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Larned judge to sit on state Supreme Court
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Bruce T. Gatterman

Bruce T. Gatterman, chief judge of the 24th Judicial District, will sit with the state Supreme Court Thursday, Dec. 9, to hear appeals in four matters on the Court’s docket.

The Supreme Court appointed Gatterman of Larned to join them in place of Chief Justice Robert E. Davis, who died Aug. 4. Judge Gatterman has been a district judge since 2003, and was appointed chief judge of the 24th Judicial District by the Supreme Court. The district includes Edwards, Hodgeman, Lane, Ness, Pawnee and Rush counties.

According to Ron Keefover, public information officer for the Kansas Supreme Court, Gatterman will hear oral arguments in appeals involving a criminal case, a tax grievance, an appeal by the state in a driver’s license suspension matter, and an appeal arising from a parenting agreement entered into by a same sex couple over two children who were born by artificial insemination.

Gatterman was in private practice of law from 1978 until his first election to the bench in 2002. He received his undergraduate degree from Kansas State University and his law degree from the Washburn University School of Law in 1978.

He currently serves on the Executive Committee of the Kansas District Judges Association, and also is a member of the American Judges Association, the Southwest Kansas Bar Association, the Kansas Bar Association, and the American Bar Association.

Gatterman presently serves on the Civil Code Advisory Committee of the Judicial Council, the Supreme Court’s Education Advisory Committee, and the KBA’s Professionalism Committee. He also is the chairman of the 24th Judicial District Community Corrections Advisory Board, and a board member and treasurer of the Fort Larned Historical Society.