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Friday, May 02, 2014

Ind. Courts - "The Kansas Supreme Court announced today that it has hired Heather Smith to be clerk of the appellate courts at the Judicial Center in Topeka effective June 9"

Updating this ILB post from April 29th, the Kansas State Bar Ass'n. has the story here:

Smith will replace Carol Green, who has been clerk since 1991 and will retire June 6.

"Carol Green set an exceptionally high bar for her successor, but we believe Heather Smith is suited to the challenge,” said Chief Justice Lawton Nuss. "She has broad appellate court experience and we look forward to her leadership in the clerk’s office.”

Smith currently is deputy clerk of the Indiana Supreme Court, Court of Appeals, and Tax Court, where she is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the office. She also played a key role in planning several technology projects, including emailing orders and opinions, accepting online attorney registration fees, and a public online case search.

"I’m thrilled for this opportunity to serve the appellate courts in Kansas and I am eager start my new duties,” Smith said.

In her new role, Smith will be responsible for planning and supervising administrative work related to the operation of the Supreme Court and the Court of Appeals, including work related to appellate rules, managing court records, keeping statistical information, processing bar admission applications and certifying court reporters. She also will be responsible for conducting elections for lawyer members of the Supreme Court Nominating Commission and district judicial nominating commissions in nonpartisan judicial districts.

The late David Schanker, former Deputy Clerk of the Indiana Courts, also moved from that position in Indiana to Clerk of the Courts in another state, Wisconsin. From this July 20, 2010 ILB post, quoting a story from the Wis. bar ass'n:
Lauding Schanker’s performance as chief clerk and his valuable contributions to the court particularly his rulemaking process, Prosser said, “David was very bright and competent in running the clerk’s office. He was on top of technology, and he took charge to bring the court to forward.”

“David Schanker was instrumental in implementing the court’s e-filing system and tirelessly traveled the state teaching people about it,” said Wisconsin Supreme Court Commissioner Nancy Kopp. “His enthusiasm for providing enhanced public access to court filings through technology and his patience in explaining the nuts and bolts of e-filing will be greatly missed.”

Posted by Marcia Oddi on May 2, 2014 09:54 AM
Posted to Indiana Courts