- Appointed to the Kansas Supreme Court in 2003
- Watkins-Berger Scholar at the University Of Kansas
- Recipient of the Professional Journalists National Kilgore Award and the Pulliam, Ellsworth and Newspaper Fund Scholarships
- Founding member of the Kansas Women Attorneys Association
- Served on the Community Council Advisory Board for the Wichita State University Center for Women’s Studies
Justice Beier, a member of the Kansas Supreme Court, has been outstanding in everything that she has pursued. As a student at KU, Justice Beier was outstanding. As an undergraduate, she was a Watkins-Berger Scholar. She received the Society of Professional Journalists National Kilgore Award and the Pulliam, Ellsworth and Newspaper Fund Scholarships. She served as Editor of the University Daily Kansan and had a 3.9 grade point average. She continued her outstanding scholarship when she attended KU Law School, graduating 5th in a class of 159. She was made a member of the Order of the Coif which is the legal honorary society.
As a lawyer in private practice, Justice Beier continued to excel, practicing as a staff attorney for the National Women’s Law Center, for Arendt, Fox, Kinter, Plotkin & Kahn, a prestigious law firm in Washington D.C. and at Foulston Siefkin, LLP, the largest law firm in Kansas. She took time away from Foulston to teach a year at the KU Law School. Justice Beier excelled in all these positions. While in private practice, Justice Beier continued to advocate for women’s issues. She was a founding member of the Kansas Women Attorneys Association. She served on the Community Council Advisory Board for the Wichita State University Center for Women’s Studies. She taught classes in Women’s Studies. She encouraged and was a model for other women lawyers following her into the practice and she has reflected the highest ethical values in her practice.
Recognizing her excellence as a practicing lawyer and her outstanding scholarly achievement, in February 2000, Justice Beier was appointed by Governor Bill Graves to the Kansas Court of Appeals. Subsequently, Governor Kathleen Sebelius appointed her the third woman to serve on the Kansas Supreme Court. As a Judge and Justice, she has continued to support women’s issues and has served as an exemplary role model for women attorneys.
Throughout her career Justice Beier has contributed to her community and to her profession by the giving of her time and expertise. She has authored many learned legal publications and has spoken at numerous legal seminars, community organizations and law schools. She has served on numerous community and law-related boards, many of which are organizations whose primary interest is the betterment of women in the community and in the legal profession. She has received numerous recognitions including being selected by the Wichita Business Journal’s 40 under 40 award in 1998 and the Wichita Women Attorneys Louise Mattox Attorney of Achievement Award in 2003.
Not only has she excelled in her career and actively contributed to her profession and community, Justice Beier along with her husband, Richard Green has been an active supporter of her three children, Phillip, Hadley and Holden. She has volunteered at their schools, served as a Girl Scout Leader and supported their many activities and interests.