New Commission Members

Jun 22, 2018

Chief Justice Lawton R. Nuss recently announced that he has appointed Court of Appeals Judge Stephen D. Hill and District Judge Benjamin J. Sexton to the Kansas Sentencing Commission, effective July 1, 2018, for a two-year term.

photo of Honorable.Stephen.D.HillHonorable Stephen D. Hill

Judge Stephen D. Hill lives with his wife, Sandra, in Topeka.  He attended Washburn University School of Law, receiving a J.D. degree in 1975.  After that, Hill started his own firm of Hill & Wisler and engaged in private practice in Mound City, Kansas until he became Linn County Attorney in 1976.  After serving a term as county attorney, Gov. John Carlin appointed Hill as District Judge for the Sixth Judicial District in Kansas in 1981.  Then in 2003, Gov. Kathleen Sebelius appointed him to the Kansas Court of Appeals where he currently serves.

Judge Hill speaks at many continuing legal and judicial education presentations in Kansas and on occasion at the Judicial College in Reno, Nevada.  His topics include such subjects as ethics for lawyers and judges, the law and procedure of contempt proceedings, decision-making, appellate brief writing and oral argument.  Judge Hill also speaks often to civic groups and organizations, telling about Kansas courts and the law.   

Judge Hill also served as Chair of the PIK Committee, a subcommittee of the Judicial Council, from June 2003 to June 2012. Judge Hill replaces Court of Appeals Judge Patrick McAnany, who has served on the Commission since 2010.

photo of Hon.Benjamin.J.SextonHonorable Benjamin J. Sexton

Judge Benjamin J. Sexton was appointed by Governor Bill Graves has served as a district judge since 2001 in the 8th Judicial District. He presides over cases in Dickinson (Geary, Dickinson, Marion and Morris counties).

Judge Sexton joins Judge Lee Fowler of Lyon County, as one of two district judges appointed by the Chief Justice to the Commission.  Judge Sexton attended Kansas State University and received his B.S. in 1983. In 1986, he received a J.D. at Washburn University and then practiced law until 2001. Judge Sexton replaces Judge Evelyn Wilson, who has served as chair of the Commission since 2012.