My name is Patricia Macke Dick, and I am running for re-election as District Judge, Division Four, Reno County District Court.
CHIEF JUDGE PATRICIA MACKE DICK
Year Elected: 1988, appointed Chief Judge 2007
Law School: University of Kansas
College and Degree: Kansas State University, BS
MY APPROACH TO DISTRICT JUDGE
As District Judge for the past 32 years, I have primarily heard cases for juvenile offenders and children in need. I am a proponent of working to rehabilitate and restore juvenile offenders and reconcile families when possible. I will continue to improve outcomes for these children and help them succeed.
I have the knowledge and the drive to make the best decisions for the adolescents and all people in our community based on current best practices. Continued education is vital for this and I have been to every training available to me regarding adoptions, juvenile offenders, and children in need of care.
I am committed to improving the outcomes of children in our community through continued public education. I have held meetings to help with further education in our community. As more become aware of the reasons behind some harmful behaviors, we can pull together with some empathy to improve the results and help them succeed.
Legal Activities in Kansas
Kansas Bar Foundation Board of Trustees
Kansas Adoption Tracking Project
Kansas Council of Chief Judges
Representative for State initiative: Improving the Court and Community Response to Those with Mental Illness
Kansas Pretrial Justice Task Force
Kansas Women Attorney’s Association
American Bar Association
Kansas Bar Association
National Conference of State Trial Judges
National Association of Women Judges
Reno County Bar Association
Reno County Law Library Trustee
Reno County CASA “Advocate of the Year”
Governor’s Conference Award for Outstanding Service to Kansas Children and Families
Kansas Bar Association Outstanding Service Award
Kansas Children’s Service League Outstanding Service Award
National Association of Counsel or Children Outstanding Legal Advocacy Award
Past Legal Activities
District Judges Association Executive Board, President; Kansas Judicial Council: Family Law Advisory Committee, Juvenile Offender/Child in Need of Care Advisory Committee; Board of Governors, University of Kansas School of Law; Supreme Court Task Force on Permanency Planning; Kansas District Judges Association Executive Board; National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges Permanency Planning Committee and Juvenile Delinquency Committee; American Judges Association; Kansas Bar Association Board of Governors 1992-2000, 2002-2006, Executive Committee 1995-1997, Continuing Legal Education Committee, CLE Long Range Planning Subcommittee, Family Law Section Secretary, Founded and chaired the Committee on Children; Conducted statewide survey of representation of children in Kansas Courts, coordinated CLE affecting children and families, Young Lawyers Section President, Client Security Committee, Annual Meeting Committee, State Law Day Chair, Multiple CLE presentations and publications; Kansas Women Attorneys Association-Regional Coordinator; Hutchinson Women Attorneys Association-Treasurer; American Bar Association Regional Representative to the Young Lawyers Division, Voting Delegate, Disaster Legal Services: Coordinated free legal services to victims of natural disasters in Kansas; Reno County Bar Association- Secretary, Bench/Bar Committee, Law Day Coordinator (multiple times), Kansas Child Safety and Permanency Panel-Chair; Kansas Children’s Campaign Out of School Task Force; Board Member Kansas Family Partnership, Inc., Adoptions in Child Time-Kansas Legal Services Advisory Board; Kansas Action for Children, Inc.: KIDS Count Steering Committee; Court, Education, S.R.S. Liaison Committee-Supreme Court Appointee; University of Kansas School of Social Welfare: Child Welfare and the Law Project Planning Committee, Statewide Technical Assistance and Training for Juvenile Courts-Continuing Legal Education for Guardians Ad Litem; Kansas Children’s Service League: Reno County Healthy Start Plus Advisory Board Chair; Juvenile Justice Authority Community Planning Convener, 27th Judicial District; Reno County Juvenile Corrections Advisory Board; 2003 Communities That Care Project, Hutchinson Key Leader and Community Board Member; Reno County Planning Council for Children and Families, Inc.; Reno County Drug and Alcohol Task Force-Chair; Reno County Youth Advisory Council; Reno County Protective Services Team; Advisory Board Visions of Hope, Inc. of Reno County: Home of Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) and Citizen Review Boards (CRB)-Volunteer Trainer, Established CRB and Truancy CRB; Reno County Guardian Ad Litem Training Program-Established and Developed Training Program, Co-Authored and Edited Handbook.
Hospice and Homecare of Reno County volunteer; P.E.O. Chapter JR; Past Civic Activities: Ulster Project of Greater Hutchinson, Board of Directors; Hutchinson Hospital Board of Directors, Liaison to Pediatrics Department; Mid-Kansas Mennonite Central Committee Relief Sale, Inc.-Board of Directors; Parents as Teachers of Reno County Community Advisory Board; Hutchinson Salvation Army Advisory Board; Kansas Youth Choir, Inc.- President, Board of Directors; Samaritan Counseling Center, Hutchinson-Founding Board of Directors; Sunbeam Daycare Center, Buhler-Founding Board of Directors; Buhler Sunshine Home, Inc. Advisory Board; Buhler City Councilperson
Kansas Mennonite Relief Sale Committee Chair; Kansas Mennonite Relief Sale church liaison; Past activities: Kansas Mennonite Relief Sale Board of Directors. Former Buhler Mennonite Brethren Church: Church Council, Pastor Search Committee; Spiritual Gifts and Ministries Team-Chair; Pastoral Personnel Relations Committee; Sunday School Teacher, Praise Leader, Kids Club Leader, Celebration Choir, Worship Team. Current: Buhler Mennonite Church: Choir, KMRS Liaison
I was born and raised in Western Kansas and after high school headed to Kansas State University. There I met my husband David Dick and we were married while I was attending law school at the University of Kansas. That was over 41 years ago.
After I graduated from KU in 1982 we moved to Reno County so David could farm the family farm. I was an associate at Branine, Chalfant and Hill, becoming a partner there before I left private practice. During that time I practiced nearly every kind of law: commercial, bankruptcy, domestic, criminal, civil, probate, care and treatment and juvenile law. My passion became juvenile law, both children in need of care and juvenile offenders. When there was an opportunity to become a judge in that field, I decided to run for the position in 1988 and the rest, as they say, is history…
My husband and I have raised three children in Reno County, Rachel, Rebecca and Gabriel.
Rachel lives in Texas, is married to Andy Myers, a teacher, and she works for an agency that supports foster care and adoption efforts. They have three delightful children Ezekiel, 7, Eden, 5, and Lydia, 2.
Rebecca lives near Colwich with her farmer husband Cody Neville. She was a pre-school teacher who will soon be a stay at home mom and farmer’s wife as at this writing she is eight months pregnant with their first child.
Gabe is finishing his computer science degree at K-State this summer and will move to Lenexa and work for Cerner Corporation in August.
David was raised in the Mennonite Church and we have been members of a Mennonite Church since moving back to this area, actively involved in church leadership, Sunday school teaching, various committees, and always, the choir!
David’s dad, Arthur Dick (pictured), was my first campaign treasurer in 1988. We celebrated his 100th birthday in March and he resides at Sunshine Meadows Retirement Community in Buhler. He is the only surviving parent we have.