Spencer Fane LLP Logo

Former Spencer Fane Attorney Nancy Moritz Fills Vacancy on Kansas Supreme Court

Former Salinan to be sworn in on Kansas’ high court

1/4/2011By the Salina Journal

TOPEKA – The Supreme Court will meet in special session at 2 p.m. Friday to swear in Hon. Nancy Moritz Caplinger, who has been appointed to fill a vacancy on the court created by the Aug. 4 death of Chief Justice Robert E. Davis.

Judge Caplinger, a former Salinan and Sacred Heart Junior-Senior High School graduate, has been a member of the Court of Appeals since 2004, when she was appointed by former Gov. Kathleen Sebelius.

She began her legal career in 1985, upon graduation from the Washburn University School of Law, where she served as notes editor of the Washburn Law Journal. She served as a research attorney from 1985-87 to Supreme Court Justice Harold S. Herd and as a law clerk to Judge Patrick F. Kelly with the U.S. District Court in Wichita.

Caplinger was an associate with the Spencer Fane Britt and Browne law firm, with offices in Overland Park and Kansas City, where she handled defensive matters and specialized in employment litigation. In 1995, she became an assistant U.S. attorney in Kansas City, Kan. In 1999, she became appellate coordinator for the U.S. Attorney’s office, a position she held until she was appointed to the Court of Appeals.

Judge Caplinger has served on the board of editors of the Kansas Bar Journal, and was the first woman to lead that board. She also has served on the Kansas Continuing Legal Education Commission, the Tenth Circuit Advisory Committee and the Board of Governors of Washburn Law School. She lives in Topeka and has two daughters, Kathleen and Sarah.

Caplinger is the daughter of Louis (now deceased) and Carol Moritz of Salina.

Judge Caplinger will be presented to the court by J. Nick Badgerow, an Overland Park attorney with Spencer Fane Britt & Browne LLP. A reception will follow the courtroom ceremony in the Judicial Center atrium immediately after the ceremony