TOPEKA, Kan. – Kansas Governor Sam Brownback Tuesday announced the appointment of Topeka attorney Carl William “Bill” Ossmann to the Third Judicial District of the State of Kansas. Ossmann will replace retired Judge Charles Andrews, Jr. who recently passed away after battling cancer.
“Bill’s knowledge and expertise on a wide variety of legal issues uniquely qualifies him for this position on the 3rd Judicial District. He has a sharp legal mind that will serve his community well,” Gov.Brownback said.
Ossmann currently serves as the Chief Litigation Attorney for the Kansas Department of Aging and Disability Services. He received his Juris Doctorate from Washburn University School of Law in 1976. His professional legal experience also includes prosecuting criminal cases as a Shawnee County first assistant district attorney as well as serving as a Judge Pro Tem for the Shawnee County District Court since 2006. He has served as an Adjunct Professor of Washburn University School of Law since 1993.
Ossmann was one of three names submitted to the Governor by the Third Judicial District Nominating Commission.
The state’s 105 counties are organized into 31 Judicial Districts. The district courts serve as the trial courts for the state, overseeing all civil and criminal cases. The Third Judicial District manages Shawnee County.