MAGAZINE FOR ALUMNI & FRIENDS | SPRING 2013
PARALEGAL PIONEER 30 VOLUNTEER HONOR ROLL 34 WORTH SINGING ABOUT 39
JAYHAWKS in the LEGAL ACADEMY
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LETTER FROM THE DEAN Dear Alumni & Friends, When I became dean two years ago, I vowed to continue teaching one course each semester. Keeping that pledge has not always been easy because of demands the deanship places on my time. But I wouldn’t have it any other way. Why? Because I enjoy being in the classroom and engaging students. You will hear similar stories from the alumni law faculty profiled in this issue. The hours they spent in Green Hall being challenged by professors and classmates were precisely the fuel their inquisitive minds demanded. Now that the tables have turned and they occupy the spot at the front of the classroom, they relish their roles as teachers and scholars. Camille Hébert, L’82, loves the “light bulb moments,” when students suddenly catch on. Sarah Deer, L’99, draws inspiration from her students’ commitment to law and justice. And Bill Hines, L’61, takes pride in passing along what he believes is the “best general graduate-level training available to young people in U.S. higher education.” Despite broad criticism of legal education in the media, I, too, firmly believe that students who earn law degrees are well-equipped to thoroughly analyze situations, smartly solve problems, and boldly assume leadership roles in their careers and their communities. For example, KU Law graduate Lee Turner, L’52, invented the paralegal profession when he realized he could successfully try even more cases if he employed legal assistants to handle routine aspects of litigation (page 30). And Emily Perry, L’12, is putting her advocacy training to work as the second-youngest woman ever elected to the Kansas House of Representatives (page 40). I have now been teaching at KU Law long enough to see many of my former students become partners at law firms and major players in the legal, business, government and nonprofit sectors. A few of them are teaching at law schools. I consider it a great privilege to have been their professor, and I know my faculty colleagues feel the same way. I would be remiss if I failed to remind you that the transformations that turn law students into lawyers and leaders can only take place in Green Hall with your support. We are immensely grateful to graduates who donate time, energy and expertise mentoring and staging mock interviews with students, guest lecturing in law classes and at student organization events, judging moot court rounds, hosting alumni receptions, serving on boards and otherwise volunteering for the benefit of the law school. We recognize your contributions in the Volunteer Honor Roll (page 34). We are also in the midst of Far Above, a comprehensive capital campaign. You can read about our fundraising priorities on page 25. Please consider how you might help us reach our $20 million goal and propel the law school to even greater heights. Rock chalk,
Stephen Mazza Dean and Professor of Law
CONTENTS KU LAW MAGAZINE | SPRING 2013
DEPARTMENTS 2 ON THE GREEN
News from the KU Law community, including improved Class of 2012 employment outcomes, expanded collaboration between law and medical students, and international moot court trips.
16 FACULTY RESEARCH
COVER: JAYHAWKS IN THE LEGAL ACADEMY
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A significant number of KU Law graduates have
returned to law classrooms — as teachers rather than students.
Fighting terrorism through trade; protecting the world’s grasslands; the legal field in pop culture; and inconsistent court rulings on corporate identities.
Publications, presentations and other notable activities by KU Law faculty.
24 GIVING NEWS
Recognizing the generosity of KU Law donors.
Driven by a staggering caseload and a smart, innovative wife, Lee Turner, L’52, launched an entire profession from his tiny
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Photos: Diversity in Law Banquet; spotlight on an entrepreneur, a balladeer, and a legislator.
Great Bend law office.
34 VOLUNTEER HONOR ROLL
WHY I GIVE
Recognition for alumni who have donated time, energy and expertise during the past year.
In the midst of Far Above, KU’s
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comprehensive capital campaign, law alumni talk about why they choose to give back to their legal alma mater.
What’s new with your KU Law classmates.
44 IN MEMORIAM
Deaths in the KU Law family.
WORTH SINGING ABOUT Inspired by the natural beauty of the tallgrass prairie, songstress
Annie Wilson, L’82, earns “Flint Hills Balladeer” designation.
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GREEN HALL NEWS
On the green
NEWS BRIEFS BY MINDIE PAGET
Employment outcomes improve for Class of 2012
Total reporting post-grad status
Get a comprehensive look at employment outcomes for the 2012 class: law.ku.edu/success-stats
The Class of 2012’s employment outcomes improved substantially, with an ABA employment rate of 86 percent, a figure exceeding percentages as far back as 2008. This information was reported to the ABA on March 15, 2013 and is available on the KU Law website. We salute the Class of 2012 and its success, and know that for all the assistance from faculty, alumni, the Career Services Office and others, the heart of this success lies with the graduates and their determination to succeed. KU Law students and graduates are highly sought after by employers throughout the state, region and nation. Graduates of the Class of 2012 were employed in at least 18 states, including Washington, D.C., and five foreign countries. The school’s more than 7,000 alumni live in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and 14 foreign countries. They use their law degrees in both traditional and nontraditional ways. At KU Law we view this year’s improvement as a step toward more opportunities and better outcomes, not as a destination. Beyond efforts driven out of the Career Services Office, KU Law has made, and continues to make, fundamental changes designed to improve the education of our students and the career prospects of our graduates. Among recent changes, the most visible and dramatic is a reduction in class size by more than 20 percent, ensuring an even lower faculty-to-student ratio and stronger demand in the marketplace after graduation. This focus on our students and their future success means that more changes, big and small, will come each year.
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All students in Class of 2012
Overall reporting rate
EMPLOYED 85.6% of all known graduates 85.0% of all graduates
SEEKING WORK 13.0% of all known graduates 12.9% of all graduates
ENROLLED IN FULL-TIME DEGREE PROGRAM 1.3% of all known graduates 1.2% of all graduates
EMPLOYMENT STATUS NOT REPORTED 0.6% of all known graduates 0.6% of all graduates
graduates obtained employment requiring
80.2% of employed graduates
graduates obtained employment classified as
graduates obtained employment classified as
graduates obtained employment classified as
16.8% of employed graduates
0.8% of employed graduates
2.3% of employed graduates
Of employed graduates:
LAW FIRM 61 (46.6%)
BUSINESS/ INDUSTRY 28 (21.2%)
GOVERNMENT 22 (16.8%)
JUDICIAL CLERKSHIP 9 (6.8%)
PUBLIC INTEREST 7 (5.3%)
ACADEMIC 4 (3.1%)
Accelerated program offers bachelor’s and law degrees
Rebecca Kourlis, founder and executive director of the Institute for the Advancement of the American Legal System at the University of Denver, speaks at “Advocacy Under the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure After 75 Years.”
Advocacy Center hosts sold-out conference The Shook, Hardy & Bacon Center for Excellence in Advocacy, in conjunction with the Kansas Law Review, hosted “Advocacy Under the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure After 75 Years” to an over-capacity crowd Nov. 9 at the Adams Alumni Center in Lawrence. The Center’s inaugural conference brought together national leaders from the federal bench, the bar and academia to discuss the changing landscape of advocacy under the Federal Rules. The more than 135 registered attendees at the conference earned CLE credit while hearing from an exceptional set of speakers, including: n John Barkett, partner, Shook, Hardy & Bacon LLP (Miami office); ABA Section of Litigation’s liaison member to the Federal Civil Rules Advisory Committee n Robert Burns, professor of law, Northwestern University School of Law; program director and section leader for the National Institute for Trial Advocacy n Randy Diamond, legal research professor of law and director of library and technology resources, University of Missouri School of Law; president Mid-America Law Library Consortium n Steven Gensler, professor and associate dean of research and scholarship, University of Oklahoma College of Law; member, United States Judicial Conference Advisory Committee on Civil Rules; former Supreme Court Fellow at the
Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts n Rebecca Kourlis, founder and executive director, Institute for the Advancement of the American Legal System, University of Denver; former justice, Colorado Supreme Court n Richard Marcus, Horace O. Coil Chair in Litigation, University of California Hastings College of the Law; associate reporter to the Advisory Committee on Civil Rules of the Judicial Conference of the United States n John H. Martin, partner, Thompson & Knight LLP; fellow, American College of Trial Lawyers; fellow, International Academy of Trial Lawyers n James Maxeiner, professor, University of Baltimore School of Law; associate director, Center of International and Comparative Law; member, American Law Institute n Judge Lee H. Rosenthal, U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas, Houston division; chair of the Judicial Conference Committee on the Rules of Practice and Procedure; former chair of the Judicial Conference Advisory Committee on Civil Rules n Judge David J. Waxse, magistrate judge, U.S. District Court, District of Kansas; former chair, Kansas Commission on Judicial Qualifications; past president, Kansas Bar Association Conference proceedings will be published in the Kansas Law Review.
The University of Kansas is offering a new program that will allow undergraduates the opportunity to earn a bachelor’s degree and a law degree in six years. The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and the School of Law collaborated on the degree track to provide a new opportunity for highability students to maximize their coursework at KU. Students will spend three years on requirements for a bachelor’s degree from the College and three years on requirements for a law degree. The first year of law school will also count toward requirements for the bachelor’s degree. “The law school is excited about the new program,” Dean Stephen Mazza said. “It will lower students’ total costs and will help ensure that great KU students stay at KU.” The new program was open by invitation to first-year students who had already been admitted to KU for Fall 2013. To be considered, applicants had to have a GPA of 3.5 or higher and a minimum ACT score of 28. The admissions committee extended offers to 26 students. Accepted students in the program’s first year are guaranteed admission to KU’s law school after their junior year as long as they maintain a 3.5 cumulative GPA and score a minimum of 157 on the LSAT exam. Law school admissions standards in future years may vary.
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GREEN HALL NEWS
On the green
NEWS BRIEFS BY MINDIE PAGET KU teams advance in int’l moot court competitions
KU Law students and physicians in KU Medical Center’s Department of Family Medicine collaborate to treat both the medical needs and social determinants of patient health through the Medical-Legal Partnership Clinic. This spring, the partnership expanded to include medicine, pharmacy and nursing students through Studio Pop and the Interprofessional Teaching Clinic.
KU medical-law student collaboration expanded A partnership between KU Law and the KU Medical Center is preparing students from both disciplines to understand and appreciate the importance of the other, all while serving community members who need medical and legal assistance. Students of the School of Law’s Medical-Legal Partnership Clinic provide free legal services to low-income patients of the KU Medical Center’s Department of Family Medicine. This spring, the MLP Clinic has expanded its interdisciplinary coursework through participation in Studio Pop, a part of the Interprofessional Teaching Clinic that pairs medical and legal students both in the classroom and the community. The students continue to help low-income individuals in the Kansas City area get the medical and legal help they need and now spend more time together in the classroom to further their education and understanding of the inherent importance of collaboration. During Studio Pop, medicine, pharmacy, nursing and law students share how they serve individual patients and brainstorm
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“We’re offering our students a unique opportunity to collaborate across disciplines to provide holistic patient care that addresses both medical needs and the social determinants of health.” how they can improve patient care through their collaborative efforts. “Hopefully by the time these students graduate they will understand how medicine and law can work together to improve patient outcomes,” said Clinic Director Katie Cronin, clinical associate professor of law and courtesy professor in the Department of Family Medicine at the KU Medical Center. “We’re offering our students a unique opportunity to collaborate across disciplines to provide holistic patient care that addresses both medical needs and the social determinants of health.”
Teams from the University of Kansas earned the opportunity to compete in the international rounds of both the Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition and the European Law Students’ Association WTO Moot Court Competition. The Jessup team finished 24th out of 110 teams and 4th among all American teams for their combined brief scores at the international rounds in early April in Washington, D.C. Team members Sam Barton and Lauren Pearce also received honors for their oral advocacy skills, coming in 79th and 87th place, respectively. In addition to Barton and Pearce, team members Matthew Agnew, Jane Li and Isabel Segarra qualified after placing second out of 19 teams based on their oral arguments and written briefs at the Rocky Mountain Regionals in Denver. Two of the KU students also won individual honors for their oral advocacy skills at regionals. Judges deemed Pearce third-best oralist and Barton fifth-best oralist among roughly 75 advocates. The ELSA Moot Court team’s success marks the second time in five years a KU Law team has advanced to the international finals of that competition. Third-year law students Bruno Simões, Ryan Thornton, Jade Martin, and Matthew O’Neill advanced to the semifinals at the All America Regional Round in Escazú, Costa Rica, guaranteeing them a spot in the championship round April 30-May 5 in Geneva, Switzerland. (Final results were unavailable when the magazine went to press.) In 2009, a KU Law team advanced to the international finals in Taipei, Taiwan. “The students and teams argue on the basis of conceptually and technically complex rules, so to be successful, they need to be quite sophisticated,” said Raj Bhala, Rice Distinguished Professor and the team’s coach. “The success of our team shows KU Law can and does have a global reach.”
Tribal law conference explores impact of climate change on indigenous peoples Leading scholars, practitioners and policymakers honed in on climate change and its impact on indigenous peoples during the 17th annual Tribal Law and Government Conference March 1 at KU Law. The Tribal Law and Government Center hosted the conference, which featured presentations by the following speakers: n Professor Randall Abate, Florida A&M University College of Law n Professor Robin Craig, S.J. Quinney College of Law, University of Utah n Leonardo Crippa, Indian Law Resource Center n Heather Kendall Miller, Native American Rights Fund n Professor Judith Royster, University of Tulsa College of Law n Dr. Daniel Wildcat, Haskell Indian Nations University n Professor Elizabeth A. Kronk, University of Kansas School of Law The conference also marked the domestic book launch for “Climate Change and Indigenous Peoples: The Search for Legal Remedies” (Edward Elgar Publishing, 2013), co-authored and co-edited by KU Law Professor Elizabeth Kronk and Florida A&M
University Professor Randall Abate. “The cruel irony is that while indigenous peoples have contributed little, if anything, to the problem of climate change, we are among the first to bear the horrific impacts of such climatic change,” said Kronk, director of KU’s Tribal Law and Government Center and a member of the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians. “We are literally teetering on the tip of the spear of climate change.” “The 17th Annual Tribal Law and Government Conference, therefore, provided an important opportunity for scholars and community members to discuss potential remedies to address this climatic injustice.” Kronk said that, to her knowledge, this is the first conference of its kind to focus specifically on legal remedies addressing the impacts of climate change on indigenous peoples. “It is notable that KU Law played a crucial role in such a groundbreaking conference,” Kronk said. The conference topic proved popular, and attendance reached capacity early. Attendees were eligible to earn up to 6 hours of continuing legal education credit, including 1 hour of ethics.
The conference marked the domestic book launch for “Climate Change and Indigenous Peoples: The Search for Legal Remedies,” co-authored and co-edited by KU Law Professor Elizabeth Kronk.
