Ellis County Bar Association
Connecting the Member Attorneys of Ellis County, Kansas and Beyond
JUSTICE AND EQUALITY: An Evolving Legacy
By scrolling down, you will find a photographic replica of a portion of a beautiful piece of artwork that hangs above the Judge's bench in Courtroom One, the largest courtroom in the Ellis County Courthouse. The 5-foot by 11-foot painting is an original piece from renowned artist Kris Kuksi, a former student at Fort Hays State University.
The painting, commissioned by the Ellis County Bar Association at the urging of the late, Honorable Thomas L. Toepfer and his fellow district court judge, the Honorable Edward E. Bouker, was completed in 2002. The painting was dedicated to Retired Kansas Supreme Court Justice Edward Larson, who spent his days in private practice in Hays and as a member of the Ellis County Bar Association. The painting captures the development of the law and traces its evolution from The Magna Carta into present day. Its historical references include imagery honoring the United States Supreme Court's landmark Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka decision.
"He was a lawyer. He did not achieve great fame by winning million dollar verdicts...He was not what one would call a high profile lawyer, but to his clients and the people he touched in the courthouse, he was a giant."
Hon. Glenn R. Braun, The Journal of the Kansas Bar (Nov/Dec 2010) - on his friend and colleague in the Bar, Willis K. Musick. Mr. Musick died in August 2010. It is for Mr. Musick that the Ellis County Bar Association's Willis K. Musick Professionalism Award is named.