- Associated Press - Thursday, August 14, 2014

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) - A Kansas Court of Appeals judge is this year’s recipient of the national William H. Rehnquist Award for Judicial Excellence.

The National Center for State Courts announced its selection of Judge Steve Leben (LEE’-behn) on Thursday. Leben will receive the award from U.S. Supreme Court Chief John Roberts in November.

The Rehnquist Award is presented to a state court judge who demonstrates excellence in fairness, integrity, ethics, intellectual courage and other qualities.

The Center for State Courts noted what it calls Leben’s groundbreaking work in procedural fairness, including an influential national paper on the topic.

Leben is a former Johnson County district judge. He was serving as president of the American Judges Association when he was appointed to the state Court of Appeals in 2007.

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