Rural & Solo Program takes students on Salina road trip A new program designed to ensure that KU Law graduates help fulfill the legal needs of the entire state of Kansas hit the road this spring with a visit to Salina. KU Law’s Rural & Solo Program conducted its first student visit on April 13. Steven Brown, L’79, of Brown & Vogel Chartered, generously hosted a group of KU Law students interested in practicing in central and western Kansas. Students met with Brown in his Salina office to discuss his career and the professional and personal advantages of practicing in a place like Salina. Students toured the neighborhoods, colleges, and commercial and industrial developments that make Salina a vibrant place to live and work. Students also attended a cocktail reception and dinner at the Salina Art Center, where they had the opportunity to view the current exhibit and to meet highly respected alumna Connie Achterberg, L’53. “I want to personally thank Steve Brown for hosting and underwriting this visit, a vital part of our effort to make sure we service the needs of the entire state,” said Arturo Thompson, L’06, assistant dean for career services. Students in attendance were Rachel Lamm, Samantha Small, Nick Puckett, Chaz Rumage, Kenneth Titus, Nathan Eilert and Ross Stewart. Also making the trip were Thompson; Quinton Lucas, associate professor of law; and Robert Flynn, L’06, an attorney and student mentor. The Rural & Solo Program has also hosted a career fair and speakers panels this year at Green Hall.
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Illustration by Mindie Paget
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JAYHAWKS in the LEGAL ACADE M Y large percentage of students leave law school grateful they will never again have to set foot in a classroom. Who can blame them? Earning a law degree is hard work. Yet a significant number of KU Law graduates have willingly returned to the legal academy — as teachers rather than students. Some suspected during law school that their thirst for questioning and analysis beyond the requirements of assignments might lead them to a law teaching career. Others were more surprised to be adding “professor” as a job title on their resume. KU Law boasts a strong history of producing law teachers and scholars — at times achieving national rankings in that arena. Between 2003 and 2007, for example, KU Law ranked 15th in the nation for placing law professors, according to Professor Brian Leiter of the University of Chicago Law School. Of the six alumni law professors profiled in this issue, most practiced law before joining law faculties. Some are just beginning their teaching careers, while others are edging near retirement. One is a current dean, another a former dean. They are men and women from diverse backgrounds educating students, producing scholarship and influencing public policy at law schools throughout the nation. Professors of KU Law pedigree are also stationed at law schools around the globe (see page 13). All of these professors have one thing in common — they were inspired by their own KU Law educational experience, enough to jump back into the classroom. Together, they’re maintaining a strong legacy of legal instruction that started in Green Hall and continues every day on a global scale.
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or Robert Hockett, law school raised at least as many important questions as it provided helpful answers. He initiated countless conversations with his KU Law professors and fellow students between and after classes, wondering about idiosyncrasies of property, tort, and contract law; constitutional and regulatory law; and business and international economic law. “My terrific KU mentors told me these were classic legal-scholarly questions and that I probably belonged in the academy someday,” said Hockett, L’99. “I had a feeling that I would love teaching because I loved discussing legal subjects in class, and with my professors and classmates outside of class.” Hockett’s hunch turned out to be true. He joined the Cornell Law School faculty in 2004 after working at the International Monetary Fund and clerking for then-Chief Judge Deanell Reece Tacha of the U.S. Court
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INQUIRING MIND By Mindie Paget
of Appeals for the 10th Circuit. Along the way, he also completed an LL.M. and J.S.D. at Yale. A classic lifelong learner, Hockett finds everything about the study, teaching and application of law fascinating. “I love thinking up ways to improve the law and our institutions, then developing and advocating such improvements in the form of articles and essays. I love discussing such things with students and colleagues. I love simply teaching and discussing the law even as it is, rather than just as it might be, in the classroom,” Hockett said. “I think this is all so exciting because it involves careful, disciplined thinking, yet is about very practical matters. So you can be a ‘thinker’ and be ‘useful’ at once.” Hockett developed his dedication to “usefulness” while working with the homeless as a social worker in Kansas City. Although he had already earned a bachelor’s in English and government from KU and a master’s
in philosophy and economics from Oxford (as a Rhodes Scholar), Hockett suspected he could be even more helpful to his enterprising homeless clients, most of whom worked hard every day washing cars and doing odd jobs, if he had a law or business degree. He opted for law first because he wanted to learn the “social blueprint” that the law constitutes; he later focused on business and finance at the Yale School of Management during his doctoral studies. Fittingly, from those roots, Hockett is now best known among his peers for his concern with the legal and institutional prerequisites to a just, prosperous and sustainable economic order — a sort of “justice in and through finance” scholar. In addition to Business Organizations and Financial Institutions, he also co-teaches a seminar called “Markets, Morals and Methods” with the chair of Cornell’s Economics Department. And he translates his scholarship into public policy recommendations
A LABOR OF LOVE By Sarah Shebek
C through service as a Fellow and commissioned author at think tanks like the Century Foundation and the New America Foundation, and work with the Federal Reserve Bank of New York and the IMF. Cities across the country are considering his eminent domain plan for underwater mortgage loans, and the New York Legislature is mulling a mortgage bridge loan program he created in 2011. And especially since the beginning of the financial crisis, national media have more and more frequently consulted Hockett as an expert source on these issues. “I think we ought, as scholars with expertise in particular subject areas, to assist in the process of digesting and evaluating significant developments,” he said. “In a way, we are essential adjuncts to the popular media itself, as I think many a financial reporter would be quick to agree.” Hockett developed his sensibilities about the role of legal academics under the tutelage of current and former KU Law professors like Mike Davis, Phil DeLaTorre, John Head, Webb Hecker, Mike Hoeflich, Rick Levy, Steve McAllister, Sid Shapiro and Bill Westerbeke — all of whom he cites as mentors and role models. “I cannot imagine better preparation to be a teacher and scholar than I received at KU,” Hockett said. “KU has a true wealth of great teachers — a remarkable concentration of them.” n
amille Hébert, L’82, had all the tools to succeed in the law profession, but lacked a clear vision. Now after 25 years as an established professor and prolific writer, she credits KU Law for providing the spark that launched her into a successful career in academia. “For me law school and learning about the law was just something that I found really exciting,” she said. “KU Law had great professors who piqued my interest in law and modeled what a law professor can be.” As the Carter C. Kissell Professor of Law at Ohio State University, Hébert is considered an expert in the field of employment law and has held such prestigious positions as chair of the employment discrimination section of the Association of American Law Schools and associate dean for academic affairs at the college of law. Most of her lifetime has been consumed by an interest in the law — she decided to go to law school as a 15-year-old in Manhattan, Kan., and chose KU because it was the closest and best school where she was accepted. “I actually had no idea what I wanted to do when I went to law school,” she said. “I took a labor law course, particularly an employment
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discrimination course from Elinor Schroeder, and for me it was like, ‘Ooh, this is it!’” With a newfound passion to supplement her talents, Hébert excelled. She served as editor-in-chief of the Kansas Law Review, was elected to Order of the Coif, and clerked for Judge James K. Logan of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit. After that, she practiced labor and employment law for five years with Spencer Fane Britt & Browne in Kansas City, but kept an eye on an eventual academic career. “The firm was a management labor law firm, and as it turns out I’m not so management inclined,” she said. “I think I wanted the freedom of being able to pursue what I wanted to pursue, and academia did that for me.” Hébert was ready to make the jump into the world of teaching, and she accepted a position as an assistant professor at Ohio State in 1988, where she’s been ever since. She currently teaches Employee Benefits and Employment Law, and has embraced the university culture throughout her distinguished tenure, with countless presentations, appointments and mentorships to her credit. “I think what I like most about teaching is seeing what I call the light bulb moment, when you see them catching on,” she said. “When you see that real involvement, where their hands are all up and they all want to talk, for me that’s the most interesting and most exciting part about teaching.” Outside of the classroom, Hébert maintains a driving interest in the area of employment law, with over 50 publications on the subject to her credit. She published a treatise on employee privacy law in 1993, and has spent the last year researching French sexual harassment law. “I think particularly in the case of harassment, pregnancy, and transgender discrimination, the courts have reached conclusions where I think, ‘No, they can’t possibly be right,’” she said. “And I think writing about that, explaining in my terms why I think they’re wrong, has just been something that is really interesting.” Not every 15-year-old accurately picks her future career, but Hébert’s decision to attend law school proved to be a game-changer. Just over 30 years after sitting in Professor Schroeder’s employment law classes, Hébert is firmly established in her own classroom — and there’s nowhere else she’d rather be. “Teaching looked fun, and the answer is that it’s been a lot of fun,” she said. “I’ve been here for 25 years, and I still love getting up and going to work in the morning.” n
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EVER AN ADVOCATE By Mindie Paget
arah Deer often teaches night classes at the William Mitchell College of Law, so many of her students balance legal studies with full-time jobs. “Their commitment to law and justice always inspires me,” said Deer, L’99. It’s a safe bet that the feeling is mutual. Deer, a citizen of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation and an associate professor of law at William Mitchell in St. Paul, Minn., is one of the nation’s leading experts on victim rights in tribal courts and a vocal advocate on behalf of Native women and families. She has testified before congressional committees, helped author influential national reports on domestic violence, and currently chairs a U.S. Department of Justice committee tasked with developing protocol for responding to sexual assault in tribal communities. Like the students who inspire her, Deer balances this service with her full-time job as a law professor and legal scholar. She teaches Tribal Law, Criminal Procedure, Feminist Jurisprudence and the Indian Law Clinic. She also coaches the school’s National Native American Law Students Association Moot Court team. Deer’s own involvement with NALSA and the tribal law program at KU — coupled with her experience as a rape crisis volunteer during her undergraduate days at the University of Kansas — helped hone her research and advocacy interests. “Although I am a tribal member, I grew up in an urban environment and so did not know or appreciate the complexities of federal Indian law. Rob Porter’s classes opened my eyes to a new career path,” Deer said of the founding director of KU’s Tribal Law and Government Center. “Although I’ve never been a sex crimes prosecutor, I have been able to combine my passion for Indian law with my passion for crime victim rights.” Her efforts have not gone unnoticed. In 2010, Deer received the National Sheila Wellstone Award, which recognizes leadership in the movement to end domestic and sexual violence. After graduating from KU Law, Deer worked in the Violence Against Women Office at the Department of Justice in Washington, D.C. Three years later, she joined the Tribal Law and Policy Institute in Los Angeles as a staff attorney. It was during her tenure there that Stacy Leeds, former director of KU’s Tribal Law and Government Center, invited Deer to speak at the center’s annual conference. Her participation
PHOTO BY STEVE WOIT
involved submitting an article to the Kansas Journal of Law and Public Policy. “I thoroughly enjoyed the writing process and began to think more about contributing to the intellectual discussion of tribal law and federal Indian law,” Deer said. A bout with cancer in 2006 motivated Deer to seek a job that required less travel, and she landed a visiting professorship at William Mitchell. A year later, the law school hired her as a tenure-track professor. She is the eighth woman in the nation
to hold such a position who is also a member of a federally recognized tribe. Deer, a Wichita native, maintains loyal ties to KU Law. She served as keynote speaker at the 2009 Diversity in Law Banquet and, most recently, spoke about “Native Women, Violence, and Reproductive Justice” at a noon forum in November at Green Hall. Her husband, Neal Axton, is a 1998 graduate of KU Law, and her parents both attended the University of Kansas. “My family has always been partial to the Jayhawks.” n
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DEAN OF DEANS By Mindie Paget
hen Bill Hines accepted the deanship at the University of Iowa College of Law in 1976, he expected to serve five years and then go back to being a fulltime professor. But he kept earning positive reviews. “After a certain point I decided that as long as my faculty and the central administration were satisfied with my leadership, I could make a greater contribution to my law school and to the legal academy by continuing to do what I did best, which was serving as dean,” said Hines, L’61. All told, Hines tallied 28 years at the helm of Iowa Law, making him one of the longest-serving deans at a single U.S. law school. After 52 years at Iowa, he is currently in a phased retirement that ends in June 2014. He intends to continue teaching part-time after formally retiring. “I most love engaging students in discussions about what the law is, how it works in practice to meet the
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needs of real people, and how it might be improved to better achieve its objectives,” Hines said. His path to the legal academy began at KU Law, where Dean James Logan employed Hines as a research assistant and then helped him secure a clerkship with Judge Walter A. Huxman of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit during his third year of law school. After accepting a visiting position at Harvard Law, Logan informed Hines that Harvard was in the market for Graduate Teaching Fellows to help teach first-year courses — and that this was a well-established avenue to a career in law teaching. Hines applied and was immediately accepted, much to his surprise. “The nine-month salary for that temporary job was considerably higher than the full-year salary then being offered by Kansas or Missouri law firms,” recalled Hines, an Olathe, Kan., native who earned his bachelor’s from Baker University in nearby
Baldwin and graduated first in his class from KU Law. “As things turned out, I was on the job at Harvard for only a few months when Dean Ladd from Iowa came through on an interview swing looking for potential law teachers.” Throughout his time at Iowa — which included visiting stints at Columbia and Stanford, and a term as president of the Association of American Law Schools — Hines said his KU Law degree always served him well. He was one of the first legal scholars to teach and write in the area now called environmental law, and he served as director of Iowa’s Agricultural Law Clinic. During his deanship, he felt he could not keep up with these rapidly evolving fields, so he focused his scholarship and teaching on property law and land use planning. Hines’ most recent articles cover such diverse topics as joint tenancy, punitive damages, and water pollution control.
