The Court of Appeals Nominating Commission today announced the applicants for the upcoming vacancy on the Court of Appeals. The deadline to apply was 3 p.m. Friday, March 6. As of that deadline, the following Kansans had submitted their applications for consideration:

Kristafer R. Ailslieger, Topeka

Daniel Cahill, Kansas City

John F. Carpinelli, Topeka

Amy Cline, Wichita

Angela D. Coble, Salina

Henry R. Cox, Shawnee

Dennis D. Depew, Neodesha

Timothy L. Dupree, Kansas City

Carl A. Folsom III, Lawrence

Bach Hang, Wichita

Randall L. Hodgkinson, Topeka

Lesley A. Isherwood, Wichita

Michael P. Joyce, Leawood

Russell J. Keller, Fairway

Sarah J. Loquist-Berry, Topeka

Rhonda K. Mason, Olathe

Steven J. Obermeier, Olathe

Dave J. Rempel, Overland Park

Diane H. Sorensen, North Newton

Suzanne Valdez, Lawrence

Kristen D. Wheeler, Wichita

Marcia A. Wood, Wichita

The Commission will interview applicants on Thursday, March 19, and Friday, March 20, to fill the upcoming vacancy on the Kansas Court of Appeals created by the June 27, 2020, retirement of Judge Steve Leben.

Interviews will be in a meeting room in the Wichita U.S. Courthouse, 401 N. Market St., Wichita, and are open to the public.

The interview schedule will be announced at a later date. All updates may be found at

Governor Laura Kelly signed Executive Order 20-01 on Tuesday, January 28, establishing the Court of Appeals Nominating Commission. Under Kansas law, the Governor appoints judges to the Court of Appeals subject to confirmation by the Kansas Senate. The Commission will review each applicant’s background and qualifications, conduct interviews and then submit three nominees for the Governor to consider.