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Distinguished Service Award Recipients

(D indicates Deceased)
  • 2015 — The Honorable Nancy L. Moritz '85
  • 2014 — No award given
  • 2013 — The Honorable C. William "Bill" Ossmann '77
  • 2012 — Carol Gilliam Green '81 and David E. Pierce '77
  • 2011 — Paul Hoferer '75
  • 2010 — The Honorable Marla J. Luckert '80
  • 2009 — William D. "Bill" Bunten '56
  • 2008 — D. Duke Dupre '73
  • 2007 — Bernard Bianchino '74
  • 2006 — H. Allan Caldwell '73
  • 2005 — James R. Roth '66
  • 2004 — David L. Ryan '65
  • 2003 — Delano E. Lewis '63
  • 2002 — The Honorable Christel Marquardt '74
  • 2001 — Lynn R. Johnson '70
  • 2000 — The Honorable Sam A. Crow '52
  • 1999 — William Kurtis '66
  • 1998 — W. Terrence Kilroy '77
  • 1997 — The Honorable E. Newton Vickers (D) '50; Gerald L. Michaud (D) '51
  • 1996 — Wayne T. Stratton '58
  • 1995 — Harold Herd (D) '42
  • 1994 — Richard Hite '53
  • 1993 — Glenn Archer (D) '46
  • 1992 — Ronald K. Richey '51 (D)
  • 1991 — Herbert A. Marshall (D) '43; Patrick F. Kelly (D) '53
  • 1990 — No award given
  • 1989 — Richard Hrdlicka '55
  • 1988 — Bob Abbott (D) '60
  • 1987 — Raymond L. Spring (D) '59; Dale E. Saffels (D) '49
  • 1986 — Linda Elrod '71
  • 1985 — Jim Barnett '59
  • 1984 — Mike Barbara '53
  • 1983 — Joe Morris '47
  • 1982 — Gerald L. Goodell '58
  • 1981 — Robert Dole '52
  • 1980 — Warren Shaw (D) '31
  • 1979 — Perry Owsley (D) '38
  • 1978 — Howard Harper (D) '40
  • 1977 — Jerome Harman (D) '35
  • 1976 — Meyer Ueoka '49
  • 1975 — Alex Fromme (D) '39
  • 1974 — J.C. Tillotson (D) '32
  • 1973 — Jack Wertz (D) '47
  • 1972 — Jay Kyle (D) '38
  • 1971 — Roy Bartlett (D) '49
  • 1970 — D.A. Hindman (D) '27; John Shamberg (D) '49
  • 1969 — Donald Moyers (D) '34; Stanley Garrity (D) '27
  • 1968 — Earl Hatcher (D) '23
  • 1967 — Alex Hotchkiss (D) '27; George Templar (D) '27; Harold Fatzer (D) '33
  • 1966 — Phil Lewis (D) '35
  • 1965 — Lester Goodell (D) '25
  • 1964 — Delmas Hill (D) '29; Howard Jones (D) '28
  • 1963 — Marie Russell (D) '25
2015 Distinguished Service Award Recipient
Photograph: The Honorable Nancy Moritz.

The Honorable Nancy L. Moritz, 1985, was born in Beloit, Kansas, on March 3, 1960. She grew up in a big family in the small community of Tipton, Kansas. Her family moved to Salina, Kansas, when she was 15.

Judge Moritz received her BBA from Washburn University in 1982 and her J.D. from Washburn University School of Law in 1985, where she served as the Notes Editor of the Washburn Law Journal.

Judge Moritz currently serves on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit. The Tenth Circuit, based in Denver, Colorado, reviews legal cases from Kansas, Colorado, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Utah, and Wyoming.

In 2004 Judge Moritz was appointed by Governor Kathleen Sebelius to the Kansas Court of Appeals and served on that court until 2010, when Governor Mark Parkinson appointed her to the Kansas Supreme Court.

Prior to her appointment on the Court of Appeals, Judge Moritz served as a Research Attorney from 1985 to 1987 to Kansas Supreme Court Justice Harold S. Herd. She then served as a law clerk to Judge Patrick F. Kelly with the United States District Court in Wichita, Kansas.

From 1989 to 1995, Judge Moritz was an associate with Spencer Fane Britt and Browne, in Overland Park, Kansas and Kansas City, Missouri, where she handled defensive matters and specialized in employment litigation.

She returned to public service in 1995 when she became an Assistant United States Attorney in Kansas City, Kansas. She worked in the Civil Division of that office in Kansas City and later in Topeka until 1999, when she became the Appellate Coordinator for the United States Attorney's office, a position she held until her appointment to the Kansas Court of Appeals.

Judge Moritz served for nearly two decades on the Board of Editors of the Journal of the Kansas Bar Association and was the first woman to chair that Board. She has also served on the Kansas Continuing Legal Education Commission, the Tenth Circuit Advisory Committee, and the Board of Governors of Washburn University School of Law.

She has written and published several legal articles and has been a frequent presenter at CLE programs statewide. She continues to be an active member of the Kansas Bar Association and other professional and community organizations.