Legal education has changed for the better during his career, Hines said, especially with regard to larger numbers of women and people of color filling law classrooms. And the fundamental teaching of legal analysis has been improved through the injection of ideas and research techniques from the social sciences, he said. “I still think a legal education is the best general graduate-level training available to young people in U.S. higher education,” he said. “Completion of a J.D. prepares law graduates to tackle almost any type of intellectually demanding work confident that they know how to systematically work through information, solve problems and effectively communicate their conclusions.” Hines encouraged all three of his daughters to go to law school for that reason, including Laura Hines, who has taught at KU Law since 1997 and is currently co-writing an article with her father on the constitutionalization of punitive damages law. “All three of us have had unique opportunities to appreciate my dad’s tremendous contributions to legal education,” said Laura Hines. “My sister Lisa went to law school at Iowa during his tenure as dean. My sister Linda, a lawyer in the Iowa Attorney General’s office and a former Iowa Supreme Court clerk, has worked with many former students of his. And as a law professor, I’ve heard countless stories from his fellow deans and colleagues about his commitment to academic excellence both at Iowa and to the legal academy as a whole. It has been a wonderful experience to share his love of teaching the next generation of lawyers.” n
Ahmed Alzaabi, L’11 SJD United Arab Emirates University Pat Baude, L’66 Indiana-Bloomington, deceased Surendra Bhandari, L’10 SJD Ritsumeikan University, Kyoto, Japan Chuck Briscoe, L’75 Kansas, retired Elizabeth Cateforis, L’94 Kansas
James May, L’89 Widener Steve McAllister, L’88 Kansas Colleen Medill, L’89 Nebraska C. Douglas Miller, L’65 Florida Stefan Padfield, L’01 Akron Deana Peck, L’75 Arizona State John Peck, L’74 Kansas
Eugenia Charles-Newton, L’08 Texas Tech, Librarian Shelley Hickman Clark, L’76 Kansas James Concannon, L’71 Washburn Robert Correales, L’91 UNLV Sarah Deer, L’99 William Mitchell Daniel Dye, L’03 Phoenix David Engdahl, L’64 Seattle Kenneth Gaines, L’76 South Carolina Peter Gopelrud, L’74 Florida Coastal, Dean Stephen Griffin, L’83 Tulane David Hague, L’07 South Texas Chelsi Hayden, L’01 Kansas L. Camille Hébert, L’82 Ohio State Bill Hines, L’61 Iowa Robert Hockett, L’99 Cornell Pam Keller, L’93 Kansas Nicholas Kittrie, L’50 American Nancy Levit, L’84 Missouri-KC Dennis Mandsager, L’76 U.S. Naval War College
Jean Gilles Phillips, L’90 Kansas Dennis Prater, L’73 Kansas Bernard Reams, L’72 St. Mary’s Sheila Reynolds, L’71 Washburn, retired Reginald Robinson, L’87 Washburn Shannon Roesler, L’00 Oklahoma City Joyce Rosenberg, L’96 Kansas Irma Russell, L’80 Montana, Dean Ann Scarlett, L’98 Saint Louis Jan Sheldon, L’77 Kansas Justice David Stras, L’99 Minnesota, until appointed to Minn. Supreme Court Wanda Temm, L’88 Missouri-KC Suzanne Valdez, L’96 Kansas Larry Ward, L’69 Iowa, retired Daniel Weddle, L’95 Missouri-KC Lijuan Xing, L’12 SJD City University of Hong Kong Larry Yackle, L’73 Boston Candace Zierdt, L’77 Stetson
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THE NATURAL By Sarah Shebek
f law schools kept yearbooks, Daniel Dye, L’03, would have been voted “Most Likely to Teach” by his peers — even if he didn’t yet know it himself. “It was so funny because some of my classmates and Webb Hecker all said, ‘Oh yeah, we knew you were going to be a teacher,’” he said. “Everyone knew it except me, but I tried it, loved it, and wouldn’t change anything about it.” Although Dye had always dreamed of pursuing a law degree, his aspirations didn’t originally extend to full-time teaching, and he decided to work in commercial litigation in Phoenix upon graduation. What happened next changed his entire career path. “My wife actually connected with a woman through a community service organization that she’s a part of,” he said. “She mentioned to us that there was a new law school opening, and it so happened that her husband was on the local board of directors for the school and knew the new dean. So I met him in 2004, and we just were in touch on and off again for a little over a year.” That school was the Phoenix School of Law, which opened one year later. Shortly after, the dean offered Dye a part-time teaching position, which morphed into a full-time appointment. Today he primarily teaches Civil Procedure, Federal Courts, and Conflict of Laws as an associate professor, and has realized
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that teaching was his ideal career all along. “I thought I would teach maybe after practicing for 20 years and just kind of do it as a second career, but I tried it and I was hooked,” he said. Long before discovering his calling, Dye grew up in Detroit, where a middle school social studies class first sparked his interest in law. Keeping his ultimate goal in mind, he attended Florida A&M University for college and worked for a few years before applying to law schools. “When I got into the application process, KU wasn’t the best offer I had financially,” he said. “But KU was the most responsive of the schools I considered. Just the feel that I got from KU told me that this was the place.” The first in his family to attend law school, Dye excelled through a combination of hard work and natural leadership skills. He won multiple awards for advocacy and leadership, including the Foulston & Siefkin Award for Oral Advocacy, the Justice Lloyd Kagey Leadership Award, the LaTina Sullivan Student Leadership Award, and the Judge Kit Carson Roque Scholarship. “The thing that prepared me most — and I think this goes back to about the people that I met and worked
with — was that there was always somebody available,” he said. “So that’s the kind of presence and the kind of approach that I try to bring to my own experience as a teacher.” Today his leadership extends into service. Since moving to Phoenix, he has served on the board of directors for both the Literacy Volunteers of Maricopa County and Valley Christian Centers, as Region IX deputy director for the National Bar Association, and as north and central Arizona area director for Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc., among other positions. He currently sits on the board for the Sphinx Educational Fund, which raises and awards scholarship money for post-secondary education. He also chairs Phoenix Law’s faculty appointment committee, which includes work on a comprehensive curriculum overhaul. “My mother always said that whenever someone is given a lot, there’s a lot required of that person,” Dye said. “I have a responsibility to make it more than about what I’m able to accomplish. I’ve got to give something back.” n
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passion for environmental law that started in the Sierra Club led Irma Russell, L’80, all the way to the top as dean at the University of Montana School of Law. “Not many women were law students when I graduated from KU with my bachelor’s degree, and I planned to teach college-level English,” she said. “I was active in the Sierra Club and became friends with George and Margie Coggins. George helped me understand the connection of law to protecting the environment.” As Russell grew more interested in the law, two other events pushed her into the field: the scarcity of jobs due to the baby boom and a close friend and law student inviting her to sit in on classes. In one particular class, taught by KU Law Professor Mike Davis, she realized she was hooked, and the environmental law offerings that KU provided sealed the deal. “It was a happy serendipity of circumstances,” she said. “My husband and I were both pursuing Ph.D.s at KU, and it worked out beautifully that everything I wanted in a law school was right there.” After graduating, Russell clerked for Judge James K. Logan of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit and spent some time in private practice. As she established her career, she developed a reputation as an expert in the field of environmental law, and also began teaching — first in visiting professor positions, then as a tenured professor at the University of Memphis. Thanks in part to those efforts, she earned a tenured position at the University of Tulsa, where she served as director of the National Energy-Environment Law and Policy Institute. She then caught the eye of the University of Montana, and she took over as dean of the law school in 2009.
“When I received the job offer, I was thrilled,” she said. “There were 200 accredited law schools then, and only about 20 percent had women as deans. The number has increased now, though not a lot.” Since Montana Law specifically emphasizes environmental law in its mission statement, it proved to be a perfect fit. Russell said that over half of the students who attend UMSL have an interest in the environment, and in the last three years, she has focused on strengthening the school in three other key areas. She has worked to raise the level of scholarships offered, which included starting a Centennial Scholarship at the school’s 100th anniversary in 2011. Another goal was increasing support for faculty, which has led to a number of new hires and an increase in scholarship. “The third thing is the focus on professional responsibility in all of our classes,” she said. “We have a new person teaching professional responsibility, and she also teaches environmental crimes and runs our prosecution clinic. That focus on
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responsibility is there inside her class and inside her clinic, which is great. Other professors incorporate professional responsibility into their classes, and we offer presentations for students and faculty to focus attention on the crucial role lawyers play in society.” As the dean of a major law school, Russell is well aware of the changing environment for legal education but considers the media’s portrayal to be short-sighted. In her view, a law degree prepares students to succeed in a wide variety of positions. Beyond that, however, lawyers are vital to maintaining a healthy, functional society. “You don’t secure rule of law by having the Constitution,” she said. “It’s the first step, but it’s not sufficient. We know many countries have great constitutions, often modeled on the U.S. Constitution, but just having those words out there in a constitution or a statute doesn’t mean they really come true. Lawyers are the problem solvers and the protectors of individual rights.” n
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RESEARCH: INTERNATIONAL EFFORTS TO FIGHT TERRORISM THROUGH TRADE HAVE FAILED Shortly after 9/11, the world trading community came together with the goal of using international trade to help fight terrorism by reducing poverty. A KU Law professor has published a series of articles stating that, despite noble intentions, their efforts have failed. Raj Bhala, associate dean for international and comparative law and Rice Distinguished Professor, has published a trilogy of articles on the Doha Round, the forum in the World Trade Organization in which WTO members set the goal of fighting terrorism through trade. The articles, “Poverty, Islamist Extremism and the Debacle of the Doha Round CounterTerrorism,” appear in the University of St. Thomas Law Journal, Case Western Reserve University International Law Review and University of Denver International Law Review, respectively.
The trilogy explores why the Round failed, highlighting a big-picture theme from an array of technical WTO material. “The reason is because the negotiations lost sight of the original purpose,” Bhala said. “The goal became greed, and WTO member after member looked out for their own commercial interests,
forgetting the common good.” Nations such as the United States, the European Union, Japan, Norway, China, India, South Africa and Brazil were among those to broker agreements favorable to their own interests, Bhala said. Starting in 2007, negotiating groups in the WTO began releasing draft texts proposing rules for how international trade should be handled in numerous areas, including agriculture, industry, remedies and intellectual property. For his trilogy, Bhala analyzed the thousands of pages of drafts, calling them “horrendously complicated” to the point that international trade practitioners often don’t understand them, and lacking in the original goal. To bring the original purpose of the Doha Round to fruition, the international trade community needs to go back to the drawing board, he argues.
RESEARCH: PROFESSOR’S BOOK EXAMINES LAWYERS, LEGAL FIELD IN POPULAR CULTURE A KU Law professor has published a book collecting depictions of lawyers, judges and legal professionals in popular culture from one of the format’s golden ages. Michael Hoeflich, John H. and John M. Kane Distinguished Professor of Law, has published “The Law in Postcards & Ephemera 1890-1962.” The book features postcards, holiday cards, cigarette cards and real photo cards he has collected over a period of 10 years. “I’m fascinated by the way people view the legal profession,” Hoeflich said. “It’s not as simple as ‘people love their own lawyer but hate all other lawyers.’ The postcards were picked partly for their humor and partly for their design. But I hope lawyers, legal historians and others will give it a look because it does give a representation of attitudes about lawyers throughout history.” Hoeflich chose the period of 18901962 because itRELATIONS was “the golden age of KU UNIVERSITY
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postcards.” Technology such as photography and chromolithographic printing, which allowed affordable multicolor prints, combined to inspire a revolution in pop culture, and the postcard was born. The book features categories such as animal and child lawyers, drinking lawyers, lawyers and money, ethnic lawyers, legal buildings and women lawyers. Photography’s influence on both post cards and law practice itself cannot be
understated. Hoeflich highlights this with his section of real photo cards. Kodak and similar companies made the cards as unique pieces for individuals from their own photographs. Many law firms used that as a way to either advertise or send a postcard with a photo of themselves through the mail. The art of photography not only changed postcards, but in some instances the law itself. A couple that wanted to end their marriage — in an era when American and English law did not allow for no-fault divorce — would hire a private investigator and a photographer who would take a staged photo of a spouse having an affair as “proof” of infidelity. “Photography essentially made it possible to have no-fault divorces,” Hoeflich said. “It became a joke, everyone knew it was happening and eventually the law changed. But you can see all of that reflected in the postcards of the time.”
RESEARCH: INTERNATIONAL LAW NEEDS TO DO MORE TO PROTECT WORLD’S GRASSLANDS In his new book, “Global Regimes to Protect the World’s Grasslands,” John Head examines the Earth’s major temperate and tropical grasslands, why people should care about them, and key legal and institutional efforts to respond to their destruction and regulate their use. Head, who grew up on a northeast Missouri farm, has been interested in agriculture throughout his life. Upon taking a sabbatical, he turned his expertise — international and environmental protection law — to examine his interest in grasslands and agriculture. “As a general matter, what I found is that the protections in place — even in relatively wealthy countries such as the United States — are very spotty and paltry in most respects,” said Head, Robert W. Wagstaff Distinguished Professor of Law. “And it shows the degradation and outright destruction of
grasslands and prairies around the world is extreme, reflecting the fact that of all the major types of land cover around the world, grasslands have received the least legal and government protection.” Several national legal systems, such as those of Canada, China, Turkey, the United States and the European Union,
have implemented law and policy to attempt to balance development and preservation. Head argues that these efforts, while attempting to strike a balance between common needs and individual property rights, have often done nothing to prevent, and in some cases have exacerbated grassland degradation. Head offers recommendations for legal and policy action to more robustly protect grasslands. For example, no nation can gain benefits of membership in the World Trade Organization without implementing key elements of the most important intellectual property treaties that protect patents and trademarks. Head argues that similar initiatives might be undertaken to “conditionalize” participation in other important international treaty regimes in a way that would greatly expand the protection of grasslands.
RESEARCH: PROFESSOR SAYS COURTS RULE INCONSISTENTLY ON CORPORATE IDENTITIES When the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in Citizens United vs. Federal Elections Commission in 2010, it effectively stated that corporations are people under the First Amendment, able to spend as much money on political speech as they wish. A KU Law professor has authored an article arguing the court failed to consider the real power brokers — corporate groups — and that the opinion illustrates how courts often take different views of what it means to be a corporation in the same area of the law. Virginia Harper Ho, associate professor of law, authored “Theories of Corporate Groups: Corporate Identities Reconceived,” which appeared in the June 2012 Seton Hall Law Review. While Citizens United may be the most well-known case regarding corporate identity, it is far from the only one. Harper Ho said it caught her attention because the court never
clearly answered the basic questions of whose voice corporations represent. Her work identifies two views of corporate identity prevalent in the courts and extends them to the corporate group. She notes that a “real enterprise approach, which views a firm as a single economic organization, more closely meshes as a descriptive matter with the
economic realities of corporate groups. This view also offers the best fit with research on organizational and corporate identity finding the dynamic interactions among senior managers and even key employees across separate divisions and affiliates within a corporate group can together produce an independent corporate identity or culture.” While it would be difficult to assign one theory of corporate identity that would apply to all cases, it could be possible to determine in advance which view courts will use in which types of cases. Such consistency would benefit courts and legislatures when dealing with these complex questions, and more fair to corporations attempting to determine which views and rules will be applied. “Lawyers and business people are creative, and they’ll find ways of dealing with the rules,” Harper Ho said. “But they need to know what those rules are.”
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FACULTY NOTES Raj Bhala published: n “Overview of Islamic Finance,” chapter in “Handbook of Key Global Financial Markets,” Institutions and Infrastructure, January/February 2013. n “Four Points about Trade and Human Rights,” chapter in “International Trade Law and the WTO,” 2012. n “WTO Case Review 2011,” 29 Arizona Journal of International and Comparative Law 287-476, with David A. Gantz, 2012. This article was among the top 10 most downloaded articles on the Social Science Research Network in the following lists: WTO Law, May 24-June 30, 2012; Trade Law, May 24-July 2, 2012; International Trade Policy, May 24-July 24, 2012. It is the fourth year in a row that Bhala’s “WTO Case Review” has been on one or more Top 10 SSRN lists. n “Poverty, Islamic Extremism, and the Debacle of Doha Round CounterTerrorism: Part One of a Trilogy Agricultural Tariffs and Subsidies,” 9(1) University of St. Thomas Law Journal 5-160, 2012. This article, the result of Bhala’s invited presentation as the Annual Law Journal Lecturer, was among the top 10 most downloaded articles on SSRN in the following lists: Tariffs; Domestic Politics and International Conflict; and Poverty, Oct. 16-Dec. 7, 2012. He made the following presentations: n “The World Trading System,” Command and General Staff College, Fort Leavenworth, Kan., International Officer Program, March 14, 2013. Presentation to senior military officers from roughly 100 countries. n “Themes and Controversies in Understanding Islamic Law,” Washburn University School of Law, March 7, 2013. n “The Doha Round Debacle,” Whitney R. Harris World Law Institute Speaker Series, Washington University School of Law, Saint Louis, Mo., Feb. 19, 2013.
