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Carol Beier
Court Information:
Kansas Supreme Court
Title:   Justice
Salary:  $136,000
Appointed by:   Gov. Kathleen Sebelius
Active:   2003-2016
Past post:   Judge, Kansas Court of Appeals
Past term:   2000-2003
Past post 2:   Attorney in private practice
Personal History
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.[1][2]


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.[1][3]


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.[1][3]

Awards and associations


  • 2006: Top 500 judges in the United States, Lawdragon, magazine[1]


  • 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[1]



See also: Kansas judicial elections, 2010

Beier was retained to the Kansas Supreme Court in 2010. She received 63 percent of the vote.[4]

Political outlook

See also: Political outlook of State Supreme Court Justices

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.[5]

See also

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