A Message From Chief Judge Marten

Welcome to the Kansas Legal Revitalization Conference website.

More than a year ago, a committee of Kansas lawyers, academicians, federal probation officers, court officers, and judges began planning a conference that would approach ongoing legal education in a different way.

To that end, the committee identified topics across the federal legal spectrum that should appeal to anyone passionate about continuing to grow professionally, while contributing to the legal system’s development. The committee has recruited an exceptional faculty of lawyers and judges, as well as esteemed academicians, artists, business persons, and activists, not all of whom bring any legal training to the table, but each of whom has the ability to make us think about our work and how we approach it. For some, that creative spark has flickered in the grind; others may never have experienced that wonderful moment of clarity.

The KLRC’s core purpose is to encourage our attendees, as well as our presenters, to rediscover individual and systematic idealism in our work, to discover fresh ways of approaching our work, and to establish new professional boundaries and goals. As the conference unfolds, we hope something inspires more than a few of our attendees to find part of the excitement and energy they felt as young lawyers.

As a member of the District of Kansas Federal Bar, you have made this conference possible through your annual bar registration fee. And as a result, you will be attending the conference free of charge. I hope you will join us.

We recognize that taking this much time away from your work is a major sacrifice. We trust that this opportunity to hear from and to exchange thoughts with persons who shape the law, the arts, the sciences, and our social discourse will benefit you again and again over your years of service to clients, our noble profession, and the public, whose confidence in our system is the foundation for it all.

— Hon. J. Thomas Marten, Chief Judge, U.S. District Court, District of Kansas


The Kansas CLE Commission has approved up to 8 hours of CLE credit per day attended for the KLRC.