Brownback court appointee, who documents show has conservative past, faces hearing Wednesday

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TOPEKA, Kansas — Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback's latest appointee to the Court of Appeals lectured and studied at the conservative law group Alliance Defending Freedom.

Kathryn Gardner faces her first confirmation hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday and has submitted hundreds of documents on her past experience and writings.

Gardner has served as the law clerk for U.S. District Judge Sam Crow since 2000 after working for 12 years as a practicing lawyer in Wichita and two years as an assistant state attorney general. She said in the application that her experience as clerk was most applicable to the job of an appellate judge.

However, in a presentation to the Alliance Defending Freedom, she called the position servant-like.

Brownback said in a statement that Gardner brings tremendous qualities to the position.

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