- Associated Press - Wednesday, March 4, 2015

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) - The director of a University of Kansas legal clinic and a former Kansas Bar Association president say they unsuccessfully sought a seat on the state Court of Appeals.

The Wichita Eagle reports (https://bit.ly/1FZEnmr ) that law professor Suzanne Valdez and Neodesha attorney Dennis Depew confirmed Wednesday that they applied for the state’s second highest court.

Brownback instead nominated Kathryn Gardner of Topeka. She is the longtime law clerk for U.S. District Judge Sam Crow.

The Kansas Senate must confirm Gardner’s appointment, and its Judiciary Committee had a hearing Wednesday.

Brownback’s office has refused to disclose names of other applicants.

Depew was Bar Association president in 2013 and 2014. He said he respects Brownback’s decision.

Valdez would not comment after confirming her application. She directs the law school’s criminal prosecution clinic.

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