Topeka law firm partner appointed to fill vacancy on Shawnee County District Court

Topeka attorney Mary Christopher was selected by Gov. Sam Brownback to fill a vacancy on the Shawnee County District Court. (

Gov. Sam Brownback selected a Topeka attorney Thursday to fill a vacancy on the Shawnee County District Court.


Mary Christopher, of Silver Lake, was appointed to occupy the position created by the retirement of Judge Frank Yeoman. It’s a seat in the 3rd Judicial District, which is comprised of Shawnee County.

“I am pleased to appoint Mary Christopher to the 3rd District,” Brownback said. “I appreciate her willingness to serve the people of Kansas.”

Christopher is a partner at the Topeka law firm of Goodell, Stratton, Edmonds and Palmer, which she joined in 2008. Her primary areas of practice have been civil litigation, as well as health care and business law.

She was a staff attorney for the Kansas Health Care Stabilization Fund and a research attorney with the Kansas Supreme Court.

She earned a law degree in 2001 from Washburn University and holds a bachelor’s degree in English from Kansas State University.

In August, Yeoman announced plans to retire Sept. 30.

He had been appointed a district judge in 1990.



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