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Kansas Life Fellow Hon. Christel Marquardt

March 13, 2014, Fellows in the news, The Topeka Capital-Journal

Christel Marquardt, a retired judge who served on the Kansas Court of Appeals, will be recognized Tuesday as this year’s Women of Distinction by a women’s business group.

American Business Women’s Association’s Career Chapter of Topeka will recognize Marquardt at a luncheon Tuesday at the Maner Conference Centre. Tickets are sold out.

Marquardt retired a year ago after 17 years of service on the Kansas Court of Appeals. She also was the first female president of the Kansas Bar Association and served on its Board of Governors for 31 years.

Marquardt had an unusual path to the bench. She attended college for two-and-a-half years and taught in a two-room school for one year before marrying. She was unable to continue her education for 10 years while raising four sons, but she returned to school and completed her bachelor’s degree in 1970. She earned her law degree from Washburn University four years later.

She also served on a U.S. Department of Justice committee on sexual assault, the American Bar Association Board of Governors, the Washburn University Board of Regents, the Kansas Sentencing Commission and the Washburn School of Law Board of Governors.

The luncheon honoring the annual Woman of Distinction raises money for women studying at Washburn University and the Washburn Institute of Technology. The ABWA Career Chapter estimated it had raised more than $300,000 for scholarships over 32 years.

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