You Oughta Know

Need a lawyer? Records can aid in choice

Each Monday, The Eagle highlights a government record that is available to the public. Open records help people keep government in check and help them better understand how government affects their lives.

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The records: Disciplinary cases against Kansas lawyers.

Why you'd want them: To help you make an informed choice about hiring a lawyer. Information is available about disciplinary action taken against lawyers who practice in the state. Records are available back to 1996.

Where you get the records: They are available online at Click on the "Attorney Discipline" link on the left bottom side of the home page. Then click on "Published Kansas Disciplinary Cases." Or go directly to

How much it will cost: The information is free.