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Honorary Life Membership

(D indicates Deceased)

  • 2019 — The Honorable Amy Hanley
  • 2018 — Professor L. Ali Khan
  • 2017 — Dean Thomas J. Romig
  • 2016 — Cynthia Heath and The Honorable Edward Larson
  • 2015 — David J. Rebein
  • 2014 — No award given
  • 2013 — Professor Gregory J. Pease
  • 2012 — Elizabeth A. "Betty" Fischer
  • 2011 — Kathleen Gilligan Sebelius
  • 2010 — John E. Christensen
  • 2009 — Sheila Reynolds
  • 2008 — Nancy G. Maxwell
  • 2007 — William Rich
  • 2006 — Dennis R. Honabach
  • 2005 — Dr. Jerry Farley
  • 2004 — Myrl L. Duncan
  • 2003 — The Hon. Deanell Reece Tacha
  • 2002 — Dean Allen Easley
  • 2001 — Martha M. "Marty" Snyder
  • 2000 — The Hon. Wesley E. Brown
  • 1999 — Bruce Levine
  • 1998 — Louis E. Mosiman
  • 1997 — James M. Concannon
  • 1996 — No award given
  • 1995 — Charles Koch
  • 1994 — Banks McDowell (D)
  • 1993 — The Hon. Mary Briscoe
  • 1992 — Barbara King Wilson
  • 1991 — James M. Concannon
  • 1990 — No award given
  • 1989 — Robert E. Edmonds (D)
  • 1988 — The Hon. Terry Bullock
  • 1987 — Jean B. Reeves (D)
  • 1986 — David S. Dale
  • 1985 — The Hon. James MacNish
  • 1984 — Dr. John L. Green, Jr.
  • 1983 — The Hon. Richard Rogers
  • 1982 — Keith Sebelius
  • 1981 — Carl Monk
  • 1980 — Richard Foth (D)
  • 1979 — The Hon. Frank Theis (D)
  • 1978 — Alfred G. Schroeder (D)
  • 1977 — Spencer Gard (D)
  • 1976 — No award given
  • 1974 — John Fontron (D); Robert Fowls; James Ahrens (D)
  • 1973 — Arthur Stanley
  • 1972 — J. Richards Hunter (D)
  • 1971 — Christine Johnson (D); Robert Price
  • 1970 — John Howe (D); Hugh Wedell (D)
  • 1969 — Gerry Barker (D); John Henderson (D)
  • 1968 — Oscar Stauffer (D)
  • 1967 — Walter Thiele
  • 1966 — Edward Robinson (D)
  • 1965 — David Prager (D)
  • 1964 — William Treadway (D); Dr. Karl Menninger (D)
  • 1963 — Schuyler Jackson; Walter Huxman (D)
2018 Honorary Life Membership Recipient
Photograph: Amy Hanley

The Honorable Amy Hanley was appointed judge for the 7th Judicial District of Douglas County in 2016, following 15 years as a criminal prosecutor for the state of Kansas. She spent seven years as assistant attorney general in the Criminal Division of the Office of Attorney General Derek Schmidt, serving as the leading prosecutor for capital crimes and high-profile cases, including murder and sexual abuse of children. She was cross-designated as a special assistant United States attorney for the specific purpose of prosecuting online crimes against children. Before joining the Kansas Office of Attorney General, Hanley tried all levels of crimes as first assistant in the Office of the Saline County Attorney. Hanley's current docket includes major civil, domestic, and criminal cases. Her courtroom highlights include State v. Kahler, a capital case in which the death penalty was imposed, and State v. Seacat, a premeditated first-degree murder trial, resulting in conviction, that was nationally televised and featured on "Dateline NBC." In 2011, she was awarded the KCDAA Associate Member Prosecutor of the Year. Hanley earned her J.D. from Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa.

Hanley is a highly sought teacher and leader in the field of trial advocacy. She speaks and instructs at more than 20 training events each year, serving as program director or lead instructor at many. Hanley is an advocate for excellence in the legal discipline, civil, and community service, and a renowned Next Generation Faculty member of the National Institute of Trial Advocacy. Hanley teaches trial advocacy and coaches the mock trial team for Washburn University School of Law where she serves as adjunct professor. In 2014, law students voted her Adjunct Faculty of the Year. Hanley is a volunteer for Inns of Court, the Kansas Bar Association, and the Kansas Women Attorneys Association. She also volunteers for the Lawrence Humane Society and Midwest Animal Res-Q.