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“Key Developments in U.S. Trade Relations in the Middle East and North Africa,” American Bar Association Section of International Law, Middle East Committee and International Trade Committee, Washington, D.C. (via teleconference), with James Filpi and Jason Buntin, Feb. 13, 2013. n “The Global Food Crisis,” Engineers without Borders, Kansas City, Mo., Nov. 19, 2012. n “Understanding Islamic Law (Shari’a): Basic Terms, Sunni-Shi’ite Split, and Law of War,” Judge Advocate General Corps National Conference, Washburn University School of Law, Topeka, Kan., October 2012. Bhala was appointed in January to the core faculty of Global and International Studies at the University of Kansas. He was interviewed by reporter Alex Smith of KCUR, the National Public Radio affiliate in Kansas City, Mo., for a story that aired Oct. 30, 2012, “Kansas Army base hosts Shariah law class.” Bhala also was appointed by Benares Hindu University,Varanasi, India, to the International Advisory Board of Universitas, an Annual Journal of Academique, an interdisciplinary discussion group of teachers and students. As a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, Bhala participated in national conference calls with Ban Ki-Moon, secretary-general, United Nations (February 2013); Hillary Clinton, former secretary of state (January 2013); Mike Duke, president and CEO, Walmart (December 2012); Ali Akbar Salehi, minister of foreign affairs, Iran (October 2012); Moncef Marzouki, president, Tunisia (September 2012); and Aung San Suu Kyi, general secretary, National League for Democracy, Burma (September 2012). Finally, Bhala completed his 49th marathon, the October 2012 Kansas City Marathon, in 3:30:37, finishing 152nd overall out of 1,466 finishers (top 10.4 percent), 137th out of 921 male finishers (top 14.9 percent), and 9th out of 67 male finishers age 50-55 (top 13.4 percent). Katie Cronin was named a clinical associate professor in the Department of Family Medicine at the University of
Kansas School of Medicine. She published: n “Integrating Social Workers into Medical-Legal Partnerships: Comprehensive Problem Solving for Patients,” Social Work, with Jeffrey D. Colvin and Brooke Nelson, Nov. 11, 2012. Cronin began service as a member of the Center for Interprofessional Education and Simulation Group at the University of Kansas Medical Center and the Human Trafficking Working Group for the District of Kansas, Kansas City, Kan. Cronin also wrapped up her term as a fellow in Ladder to Leadership, a national initiative of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, in collaboration with the Center for Creative Leadership and the Health Care Foundation of Greater Kansas City, which aims to enhance the leadership capacity of community-based nonprofit health organizations serving vulnerable populations. Mike Davis was appointed by the American Bar Association to evaluate the Georgetown School of Law semester-abroad program in London. He was also assigned by the chair of the council for the ABA Section on Legal Education and Admission to the Bar to lead an ad hoc committee of the section in discussions with ABA leadership. Martin Dickinson published: n “The Revolutionary 2012 Kansas Tax Act,” 61(2) Kansas Law Review 295-341, with Stephen W. Mazza and Michael Keenan, November/December 2012. He made the following presentations: n “The 2012 Kansas Tax Act,” Lawrence Association of Neighborhoods, March 7, 2013; and Topeka Bar Associa-
tion CLE program, Oct. 19, 2012. n Panelist on Kansas state revenue, MadreLawrence program, Feb. 20, 2013. On behalf of the Kansas Judicial Council, Dickinson testified before the House Judiciary Committee in support of HB 2015, relating to marital transfers, on Jan. 31, 2013. Chris Drahozal was named a special adviser to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau to assist in its work on a study of the use of arbitration clauses in consumer financial services contracts. He published: n “Commercial Arbitration: Cases and Problems” (3rd ed.), LexisNexis Publishing, 2013. n “Arbitration Innumeracy,” 4 Yearbook on Arbitration and Mediation 89, for a symposium on “U.S. Arbitration Law in the Wake of AT&T Mobility v. Concepcion,” 2012. n “The New York Convention and the American Federal System,” 2012 Journal of Dispute Resolution 101, for a symposium on “Border Skirmishes: The Intersection Between Litigation and International Commercial Arbitration.” He made the following presentations: n “Carve-Outs and Contractual Procedure” (with Erin O’Hara O’Connor, Vanderbilt Law School), at “Law & Economics of Arbitration: Public Policy Workshop,” George Mason University, Arlington,Va., with Erin O’Hara O’Connor, Jan. 31, 2013. n “Legal Change and Form Contracts: The Use of Arbitration Clauses After AT&T Mobility v. Concepcion,” AALS Works-in-Progress Conference, Moritz College of Law, Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio, Nov. 10, 2012. n Panelist, “The Role of Arbitration in Consumer Lending,” University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law, Baltimore, Md., Nov. 7, 2012.
Update on the “Restatement on the U.S. Law of International Commercial Arbitration” (with other reporters), Penn State University Dickinson School of Law, Oct. 19, 2012. John Head published “Global Legal Regimes to Protect the World’s Grasslands,” Carolina Academic Press, 2012. He also made the following presentations: n “International Organizations and Treaty Law” presentation to team representing KU this year in the Organization of American States Model General Assembly, Feb. 3, 2013. n “Justinian’s Corpus Juris Civilis in Comparative Perspective,” Mediterranean Studies Association annual meeting, Pula, Croatia, 2012. Head’s 2011 treatise on comparative law – “Great Legal Traditions: Civil Law, Common Law, and Chinese Law in Historical and Operational Perspective” – received a favorable review by Italian comparative law scholar Ignazio Castellucci in the December 2012 issue of Frontiers of Law in China. Webb Hecker finished his service as the principal drafter on the Subcommittee on Amendments to the Kansas Revised Limited Liability Company Act, Kansas Bar Association, Corporation, Banking, and Business Law Section, Topeka, Kan., in February. He testified before the Kansas House Judiciary Committee in support of the amendments in March. Laura Hines made the following presentations: n Invited panel presenter, “Common Questions: The Proper Relationship of 23(a)(2), 23(b)(3), and 23(c)(4),” at Class Action Symposium, George Washington
University Law School, March 7, 2013. n Co-presenter, “Efficacy of the Gore/Campbell Guideposts to Constrain Arbitrary or Excessive Punitive Damages Awards,” University of Iowa College of Law, with N. William Hines Jr., Feb. 15, 2013. n Moderator, “Advocacy in the Age of the Vanishing Trial,” at “Advocacy Under the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure After 75 Years,” Kansas Law Review and Shook, Hardy & Bacon Center for Excellence in Advocacy symposium, University of Kansas School of Law, Nov. 9, 2012. Virginia Harper Ho published: n “Beyond Regulation: A Comparative Look at State-Centric Corporate Social Responsibility and the Law in China,” 46 Vanderbilt Journal of Transnational Law 1 (2013). n “Corporate Governance as Risk Regulation in China: A Comparative View of Risk Oversight, Risk Management, and Accountability,” 4 European Journal of Risk Regulation 463, special issue on “Comparing Risk Regulation in China and Europe” (2012, lead article). n “Governance Beyond Regulation: Corporate Social Responsibility and the Role of the State in Comparative Perspective,” 2 Chinese Journal of Public Administration 100 (2012). n “Theories of Corporate Groups: Corporate Identity Reconceived,” 42 Seton Hall Law Review 879 (2012). She made the following presentations: n “Risk-Related Shareholder Proposals and the Scope of the Ordinary Business Exception,” faculty workshop, University of Missouri School of Law, March 1, 2013. n Commentator, presentation by Dr. Andrew Morriss, “Regulatory Competition and Offshore Financial Centers: How the Cayman Islands Make America More Free,” Federalist Society Noon Forum,
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FACULTY NEWS University of Kansas School of Law, Feb. 28, 2013. n “Corporate Governance as Risk Regulation in China: A Comparative View of Risk Oversight, Risk Management, and Accountability,” American Association of Law Schools Annual Meeting, Section on Business Associations panel on “Business Associations and Governance in Emerging Economies,” Jan. 5, 2013. Harper Ho was quoted in an article on Chinese labor rights and legal implementation, “Esclaus del ‘Boom’ xines,” by reporter Eduard Fernandez in the Spanish-language newspaper El Punt Avui, Spain, Dec. 16, 2012. She was also selected to serve on the KU Center for East Asian Studies Faculty Advisory Committee (2012-2013) and its Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowship Selection Committee (Spring 2013). Michael Hoeflich published: n “The Law in Postcards & Ephemera 1890-1962,” Law Book Exchange, 2012. n “Regulating Courtesy: Does Kansas Need a Code of Professionalism?” 60 University of Kansas Law Review 413, with Nick Badgerow, 2012. n “Rediscovering Apprenticeship,” 61 University of Kansas Law Review 547, 2012. He also testified before the Kansas Legislature on O’Brien v. Leegin Creative Leather Products Inc., an antitrust case, and presented a Kansas Bar Association continuing legal education program on the same case with Steve Six, L’93. A portion of Hoeflich’s 2011 book on the history of the Federal District Court in Kansas was reprinted in the 10th Circuit Historical Society Newsletter. Mike Kautsch published: n “Winning by Spinning? The Ethics of Litigating Civil Cases in the Media,” American Bar Association CD-ROM, Dec. 7, 2012. He made the following presentations: n “The Public Interest in Individual Privacy Rights,” at “Responses to Confi-
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dences in Individualist and Collectivist Societies,” Alderson Auditorium, Kansas Union, University of Kansas, March 4, 2013. n Moderator and conference co-organizer, “Watergate II: The ‘Cancer on the Presidency,’” KU Edwards Campus, Overland Park, Kan., Feb. 8, 2013. n “Winning by Spinning? The Ethics of Litigating Civil Cases in the Media,” American Bar Association continuing legal education program, American Bar Association, Chicago, Nov. 27, 2012. n “Technology and Courts: The Impact of a New Supreme Court Rule on Use of Digital Tools in Kansas Courtrooms” and “Access to Court Records and Proceedings,” Montgomery Family Symposium on “Journalists and the Courts,” Kansas Supreme Court, Kansas Judicial Center, Topeka, Kan., Nov. 9, 2012. Kautsch judged oral arguments in the 2012-2013 Americas regional round of the Price Media Law Moot Court Competition at the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, Yeshiva University, New York, on Jan. 25, 2013. Elizabeth Kronk published: n “Climate Change and Indigenous Peoples: The Search for Legal Remedies,” Edward Elgar Publishing, with co-editor Randall S. Abate, March 2013. n “Native American Natural Resources” (3rd ed.), Carolina Academic Press, with Judith V. Royster and Michael Blumm, January 2013. n “Introduction to Indigenous Sovereignty Under International and Domestic Law,” chapter in “Climate Change and Indigenous Peoples: The Search for Legal Remedies,” with Eugenia C. Newton, 2013. n “Commonality Among Unique
Indigenous Communities: An Introduction to Climate Change and its Impacts on Indigenous People,” chapter in “Climate Change and Indigenous Peoples: The Search for Legal Remedies,” with Randall S. Abate, 2013. n “Indian Claims and the Court of Federal Claims: A Legal Overview, Historical Accounting and Examination of the Court of Federal Claims’ and Federal Circuit’s Impact on Federal Indian Law,” 6 Journal of the Federal Circuit Historical Society 59, 2012. She made the following presentations: n “Experiences of a Native, Female Law Professor: Intersections of Race and Gender in the Legal Academy,” at “Presumed Incompetent,” Berkeley Law School, Berkeley, Calif., March 8, 2013. n “Ethical Quandaries Presented by the Modern Practice of Climate Change and Indian Law,” 17th Annual Tribal Law and Government Conference, University of Kansas School of Law, Lawrence, Kan., March 1, 2013. n Moderator and speaker, “Climate Change and Indigenous Peoples: The Intersection of Environmental Law, Natural Resources Development, Water Law, Energy Law, International Law, and Indigenous Law,” Association of American Law Schools Annual Meeting, New Orleans, Jan. 6, 2013. n Panelist, “Law and the Right of Self-Determination,” Federal Bar Association Hawaii Chapter Fourth Annual Conference, Honolulu, Dec. 14, 2012. n Panelist, “Indigenous People and Extractive Justice, Environmental Justice and Human Rights: Investigating the Tensions, Exploring the Possibilities,” University of Ottawa, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, Nov. 10, 2012. n “Native Village of Kivalina Litigation Update,” American Indian Alaskan Native Climate Change Working Group Meeting, Anchorage, Alaska, Nov. 5, 2012. n Panelist, “Native America Goes to Court to Protect Land and Resources,” Society of Environmental Journalist’s 22nd Annual Conference, Lubbock, Texas, Oct. 19, 2012. Kronk was named an Affiliated Professor of Indigenous Studies at the University of Kansas and continues service on the Federal Bar Association board of directors. She also authored
the following opinions for the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians Court of Appeals: n Robert Peterson v. People of the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians, APP-12-04, March 14, 2013. n George Lewis v. People of the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians, APP-12-03, Feb. 11, 2013. n Response to Motion to Withdraw as Counsel for Appellant, Lewis v. People of the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians, APP-12-03, Nov. 28, 2012. Rick Levy published:
Developments in Federal, State, and Local Power in the United States,” chapter in “Recent Trends in Decentralization Reform in the Advanced Nations – Japan, USA, Italy, Germany, and Korea,” (published in the Japanese language), 2012. He presented a brownbag talk on Shelby County v. Holder at a noon forum sponsored by the American Constitution Society, a student organization, in February. Levy began service as co-chair of the University of Kansas Post Tenure Review Policy Committee in February. Stephen Mazza published: n “The Revolutionary 2012 Kansas Tax Act,” 61(2) Kansas Law Review 295-341, with Martin Dickinson and Michael Keenan, November/ December 2012. He made the following presentations: n “The Changing Structure of Traditional Law Firms and Its Effect on Legal Education,” Wichita Bar Association CLE presentation, with Arturo Thompson, March 1, 2013. n “The 2012 Kansas Tax Act,” Butler County Bar Association Meeting, El Dorado, Kan., Jan. 14, 2013; and at the 30th annual Plaza Lights Institute CLE
program, Kansas City, Mo., Dec. 7, 2012. n Moderator, panel on “New Insights Into Tax Compliance and Evasion,” 105th Annual National Tax Association Conference on Taxation, Providence, R.I., November 2012. Steve McAllister made the following presentations: n Presenter and panelist, “Supreme Court Update: Pending Decisions,” to U.S. District of Kansas judges, law clerks and staff, with Toby Crouse, Kansas City, Kan., Dec. 5, 2012. n “The Bill of Rights and Freedom of Religion,” Wichita, Kan., Oct. 23, 2012. He also attended an advisers meeting of the American Law Institute (ALI) project on Election Dispute Resolution, Philadelphia, March 8, 2013, and an advisers meeting of the ALI project on the “Restatement of the Law of American Indians,” Philadelphia, Feb. 16, 2013. McAllister was appointed to the Planning Subcommittee of the Appellate Practice Committee of the American Bar Association in January. Lou Mulligan published: n “You Can’t Go Holmes Again,” 107 Northwestern University Law Review 237, November 2012. n “Scholarship highlight: Who should resolve issues relating to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure?” on SCOTUSblog.com, with Glen Staszewski, Oct. 17, 2012. He made the following presentations: n “Corporate Governance and Agency,” Black & Veatch Continuing Professional Education, Overland Park, Kan., Feb. 15, 2013. n United States v. Dyke, oral argument at U.S. Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit as court-appointed appellate counsel, Denver, Jan. 15, 2013.
