Kane Presides over State Judge Association

Staff Writer
Pawhuska Journal-Capital
Kane Presides over State Judge Association

Osage County District Judge John Kane completed his term as president of the Oklahoma Judicial Conference at their July annual meeting in Norman. The Judicial Conference is the statewide association of trial and appellate judges for the state of Oklahoma. The Judicial Conference is tasked with the responsibility of overseeing the continuing education of all state court judges and assisting the Oklahoma Supreme Court in analyzing the needs of the trial courts of Oklahoma.

Kane was popularly elected by all of the state court judges of Oklahoma last year. In his tenure as president, Kane presided over the executive board meetings of the conference, appointed judicial members to a State Council for Interstate Juvenile Supervision and assisted the Supreme Court on specific matters when called upon by the Chief Justice.

“My great-grandfather was on the first Oklahoma Supreme Court, so serving that body was particularly gratifying to me,” Kane said.

As president of the Conference, Kane had the privilege of testifying before the Judiciary Committee of the Oklahoma House of Representatives when public access to court records was under consideration by the legislature last term. The legislature’s effort culminated with the passage of new law designed to promote greater transparency in the judicial process, for the benefit of the public.

Kane was recently honored by his local colleagues, who elected him as incoming presiding judge-elect for the Northeast Oklahoma judicial administrative district. He also serves by appointment of the Oklahoma Secretary of State upon the trial division of the Oklahoma Court on the Judiciary, the court that judges other judges.

Kane, 52, is a lifelong Osage County resident, where he lives with his wife of 28 years, Cyndi. They have four children. Prior to becoming a judge in 2005, Kane practiced law with his grandfather Matthew Kane Sr., and his father Matthew Kane Jr., in Pawhuska and Skiatook. Kane stands for reelection this November.