TOPEKA – (March 23, 2016) – Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt and senior military leaders in the state have recommended that attorney-spouses of military personnel stationed in Kansas be allowed to practice law in Kansas without sitting for the Kansas bar examination.
Schmidt last week sent a letter to the Kansas Board of Law Examiners asking for the special accommodation for attorneys who are the spouses of military personnel transferred to Kansas. The ultimate decision rests with the Kansas Supreme Court, which establishes the rules for the practice of law in Kansas.
The unique demands on military families, including frequent relocations, justifies a special rule for military spouses who are attorneys, Schmidt said.
“Recognizing that frequent transfers are required of military families, admission without examination permits military spouses to continue to contribute to our profession and to support their families while stationed across the country,” the attorney general wrote. “Adopting such a rule would provide an opportunity for Kansas to demonstrate its support of military families while maintaining the high professional standards required of the legal profession.”
Schmidt said making special accommodation for military spouses who are attorneys would signal the state’s strong and continuing support of its military communities.
“Accommodating the unique needs of military spouse attorneys comes at little cost to the state but makes a meaningful difference in the financial and personal well-being of military families,” Schmidt wrote. “While the number of military spouse attorneys may not be large, approval of a military spouse rule would send a message of support to the entire Kansas military community.”
Schmidt was joined in the request by top military leaders in the state including Lt. Gen. Robert B. Brown, commander of the Combined Arms Center at Fort Leavenworth; Major General Wayne W. Grigsby Jr., commander of the First Infantry Division at Fort Riley; Major General Lee E. Tafanelli, adjutant general of Kansas; and Colonel Albert G. Miller, commander of the 22nd Aerial Refueling Wing at McConnell Air Force Base.
A copy of their letter is available at http://1.usa.gov/21CqDIa.