Former Kansas Supreme Court Chief Justice Davis dies

TOPEKA – Former state Supreme Court Chief Justice Robert E. Davis died Wednesday night at his home in Leavenworth. He was 70 years old.

The court had announced his retirement earlier this week. In his letter to Gov. Mark Parkinson, Davis cited medical reasons for his retirement.

Davis joined the state Supreme Court in 1993 and was named chief justice January 2009. Prior to joining the court, he served eight years on the State Court of Appeals and before that as a judge of the Leavenworth County District Court. He also served a term as Leavenworth County Attorney.

Davis also served with the U.S. Army Judge Advocate General's Corps, including as trial counsel in the Republic of Korea and as government appellate counsel in Washington D.C. from 1964 to 1967. He received a BA degree from Creighton University, Omaha, and a law degree from Georgetown University Law School, Washington, D.C.