“Motion Practice as Advocacy in the Age of the Vanishing Trial,” at “Advocacy Under the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure After 75 Years,” Kansas Law Review and Shook, Hardy & Bacon Center for Excellence in Advocacy symposium, University of Kansas School of Law, Nov. 9, 2012. Mulligan also served as a moderator and conference organizer. n “Originalism’s Lack of Influence in Article III Jurisdiction,” Michigan State University College of Law Colloquium, October 2012. n “Why KU Honors?” at Admitted Students Day, KU Honors Program, October 2012. Mulligan began service in the Human Trafficking Project, an interdisciplinary research group working to create a Human Trafficking Center at the University of Kansas. Uma Outka published:
tal Justice in the Renewable Energy Transition,” 19 Journal of Environmental and Sustainability Law 60-122, 2012. n “Environmental Law and Fossil Fuels: Barriers to Renewable Energy,” 65 Vanderbilt Law Review 1679-1721, 2012. n “The Energy-Land Use Nexus,” 27 Journal of Land Use & Environmental Law, 2012. She made the following presentations: n Guest lecture, “Climate Change Litigation,” to interdisciplinary graduate seminar on “Climate Change, Ecological Change, Social Change,” a National Science Foundation Integrative Graduate Education and Research Training Program, Nov. 12, 2012. Outka participated in planning an interdisciplinary, group-taught wetlands course offered jointly by the University of Kansas Environmental Studies Program and Haskell Indian Nations University. She taught a class on “Environmental Law and the Wakarusa Wetlands.” She also began service as a member scholar with the Center for Progressive Reform in December.
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FACULTY NEWS Joyce McCray Pearson spoke on voter intimidation, voter suppression tactics, and the laws in states that disenfranchise felons or give felons the right to vote at an event titled, “Your Vote, Your Future: Disenfranchisement in America, Past and Present,” with Clarence Lang, University of Kansas, Oct. 18, 2012. John Peck made the following presentations: n “Family Law 101,” CLE for paralegals sponsored by the Heartland Paralegal Association, Overland Park, Kan., March 12 and Feb. 12, 2013. n “Legal Constraints to Water Conservation in the U.S.,” Annual Meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, in session titled “Green Dreams, Blue Waves, and Shades of Gray: The Reality of Water,” Boston, Feb. 17, 2013. n “Water Reuse,” annual meeting of the American Water Resources Association, Jacksonville, Fla., Nov. 13, 2012. n “Recent Developments in Kansas Water Law,” Kansas Bar Association Agriculture Law Conference, Manhattan, Kan., Oct. 26, 2012.
M. Arguello, 2012.
Dennis Prater published “Evidence, The Objection Method” (4th ed.), Lexis Publishing, with Daniel J. Capra, Stephen A. Saltzburg, and Christine Joyce Rosenberg presented “Proofreading & Effective Writing” at the Heartland Paralegal Association
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Annual Meeting, Overland Park, Kan., Nov. 9, 2012. She also published: n “Luke, I Am Your Lawyer: Making Sure Your Client Is the Good Guy in the Story,” Journal of the Kansas Bar Association, February 2013. Elinor Schroeder published the 2013 supplement of her treatise, “Employment Law” (4th ed.), Thomson Reuters, with Mark Rothstein, Charles Craver, and Elaine Shoben, 2013. Betsy Six published “Killing Time,” 81-December Journal of the Kansas Bar Association 14, November/ December 2012. Andrew Torrance published: n “Nothing Under the Sun that is Made of Man,” SCOTUSblog.com, Feb. 7, 2013. n “Moving Away from Beauty as a Factor in Design Patent Validity,” Patently-O.com, Nov. 6, 2012. He made the following presentations: n “Beauty Fades: An Experimental Study of Federal Court Design Patent Aesthetics,” United States Patent and Trademark Office, Arlington,Va., March 2013; and University of Colorado Law School, Boulder, Colo., February 2013. n “Innovation Wetlands,” Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge,
Mass., February 2013. n “Copyrighting DNA: Protecting Synthetic DNA Sequences as Works of Authorship,” Georgia State University College of Law, Atlanta, January 2013. n “Knowledge Sharing and Intellectual Property,” Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development Conference on Knowledge Sharing Mechanisms, OECD Headquarters, Paris, November 2012. Torrance continued service on KU Senate and the KU Senate Executive Committee, as well as the KU Faculty Senate and Faculty Senate Executive Committee. Torrance is also a KU Student Appeals Board member. Suzanne Valdez published “How to Qualify an Expert Witness at Trial” in the Kansas Bar Association’s Young Lawyers Section Forum, Winter 2012 Issue, December 2012. She also made the following presentations: n “Incivility and the Kansas Pillars of Professionalism,” Southwest Kansas Bar Association SKI CLE Program, Winter Park, Colo., January 2013. n “The Ethics of Limited Scope Representation in Kansas,” Douglas County Kansas Bar Association, Lawrence, Kan., November 2012. Steve Ware presented “Is Adjudication a Public Good? ‘Overcrowded Courts’ and the Private-Sector Alternative of Arbitration” at a symposium at the University of Maryland Carey School of Law on Nov. 2, 2012. He testified on judicial selection before the Kansas House Judiciary Committee on Jan. 16 and 22, and the Senate Judiciary Committee on Jan. 16. Ware published an op-ed, “State’s judge selection undemocratic,” in the Lawrence Journal-World on Nov. 29, 2012, and
appeared in print and radio stories on judicial selection in dozens of Kansas media outlets, including the Wichita Eagle, Topeka Capital-Journal, Kansas Lawyer, Kansas City Public Television and WIBW. com. He also participated in a program on judicial selection hosted by the Kansas City Kansas Area Chamber of Commerce on Jan. 18, 2013. Ware coached KU Law’s team in the Bankruptcy Moot Court Competition. Corey Rayburn Yung published: n “Beyond Ideology: An Empirical Study of Partnership and Independence in the Federal Courts,” 80 George Washington Law Review 505, 2012. n “Supreme Court Opinions and the Justices Who Cite Them: A Response to Cross,” 97 Iowa Law Review Bulletin (essay), 2012. n “The Incredible Ordinariness of Federal Penalties for Inactivity,” 2012 Wisconsin Law Review 841 (essay), 2012. n “The Ticking Sex Offender Bomb,” 15 Journal of Gender Race & Justice 81, 2012. He made the following presentations: n “A Typology of Judging Styles,” Public Law Colloquium, Princeton University, March 2013. n “Sex Trafficking in America: Behind the Numbers,” Slavery and Human Trafficking Conference, University of Kansas, January 2013. n “How Judges Judge,” Junior Faculty Workshop, Michigan State University College of Law, October 2012. n “The Hidden Rape Crisis,” Sex and Justice Conference, University of Michigan, October 2012.
Find links to law review articles and more extensive information about KU Law faculty members online at www.law.ku.edu/faculty
Professor Elizabeth Kronk teaches Property to first-year law students during the Spring 2013 semester. Kronk joined the faculty in June 2012. Top: Quinton Lucas explains elements of Administrative Law to students in his spring course. Lucas became a tenure-track faculty member in January after visiting during the fall semester.
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“We also want to remind current students that, without the generous support of private contributors, the law school could not offer such an outstanding legal education at the price we charge.” A rendering provided by Full Bright Sign & Lighting offers a glimpse at a donor wall to be installed this summer in Green Hall. The names of donors whose lifetime giving or planned gifts exceed $25,000 will be included on the new wall located just outside the dean’s office suite on the second floor.
DISPLAY TO RECOGNIZE MOST GENEROUS DONORS
rominent space within Green Hall will soon be home to a feature that recognizes the sustained commitment of the University of Kansas School of Law’s most generous alumni and friends. The names of donors whose lifetime giving or planned gifts exceed $25,000 will be included on the new wall. Located just outside the dean’s office suite on the second floor of Green Hall, the wall will bear the heading “Investing in our Future.” The giving categories – chosen by alumni members of the law school’s
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Far Above campaign committee – are inspired by the icons, history and natural beauty of Kansas: n Far Above: $500,000+ n Ad Astra: $200,000 - $499,999 n Free State: $100,000 - $199,999 n Tall Grass: $50,000 - $99,999 n Sunflower: $25,000 - $49,999 n Mount Oread: planned gifts The law school hopes to accomplish dual objectives with the project, Dean Stephen Mazza explained. “We want to recognize the generosity of our past donors,” he
said. “We also want to remind current students that, without the generous support of private contributors, the law school could not offer such an outstanding legal education at the price we charge.” The wall, which should be installed by summer’s end, will be updated periodically, presenting an opportunity for existing honorees to move to higher giving categories and for new honorees to be added. Questions about the project should be directed to Noelle Uhler at email@example.com or 785-864-9281.
ALUMNI AND SHOOK, HARDY & BACON SET $1M GOAL FOR ADVOCACY CENTER
niversity of Kansas alumni employed by Shook, Hardy & Bacon have reached $880,000 in gifts and pledges for KU Law’s Center for Excellence in Advocacy. Their latest contributions, combined with anticipated matching gifts from the firm and the Center’s existing endowment, are expected to bring the Center’s total endowment to $1 million. The Shook, Hardy & Bacon Center for Excellence in Advocacy offers enriched educational opportunities for KU law students, as well as outreach programs for the legal community. It provides skills-based training to law students; sponsors conferences and symposia featuring distinguished jurists and national scholars; and supports advocacy research through its fellowship program. Since its inception in 2008, the Center has been funded through individual alumni gifts from Shook, Hardy & Bacon’s members and by matching contributions from the firm. SHB Chairman John Murphy said the firm’s commitment to excellence in the courtroom has found an outstanding outlet at KU Law. “In addition to important scholarship and outreach to judges, lawyers and academics, the Center for Excellence provides essential skills training to KU Law graduates who, over the years, have contributed much to the success of the firm,” Murphy said. “We are proud to continue our strong support of KU Law.” Dean Stephen Mazza expressed appreciation for the gifts. “The generous support from Shook, Hardy & Bacon and the KU Law alumni who practice there represent an important step forward for the law school,” Mazza said. “Their support not only will help us meet our Far Above campaign goals, it also will fund programs within the law school that will benefit current students and
KU Law approaching $20M fundraising goal
John Murphy, SHB chairman
future students for generations to come.” Professor Lou Mulligan, director of the Shook, Hardy & Bacon Center for Excellence in Advocacy, said the additional funding would enhance programming, including the distinguished lecture series and conferences, bring in high-profile speakers, increase the variety of skills courses and in time provide physical space for the school’s nationally ranked moot court teams. “These new commitments will lead KU Law toward its goal of earning top national recognition for its advocacy programs while cementing Shook, Hardy & Bacon’s international brand as superior trial lawyers,” Mulligan said. The gifts count toward Far Above: The Campaign for Kansas, the university’s $1.2 billion fundraising campaign. Far Above seeks to educate future leaders, advance medicine, accelerate discovery and drive economic growth to seize the opportunities of the future.
Just one year since the formal launch of Far Above, a university-wide fundraising campaign, we are pleased to announce the law school has reached 84 percent of its total campaign goal. Thanks to generous support from alumni and friends, KU Law had raised more than $16.7 million through March 31, 2013. We set a $20 million goal for the campaign, so we are well on our way to achieving – and perhaps surpassing – our aspirations. Our campaign priorities will determine how we allocate unrestricted gifts. We hope they will also guide you as you consider your contributions to the campaign: 1) Scholarships 2) Faculty support 3) Program support 4) Building enhancements As a strong regional school with a growing national reputation, KU Law prepares students to be leaders in the legal community. To move the law school to even greater heights, campaign funds will help us strengthen our recruitment, teaching and mentoring of students to prepare them to be outstanding lawyers and active leaders. We will recruit, mentor and retain a diverse faculty of excellent teachers and committed, nationally recognized scholars and clinicians. We also will build our regional and national reputation for excellent legal training, innovative legal scholarship, and service to an increasingly globalized community. We will steward our existing fiscal resources responsibly while also engaging and energizing supporters to expand the resources available to the school and its students.
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WHY I GIVE
“I haven’t followed the conventional path to becoming general counsel. Instead, I left private practice to help start a company and created my own position. Throughout it all, the one constant has been my KU Law degree, which I’ve used every step of the way. From small-town lawyer to an executive officer and general counsel of one of Forbes’ 25 Fastest Growing Technology Companies, my legal education placed me in a position to recognize a widespread problem and gave me the skills to solve it. That led to creating a new industry, helping found a new company, and developing a new approach to government services for businesses and citizens. I give to the KU law school because I want to assist other law students in putting their degrees to use in nontraditional ways.” Brad Bradley, on behalf of the William F. Bradley Jr. Trust, B.A. 1977, J.D. 1980, Overland Park, Kan. Approximately $26,600 in stock
“I’m not going to be president of the United States. I’m not going to be a U.S. senator. I’m not going to be in positions of power and authority. But I do control where I put my time and attention and resources, and hopefully I make a difference there. And maybe I make a difference for a student who goes on to make a bigger difference than I ever could have.” Paulette Manville, J.D. 1991, Prairie Village, Kan. $10,000
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“I give back to help ensure that law students get practical, legal training, as I did. The Center for Excellence in Advocacy is a great way to learn to take a deposition and break down expert witnesses — all before joining the legal profession and without leaving the sturdy confines of Green Hall. Speaking of which, I personally hope that someday the law school will move to a new building on the hill, closer to its original home at the heart of campus. Were that to happen, Jimmy Green would surely be pleased.” Scott Kaiser, B.A. 2000, J.D. 2003, Kansas City, Mo. $504
“My late husband, Judge Lawrence G. Crahan, and I both received excellent educations at state universities. Larry attended Missouri for both undergraduate and law school — similar to what I did at KU. Years ago, we started making contributions to our schools, and I am happily continuing to give back — remembering the help we received from our families and others. We wanted students to continue receiving quality educations at our alma maters. I care deeply about the future of the legal profession, and through scholarships and other programs at both schools, I hope students see that giving back is a fundamental part of professionalism.” Linda S. Legg, B.S. 1972, J.D. 1975, St. Louis, Mo. $54,000
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he KU Law community came together on March 1, 2013 for the 18th annual Diversity in Law Banquet, hosted by the Native American Law Students Association. A major fundraiser for the Diversity Scholarship Fund, the banquet celebrates diversity at the law school and in the legal profession. Burton Warrington, L’09, delivered this year’s keynote address, stressing the importance of education in combatting misperceptions and stereotypes. “For my nephew’s sake, please don’t tell your kids the Indians killed the Pony Express drivers for no reason,” Warrington said. “Use the opportunity to teach them a little about the law and about trespass.” Warrington (Menominee, Prairie Band Potawatomi and Ho-Chunk) is president and CEO of Prairie Band LLC, the holding company owned by the Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation. He previously served as counselor to the Assistant Secretary of Indian Affairs at the United States Department of Interior. “For those of us in the legal profession, society holds us up to a high standard,” he said. “I encourage you all to do your part, as you see fit, in helping to promote diversity.”
