Dodge City attorney David Rebein is becoming one of the most decorated attorneys in town.

In September 2017, Rebein was named one of the Best Lawyers in America for the 12th year in a row by the Best Lawyers in America publication.

Recently, Rebein received another award, this time by the Kansas Bar Foundation Board of Trustees.

The KBF board named Rebein as the recipient of the Robert K. Weary Award, an award that recognizes lawyers or law firms for exemplary service and commitment to the goals of the KBF.

In a press release announcing the award, the KBF said, "KBF goals include funding charitable and educational projects that foster the welfare, honor and integrity of the legal system by improving its accessibility, equality and uniformity.

"Rebein was selected for the Weary award in part for his outstanding service to the Kansas Bar Association and the Kansas Bar Foundation.

"He is a past president of the Kansas Bar Association and immediate past president of the Kansas Trial Lawyers Association.

"He is a Kansas Bar Foundation Pillar of the Foundation and a member of the American Bar Foundation. His service to his community and his profession are exemplary."

After starting as a criminal lawyer, Rebein moved into a more specialty expertise of law, establishing Rebein Brothers Foundation that was set up to support individuals and communities through dedicated involvement, community service and charitable giving.

Rebein has been a long-time supporter of the Kansas Bar Foundation along with supporting charitable work through the Rebein Brothers Foundation.

Rebein has practices in Kansas and Florida along with his brother.

"I believe in fair and impartial courts and I was taught by my mentor, Jack Dalton, to support the court system," Rebein said. "Throughout my career I have looked for ways to protect a person‘s right to have their day in court. The Kansas Bar Foundation is an organization that I have been pleased to support because it shares this goal."

The first Robert K. Weary award was given in 2000 to Robert K. Weary, a member of the KBF Board of Trustees from 1994 to 2000.

"Dave Rebein has been an inspirational leader in defending the independence of the judiciary, improving the Kansas system of justice, and teaching the rest of us how to be better lawyers," said Richard Hayse, KBF trustee and a past KBA president in a press release. "Bob Weary would be proud to see the award in his name given to Dave."

More than $4 million in grants has been awarded by the Kansas bar Foundation since 1984.

The grants are used to provide legal services for individuals who cannot afford them as well as educational programs for students.

"For over 60 years," the KBF said, "the Kansas Bar Foundation has funded opportunities for the citizens of Kansas for charitable and educational projects that foster the welfare, honor and integrity of the legal system by improving its accessibility, equality and uniformity, and by enhancing the public opinion of the role of lawyers in our society."

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