Judge Kathryn H. Vratil
Senior United States District Court Judge
For the District of Kansas
As of January 31, 2019, Judge Kathryn H. Vratil is a Senior United States District Court Judge for the District of Kansas. There has been (1) one complaint of Judicial Misconduct in the form of coercing an inmate to take a plea by misleading them to believe that they would receive a set guideline range made by (1) one person.
Background for Judge Kathryn H. Vratil
Early life and education
Born in Manhattan, Kansas, Vratil received a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Kansas in 1971 and a Juris Doctor from the University of Kansas School of Law in 1975. She was a law clerk for Judge Earl Eugene O’Connor of the United States District Court for the District of Kansas from 1975 to 1978. She was in private practice in Kansas City, Kansas from 1978 to 1992. She was a judge on the Municipal Court of the City of Prairie Village, Kansas from 1990 to 1992.
Federal Judicial Service
On July 28, 1992, Vratil was nominated by President George H. W. Bush to a seat on the United States District Court for the District of Kansas vacated by Earl Eugene O’Connor. She was confirmed by the United States Senate on October 8, 1992, and received her commission on October 9, 1992. She became Chief Judge in 2008 and served in that capacity until she assumed senior status on April 22, 2014.
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