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By Mindie Paget t sounds like an impossible feat for a single attorney: 55 to 60 jury trials a year. Imagine arguing a new case at least every week. But at the height of his career, Lee Turner, L’52, could claim this prodigious output. From 1960 through the 1980s, the Newton, Kan., native and high school debate champion tried one-fourth of all civil jury trials in the state. And he wasn’t merely showing up in court. He was winning. Almost every time. How did he do it? No single answer explains Turner’s success. His daughter Deb Carney, herself a lawyer, grew up watching him ply his craft and sums up his prowess this way: “He was intellectually brilliant and unusually articulate,” she said of Turner, who died in 2002. “Before trial, he would read the file cover to cover and then remember everything in it. He had a photographic memory. He could then paint that photograph with words so that the jury could picture exactly what he was talking about. That is an art. You don’t see that very often.” “And he was extremely great at cross-examination. He was fast. He was decisive. It was awesome to watch.” One of his most devoted spectators was his wife, Betsy. And it was her keen observations that sparked an idea that revolutionized not only her husband’s practice — making possible those 55 to 60 trials a year — but the business of law as a whole.
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Lee Turner, L’52; Previous page: Deb Carney and her father, Lee Turner, hold checks totalling nearly $19 million, recovered from the American Salt Company for Rice County farmers Cecil Miller (far right), Lyle Brothers (far left) and fellow plaintiffs whose Kansas farmland was rendered sterile by the company’s long history of polluting the watershed.
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By 1957, Betsy was the mother of three daughters and saw her husband very little as he worked in excess of 12 hours a day to keep up with his expanding caseload at his solo practice in Great Bend, Kan. Lee hesitated when Betsy volunteered to help, but he soon agreed to let her look at a few files from completed cases. Three months later, Betsy returned the files and informed her husband that she had identified patterns in the way he tackled cases. “We can train others to do these things and free you to do creative things,” she told him. And just like that, the paralegal model was born. Turner hired the first legal assistant in 1957 or 1958. By 1961, a year after he opened his “big office” in Great Bend and brought fellow KU Law graduate Gene Balloun into the practice, Turner employed five non-lawyers per lawyer. The lay specialists were first used primarily to prepare letters and motions and to analyze medical records. As Turner’s practice became one of the first to branch into other cities — with offices in Great Bend, Wichita, Topeka, Overland Park and Kansas City, Mo. — the paralegals took on other specializations. They played a vital role in building case files so that Turner and his colleagues could focus on strategy. Betsy handled all of the hiring and training of office staff. Born in Hutchinson, Kan., to the entrepreneurial family that started Dillons grocery stores (now Kroger), Betsy Dillon Turner earned a business degree at KU and specialized in personnel. Over time, she developed a training manual for the paralegals that outlined and prioritized the tasks they would perform for each case. “We didn’t know we were doing anything different, really,” Betsy said. “My thought was doctors have all these assistants that work with them. Why can’t lawyers do this?” The innovation freed up Turner and Balloun to focus on taking depositions and trying cases. As a result, the firm could handle a higher volume of litigation, Balloun recalled. “It was a gradual transition of getting people who
were bright and capable to do some of the work that lawyers had done before,” said Balloun, L’54, now a partner at Shook, Hardy & Bacon LLP in Kansas City, Mo. “That was a period of time when people were much more prone to try cases as opposed to settling. Litigation was not nearly as expensive as it is now, so we were quite busy.” Initially, Turner’s opponents — weary of losing to him in court — insisted that paralegals were engaged in the unauthorized practice of law. But by 1968, the American Bar Association had investigated Turner’s model and decided to endorse a national program of paralegals, Turner said in a 2001 interview. “For seven years, I was the chairman of the committee that did that,” he said. Lee and Betsy spoke and published articles on the topic across the United States and in Canada, and Lee led several ABA committees that helped develop and expand the concept of legal assistants and to inform lawyers of their potential. Paralegal courses and schools sprang up throughout the country. Many of the paralegals who worked in Turner’s firm developed an interest in engaging more deeply with the law and went on to pursue legal education. Turner estimated that as many as 30 employees left his firm to attend law school and now practice law. Mary Christopher was part of that group. Now a partner at Goodell, Stratton, Edmonds & Palmer LLP in Topeka, Christopher started in Turner’s Great Bend office in 1983. “We each had 60 to 80 files and had to keep track of all the filing, scheduling and deadlines. Our job was to make sure we were being proactive — not only meeting deadlines, but staying ahead of deadlines,” said Christopher, who graduated from the Washburn University School of Law in 2001. “Looking back, the way Lee and Betsy had this organized was amazing, really.” Christopher enjoyed the work and stayed with the firm for 15 years. By then, her children were older, and she moved her family across the state to attend law school in Topeka. Lee wrote her a letter of recommendation, which she always appreciated. “He lived to argue. He was an extremely talented and competitive lawyer,” Christopher said. “He won a lot because that was his drive; he wanted to win. It made him very successful and popular with clients, but he wasn’t always popular with other attorneys.” Among his happy clients was Cecil Miller. Turner won a $19 million judgment in 1984 for the Rice County farmer SEPT and other nearby landowners in a suit against the American Salt Company, which injected so much salt into the aquifer that the farmers could not irrigate with the polluted water. American Salt’s parent company argued that the case was no longer actionable because they had been polluting the aquifer since the early 1900s. The court rejected that claim in a landmark decision that characterized the pollution as a continuing abatable nuisance. In addition to environmental pollution, Turner’s practice revolved around medical and professional liability,
personal injury, products liability, and commercial litigation. In more than four decades of trial work, he personally tried at least 1,700 civil jury cases. By the early 1970s, the Turners were parents to six children, and Lee’s professional commitments were increasing. He chaired the ABA’s Special Committee on Legal Assistants, served actively on the ABA Section of Economics of Law Practice and founded the American Law Firm Association. He also served on the faculty of the Institute for Continuing Legal Education in Ann Arbor, Mich., and as general counsel to the University of Kansas Medical School. Turner’s practice eventually grew to include five offices employing up to 30 attorneys and more than 150 support staff at any one time. And that seismic boom originated with Betsy Turner’s simple idea and her husband’s enterprising eagerness to put it into action. “Today, legal assistants are everywhere and are helping lawyers in ways that could not have been contemplated in 1970. Most of us could not imagine trying to practice without them,” wrote Texas attorney James E. Brill in a memorial article on Turner for the College of Law Practice Management. “What is most remarkable is that an entire career path can be traced to a single lawyer: Lee Turner.” n
Lee Turner was one of the first lawyers in Kansas to earn his pilot’s license and use his plane to better serve clients throughout the state as if they lived down the block in Great Bend. Listen to archived audio interviews with the late Lee Turner, L’52, about his trial days at www.law.ku.edu/ku-law-magazine
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Judge Eric Melgren, U.S. District Court for the District of Kansas, Judge Steve Leben, L’82, Kansas Court of Appeals, and Judge Julie Robinson, L’81, U.S. District Court for the District of Kansas, preside over finals arguments in KU Law’s 2012 Moot Court Competition.
VOLUNTEER HONOR ROLL
his fifth annual edition of the Volunteer Honor Roll recognizes the many KU Law graduates who donate time, energy and expertise mentoring and staging mock interviews with students, guest lecturing in law classes and at student organization events, judging moot court rounds, hosting alumni receptions, serving on boards and otherwise volunteering for the benefit of the law school and future generations of KU lawyers. We value your contributions! Names that follow represent volunteer efforts from March 2012 to March 2013. If you are aware of any omissions or errors, please contact Mindie Paget at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Alumni faculty for the Deposition Skills Workshop celebrate the fifth anniversary of the course in January 2013. Pictured behind Suzanne Valdez, L’96, from left, are Mitch Chaney, L’81, Chelsi Hayden, L’01, Joyce Rosenberg, L’96, Shon Qualseth, L’97, Sarah Lynn Baltzell, L’08, Lori McGroder, L’89, Marie Woodbury, L’79, Jon Strongman, L’02, and Chuck Marvine, L’96.
GUEST LECTURERS, SPEAKERS AND PANELISTS Carrie Allton, L’02 Steve Anderson, L’81 The Hon. Karen Arnold-Burger, L’82 Shannon K. Barks, L’90 Laci Boyle, L’09 Steven Brown, L’79 Emilie Burdette, L’05 Brad Burke, L’01 Andy Carpenter, L’94 Tom Coleman, L’76 Toby Crouse, L’00 Sarah Deer, L’99 Mark Dodd, L’06 Dan Dunbar, L’93 Alphonso Eason, L’02 Anne Emert, L’05 Mark Emert, L’05 Carrie English, L’99 Laura Clark Fey, L’92 Michael Fischer, L’07 Robert Flynn, L’06 Brian Goodman, L’99 William Griffin, L’04 Marie Haynes, L’05 Lindsey Heinz, L’09 Mark Hinderks, L’82 Shannon Johnson, L’07 Heather Jones, L’00 Kevin Kelly, L’89 Greg King, L’78 Lana Knedlik, L’96 The Hon. Steve Leben, L’82 Brett Legvold, L’10 Kelli Lieurance, L’05 Ken Lynn, L’81 Jeff Mason, L’83 Ann McDonald, L’82 Christopher McHugh, L’00 Logan McRae, L’11 The Hon. Carlos Murguia, L’82 Jeff Nelson, L’80 Evan North, L’11 G. Joseph Pierron, L’71 Melissa Plunkett, L’11 David Rebein, L’80 The Hon. Julie Robinson, L’81 Eli Rosenberg, L’12 Bill Sampson, L’71
Hannah Sandal, L’11 Jennifer Hutchins Sherber, L’02 Holly Pauling Smith, L’99 Rachel Smith, L’99 Andrew Steinberg, L’01 Caleb Stegall, L’00 Michael Sullivan, L’74 C. Butch Tate, L’82 Derek Teeter, L’06 Mark Thompson, L’80 David Trevino, L’06 Jabari Wamble, L’06 Robin Webb, L’95 Tom Weilert, L’75 Stanley Woodworth, L’78 Holly Zane, L’86 MOOT COURT JUDGES Clay Britton, L’09 Carl Clark, L’82 Lauren Douville, L’12 Lindsay Grise, L’11 Grant Harse, L’10 Joan Hawkins, L’99 Chelsi Hayden, L’01 The Hon. Janice Miller Karlin, L’80 Pamela Keller, L’93 The Hon. Steve Leben, L’82 Nate Lindsey, L’12 The Hon. John Lungstrum, L’70 The Hon. Robert Nugent, L’80 Jean Gilles Phillips, L’90 Shon Qualseth, L’97 The Hon. Julie Robinson, L’81 Luke Sinclair, L’08 Darrell Smith, L’86 The Hon. Dale Somers, L’71 Timothy Swanson, L’09 David Trevino, L’06 Nancy Ulrich, L’84 Brett Watson, L’05 Erin Weekley, L’10 DIVERSITY ADVISORY COUNCIL Dan Cranshaw, L’03 Daniel Diepenbrock, L’85 Laura Clark Fey, L’92 Albert Herdoiza, L’80 Heather Jones, L’00
Kaiming Wei, 1L, and Leena Fry, L’07, visit during the 1L Mentor Reception in October 2012. Top: Judges G. Joseph Pierron and Karen Arnold-Burger of the Kansas Court of Appeals treat students to doughnuts and conversation during final exams.
Lana Knedlik, L’96 Ricardo Kolster, L’01 Patricia Konopka, L’94 Marcella Lee, L’94 Janet Murguia, L’85 Kelley Sears, L’74 Joe Serrano, L’93 Damon Williams, L’02 Issaku Yamaashi, L’00 Holly Zane, L’86 WOMEN’S ADVISORY COUNCIL Katharina Babich, L’91 Parthenia Evans, L’82 Amy Fowler, L’01 Cathy Havener Greer, L’76 Carrie Josserand, L’98 SEPT Madeleine McDonough, L’90 The Hon. Mary Murguia, L’85
Cathy Reinhardt, L’83 Elizabeth Schartz, L’88 Lisa Schultes, L’85 Stacey Warren, L’93 Jeanne Verville, L’85 NEW MEMBERS OF BOARD OF GOVERNORS Brad Bradley, L’80 Brandee Caswell, L’98 Rich Federico, L’02 Andrew Halaby, L’96 William Jeter, L’75 Scott Kaiser, L’03 The Hon. John Lungstrum, L’70 Kari Schmidt, L’83 Mauricio Uribe, L’98 Find a complete list of board members at www.law.ku.edu/board
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ALUMNI NEWS CAPITAL CAMPAIGN COMMITTEE Martin Bauer, L’75 Lydia Beebe, L’77 David Elkouri, L’78 Kit Smith, L’72 Tom Wagstaff, L’72
Holly Zane, L’86, introduces herself to high school students attending Journey to J.D. in June as 2L Xavier Andrews awaits his turn.Top: Bill Sampson, L’71, counsels students in the Expert Witness Skills Workshop in May.
