TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) - A Kansas Court of Appeals judge earned national recognition.
Judge Patrick McAnany received the 2013 American Judges Association Chief Justice Richard W. Holmes Award of Merit.
The honor is awarded by peers. It recognizes outstanding contributions to the judiciary. In particular, fellow judges noted McAnany's work with the Kansas Blue Ribbon Commission, which included the first-ever evaluation of the state's caseload.
He'll receive the award Sept. 23 at the annual meeting of the American Judges Association in Hawaii.
Complete news release from the Kansas Judiciary:
A third member of the Kansas Judicial Branch has received a national award this month, Chief Justice Lawton R. Nuss announced today. Court of Appeals Judge Patrick D. McAnany has been named the recipient of the 2013 American Judges Association Chief Justice Richard W. Holmes Award of Merit.
The award will be presented at the American Judges Association’s annual meeting September 23, 2013, in Hawaii. The Association announced that Judge McAnany is being recognized by his national peers “for his outstanding contributions to the judiciary.” Of particular importance was his work in leading Kansas’ Blue Ribbon Commission, which included evaluating the results of the first-ever statewide weighted caseload study in Kansas history.
The Blue Ribbon Commission, a 24-member panel appointed in late 2010 by the Supreme Court, conducted an intensive review of state court operations and structure. Its goal was to find improvements in the way Kansas courts serve its citizens. The Commission’s extensive recommendations were submitted to the 2012 Legislature during Chief Justice Nuss’ State of the Judiciary Speech.
The American Judges Association has more than 3,000 members. They include both present and former judges of courts of all jurisdictions in the United States, Canada, Mexico, Puerto Rico, Guam, American Samoa, and the Virgin Islands. Its objective is to maintain the status and independence of the judiciary, provide a forum for continuing education of its members and the general public, and for the exchange of new ideas among all judges.
Before Judge McAnany joined the Kansas Court of Appeals in 2004, he served as a two-term Chief Judge of the Johnson County District Court. Chief Justice Nuss said McAnany’s national award, coupled with the awards the American Bar Association presented earlier this month to Judge Mary Thrower of the 28th Judicial District and Denise Kilwein of the Office of Judicial Administration in Topeka, demonstrate that the Kansas Judicial Branch’s excellence continues to be recognized on the national stage.