Division 28

Judge Eric Commer

Year Appointed: 2008

Administrative Aide: Michelle Vaughn

Court Reporter: Elicia Davidson

Education: Sterling College and Washburn University School of Law

Prior Work: Sedgwick County District Court Judge Eric Commer currently serves as the Presiding Judge in the Family Law Department of the Court. In 2011 and '12 he served in the Criminal Law Department where he presided over criminal jury trials and hundreds of other criminal case hearings. From 2009 to 2012, Judge Commer has been the sentencing judge for more than 400 felony defendants.

During his first two years on the bench, Judge Commer served in the Family Law Department where he presided over and rendered decisions in 104 trials. During the same time period, Judge Commer also heard arguments and decided well over 1000 Family Law motion hearings.

Judge Commer was one of the lecturers for both the 2009 and 2010 Kansas Bar Association Family Law Institutes. And since 2007, Judge Commer has served on the Access to Justice Committee for the Kansas Supreme Court. And he currently serves as the chair of the Access to Justice Subcommittee on Interpreters.

Before winning primary and general elections to his seat on the bench, Judge Commer practiced law in Wichita for 28 years. His practice emphasized family law cases, although as an attorney he had also handled criminal, juvenile, adoption, civil and traffic cases from inception to completion. From 1984 to 2004, Judge Commer served as a volunteer on the Wichita Bar Association Ethics Committee where he investigated complaints of ethics violations filed against attorneys. Judge Commer is a member of the Wichita Bar Association, Kansas Bar Association and Christian Legal Society (for which he served as a past president of the local chapter).

Judge Commer is a 1973 graduate of Wichita H.S. South and received his undergraduate degree with honors from Sterling College, Sterling, Kansas in 1977. He is a 1980 graduate of Washburn University School of Law. He is continuing his education by "banking" credits toward a Masters of Judicial Studies degree through the National Judicial College. Judge Commer is married, is a life-long resident of Wichita, Kansas and is an active member of local church congregation.

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