Gov.-elect Laura Kelly on Friday announced 18 applicants seeking a seat on the Kansas court of appeals.
She also announced the names of a panel made up of five lawyers and four nonattorneys who will choose three candidates to recommend to the governor. The governor will pick one for a seat on the appeals court.
Under a law enacted during former Gov. Sam Brownback’s administration, Kelly could have unilaterally appointed a judge to replace Justice Pat McAnany, who is retiring Jan. 14.
Instead, Kelly is employing the merit-selection process that's used in selecting Supreme Court justices . . .