Aug. 28, 2002

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Graves names KU grad to Kansas high court

TOPEKA -- Kansas Gov. Bill Graves today appointed University of Kansas graduate Lawton Nuss of Salina to the Kansas Supreme Court.

Nuss, 49, attended KU on a Navy ROTC scholarship, earning a bachelor's degree in English and history in 1975. Upon his 1975 graduation from KU, Nuss was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the U.S. Marine Corps, where he served until he returned to KU for law school. He earned a law degree from KU in 1982.

Nuss has been in private practice with the firm of Clark, Mize & Linville, Chartered, Salina, for the past 20 years, achieving shareholder and vice president status beginning in 1988. In addition to a wide-ranging private practice, he served as special prosecutor for the City of Salina from 1994 to 1996 and has represented the Salina School Board since 1984. Nuss also has been a federal court mediator since his appointment to that part-time position in 1992.

While a member of the U.S. Marine Corps, Nuss served as a combat engineering officer and as a legal officer, handling courts-martial, administrative discharge hearings and matters falling under the Uniform Code of Military Justice. His military career was rounded out by advising the battalion commander on legal matters for 1,300 Marines in the United States, Okinawa, Taiwan, the Philippines, Hong Kong, Korea and Japan.

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