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Our History: Featured Alumni: Gernon, Robert, LL.M., 2001

Over the decades our graduates have developed distinguished careers as justices, congressmen, ambassadors, educators, businessmen and women, and community leaders in many fields. This site features some of those late graduates.

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Robert Gernon

Robert Gernon

Justice, Kansas Supreme Court

Justice Gernon was born in Sabetha, Kansas on July 29, 1943. He attended college at University of Kansas and law school at Washburn University. He served as a District Judge from 1979 to 1988, was on the Kansas Court of Appeals from 1988 to 2002, and served on the Kansas Supreme Court until his death on March 30, 2005. He was active in the Kansas Bar Association and Kansas District Judges Association, and served on the Kansas Bar Association's Continung Legal Education Committee, Public Information Committee, and Committee on Professionalism. In 1991 he received the KBA Outstanding Service Award and, in 2001, the KBA Professionalism Award. He was a member and past president of the Judge Hugh Means Inn of Court. Justice Gernon, who lived in Lawrence, Kansas, was a member of the Douglas County Bar Association. He was instrumental in supporting the Douglas County District Court in its pursuit of an additional district judge, which led to the creation of the new Division Six in 2005. Gernon died of cancer on March 30, 2005 at the age of 61.

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