is a Kansas Supreme Court
Justice appointed by Governor Bill Graves
on Nov. 20, 2002 and sworn in January 13, 2003.
Marla J. Luckert was born July 20, 1955 in Goodland
. At Washburn University
she earned a B.A.
in history in 1977 and J.D.
from Washburn University School of Law
in 1980. She is married to Ken Morse and has three daughters Sarah, Alisa, and Arin.
After earning her law degree at Washburn, Luckert she joined the firm
of Goodell, Stratton, Edmonds and Palmer in Topeka, Kansas
. She also served as an adjunct professor
of law at Washburn. Luckert was appointed by Governor Joan Finney
to the Third Judicial District Court
in 1992. In 2000 she became chief justice
of the Third Judicial Court. In 2003 she was appointed to the Kansas Supreme Court by Governor Bill Graves.
Justice Luckert has served as president of the Kansas Bar Association, the Kansas District Judges Association, the Kansas Women Attorneys Association, the Topeka Bar Association, the Sam A. Crow Inn of Court
, and the Women Attorneys Association of Topeka. Luckert will face her next retention election in 2010. Luckert is a fellow of the American Bar Foundation
and the Kansas Bar Foundation. In her last election to hold her seat she was approved with 686,532 (76.5%) compared to 209,972 (23.4%) disapproving votes.