New Shawnee County District Court Judge Chosen

TOPEKA, Kan. - Governor Kathleen Sebelius has named her choice; David Debenham will take his seat on the bench as the newest Shawnee County District Court Judge of the 3rd Judicial District.

"David's range of expertise and nearly three decades of experience will serve the people of Shawnee County well as he presides over a variety of cases in district court," Sebelius said.

Debenham attended Bethany College for his bachelor's degree before receiving his juris doctorate from the Washburn University School of Law. He has practiced law for 28 years.

Presently, Debenham serves as the Deputy District Attorney for the Major Felony Division in the Office of Shawnee County District Attorney Robert Hecht. He previously served as the Deputy Attorney General, overseeing the Criminal Litigation Division under Kansas Attorney General Carla Stovall.

Debenham will fill the vacancy left by the retirement of Judge Thomas Conklin.

District courts are the trial courts of Kansas, with general original jurisdiction over all civil and criminal cases, including divorce and domestic relations; damage suits; probate and administration of estates; guardianships; conservatorships; care of the mentally ill; juvenile justice matters; and small claims.

David and his wife Glenda Cafer, a Topeka attorney, are parents to three girls.

Debenham was chosen from 15 applicants for the position.

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