Bench-Bar Committee Application for Membership

Pursuant to District of Kansas Local Rule 77.6, the court appoints a Bench-Bar Committee which consists of the Chief Judge, other judges who may be appointed by the court, representatives from the district’s U.S. Attorney and Federal Public Defender offices and the chair of the Bench-Bar Committee of the Kansas Bar Association. The judges also select nine actively practicing members of the bar of the court who each serve a three-year term. The Bench-Bar Committee has general advisory and liaison roles with respect to the court’s operations, providing a forum for continuously studying court practices and procedures, as well as considering and recommending adoption, amendment or rescission of the Rules of Practice of the court. The Committee typically meets twice a year and is currently chaired by Judge Melgren.

One lawyer position on the Bench-Bar Committee is vacant, with the term commencing upon selection. If you are interested in serving on the committee, please complete the Bench-Bar Committee Application for Membership which is available on our website at, attach a current copy of your resume, and email to or submit to the below address by October 30, 2020:

Timothy M. O’Brien, Clerk
U.S. District Court for the District of Kansas
259 Robert J. Dole United States Courthouse
500 State Avenue
Kansas City, Kansas 66101

If you have unsuccessfully applied before you are encouraged to resubmit an application.

U.S. Federal Court District of Kansas


U.S. Federal Court District of Kansas