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Caleb StegallCaleb Stegall
Gov. Sam Brownback today nominated his chief counsel, Caleb Stegall, for the 14th seat on the Kansas Court of Appeals.
The nominee will have to be confirmed by the Kansas Senate. The Kansas Legislature changed the judicial nomination process this past year to be more similar to the federal process of nominating judges. In the former process, a nominating commission selected three nominees and the governor chose one of them.
“If confirmed by the Senate, Caleb will be one of the most – if not the most – qualified person to sit on the Kansas Court of Appeals in the past decade,” Brownback said.
Stegall, a lawyer from Perry, Kan., and the Lawrence, Kan., area, was previously on the list of applicants for the Kansas Court of Appeals in November 2012. Three other finalists were selected by a nominating commission at that time. Stegall has worked for Brownback since January 2011.
Gov. Brownback said Stegall had the endorsements of a wide range of people from different political backgrounds, including the past two Kansas attorneys general, one a Democrat and one a Republican.
Stegall has experience as a prosecutor for Jefferson County. He also has experience working for a large corporate law firm, Foulston Siefkin, and experience running his own law practice.
His has done legal work on behalf of those who are less privileged or in need, including Family Promise of Lawrence, and arranging the release of missionaries held in Haiti following a major earthquake.
Gov. Brownback said Stegall graduated from the University of Kansas School of Law in the top 1 percent of his class. He was a law clerk for Chief Judge Deanell Tacha, U.S. Court of Appeals, Tenth Circuit. Stegall's father is a retired community corrections chief with Douglas County, and his mother worked many years as a teacher at Wyandotte High School.
Among Stegall's many cases was one in 2008 representing four Wyandotte County residents, Mary Ann Flunder, Thomas Gordon, Domingo Soto and Calvin Vick, in trying to block a destination casino proposed for Wyandotte County. The laws concerning financing of the casino, and taxpayer dollars through sales tax revenue bonds, were an issue in that lawsuit.
In August 2010, Stegall served as an attorney for Phill Kline, former attorney general, who was facing disciplinary charges in a case concerning patients’ privacy rights in an abortion investigation into an Overland Park Planned Parenthood clinic.