Kansas Governor Sam Brownback today announced the appointment of Grant D. Bannister of Manhattan as a District Judge in the 21st District. He will fill the vacancy created by the resignation of Judge David L. Stutzman.

“I am pleased to appoint Grant Bannister to the 21st District Court,” said Governor Brownback. “His experience makes him an excellent choice to serve the residents of Clay and Riley Counties.”

Bannister currently is in private practice as a partner with Knopp & Bannister PA in Manhattan. He received his undergraduate degree magna cum laude from Fort Hays State University and his law degree from the University of Kansas.

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 21st District Court is comprised of Clay and Riley counties.