Two judges already working in Douglas County named as interviewees for the open 7th Judicial District judge positions

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Pro Tem Division Judge Blake Glover, left, Juvenile Division Judge Paul R. Klepper, right

The Office of Judicial Administration announced nine nominees on Wednesday who will be interviewed by the 7th Judicial District Nominating Commission to fill two district judge positions in Douglas County.

Two of the nominees already work in pro tem judge positions in the 7th District, according to the office’s news release: Pro Tem Division Judge Blake Glover, of Baldwin City, and Juvenile Division Judge Paul Klepper, of Lawrence. Glover took over for Judge James T. George in January, and Klepper replaced Judge Bethany Roberts in 2019 and moved to the juvenile division in 2020.

The nominees will be interviewed at 9 a.m. on Aug. 31 at the Douglas County Judicial and Law Enforcement Center, 111 E. 11th St., according to a news release from the Office of Judicial Administration. The interviews are open to the public.

One of the vacant judge positions opened after the retirement of Judge Kay Huff in July; the other is a position that was created by the Office of Judicial Administration after funding was approved by the Kansas Legislature.

The remaining nominees are:

• Nicholas David, of Lawrence, a defense attorney with The David Law Office in Lawrence.

• Carl Folsom III, of Lawrence, an assistant federal public defender with the Federal Public Defender Office in Topeka.

• Jessica Glendening, of Lawrence, a deputy defender with the 3rd Judicial District Public Defender’s Office in Topeka.

• Tonda Hill, of Lawrence, an assistant district attorney in Wyandotte County.

• Jonathon Noble, of Lawrence, a chief public defender with Northeast Kansas Conflicts Public Defender Office in Topeka.

• Catherine Theisen, of Lawrence, an attorney with Barber Emerson LC in Lawrence.

• Alice Craig, of Baldwin City, special counsel with Hall & Evans LLC in Kansas City, Missouri.


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