Today Governor Laura Kelly appointed Andrew Stein, to fill the term of retiring Chief Judge Leigh Hood.

“Andrew is a bright and dedicated attorney,” Kelly said. “He has packed an impressive amount of experience into his legal career, and I know he will serve the citizens of the 16th Judicial District well.”

Stein is an attorney and owner at the Doll Law Firm LLC, where he serves clients in a wide variety of areas including estate planning, bankruptcy, civil litigation, and criminal defense cases. He also currently serves as a Municipal Court Judge in Dodge City. Stein has also servedas city attorney for numerous Kansas towns, including Ensign, Montezuma, Spearville, Minneola, and Bucklin. He graduated from the University of Kansas in 2010 and earned his juris doctor from the University of Kansas School of Law in 2013.

“I’m grateful to Governor Kelly for this unique opportunity to serve my community,” Stein said. “I have had the honor to learn from excellent attorneys and judges in our district, and I hope to follow their examples by working hard every day to ensure that every litigant in my courtroom is treated fairly and that each case is resolved on its merits.”

District judges in Ford County are elected and serve four-year terms. When a judge retires in the middle of a term, the governor appoints a new judge to finish out the term. The position to which Stein is being appointed will be on the ballot in 2020. The 16th Judicial District includes the counties of Clark, Comanche, Ford, Gray, Kiowa, and Meade.