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Judge Sara Welch

Judge WelchName:  Sara Welch

Date of Birth:  1955

Place of Birth:  Kansas City, Kansas

When Appointed:  September 2007

By Whom Appointed:  Governor Kathleen Sebelius                     

City of Residence:  Leawood

Family:  Married

Education:

  • B.A., Washburn University
  • J.D., University of Colorado
  • Member of the Colorado Law Review

Career History:

  • 1977 - 1978 Deputy Sheriff
  • 1978 - 1985 Police Officer
  • 1988 - 1989 Deputy District Attorney, Colorado
  • 1989 - 2006 Assistant District Attorney, Johnson County, Kansas
  • 2006 - 2007 Private Practice of Law

Awards:

  • American Jurisprudence Book Awards for Torts II and Labor Law
  • Order of the Coif

 Civic and Professional Activities:

  • Johnson County Bar Association
  • Fellow, Johnson County Bar Foundation
  • Kansas Bar Association
  • American Judges Association
  • Master, Earl E. O'Connor Inn of Court, past member
  • National Association of Women Judges
  • PIK Criminal Advisory Committee
  • PIK Civil Advisory Committee
  • Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association
  • Kansas District Judges Association
  • Wayside Waifs Humane Society Board of Directors (1997 - 2007)
  • Community Violence Action Council Elder Abuse Committee (2004 – 2006)
  • Law Library Board of Directors 2011 - Present
  • Kansas Supreme Court Education Advisory Committee
  • Governor’s Domestic Violence Fatality Review Board (2004 - 2007)
  • Rolling Hills Presbyterian Church, worship/music committee member
  • Gabriel Project volunteer