Arnold-Burger named new Kansas chief appeals court judge

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TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) – The Kansas Court of Appeals will have a new chief judge next month.

The Kansas Supreme Court selected Judge Karen Arnold-Burger to serve as chief judge of the 14-member state appeals court beginning January 9. She succeeds Chief Judge Thomas J. Malone, who will continue to serve on the appeals court after his four-year term as chief judge ends.

As chief judge, Arnold-Burger will determine venues for arguments, designate cases to be heard by three-judge panels and assign judges to panels.

Before joining the appeals court in 2011, Arnold-Burger’s positions included serving as presiding municipal court judge in Overland Park and assistant U.S. attorney in Kansas City, Kansas.