Constitution Day program to feature Court of Appeals panel session and introductory event

Three judges from the Kansas Court of Appeals will conduct a panel session of the Appeals Court Tuesday, Sept. 19, at Friends University. The event is part of the celebration of Constitution Day (officially set for Sunday, Sept. 17), and the Court of Appeals judges will be hearing five (or perhaps six) appeals, argued by visiting lawyers.

Judges G. Gordon Atcheson (presiding judge), Michael B. Buser, and James Burgess (senior judge joining the court for the hearings) will hear three cases in the morning (9 a.m. to about 11:15 a.m.) and three in the afternoon (1:30 to 3:30 p.m.) in the Marriage and Family Therapy facility in combined rooms 101-102. Please note that observers may not speak or disrupt the proceedings during these sessions.

The judges will speak and hold a question-and-answer session the night before the official panel session at 6 p.m. Monday, Sept. 18, in the Olive White Garvey Business and Technology Building, room 103. Dr. Amy Bragg Carey, president of Friends University, will introduce the judges. The judges will then speak about their work on the Kansas Court of Appeals, explain the role the Appeals Court plays in the Kansas judicial system, and give some of the constitutional reasons for having an appeals court. An open question-and-answer session will follow their presentation. The event should last approximately 90 minutes.

Both events are free and open to the public.

Friends University, a Christian University of Quaker heritage, equips students to honor God and serve others by integrating their intellectual, spiritual and professional lives.