Governor Laura Kelly appointed Judge Rachel L. Pickering to fill the vacancy created by the retirement of Judge Anthony Powell. Pickering lives in Topeka and is a District Judge in the Third Judicial District in Shawnee County. If confirmed by the Kansas Senate, Pickering would be the first Hispanic Kansan on the Kansas Court of Appeals. Judge Pickering has significant experience in both criminal defense and prosecution. Prior to her judicial appointment, she served as Appellate Defender, Public Defender, Assistant District Attorney, and Assistant Solicitor General.