Carol A. Beier, a native of Kansas City, Kansas, has authored over 600 judicial opinions for the citizens of Kansas. She was appointed Justice of the Kansas Supreme Court on September 5, 2003, having served as a judge on the Kansas Court of Appeals from February 18, 2000.
Before taking the bench, Justice Beier was a partner at Foulston Siefkin L.L.P. in Wichita. While at the firm, she had a broad trial and appellate practice. Justice Beier also spent one year as a visiting professor at the University of Kansas School of Law, where she designed and taught a course on women and the law, taught an advanced torts class, and directed two student clinical programs -- a criminal law appeals clinic and the Paul E. Wilson Defender Project.
Justice Beier began her legal career as a law clerk to Judge James K. Logan of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit. At the conclusion of her clerkship, she was awarded a Revson fellowship at the Georgetown Law Center Women's Rights and Public Policy Program. As a fellow, she worked on family income security, education, and employment issues at the National Women's Law Center. She then entered private practice at Arent, Fox, Kintner, Plotkin & Kahn.
Justice Beier received her J.D. in 1985 from the University of Kansas School of Law and her L.L.M. in 2004 from the University of Virginia School of Law. While a student at KU Law, she was a Rice Scholar, Articles Editor of the Kansas Law Review, and Student Director of the Defender Project. Upon graduation, she was named to the Order of the Coif law honorary society and selected by the law faculty to receive the Samuel Mellinger Award for Scholarship, Leadership, and Service.
Justice Beier received her B.S. in Journalism in 1981 from the University of Kansas. She also attended Benedictine College in Atchison. She graduated from Bishop Ward High School in Kansas City.