. Bush
25 District Judge Carlos Murguia Kansas City 1957 1999–present Clinton
27 District Judge Eric F. Melgren Wichita 1956 2008–present G.W. Bush
28 District Judge Daniel D. Crabtree Topeka 1956 2014–present Obama
29 District Judge vacant
30 District Judge vacant
19 Senior Judge Sam A. Crow Topeka 1926 1981–1996 1996–present Reagan
21 Senior Judge John W. Lungstrum Kansas City 1945 1991–2010 2001–2007 2010–present G.H.W. Bush
22 Senior Judge Monti L. Belot Wichita 1943 1991–2008 2008–present G.H.W. Bush
23 Senior Judge Kathryn H. Vratil Kansas City 1949 1992–2014 2008–2014 2014–present G.H.W. Bush
24 Senior Judge J. Thomas Marten Wichita 1951 1996–2017 2014–2017 2017–present Clinton

Vacancies and pending nominations[edit]

Seat Seat last held by Vacancy reason Date of vacancy Nominee Date of nomination
3 Kathryn H. Vratil Senior Status April 22, 2014
4 J. Thomas Marten Senior Status May 1, 2017

Former judges[edit]

# Judge State Born–died Active service Chief Judge Senior status Appointed by Reason for
1 Williams, ArchibaldArchibald Williams KS 1801–1863 1861–1863 Lincoln, Lincoln death
2 Delahay, Mark W.Mark W. Delahay KS 1828–1879 1863–1873[2] Lincoln, Lincoln resignation
3 Foster, Cassius GaiusCassius Gaius Foster KS 1837–1899 1874–1899 Grant, Grant retirement
4 Hook, William CatherWilliam Cather Hook KS 1857–1921 1899–1903 McKinley, McKinley appointment to 8th Cir.
5 Pollock, John CalvinJohn Calvin Pollock KS 1857–1937 1903–1937 Roosevelt, T.T. Roosevelt death
6 McDermott, George ThomasGeorge Thomas McDermott KS 1886–1937 1928–1929 Coolidge, Coolidge appointment to 10th Cir.
7 Hopkins, Richard JosephRichard Joseph Hopkins KS 1873–1943 1929–1943 Hoover, Hoover death
8 Helvering, Guy T.Guy T. Helvering KS 1878–1946 1943–1946 Roosevelt, F.F. Roosevelt death
9 Mellott, Arthur JohnsonArthur Johnson Mellott KS 1888–1957 1945–1957 1948–1957 Truman, Truman death
10 Hill, Delmas CarlDelmas Carl Hill KS 1906–1989 1949–1961[3] 1957–1961 Truman, Truman appointment to 10th Cir.
11 Stanley, Jr., Arthur JehuArthur Jehu Stanley, Jr. KS 1901–2001 1958–1971 1961–1971 1971–2001 Eisenhower, Eisenhower death
12 Brown, Wesley E.Wesley E. Brown KS 1907–2012 1962–1979 1971–1977 1979–2012 Kennedy, Kennedy death
13 Templar, Henry GeorgeHenry George Templar KS 1904–1988 1962–1974 1974–1988 Kennedy, Kennedy death
14 Theis, Frank GordonFrank Gordon Theis KS 1911–1998 1967–1981 1977–1981 1981–1998 Johnson, L.L. Johnson death
15 O'Connor, Earl EugeneEarl Eugene O'Connor KS 1922–1998 1971–1992 1981–1992 1992–1998 Nixon, Nixon death
16 Rogers, Richard DeanRichard Dean Rogers KS 1921–2016 1975–1989 1989–2016 Ford, Ford death
17 Saffels, Dale E.Dale E. Saffels KS 1921–2002 1979–1990 1990–2002 Carter, Carter death
18 Kelly, Patrick F.Patrick F. Kelly KS 1929–2007 1980–1995 1992–1995 1995–1996 Carter, Carter retirement
20 Van Bebber, George ThomasGeorge Thomas Van Bebber KS 1931–2005 1989–2000 1995–2000 2000–2005 Bush, G.H.W.G.H.W. Bush death

The Clerk of Court is Timothy M. O'Brien, who is located in Kansas City.

Succession of seats[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ http://cjonline.com/news/2015-03-13/ron-miller-confirmed-us-senate-us-marshal-kansas
  2. ^ Recess appointment; formally nominated on December 14, 1863, confirmed by the United States Senate on March 15, 1864, and received commission on March 15, 1864.
  3. ^ Recess appointment; formally nominated on January 5, 1950, confirmed by the United States Senate on March 8, 1950, and received commission on March 9, 1950.

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