Merry Christmas everyone! What an amazing year. My family and I are blessed by your support. We started a new chapter in our lives in 2016, starting January 21. I call it the reboot of my legal career. After practicing law for almost 17 years I became a judge. My first year on the bench has been challenging, but my diverse legal experiences in private practice and, in particular, as a trial lawyer, prepared me for the task. More important, my faith kept me humble through the process.
Pride goes before destruction,
and a haughty spirit before a fall.
Judges must stay humble. When you look at the headlines involving disgraced judges, it’s pride at the root of their downfall. I have great respect for the attorneys who practice before me, and compassion for the defendants, parents, and children who appear in my courtroom. My holy task is to ensure that justice and mercy meet in my courtroom and I pray every day for the wisdom I need to render fair, just, and compassionate decisions.
On behalf of my family I thank you for one of the best years of my life. I look forward to serving the citizens of Sedgwick County for many years to come. Again, merry Christmas and have a happy New Year!