Appellate judge follows in father's footsteps

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TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) -- A Kansas judge is following in his father's footsteps.

Johnson County District Judge Neil Foth sat with the Court of Appeals Tuesday, wearing the same robe and hearing cases from the same bench his father did more than 30 years ago.

His father, J. Richard Foth, was one of the first judges appointed to the new Court of Appeals in 1977.

Richard Foth served as Chief Judge from 1978 until his death in 1985.

Foth said his dad inspired him to follow a career into the courtroom.

"I guess it goes without saying that I admired my dad," Foth said. "He was an example to myself and a couple of my friends in going into the law. He was an inspiration to a lot of people, a lot of his law clerks who still keep in touch with me today."

Foth said he was there in 1977 when his father was appointed to the Court of Appeals.