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MOCK INTERVIEW PROGRAM Eric Aufdengarten, L’03 Ryan Brunton, L’02 Bryan Didier, L’04 Mark Dodd, L’06 Michael Fischer, L’07 Matthew Gough, L’05 Steve Grieb, L’07 Martha Hodgesmith, L’78 Heather Jones, L’00 Ricardo Kolster, L’00 Kelli Lieurance, L’05 Christopher McHugh, L’00 Jason Romero, L’09 Mark Samsel, L’10 Jennifer Stevenson, L’03 David Trevino, L’06 Kevin Weakley, L’94 ON-CAMPUS INTERVIEWS William Bahr, L’97 Kyle Binns, L’07 Geron Bird, L’01 D. Al Boulware, L’02 Laci Boyle, L’09 Shannon Braun, L’04 Katy Britton, L’07 Steven Brown, L’79 Ryan Brunton, L’02 Andrew Ellis, L’11 Michael Fischer, L’07 Colin Gotham, L’99 Matthew Gough, L’05 Andrew Halaby, L’96 Tyler Heffron, L’05 Laurel Kupka, L’11 Brad LaForge, L’01 John Larson, L’89 Kelli Lieurance, L’05 Stephanie Lovett-Bowman, L’10 Carrie McAtee, L’03 Sean McGivern, L’06
Sarah Millin, L’03 Jacy Moneymaker, L’07 Adam Moore, L’00 Casey Murray, L’05 Tricia Nibarger, L’10 Andrew Nolan, L’98 Ryan Peck, L’03 Jacqueline Pueppke, L’01 Dallas Rakestraw, L’06 Erika Rasmussen, L’06 Blake Reeves, L’98 Pat Riordan, L’92 Bill Sampson, L’71 Mark Samsel, L’10 David Seely, L’79 Luke Sinclair, L’08 Joshua Smith, L’10 Michael Sullivan, L’74 Robert Wonnell, L’01 Bradley Yeretsky, L’02 Jonathan Zerger, L’04 1L MENTORS Nicole Aiken, L’08 Katherine Allen, L’02 Joan Archer, L’92 Megan Brackney, L’98 Emilie Burdette, L’05 Kelley Catlin, L’05 Braxton Copley, L’90 Danielle Davey, L’09 Cara Dehnert, L’07 Brian Dietz, L’07 Michael DiPasquale, L’06 Mark Dodd, L’06 Anne Emert, L’05 Michael Fischer, L’07 Brendan Fletcher, L’09 Leena Fry, L’07 Alexander Gard, L’08 Steve Grieb, L’07 Benjamin Hutnick, L’08 Lawrence Jenab, L’02 Shannon Johnson, L’07 James Johnson, L’03 Heather Jones, L’00 Allison Jones, L’07 Maria Kaminska, L’09 Erin Kennedy, L’02 Alicia Kirkpatrick, L’09 Lydia Krebs, L’06
Laurel Kupka, L’11 Katie Lula, L’07 Jack McInnes, L’04 Stephanie Mendenhall, L’02 Martin Miller, L’81 Jacy Moneymaker, L’07 Andrea Nelson, L’08 Tricia Nibarger, L’10 Sean Ostrow, L’09 Demetrius Peterson, L’09 Brandy Rea, L’07 Ambriel Renn-Scanlan, L’06 Jason Romero, L’09 Kathleen Selzler Lippert, L’93 Jamison Shipman, L’03 Catherine Skinner, L’08 Cary Smalley, L’05 Rachel Stahle, L’09 Zach Thomas, L’07 Amy Tillery, L’06 Kristen Toner, L’06 David Trevino, L’06 Emily Vijayakirthi, L’04 Amanda Voth, L’07 Ryan Walkiewicz, L’07 Megan Westberg, L’10 Edward Wilson, L’00 Guillermo Zorogastua, L’07 LEGAL CAREER FAIRS Nicole Aiken, L’08 Robert Allison-Gallimore, L’05 Melanie Baker, L’97 Branden Bell, L’05 Gregory Benefiel, L’05 Stacey Blakeman, L’09 Katy Britton, L’07 Derek Brown, L’11 John Bryant, L’00 Ashlyn Buck, L’09 Brad Burke, L’01 Kelley Catlin, L’05 David Clauser, L’92 Crissa Cook, L’07 Danielle Davey, L’09 Nathan Dayani, L’11 Jenny Deters, L’05 Mark Dodd, L’06 Matt Donnelly, L’07 Stacey Donovan, L’97 Alphonso Eason, L’02
Carrie English, L’99 Frankie Forbes, L’01 Rebekah Gaston, L’05 Kate Gleeson, L’11 Ivery Goldstein, L’06 Colin Gotham, L’99 Matthew Gough, L’05 Jeremy Graber, L’09 Steve Grieb, L’07 Heather Hall, L’05 Matthew Hanson, L’07 Stefani Hepford, L’03 Garth Herrmann, L’06 Christina Holland, L’00 Neal Johnson, L’09 Chris Kaufman, L’10 Jason King, L’97 Linda Koester-Vogelsang, L’90 Ricardo Kolster, L’00 Anna Kowalewski, L’09 Tamera Lawrence, L’10 Terelle Mock, L’03 Timothy O’Brien, L’83 Patrick O’Bryan, L’05 Heather O’Hara, L’07 The Hon. G. Joseph Pierron, L’71 Judy Pottorff, L’84 Dallas Rakestraw, L’06 Robert Ramsdell, L’99 Andrew Ricke, L’10 Rachel Rolf, L’07 Mark Samsel, L’10 Adam Siebers, L’10 Peter Simonsen, L’10 Luke Sinclair, L’08 Gregory Skoch, L’99 Joshua Smith, L’10 Laura Smith, L’02 Libby Snider, L’99 Matt Sterling, L’09 Jennifer Stevenson, L’03 Michael Stipetich, L’05 David Trevino, L’06 Edward Tully, L’10 Jabari Wamble, L’06 James Ward, L’07 Michael Werner, L’00 Joanna Wochner, L’12 Ingrid Wong, L’12 Daniel Yoza, L’08 Holly Zane, L’86
Public- and private-sector employers from across the region — including many KU Law alumni — talk to students about legal careers at Legal Career Options Day in November 2012.
SUPERVISORS FOR CLINICAL STUDENTS Sarah Lynn Baltzell, L’08 Doug Bonney, L’85 Mitch Chaney, L’81 Kim Christiansen, L’94 David Clauser, L’93 Leland Cox, L’81 The Hon. Robert Fairchild, L’73 Pete Glasser, L’04 Lindsay Grise, L’11 Matt Hanson, L’07 Marilyn Harp, L’79 Chelsi Hayden, L’01 Martha Hodgesmith, L’78 Steve Hunting, L’04 Brandon Jones, L’00 Heather Jones, L’00 The Hon. Janice Miller Karlin, L’80 The Hon. Peggy Carr Kittel, L’83 The Hon. Tim Lahey, L’84
Scott Long, L’91 The Hon. John Lungstrum, L’70 The Hon. Michael Malone, L’73 The Hon. Paula Martin, L’81 Chuck Marvine, L’96 Robert McCully, L’85 Lori McGroder, L’89 Samuel McHenry, L’72 The Hon. Carlos Murguia, L’82 Tim O’Brien, L’83 Shon Qualseth, L’97 The Hon. Julie Robinson, L’81 The Hon. Richard Rogers, L’47 Joyce Rosenberg, L’96 Bill Sampson, L’71 The Hon. Dale Somers, L’71 Caleb Stegall, L’00 Jon Strongman, L’02 Nancy Ulrich, L’84 The Hon. Kathryn Vratil, L’75 The Hon. Richard Walker, L’73 Jabari Wamble, L’06
Burton Warrington, L’09 Marie Woodbury, L’79 Kevin Yoder, L’02 Adam Zentner, L’11 Dan Zmijewski, L’03 MISCELLANEOUS The Hon. Karen Arnold-Burger, L’82 Charlie Hostetler, L’63 Mark Parkinson, L’84 Stacy Abbott Parkinson, L’84 The Hon. G. Joseph Pierron, L’71 Burton Warrington, L’09
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Harry Herington, L’93
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s CEO of a company with a billion dollar market cap, Harry Herington, L’93, is often faced with difficult decisions – but choosing a law school was a no-brainer. “There’s only one law school in the state of Kansas, and that’s the University of Kansas School of Law,” he said. “When I looked at coming to school, I never even considered going out of the state.” Today Herington heads up NIC Inc., an e-government solutions provider that Forbes ranked as one of the top 25 fastest-growing tech companies in America in 2012. With billions of dollars in government transactions and skyrocketing revenue, it’s safe to say the Olathebased company is a big success. And it wouldn’t have been possible without Herington’s law school experience. “When I was in law school, I had an opportunity to run the computer lab. I had never touched a computer before,” he said. “When I came out of law school, I represented all of the cities in the state of Kansas as associate general counsel for the League of Kansas Municipalities. That gave me a really good understanding of government and the legal issues surrounding it. Then I was able to leverage that knowledge, as well as my experience with my computers, to help found NIC.” Before KU Law, Herington worked as a police officer in Wichita, a path he might have continued had he not decided to apply to law school. Once he arrived on campus, his small section jumpstarted his enthusiasm to make a difference through the law. “My favorite memory in law school was my small section,” he said. “I was a summer starter, and it was that first semester with all that passion that you have. Everyone came
in, and they were ready to solve all the legal problems in the world.” That passion propelled Herington to success. After his stint at the League of Kansas Municipalities, he joined NIC three years after its inception in 1992. He helped transform the small Kansas start-up to a nationally recognized company, with a groundbreaking vision to harness online technologies to improve interactions with the government. Today NIC is the dominant provider of e-government solutions across the country, with contracts in more than 30 states, and provides access to government services online for thousands of citizens. “In reality, I’m not practicing, but I use my law degree every day,” he said. “As the CEO of a publicly traded company, I have to deal with securities law. I have over 700 employees, so I’m dealing with HR issues and tax laws, and a big part of my job is contract negotiations.” It would be easy for Herington to rest on his laurels, but he’s realized there’s more to life than corporate conquests. His experience in law enforcement prompted him to found Ride4Cops, a mission to ride his motorcycle to all 50 state capitals and raise money for families of fallen police officers. So far, he has raised over $300,000, and he received the highest volunteer honor from the national Concerns of Police Survivors (C.O.P.S.) organization last year. It’s one more way he’s committed to using his knowledge of the law to make a positive impact. “I am a solid Kansan through and through, and I’m very proud to be a Jayhawk lawyer.” n — By Sarah Shebek
WORTH SINGING ABOUT
nnie Wilson, L’78, went from representing clients in the courtroom to representing the beauty of Kansas through music, and as the state’s official “Flint Hills Balladeer,” she has made the transition flawlessly. “I like to say, ‘The Flint Hills are worth singing about,’ because this area provides an endless source of inspiration to me — from the landscape and unique plants and wildlife, to the ranching culture and history, to the small-town experience,” she said. In January, Wilson received an official certificate of recognition from Gov. Sam Brownback that dubbed her the Flint Hills Balladeer. She’s the inaugural recipient of the award, which celebrates songwriters who devote their creative energies to the Flint Hills, and she certainly lives up to that designation. As the chief songwriter for the Tallgrass Express String Band, she’s constantly churning out new material, including 15 songs that ended up on the band’s third album, “Clean Curve of Hill Against Sky.” Although Wilson is focused on more artistic pursuits these days, she still appreciates her law background. After receiving an undergraduate degree at Tufts University, she earned her J.D. at KU Law before joining a small-town law firm, Shewmaker Law Offices in Eureka. She spent three years practicing, and her experience working with youth as a guardian ad litem gradually shifted her focus toward a career in education. With that goal in mind, she left legal practice and has since spent the majority of her career teaching in various school districts, including the last 14 years at Emporia High School. “The law is in everything,” she said. “Especially when I teach writing, I try to talk about how precise, clear
meanings can make a big difference. Hundreds of thousands of dollars can rest on whether something is put in a clear way.” Honing her writing skills in law school certainly paid off for Wilson’s musical career. Although she had played guitar from childhood, the demands of parenting and working at her family’s ranch kept her from any serious pursuit of music. That changed when the iconic Emma Chase Café in Cottonwood Falls began hosting weekly jam sessions. With a little encouragement, Wilson dusted off her guitar and hit the stage. Through consistent performing, she found herself playing in her own band. “Several of us from the jam sessions were playing for dances and small events, and we decided to name our band back in 2004,” she said. “We’ve played at all the Symphony in the Flint Hills events, a couple of times at the Nelson Atkins art museum in KC, and a few bigger concerts. But mostly we just play at little local community festivals, dude ranches, or family parties — low-pressure stuff.” The band performs 25 to 35 times a year, more extensively in the fall and the spring. As a fixture at the Flint Hills Symphony and in the local community, the group has plenty of inspiration for new material, which it performs alongside bluegrass standards. “I write mostly when I am walking out in the hills, because the rhythm of walking helps me hear the meter, and also, of course, because of the inspiration of the scenery around me,” Wilson said. Now that she is closer to retirement, Wilson hopes to devote more of her time to songwriting, supplementing the more than 40 songs she has already penned about life in the Flint Hills. Her interest in
Annie Wilson, L’78 music has budded into a creative passion, and she has made a lasting impact on the state’s artistic community. “I have a big pile of new songs I’m hoping my guys will help me record, and we plan to get another CD out in the next year or so,” she said. “And I hope we just get to keep on having a ball making music in the Flint Hills.” n — By Sarah Shebek Hear Wilson and her band play: tallgrassexpress.com
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STRAIGHT TO THE STATEHOUSE
Emily Perry, L’12
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aking the bar exam is stressful enough, but Emily Perry passed the test just six weeks after throwing her hat into the ring for a Kansas House seat. Perry, a Democrat from Overland Park, Kan., had been considering a legislative career since her undergraduate days in the social welfare program at Miami University (Ohio), but she didn’t anticipate diving in directly out of law school. When a court decision shifted the boundaries and opened up a seat, however, Perry figured she had nothing to lose. “Even if it didn’t work out, I was going to learn a lot and meet a lot of people,” she said. But it did work out — after months of campaigning — and Perry is wrapping up her first legislative session as the representative for the 24th district. She served on the Judiciary and the Federal and State Affairs committees, and was the ranking minority leader on the Transportation Committee, an unusual role for a freshman legislator. Perry campaigned on the goal of restoring funding that was cut to public education and hoped to make strides on that issue during the session. Despite a ruling by a threejudge district court panel that current levels of state school funding violate the Kansas Constitution and deprive students of suitable educations, Perry said no bills were heard in any House or Senate committees to significantly raise K-12 funding. The case is now before the Kansas Supreme Court. As for higher education, Perry reported at the time of this publication that more funding cuts appeared eminent. Over the past five years, higher education state funding has been reduced by 15 percent. “In my opinion, the reason people come back to Kansas City or other places in Kansas is partially because
of the great education their children can get,” she said. “I love Kansas City, and I want to spend the rest of my life in Kansas. If our education system goes, people aren’t going to want to come to Kansas anymore.” Perry grew up in Johnson County and attended Shawnee Mission East High School. Both of her parents graduated from KU, and her father, Bill Perry, is a 1975 alumnus of KU Law. Perry graduated with her J.D. in May 2012. While in law school, she competed in the school’s in-house moot court competition and served as associate chief justice on Traffic Court, recruitment chair for Phi Alpha Delta, and a member of Women in Law. She also worked as a summer clerk for Wagstaff & Cartmell LLP in 2011 and as a legal intern at the U.S. District Court for the District of Kansas in 2010. The State Library of Kansas confirmed that Perry is the secondyoungest woman ever elected to the Kansas House. She has taken that opportunity seriously and learned a lot about all sorts of political issues during her first session. She said her experiences at KU Law — including earning the Advocacy Certificate — served her well in the Statehouse. “The bills that came through my committees varied in topic and length, and many issues were brand new to me,” she said. “I honestly believe the advocacy classes and my participation in the Legal Aid Clinic at KU Law helped me discuss these issues effectively. Not every argument has been successful, but that is part of the process.” n — By Mindie Paget On Twitter: @perryforkansas
ALUMNI NOTES 1960s Richard Zinn, L’66, has been named by Best Lawyers as the 2013 Kansas City, Kan., area trusts and estates “Lawyer of the Year.” Zinn practices with Barber Emerson LC in Lawrence, Kan.
1970s Lydia Beebe, L’77, was recognized as a 2013 honoree at Legal Momentum’s Annual Women of Achievement Dinner March 21 in San Francisco, Calif. The dinner celebrates distinction in business, law and public service. Beebe is corporate secretary and chief governance officer at the Chevron Corporation. Annie Wilson, L’78, Elmdale, Kan., was named “Flint Hills Balladeer” by Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback in January 2013, and received a certificate of recognition for her “honorable endeavors to share the beauty of the Kansas Flint Hills through words and music, to inspire an abiding love for the Kansas Flint Hills, and to enhance and elevate the quality of life for those who call the Flint Hills home.” Stephen M. Joseph, L’72, has been honored by Missouri & Kansas Super Lawyers 2012 for criminal defense. Joseph practices in the Wichita, Kan., office of Joseph, Hollander & Craft LLC. Joseph F. Speelman, L’74, a partner at Blank Rome LLP-Houston, and co-chair of the firm’s chemical industry group, has been recognized by The Houston Business Journal in the publication’s “Who’s Who in Energy” feature. Speelman concentrates his practice in the areas of litigation, corporate security, insurance and compliance.
