Judiciary committee to question former Kan. AG

Jessica M. Karmasek May 24, 2011, 12:15pm


WICHITA, Kan. (Legal Newsline) - Former Kansas Attorney General and federal judge nominee Steve Six is scheduled to be questioned by U.S. senators on Tuesday.

The hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee came two months after President Barack Obama nominated Six and is set for 2:30 p.m. Obama nominated Six to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit on March 9.

"Steve Six has distinguished himself as a first-rate jurist with unflagging integrity and evenhandedness," Obama said in a statement at the time. "I am grateful for his service to the state of Kansas and look forward to adding his considerable wisdom and experience to the Tenth Circuit Court."

Six, a Democrat, lost his seat in the November general election to Republican Derek Schmidt. Since January, Six has worked as a partner at the law firm of Stevens & Brand.

Before becoming attorney general, Six served as a state district court judge from 2005 to 2008, hearing both civil and criminal cases.

From 1994 to 2005, Six worked at the Kansas City law firm of Shamberg, Johnson & Bergman, first as a litigation associate from 1994 to 1998 and later as a partner from 1998 to 2005.

From 1993 to 1994, he served as a judicial law clerk to Judge Deanell R. Tacha of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit.

Six received his law degree in 1993 from the University of Kansas School of Law, graduating second in his class. He received his undergraduate degree in 1988 from Carleton College.

From Legal Newsline: Reach Jessica Karmasek by e-mail at jessica@legalnewsline.com.

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