By appointment of the U.S. Supreme Court in April, Mr. Kayatta is serving as a Special Master in a water rights dispute between Kansas and Nebraska. (Colorado is also a named party, but the current round of this long-running dispute is between the other two states.) Such disputes fall under the Court's original jurisdiction and are referred initially to a Special Master, who then makes recommendations to the Court.
If you'll forgive the pun, something may be in the water, because Steve Six, who represented Kansas earlier in the dispute when serving as state attorney general, is now a Tenth Circuit nominee. His Senate Judiciary hearing was held this week.