Archive for Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Obama nominates former Kansas Attorney General Steve Six to replace Tacha on federal appeals bench

March 9, 2011


Lawrence resident and former Kansas Attorney General Steve Six was nominated Wednesday by President Obama to serve on the U.S. 10th Circuit Court of Appeals.

Obama made the announcement late Wednesday afternoon.

“Steve Six has distinguished himself as a first-rate jurist with unflagging integrity and evenhandedness,” President Obama said in a statement. “I’m grateful for his service to the state of Kansas and look forward to adding his considerable wisdom and experience to the Tenth Circuit Court.”

Six would fill a spot on the court of appeals left open by the retirement of Lawrence resident Deanell Tacha.

Six, a Democrat, will have to be confirmed by the U.S. Senate. Six served as Kansas Attorney from 2008 until January, after losing his bid for election. Prior to being appointed to fill the unexpired term as attorney general, Six was a Douglas County District Court judge from 2005 to 2008. Since January, he has worked as a partner at the Lawrence law firm of Stevens & Brand.

Attempts to reach Six on Wednesday afternoon weren’t immediately successful.

Tacha has been named as Pepperdine University’s dean of law. She will begin in her new position on June 1.


Joseph Jarvis 7 years, 2 months ago

Wonderful news. He'd be a great addition to the circuit.

Bob_Keeshan 7 years, 2 months ago

Kansas' loss is the 10th Circuit's gain.

Bob Forer 7 years, 2 months ago

Excellent choice. A good and decent man.

8ball 7 years, 2 months ago

cant we all just get along,what purpose does your snide comment serve?you come off as a whiny liberal whining about whiny republicans

cato_the_elder 7 years, 2 months ago

Outstanding choice. Steve Six will be an excellent 10th Circuit judge.

Flap Doodle 7 years, 2 months ago

This post pre-removed for using a vulgar sexual term to refer to a progressive.

Shelley Bock 7 years, 2 months ago

Six should have stilll been Attorney General, but this is an excellent choice. I just wonder how long it will take for the Senate for approval.

John Sheppard 7 years, 2 months ago


Jonathan Becker 7 years, 2 months ago

And now IMPARTIAL will give us his unadorned best person for job, other than J. Six. Drumroll please . . . .

bad_dog 7 years, 2 months ago

what ever happened to "the best person for the job."

I suggest you ask Clarence Thomas...

thebigspoon 7 years, 2 months ago


MyName 7 years, 2 months ago

This is a good choice. He has a good grasp on the law, and I think Six never really had the penchant for self promotion and glad handing that you would need as a politician anyways.

lawrencerulz 7 years, 2 months ago

The only democrat I know with common sense. Finally, Uncle Barry does something right.

mom_of_three 7 years, 2 months ago

you mean, like bush appointed all anti-abortion conservatives to the bench, to take away the rights of women. you mean, like that?

overthemoon 7 years, 2 months ago

hahahahahahhaaaaa! whooooeeeee! hahahahahahahaaahahaaa! That's d**n funny. You STILL think Obama is a liberal?!?! Oh man, I'm cryin' here.

Kim Murphree 7 years, 2 months ago

I'd say your screen name says all we need to know.....

Ken Lewis 7 years, 2 months ago

Voters throw him out of office so Obama puts him in a judicial position. Thanks for embedding this zealot.

Bob_Keeshan 7 years, 2 months ago

Zealot? Expand, please. It sounds like you are talking about his flawless record of supporting the NRA...

gl0ckUser 7 years, 2 months ago

Wow Perfect timing Guy Neighbors Case is in the 10 Circuit court. this was the Same judge that signed on the original 1 charge indictment

thebigspoon 7 years, 2 months ago

Because that was the only charge tendered..tendered by the law to get the ball roling and keep the criminals away from their appointed tasks. Had the case been run correctly, thee would have been multiple charges. But, the point is, Six concurred that the charges were valid, thereby upholding the law and doing his job. You got a problem with that?

bks253 7 years, 2 months ago

This is the best news I've heard in months. Steve Six is a fantastic lawyer and jurist. A life time appointment on the 10th Circuit is a great reward for excellent bi-partisan service to the people of the State of Kansas. Congratulations.

BigPrune 7 years, 2 months ago

This wasn't a Planned Non-Parenthood appointment, right?

Paul R Getto 7 years, 2 months ago

Good job; great choice; congratulations.

earlphoto 7 years, 2 months ago

I clerked for Six while I was in law school. As a non-trad law student (age 45 when I started), I'm pretty good at assessing people. I found him to be very intelligent, thoughtful and fair. He will be a great addition to the 10th Circuit.

Kim Murphree 7 years, 2 months ago

Steve Six is brilliant and one of the most ethical jurists Kansas has seen in a long time. He was a great Attorney General--left the politics at home which is more than I can say for the current guy---and he will serve this country with integrity as a Judge. Good luck Mr. Six!

meggers 7 years, 2 months ago

Six is an excellent choice for the 10th circuit. Hopefully, Senate republicans won't obstruct the confirmation process like they have with so many of Obama's other judicial nominees.

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