Kansas judge Steve Leben wins national award

08/14/2014 2:48 PM

08/14/2014 4:43 PM

A Kansas judge has been selected to receive the William H. Rehnquist Award for Judicial Excellence and will be presented the award by Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts in November.

Judge Steve Leben, who sits on the Kansas Court of Appeals, was chosen to receive the honor by the National Center for State Courts, which made the announcement Thursday.

The award goes to a judge who demonstrates integrity, fairness and knowledge of the law. Lawton Nuss, chief justice of the Kansas Supreme Court, congratulated Leben, whom he nominated for the award, in a release.

“Judge Leben consistently demonstrates the outstanding qualities of judicial excellence that the Rehnquist award recognizes and he has done that exceptionally well,” Nuss said in the release. “I am honored to work with him and delighted to see him get the recognition he deserves.”

Leben, who was appointed to Court of Appeals in 2007, acknowledged that courts face the challenge of maintaining public trust. He said the best way to accomplish this is by treating anyone who enters his courtroom with respect.

“If judges do that, and explain their decisions in a way that anyone can understand, people leave the courtroom satisfied, even when they lose,” he said in a news release.

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