|Kansas Supreme Court|
|Appointed by:||Gov. Kathleen Sebelius|
|Past post:||Judge, Kansas Court of Appeals|
|Past post 2:||Attorney in private practice|
|Undergraduate:||University of Kansas|
|Law School:||University of Kansas, 1985|
|Grad. School:||University of Virginia School of Law, 2004|
Carol A. Beier is a justice on the Kansas Supreme Court. She joined the court on September 5, 2003, following an appointment by then-Governor Kathleen Sebelius in July, and her current term ends in 2016.
Beier attended Benedictine College and received her B.S. in journalism from the University of Kansas, Lawrence. She earned her J.D. from the University of Kansas in 1985, and her LL.M. from the University of Virginia School of Law in 2004.
Beier's career started with a clerkship to James Logan. After this, she received a Revson fellowship to the Georgetown Law Center Women's Rights and Public Policy Program. From there, she went on to practice law for different firms, until her appointment to the Kansas Court of Appeals in 2000. Beier served in this capacity until she was appointed to the Kansas Supreme Court.
Awards and associations
- 2006: Top 500 judges in the United States, Lawdragon, magazine
- Member, American Judicature Society
- Member and former District 10 Director, National Association of Women Judges
- Member, Kansas Bar Association
- Member, Board of Editors, Kansas Bar Association Annual Survey of the Law
- Founding member and first secretary, Kansas Women Attorneys Association
- Former president, KU Law Alumni
- See also: Kansas judicial elections, 2010
In October 2012, political science professors Adam Bonica and Michael Woodruff of Stanford University attempted to determine the partisan ideology of state supreme court justices in their paper, State Supreme Court Ideology and 'New Style' Judicial Campaigns. A score above 0 indicated a more conservative leaning ideology while scores below 0 are more liberal. Beier received a Campaign finance score (CFscore) of -0.81, indicating a liberal ideological leaning. This is more liberal than the average CF score of 0.12 that justices received in Kansas. The study is based on data from campaign contributions by judges themselves, the partisan leaning of contributors to the judges or, in the absence of elections, the ideology of the appointing body (governor or legislature). This study is not a definitive label of a justice, but an academic gauge of various factors.
- Kansas Judicial Branch, "Supreme Court"
- Kansas Watchdog, "Kansas Supreme Court Justice asks Ethics Commission for opinion," February 18, 2010
- The Pitch, "Best of Award: Best Mean Judge - 2009
- Virginia Law, "Summer School Revitalizes Judges' Passion for Law," July 29, 2003
- Kansas Judicial Branch, "Honorable Carol A. Beier Justice, Kansas Supreme Court"
- The Topeka Capital-Journal, "Sebelius names new Supreme Court justice," July 29, 2003
- Project Vote Smart, "Justice Carol S. Beier (KS)"
- Kansas Secretary of State, "Unofficial 2010 General Results"
- Stanford University, "State Supreme Court Ideology and 'New Style' Judicial Campaigns," October 31, 2012
|Former||Kay McFarland • Robert Davis (Kansas) • David Josiah Brewer • Nancy Caplinger-Moritz • Earl O'Connor •|