Kelly nominates prosecutor to appeals court


Gov. Laura Kelly on Thursday night nominated a Sedgwick County prosecutor to a seat on the Kansas Court of Appeals, replacing Carl Folsom III who was not able to win confirmation from the state Senate.

Lesley Isherwood has worked in the district attorney’s office since 1999 and is now the chief attorney in the appellate division, which handles all appeals to the Kansas Court of Appeals and the Kansas Supreme Court.

The governor’s office said Ishwerwood has argued more than 100 cases before Kansas appellate courts and has authored more than 1,000 appellate briefs.

After graduating from Washburn University School of Law in 1998, she briefly practiced law at Williams, Stroble, Malone, Mason & Ralph in Dodge City.

She earned a bachelor’s degree in English from Washburn University in 1995.

Isherwood was among the leaders in three rounds of balloting when a screening committee created by the governor reviewed the candidates for the position.

Kelly chose Isherwood over Fairway Lawyer Russell Keller and Johnson County District Judge Rhonda Mason for the position.

Isherwood would fill the seat of Judge Steve Leben who stepped down to teach law at the University of Missouri- Kansas City.