Osage County District Judge M. John Kane of Pawhuska was recently elected as the new president of the Oklahoma Judicial Conference at their annual meeting in Norman, Oklahoma.

The Oklahoma Judicial Conference is the statewide association of judges and justices serving Oklahoma’s state courts. The conference supervises the education and training of members of the judicial branch of state government and assists the state Supreme Court and Legislature in analyzing the needs of the trial courts.

Kane has been the District Judge of Osage County since 2005. He served on the Executive Board of the Oklahoma Judicial Conference prior to his election as President. Judge Kane is also the current chairman of the trial courts subcommittee of the Supreme Court’s e-Court Committee, which is the task force responsible for formulating rules and procedures to implement the statewide electronic court filing system currently under development.

Prior to becoming a judge, Kane was an area attorney for seventeen years, with offices in Pawhuska and Skiatook. Cyndi is his wife of twenty-seven years, and they have four children.