Mary Beck Briscoe


Council Grove, KS
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Legal researcher, 1973
Attorney-examiner, Financial Division, U.S. Interstate Commerce Commission, 1973-1974
Assistant U.S. attorney, District of Kansas, 1974-1984
Judge, Kansas Court of Appeals, 1984-1995; chief judge, 1990-1995


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University of Kansas
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University of Kansas School of Law

KU Law is a public law school that proudly embraces its public mission to provide a high quality, affordable legal education. We offer six certificate programs, including elder law, environmental and natural resources law, international trade and finance, media law and policy, tax law, and tribal law and governance, and eight dual degrees, including business, economics, health administration, indigenous nations, journalism, philosophy, public administration, social welfare, or urban planning. Our clinical and externship programs enable you to begin your legal training by prosecuting criminals or by representing inmates, by serving in a judge's chambers, or by providing legal services to the poor. You can participate in legislation or law reform in the Legislative Clinic or the Public Policy Clinic. Yet, tuition and fees are one-third to one-half the cost of a comparable private school. You will receive an excellent, affordable legal education in a supportive learning community at KU.

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University of Virginia School of Law

Virginia is justly famous for its collegial environment that bonds students and faculty, and student satisfaction is consistently cited as among the highest in American law schools. Intellectual challenges are met in a spirit of cooperation. Small first-year sections promote individual inquiry while providing support and friendship. Students learn together, reading each other's work and freely sharing course outlines and other materials, confidently relying on the nation's oldest student-run Honor System to maintain the highest ethical standards.

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Judicial Career

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U. S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit
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Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals

President Nominating: 
William J. Clinton
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