Nancy Louise Moritz


Beloit, KS
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Research attorney, Hon. Harold S. Herd, Kansas Supreme Court, 1985-1987
Law clerk, Hon. Patrick F. Kelly, U.S. District Court, District of Kansas, 1987-1989
Private practice, Overland Park, Kansas, 1989-1990, 1994-1995
Private practice, Kansas City, Missouri, 1991-1993
Assistant U.S. attorney, District of Kansas, 1995-2004; appellate coordinator, 2000-2004
Judge, Kansas Court of Appeals, 2004-2011
Justice, Kansas Supreme Court, 2011-2014

Former names: Nancy Moritz Landis, Nancy Landis Caplinger

Nominated to U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit, August 1, 2013; no Senate vote


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Washburn University
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Washburn University School of Law

This professional school offers the Juris Doctor (JD) degree and also allows students to concentrate studies and receive certificates in the areas of Advocacy, Business and Transactional Law, Estate Planning, Family Law, International and Comparative Law, Natural Resources Law, and Tax Law. It also affords students the opportunity to practice law through its Law Clinic, providing legal services to qualified persons under the supervision of practicing lawyersfaculty. Washburn's Externship program allows students to earn credit while experiencing the practice of law in a wide variety of settings tailored to the students' specific interests and need. Four Centers for Excellence complement Washburn's tradition of excellence in teaching. The centers are Business and Transactional Law Center, Center for Excellence in Advocacy, Center for Law and Government, and Children and Family Law Center. Washburn Law offers students an expanded understanding of different legal systems through a summer-abroad program at the University of the West Indies, in Barbados, and a semester-long program at Maastricht University, in the Netherlands. The Law School has two dual degree programs: a JDMBA (Masters of Business Administration) with the School of Business and a JDMSW (Master of Social Work) with the Department of Social Work. Washburn Law is recognized as being the home of one of the premier internet sources for legal information and research. The Law School, a leader in legal education, is a co-sponsor of the Institute for Law Teaching and Learning, along with Gonzaga University School of Law.

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Judicial Career

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

President Nominating: 
Barack Obama
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