Wichita attorneys not in Kansas anymore?

“Wichita trial lawyers may soon feel like they’re not in Kansas anymore,” according to a Wall Street Journal editorial supporting a Kansas House GOP plan to change how Kansas Court of Appeals judges are selected. The plan calls for having the governor make appointments, subject to a Kansas Senate confirmation vote, rather than the current system, in which a nine-member commission vets candidates for merit and recommends three names to the governor. It’s unclear why the proposed change is important to the national newspaper or why it singled out Wichita trial attorneys for mention. But the editorial claimed that the current selection process “has become highly politicized, holding the judiciary in thrall of lawyers and bar association leaders.”