During the Annual Conference of the International Criminal Court Bar Association held Sept. 11-12, attorneys Kurt P. Kerns of Wichita and Van Z. Hampton of Dodge City, of Dodge City-based law firm Warrior Lawyers International, were elected to leadership positions in the ICCBA.


Kerns was elected to serve on the Membership Committee, while Hampton was elected to serve on the Professional Standards Advisory Committee and was also selected as chairperson.


Warrior Lawyers International specializes in defending people accused of crimes and representing people whose civil rights have been violated. It is also affiliated with attorney Dragan Ivetic of The Hague, Netherlands.


Dragan Ivetic was elected to the Executive Council, which governs the operation of the ICCBA, and was also elected to serve on the Professional Standards Advisory Committee.


Hampton summarized the firm’s philosophy of operations.


"When people come to us for help, we become their warrior advocates, standing between them and the power of the state, and we will represent them zealously, skillfully and tirelessly to preserve their rights, and their dignity and to obtain justice," he said.


The ICCBA, with its office in The Hague, is an administrative organization whose members, now including the attorneys of Warrior Lawyers International, are all admitted to the ICC List of Counsel or are associated with the ICC.


Established by the United Nations in 2002, the ICC investigates and provides trials for persons charged with genocide, war crimes, crimes against humanity and crimes of aggression.


In addition to the ICCBA, the attorneys of Warrior Lawyers International also hold leadership positions in the Association of Defense Counsel practicing before the International Courts and Tribunals (ADC-ICT), also headquartered in The Hague.


Kerns and Ivetic are scheduled to begin a three-month trial this fall in the United Nations court known as the International Residual Mechanism for Criminal Tribunals that will be conducted in the IRMCT court located in Arusha, Tanzania.


The attorneys of Warrior Lawyers International are committed to providing a skillful and zealous defense for any person accused of a crime in any court, and to vigorously represent those who are seeking justice after suffering a violation of their civil rights.


Warrior Lawyers International can be contacted at 1-844-WARRIOR (927-7467) or by visiting the website www.kernslawgroup.com.