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Trump Nominates Lucas Native Stephen McAllister for US Attorney for Kansas

Stephen McAllisterPresident Donald Trump nominated Stephen McAllister of Lawrence on Friday, a University of Kansas law professor and Lucas native who represents Kansas in appellate cases as solicitor general, to serve as US Attorney for Kansas.

US Senators Pat Roberts and Jerry Moran, Kansas Republicans, both released statements applauding the nomination.

"Mr. McAllister is a well-qualified and impressive nominee who has my full support to serve Kansans as US Attorney," Roberts said. "He has extensive legal experience in state and federal courts, including arguing nine cases before the Supreme Court of the United States, where he once served as a clerk to Justice Clarence Thomas. In addition, Steve's administrative experience as Dean of the University of Kansas Law School, combined with a heavy dose of western Kansas common sense acquired in his hometown of Lucas, will serve him well in the effort to prosecute both criminal and civil cases. I will urge my colleagues to approve his nomination."

"Professor McAllister's bright legal mind and his litigation experience uniquely qualify him for this role," Moran said. "Mr. McAllister is a veteran attorney and has had a distinguished career in federal litigation, as Kansas solicitor general and during his time clerking for two Supreme Court Justices. I look forward to supporting his confirmation."

Trump's nomination must be approved by the Senate Judiciary Committee and the full Senate.

If confirmed by the Senate, McAllister will serve as the chief federal law enforcement officer in the state of Kansas by representing the federal government in civil and criminal matters before federal courts of his jurisdiction. In addition, the United States Attorney also takes a key leadership role in coordinating law enforcement activities and training.

McAllister, who took a prominent role arguing school-finance cases on behalf of the state before the Kansas Supreme Court, had been mentioned for several months as a possible appointee according to the Topeka Capital-Journal.

The state Supreme Court ruled in favor of the districts in March, compelling the Kansas Legislature to pass a new plan increasing funding for K-12 education. Justices heard oral arguments on the new school finance plan in July.

According to The White House, McAllister has argued nine times before the Supreme Court of the United States and currently teaches constitutional and federal civil rights law at the University of Kansas. McAllister clerked for the Honorable Clarence Thomas of the United States Supreme Court, the Honorable Byron R. White of the United States Supreme Court and the Honorable Richard A. Posner of the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit. McAllister was dean of the KU law school from 2000 to 2005. He earned a bachelor's degree in 1985 and his law degree in 1988 from KU.

(Information courtesy Senator Pat Roberts, Senator Jerry Moran, The White House and the Topeka Capital-Journal. Photo courtesy Topeka Capital-Journal.)

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