|Kansas Supreme Court|
|Appointed by:||Gov. Bill Graves|
|Past post:||Attorney, Clark Mize & Linville|
|Undergraduate:||University of Kansas, 1975|
|Law School:||University of Kansas Law School, 1982|
|Military service:||United States Marine Corps, 1975-1979|
Lawton R. Nuss is the Chief Justice of the Kansas Supreme Court. He was appointed to the court by Republican Governor Bill Graves in August 2002, becoming the first Court member in more than 20 years to move directly from the bar to the bench. His current term ends in 2016.
Nuss received his B.A. in English and History from the University of Kansas in 1975. He graduated from the University of Kansas Law School in 1982.
Since Nuss attended the University of Kansas on a Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps scholarship, he entered the United States Marine Corps after receiving his B.A. After four years of service, he left and enrolled in law school.
Awards and associations
- 2011: Henry Toll Fellow, Council of State Governments
- Board of Directors, Conference of Chief Justices
- Chairman, Kansas Judicial Council
- Departmental Justice, Kansas' First Judicial Department
- Supreme Court liaison, Kansas Client Protection Fund Commission
- Co-Chair, State and Federal Courts Committee, Kansas Bar Association
- Board of Editors, Journal of the Kansas Bar Association
- Member, Advisory Board, Topeka-Shawnee Youth Court
- Member, United States Supreme Court Historical Society
- Member, Dwight D. Opperman Institute of Judicial Administration, New York University of School of Law
- Member, American Judges Association
- 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. Nuss received a Campaign finance score (CFscore) of 1.06, indicating a conservative ideological leaning. This is more conservative 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 Supreme Court website
- Kansas Supreme Court Justice Nuss makes “suitable” decision to recuse himself, Kansas Meadowlark, April 26, 2006.
- The Ethics Case Against Justice Lawton R. Nuss, Voice For Liberty in Wichita
- National Wind Watch, "Kansas high court upholds wind farm ban," October 31, 2009 (dead link)
- Chief Justice Nuss' 2011 State of the Judiciary address
- Justice Lawton Nuss
- KAKE.com, "Chief Justice Announces Retirement from Kansas Supreme Court," August 3, 2010
- LJWorld.com, "Kansas Supreme Court Chief Justice Lawton Nuss named 2011 Henry Toll Fellow," April 21, 2011
- Hays Post, "Kansas chief justice receives national appointment," August 7, 2013
- Associated Press "Kan. Chief Justice Nuss earns honor," April 21, 2011
- 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 Moritz • Earl O'Connor •|