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Kenney, Christine

Christine
Kenney, JD
Year Inducted: 
2004
Christine Kenney
Highlights: 
  • District Attorney for Douglas County
  • Adjunct Clinical Instructor of the Criminal Justice Clinic for the KU School of Law
  • On Board of Directors for Kansas County and District Attorneys Association
  • Recognized for her work on behalf of survivors of sexual violence, children, and the elderly
Biography: 

Ms. Kenney, a graduate of the KU School of Law, served as Adjunct Clinical Instructor of the Criminal Justice Clinic for the KU School of Law and Assistant District Attorney prior to being selected to serve as the Douglas County District Attorney for the last eight years.

She has spoken out and advocated to maintain civil rights and is recognized for her work on behalf of survivors of sexual violence, children and the elderly, among others.  She is actively involved in the Kansas County and District Attorneys Association, in which she has served on the Board of Directors and has assumed numerous leadership positions. Kenney is an outstanding role model both in her career as well through her work in the community. Sarah Jane Russell, Executive Director for the GaDuGi SafeCenter/ RVSS, says of Christine, “She has demonstrated her caring time and time again through her prosecutorial efforts and through compassionate and trustful words of support to victims of sexual violence.” 

Service is a component of all she does, and through her work, she has become a resource for many people. A member of her church, Rene Brown states, “Her most distinguishing attribute is her honesty. More than eight years ago she promised that if she became District Attorney she would have an open door policy and I can attest to the fact that she has done that extremely well.”

When she is not in her role as District Attorney, she can be found dedicating her time to numerous community agencies. “Christine Kenney is a true leader in every sense of the word,” remarks Executive Director of the Ballard Community Center, Dianne Ensminger. “Not only does she provide leadership through her position in Douglas County, she provides leadership through her support of others.”  She also is involved with Altrusa International of Lawrence.  This organization provides scholarships to young women in need.  Jan Kozma, Professor of Italian states, “I can personally attest that Chris has worked indefatigably to raise funds for this worthy cause.”  She cites Christine’s community involvement as an extension of her interest in reducing crime by providing positive solutions to reduce incidence.  Our community is far better for Christine’s efforts and involvement. 


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