The Kansas Supreme Court announced today that it has appointed Douglas T. Shima to be clerk of the appellate courts at the judicial center in Topeka.
According to a news release sent by the court, Shima has served as the interim appellate clerk since the middle of January, and has been with the judicial branch since 1995.
“Over the last few months, Mr. Shima has demonstrated both proficiency and enthusiasm performing the duties of the appellate clerk in an evolving work environment,” said Chief Justice Lawton Nuss. “We believe his experience and tenacity will be valuable as we continue to move all of our state courts toward a fully integrated, electronic court environment through our eCourt project.”
When complete, the eCourt project will merge electronic document filing already used in most Kansas courts with a centralized case management system, uniting all court case information and business processes on a single platform. Electronic case filing in the appellate courts became mandatory November 2, 2015.
“During my 20 years with the courts, I have seen firsthand the judiciary’s commitment to the law and to justice for the people of Kansas, so I am especially honored to serve as clerk of the appellate courts,” Shima said. “I am also grateful that I work with a great team of dedicated staff who strive to provide exceptionally professional service to any and all who come into contact with the appellate clerk’s office.”
Shima has been with the appellate courts since 1995, first as a research attorney for the Court of Appeals and then as chambers counsel for Judge G. Joseph Pierron Jr., who sits on the Court of Appeals. He graduated from Washburn University School of Law, where he served as Washburn Law Journal staff, received the Order of the Barristers Award from the Washburn Moot Court Council, and received American Jurisprudence Awards for legal research and writing, and in constitutional law.