Steve Leben is a judge on the Kansas Court of Appeals, where he has served since 2007. Before that, he was a general-jurisdiction trial judge from 1993 to 2007 and practiced law in the Kansas City area from 1982 to 1993.
He teaches as an adjunct professor at the University of Kansas School of Law. He has taught Legislation and Statutory Interpretation regularly since 2007 and more recently has added an Evidence class.
Leben is a past president of the American Judges Association and edited its national journal, Court Review, from 1998 through 2017. He received the National Center for State Courts' William H. Rehnquist Award for Judicial Excellence, the National Center's highest award for a judge, in 2014 in recognition of his national work to improve procedural fairness in America's courts. Leben is a cofounder of the website, ProceduralFairness.com, devoted to providing resources on procedural justice for courts and law-enforcement personnel.