TOPEKA, Kan. (KSNT) – Governor Laura Kelly held a press conference at 1 p.m. today to appoint Melissa Taylor Standridge to the Kansas Supreme Court.
When Justice Carol Beier retired from the Kansas Supreme Court, a vacancy was created.
“As governor, the process of appointing justices to the Kansas Supreme Court is one I take very seriously,” Governor Kelly said. “Not only must justices have knowledge of the law, but also a complex and nuanced understanding of the world and the people the law is intended to govern.”
Standridge has been a judge on the Kansas Court of Appeals since 2008.
Standridge received a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Kansas in 1984, then went on to pursue her law degree at the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law.
“To serve on our state’s highest court is the honor of a lifetime – but I don’t view joining the Supreme Court as just a capstone to my career,” Standridge said. “The justices of our Supreme Court have difficult jobs. So I am keenly aware that my appointment is more than just moving my office from the second floor of the judicial center to the third floor.
Kansas Supreme Court Justices are appointed through a merit-based nomination process.
When there is a vacancy on the court, like the one created by a retiring judge, the Supreme Court Nominating Commission will submit the names of three nominees to the Governor, and the Governor then has 60 days to make the appointment.
Beier took office September 5, 2003 to replace retiring Justice Bob Abbott. Beier retired on September 18, 2020.
Beier earned a Bachelor of Science in journalism from the University of Kansas in 1981, went on to obtain a Juris Doctor at KU in 1985, and a Master of Laws at University of Virginia School of Law in 2004.