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Carol A. Beier (born September 27, 1958) is a Kansas Supreme Court Justice appointed by Governor Kathleen Sebelius. She took office September 5, 2003 to replace retiring Justice Bob Abbott.[1]

Carol A. Beier
Associate Justice of the Kansas Supreme Court
Assumed office
September 5, 2003
Appointed byKathleen Sebelius
Preceded byBob Abbott
Personal details
Born (1958-09-27) September 27, 1958 (age 60)
Kansas City, Kansas, U.S.
Alma materUniversity of Kansas
University of Virginia School of Law

Personal lifeEdit

Carol A. Beier was born September 27, 1958 in Kansas City, Kansas. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Journalism at the University of Kansas in 1981. Beier later went on to obtain a Juris Doctor at KU in 1985 and an Master of Laws, at University of Virginia School of Law in 2004.[2] Justice Beier currently resides in Topeka with her husband Richard W. Green.[3]

Professional lifeEdit

After earning the B.S. from KU Beier spent two years working for the Kansas City Times. Upon obtaining her J.D. she served as a clerk to then Judge James Kenneth Logan of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit.[4]

She started her career as a Staff Attorney in Litigation and Legislation Practice at the National Women's Law Center through the Women's Rights and Public Policy fellowship program of the Georgetown University Law Center.[5] After finishing the fellowship she entered private practice focusing on white collar criminal defense for Arent, Fox, Kintner, Plotkin & Kahn in Washington, D.C. from 1987 to 1988. She came back to Kansas in 1988 and practiced litigation concentrating on commercial disputes and health care law at Foulston & Siefkin L.L.P. in Wichita eventually becoming a partner at the firm.

In 2000 Beier was appointed to the Kansas Court of Appeals where she served until being named to the Kansas Supreme Court to replace retiring Justice Bob Abbott in 2003. She will face her next retention vote in 2010. In 2004 she retained her seat with 702,423 (76.4%) for her and 215,948 (23.5%) opposed.[6]

Justice Beier is a member of the American Bar Association, American Judicature Society, American Bar Foundation, National Association of Women Judges, Kansas Bar Association, D.C. Bar, Kansas Women Attorneys Association, the Wichita and Topeka Bar Associations, and the Institute of Judicial Administration at New York University School of Law.


  1. ^ "Beier Named New Kansas Supreme Court Justice,". Dodge City Daily Globe. Archived from the original (English) on August 20, 2003. Retrieved 2007-03-12.
  2. ^ "Summer School Revitalizes Judges' Passion for Law" (English). Retrieved 2007-03-12.
  3. ^ "Hon. Carol A. Beier" (English). Retrieved 2007-03-12.
  4. ^ "Back by Popular Demand! The U.S. Supreme Court in Review". Archived from the original (English) on February 5, 2005. Retrieved 2007-03-12.
  5. ^ "Governor Sebelius Names Judge Carol Beier to Kansas Supreme Court". Archived from the original (English) on 2006-09-25. Retrieved 2007-03-12.
  6. ^ "2004 Kansas Election". Archived from the original (English) on 2007-05-02. Retrieved 2007-03-12.

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Preceded by
Bob Abbott
Associate Justice of the Kansas Supreme Court
2003 –Present
Succeeded by