Shawnee Dispatch

Appeals judge elected to American Law Institute

October 20, 2009

Kansas Court of Appeals Judge Steve Leben has been elected to the American Law Institute, a prestigious legal organization whose members are elected through a rigorous selection process.

Leben, of Fairway, is among 68 newly elected members of the now 4,234-member council. He is the only member of the Kansas judiciary who presently serves as an elected member of the institute.

The institute is the leading independent organization in the United States producing scholarly works to clarify, modernize, and otherwise improve the law. It publishes Restatements of the Law, model statutes, and principles of law that are enormously influential in the courts and the legislatures, as well as in legal scholarship and education.

Leben joined the Kansas Court of Appeals in June 2007 after serving nearly 14 years as a district judge in Johnson County.

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