Magistrate Judge Christopher J. Turner was appointed to the bench in 2022. Judge Turner, a native of Chanute, is a graduate of Benedictine College with a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology focusing on philosophy and religious studies. He graduated from Washburn University School of Law in 2018. Prior to his appointment, he provided guidance and instructed nationally on constitutional transportation issues while working for the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance. He was also engaged in the private practice of law in Topeka. Judge Turner is a member of the American and Kansas Bar Associations, Sam A. Crow American Inn of Courts, the National Academy of Sciences, and faculty at the National Judicial College.