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Lawton Nuss

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Lawton Nuss
Court Information:
Kansas Supreme Court
Title:   Chief Justice
Salary:  $139,000
Appointed by:   Gov. Bill Graves
Active:   2002-2016
Chief:   2010-2016
Past post:   Attorney, Clark Mize & Linville
Past term:   1982-2002
Personal History
Born:   1952
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.[1] His current term ends in 2016.

Nuss automatically took over the role of Chief Justice when Robert Davis retired from the court in August 2010. Nuss had been serving as interim chief justice since spring 2010.[2]


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.[1]

Military service

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.[1]


Awards and associations


  • 2011: Henry Toll Fellow, Council of State Governments[3]


  • Board of Directors, Conference of Chief Justices[4]
  • 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[1][5]



See also: Kansas judicial elections, 2010

Nuss was retained to the Kansas Supreme Court in 2010. He received 63% of the vote.[6]

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. 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.[7]

See also

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