KU News Release

March 10, 2011
Contact: Mindie Paget, School of Law, 785-864-9205

President Obama nominates KU alumnus for federal appeals court seat

Steve Six

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LAWRENCE — President Barack Obama has nominated University of Kansas School of Law alumnus and former Kansas Attorney General Steve Six to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit.

“Steve Six has distinguished himself as a first-rate jurist with unflagging integrity and evenhandedness,” Obama said in a statement. “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 graduated second in his class from KU’s School of Law in 1993. He would fill a vacancy on the court created by the retirement of KU alumna and former law faculty member Deanell Reece Tacha.

“Steve’s nomination is well-deserved,” said Stephen Mazza, interim dean of the law school. “The Six family has very strong ties to the KU law school, so we are particularly pleased to hear about his nomination and we look forward to his Senate confirmation.”

Six has worked as a partner at the law firm at Stevens & Brand since January of this year. Previously, he served as the attorney general of Kansas, a position to which he was appointed in 2008. As attorney general, Six oversaw an office of attorneys and investigators and was responsible for setting the plans and priorities for the office in criminal, civil and administrative matters.

During his term, Six focused on increasing the state’s consumer protection efforts and emphasized fighting Medicaid fraud. He also personally tried multiple criminal cases and represented the state at oral argument before the U.S. Supreme Court.

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, he 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, Six served as a clerk to Tacha on the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals.

Before law school, Six worked for the National Archives on a detail to the Office of Presidential Scheduling for Presidents Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush. He received his bachelor’s in 1988 from Carleton College. As a law student, he was a member of the Kansas Law Review.

Six is a former member of KU Law Board of Governors with strong family ties to the school. His wife, Betsy Brand Six, is a lawyering skills professor and director of academic resources at the law school. He is the son of retired Kansas Supreme Court Justice Fred Six, a 1956 graduate of the school and former Board of Governors president, and Lilian Six, who served as admissions director and placement director for the school.

Six would be the second KU law graduate to join the federal appeals bench during the Obama administration. The U.S. Senate confirmed Judge Mary H. Murguia to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in December.

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