Martin Bauer, L’75, was selected for the Clay Center Community High School Hall of Fame for 2012. Bauer is with the Wichita, Kan., law firm of Martin, Pringle, Oliver, Wallace & Bauer, where he has established a statewide and national reputation in the areas of adoption and advancing the interests of children. Deana S. Peck, L’75, is director of the trial advocacy program at the Arizona State University Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law. Peck previously practiced as a commercial litigator at Streich Lang PA, which merged with Quarles & Brady LLP in 2000. She retired from the partnership in 2008 and began working in ASU’s trial advocacy program, first as a volunteer, in 2010. Ross A. Hollander, L’76, has been honored by Missouri & Kansas Super Lawyers 2012 for employment litigation: defense. Hollander practices in the Wichita, Kan., office of Joseph, Hollander & Craft LLC. Craig R. Oliver, L’78, was selected among The Best Lawyers in America 2013 for both personal injury litigation and medical malpractice law. Oliver practices with The Law Offices of Palmer Oliver PC in Springfield, Mo.
1980s Stephen Scheve, L’81, joined Reed Smith LLP as a partner in the new Houston office. He is a member of the life sciences health industry group. His practice focuses on the pharmaceutical, medical device and chemical industries. Scheve previously worked for Baker Botts. Mark Knackendoffel, L’82, was selected to serve as chair of the board of trustees of Leadership Kansas. He also serves as CEO of The Trust Company, an independent investment, fiduciary and financial advisory firm headquartered in Manhattan, Kan.
Jeff Peier, L’83, has been awarded the 2013 Quality of Life Award by the Wichita Medical Research and Education Foundation. Peier has served as a volunteer for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society for over 25 years and was nominated for the Quality of Life Award due to his strong interest in MS research as well as extensive work with the MS Society as an attorney with Klenda Austerman. Peier is also the Wichita city board chair of the National MS Society. Doug Lamborn, L’86, was re-elected to a fourth term in the U.S. House of Representatives from Colorado’s 5th congressional district. Lamborn will serve a second term as chairman of the House Natural Resources Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources. He will continue to serve on the House Armed Services Committee and the House Committee on Veterans Affairs. Marie Parker Strahan, L’87, reports that after almost 25 years of federal service at the Social Security Administration in disability policy in Washington, D.C., she is moving home to Kansas to her daughters and five grandchildren, and to work at the KU Research and Training Center on Independent Living, on loan and in partnership with the Social Security Administration. Grant Burgoyne, L’89, was elected to a third term in the Idaho House of Representatives in the Nov. 6 general election. Burgoyne was subsequently elected assistant minority leader of the House Democratic Caucus. He also continues his legal practice, serving as managing partner of the Boise law firm of Mauk & Burgoyne.
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ALUMNI NEWS Robert (Bob) Widner, L’89, managing partner of the Colorado firm of Widner Michow & Cox LLP and the city attorney for Centennial, was appointed to the adjunct faculty of the University of Colorado Law School. Widner taught Land Use Planning Law in Spring 2013.
1990s Mark Andersen, L’90, has been named by Best Lawyers as the 2013 Kansas City area real estate “Lawyer of the Year.” Andersen practices with Barber Emerson LC in Lawrence, Kan. Anthony G. “Tony” Stergio, L’90, was recently elected a shareholder in Andrews Myers PC, a Houston-based corporate law firm. Board certified in labor and employment law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization, Stergio leads the labor and employment practice for the firm. He also frequently speaks at employmentrelated seminars. Scott Dold, L’91, Lawrence, Kan., has been promoted to brigadier general in the Kansas
National Guard. During his time in the Kansas National Guard, Dold has served as senior legal adviser/judge advocate general to the adjutant general, commander of the 190th Air Refueling Wing’s Mission Support Group and director of staff for the Kansas Air National Guard. He also commanded the state’s primary weapons of mass destruction military response unit, the 73rd Civil Support Team. Dold is married to Jean Younger, L’90, and they have two daughters, Kennedy and Crosby. Lisa Hund Lattan, L’92, has joined the Overland Park, Kan., law firm of Utz & Lattan LLC, practicing in the areas of employee benefits and executive compensation. Previously, Lattan was in-house counsel at American Century investments. Kimberly K. Hays, L’93, was honored as a 2012 Mona Salyer Lambird Spotlight Award recipient. The Spotlight Awards are presented annually by the Oklahoma Bar Association’s Women in Law Committee
to five women who have distinguished themselves in the legal profession and who have lighted the way for other women. Hays practices family law at Kimberly K. Hays PLLC in Tulsa. Roger Grandgenett, L’94, has been named managing shareholder of the Las Vegas office of Littler Mendelson PC, the world’s largest employment and labor law firm. His practice focuses on federal and state litigation, mediation and wrongful termination, as well matters relating to Title VII, the Americans with Disabilities Act and the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, among others. Jon Duncan, L’95, began an appointment as interim vice president of enforcement for the National Collegiate Athletic Association in March 2013. Duncan formerly was a partner in Spencer, Fane, Britt & Browne’s Education Law Group in Kansas City, Mo. His practice focused on education law and sports litigation. He also has extensive experience handling all types of employment-related issues, including litigation and human resources counseling. Duncan is a member of the Council of
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School Attorneys and the Sports Lawyers Association.
in the Lawrence, Kan., office of Joseph, Hollander & Craft LLC.
primarily dedicated to medical malpractice/ hospital defense.
Sarah Deer, L’99, associate professor of law at the William Mitchell College of Law, has been appointed by U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder as chair of the Office for Victims of Crime’s National Coordination Committee on the American Indian/Alaska Native Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner-Sexual Assault Response Team Initiative. The committee is made up of 15 people, including representatives from tribal organizations, federal agencies, a statewide Alaska organization and an international association for forensic nurses. Deer is a citizen of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation of Oklahoma.
Jackie Sexton, L’00, has been elected a principal member of Foland, Wickens, Eisfelder, Roper & Hofer PC of Kansas City, Mo. She focuses her practice on litigation of employment, banking, and civil disputes. Sexton has been listed in the Super Lawyers publication since 2009 as a “Rising Star.”
Jon Cline, L’09, was promoted to assistant vice president at the Omaha, Neb., office of Fidelity National Title Group, the nation’s largest title insurance underwriter.
Brian D. Goodman, L’99, managing director, western region, Experis, in Huntington Beach, Calif., was recently a featured guest on Richard Franzi’s business radio show, “Critical Mass.” During the interview, Goodman discussed what 2013 holds for employers looking to add talent in finance, IT, and engineering. Kyle Roehler, L’99, has been elected a principal member of Foland, Wickens, Eisfelder, Roper & Hofer PC of Kansas City, Mo. He focuses his practice on insurance defense, emphasizing litigation of personal injury, errors and omissions, extra-contractual liability and products liability claims. Since 2009, Roehler has been listed in Super Lawyers as a “Rising Star” in personal injury and professional liability defense.
2000s Sean W. Fleming, L’00, a business litigation shareholder in the Dallas office of Godwin Lewis PC, has been named to the 2013 Texas “Rising Stars” list, which recognizes the top young lawyers in Texas. This marks the second selection for Fleming. Christopher M. Joseph, L’00, has been honored by Missouri & Kansas Super Lawyers 2012 as a “Rising Star” in criminal defense. Joseph practices
Brad Burke, L’01, became chief attorney for the Kansas Department of Labor in January 2013. Bradley C. Friesen, L’02, was one of five attorneys at Bell, Davis & Pitt PA recognized as “North Carolina Rising Stars” for 2013. Friesen practices business litigation in the firm’s Winston-Salem, N.C., office. The 2013 Super Lawyer listings appeared in North Carolina Super Lawyers magazine and the North Carolina edition of The New York Times. Dan Cranshaw, L’03, has joined Polsinelli Shughart in Kansas City, Mo. Cranshaw previously worked at Lathrop & Gage LLP. Catesby Major, L’04, has been elected partner in the Kansas City office of Bryan Cave LLP. Major practices with the class and derivative actions, commercial litigation, and labor and employment client service groups. Garth Herrmann, L’06, has been promoted to shareholder in the Wichita office of Gilmore & Bell PC, one of the leading public finance law firms in the United States. Shalini Shanker, L’06, has been promoted from assistant athletic director for compliance to associate athletic director for compliance at Colorado State University.
2010s Drew A. Cummings, L’11, is an LL.M. candidate pursuing a taxation certificate at Georgetown University Law Center in Washington, D.C. Cummings was selected to participate in the prestigious Wintercourse at Georgetown this year. He wrote a comparative tax law paper and then traveled to Germany for a week to present it to individuals who had studied the same topic from 11 other universities. Susan R. Jarrold, L’12, is an associate in the Kansas City, Mo., office of Polsinelli Shughart PC, practicing in the area of toxic tort litigation. Ryan J. Mize, L’12, is an associate in the Kansas City, Mo., office of Polsinelli Shughart PC, practicing in the area of health care. Madeline Simpson, L’12, joined the Lawrence, Kan., firm of Petefish, Immel, Heeb & Hird LLP as an associate. Previously, Simpson was a legal intern with the Johnson County, Kan., District Attorney’s office, where she represented the state in child in need of care and juvenile offender cases.
Britta E. Warren, L’06, has joined the Portland, Ore., law firm of Black Helterline LLP as an associate. Her practice focuses on bankruptcy and commercial litigation. Dustin Bradley, L’08, has accepted a position with the Tulsa, Okla., law firm of Rodolf & Todd PLCC. The firm is
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‘THE QUINTESSENTIAL PROFESSOR’ KU MARKETING COMMUNICATIONS
rancis Heller spent over half his lifetime serving the University of Kansas — an astonishing 60 years of dedication to one community, including a long and distinguished tenure as a KU Law professor. “He was here seven days a week. If there was anyone in the building, it would always include Francis,” said Webb Hecker, professor of law. “He was sort of the quintessential professor.” On Jan. 9, Heller passed away in Denver at age 95. His legacy at the university will endure much longer than that. Throughout his career at KU, he established himself as a top administrator, a savvy adviser, a highly popular professor, and a kind, intelligent mentor. “He did have this wonderful ability to take these kids from Salina and here or there and turn them into Rhodes or Marshall scholars, and he raised a generation of administrators at the university,” said Mike Davis, professor of law. “He always had 20 projects going at the same time, and in true Viennese fashion, finished them all.” Before becoming a legend on KU’s campus, Heller had already proved his valor many times over. He was born in Vienna, Austria, in 1917, and attended law school there, graduating in 1937. After escaping an increasingly tumultuous country in 1938, he served in the U.S. Army during both World War II and the Korean War. He ended his service as a captain, receiving numerous awards, including the Silver Star for valor in combat. Between his stints of military service, he received a J.D. in 1941 and a Ph.D. in political science in 1948, both from the University of Virginia. That same year, he came
Francis Heller, the Roy A. Roberts Distinguished Professor Emeritus, talks about his book “Steel Helmet and Mortarboard: An Academic in Uncle Sam’s Army” in 2009 at the Dole Institute of Politics. Heller died on Jan. 9, 2013 in Denver at age 95.
to KU to take a position as assistant professor of political science. He quickly rose through the ranks, starting as director of the western
at the KU law school. His research interests included constitutional law, the American presidency, American legal history, and the legal systems
“He did have this wonderful ability to take these kids from Salina and here or there and turn them into Rhodes or Marshall scholars, and he raised a generation of administrators at the university.”
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civilization program in 1956 and culminating with an appointment as acting provost in 1967. After leaving administration, he took a joint appointment as a professor in the political science department and
of Western Europe, and he received the Roy A. Roberts Distinguished Professorship in 1972 in recognition of his scholarship. “He was a great colleague,” Hecker said. “Obviously, given his
age and his tenure here, and his administrative experience, he really knew a lot about the greater university.” Both Hecker and Davis benefitted from Heller’s knowledge and giving nature. Hecker originally met him during his hiring process, when Heller still served as an administrator. Once both ended up at the law school, he received Heller’s tutelage on the academic affairs committee and his aid in the tenure process. When Davis served as KU Law dean, Heller went above and beyond to meet his requests. “I never asked him for anything that he didn’t willingly do,” Davis said. Outside of the classroom, Heller appreciated a little fun, hosting an annual party for faculty that marked a new school year. He also attended Davis’ parties, where he’d “let what little hair he had down,” and make excellent conversation. In 2009, Heller documented his adventurous life and distinguished career in a book, “Steel Helmet and Mortarboard: An Academic in Uncle Sam’s Army” (University of Missouri Press). Although he grew up far away from the plains of the Midwest, Heller’s ties accumulated over time. He served as the chief assistant to former President Harry S. Truman in the research and writing of the president’s memoirs and stayed involved with the Truman Library Institute in Independence, Mo. He ended up as chairman of the board at Benedictine College, and his wife grew up in Garden City. Those connections, along with his duties at KU, kept him in Lawrence for the majority of his life. “Like so many of us who came from other places, he fell in love with Lawrence and with KU,” Hecker said. “He had a loyalty to it that’s a great example for new people.” n — By Sarah Shebek
IN MEMORIAM Harlan C. Altman Jr., L’49, Coppell, Texas, January 22, 2013 The Hon. Carl B. Anderson Jr., L’71, Lindsborg, Kan., February 7, 2013 Wendell J. Barker, L’76, Ottawa, Kan., July 21, 2012 Dennis D. Barritt, L’71, Lawrence, Kan., November 10, 2012 Kermit M. Beal, L’59, Lawrence, Kan., January 25, 2013 Mark A. Biberstein, L’92, Wichita, Kan., February 13, 2013 Jeffrey E. Brunton, L’80, Ewa Beach, Hawaii, August 12, 2012 Laird S. Campbell, L’50, Fort Collins, Colo., August 16, 2012 Steven Doering, L’77, Garnett, Kan., February 11, 2013 Charles V. Fishel, L’63, Monterey, Calif., January 25, 2013 Elizabeth “Moe” Morey Goetz, Ph.D., Lawrence, Kan., November 2, 2012 Professor Emeritus Francis H. Heller, Denver, Colo., January 9, 2013 Thomas M. Kowalski, L’82, Mission, Kan., February 16, 2013 Donald W. Meeker, L’60, Overland Park, Kan., February 12, 2013 Gunnard A. Nelson Jr., L’66, Lenexa, Kan., November 10, 2012 Robert I. Nicholson Jr., L’72, Paola, Kan., January 1, 2013 Willard B. Rogers Jr., L’63, Aurora, Colo., March 17, 2013 Phillip L. Rother, L’58, Honolulu, Hawaii, January 6, 2013 Karl M. Ruppenthal, Ph.D., L’41, Berkeley, Calif., January 13, 2013 James E. Salyer, L’73, Lawrence, Kan., December 30, 2012 Glenn J. Shanahan, L’49, Wichita, Kan., February 10, 2013 The Hon. Dale E. Shannon, L’38, Fort Collins, Colo., October 17, 2012 Roy E. Williams, L’53, Kingman, Kan., January 2, 2013
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