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Class Actions

Updates submitted between March 22 and July 18, 2014

1950s

James W. Sloan, '52, Topeka, was honored with one of the highest Salvation Army awards, the William Booth Award, at The Salvation Army of Topeka's Civic Luncheon.

1960s

Bill Hunsaker, '65, Arvada, Colorado, launched his new law practice with Donnie Emmi, serving clients with personal injuries, business disputes, and estate law.

1970s

H. Philip Elwood, '71, Topeka, has been appointed to the Tower Mental Health Foundation Board of Directors. Elwood is an attorney with Goodell, Stratton, Edmonds and Palmer L.L.P. Elwood's legal experience includes extensive work in health care law.

The Honorable J. Thomas Marten, '76, Wichita, has been appointed as Chief Judge of the District of Kansas. After serving as law clerk to retired Associate Justice Tom C. Clark of the United States Supreme Court, he spent 19 years practicing law in Nebraska, Minnesota, and Kansas, the last 14 years of which were as a member of Bremyer & Wise, P.A. in McPherson, Kansas. Judge Marten is a founding member of the Wesley E. Brown Inn of Court, a frequent speaker at seminars and conferences, and has taught trial advocacy at Harvard Law School for more than 25 years.

Patrik W. Neustrom, '77, Salina, Kansas, has been chosen by his peers to serve as president of the Kansas Association for Justice (KSAJ) for 2014-15. Neustrom has practiced law in Salina for more than 30 years with Neustrom & Associates, P.A., and has been a KSAJ member for 34 years.

Edward L. Barker, '79, Mission Hills, Kansas, has joined Husch Blackwell's Kansas City, Missouri, Healthcare, Life Sciences & Pharmaceuticals industry team as senior counsel, and brings extensive experience having previously served as the senior vice president and chief legal officer of the four-state nonprofit healthcare organization Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth Health System Inc. for more than 25 years.

1980s

The Honorable Marla J. Luckert, '80, Topeka, received the Topeka Bar Association’s Warren W. Shaw Distinguished Service Award.

Philip S. Milone, '82, Garden City, New York, was named a "Top Family Law Attorney" in New York, by New York Magazine, April 2014. He has been an active Matrimonial and Family Law practitioner in New York City and Long Island for over 30 years. Milone also is serving his third four-year term as justice of the Village of Stewart Manor, Long Island, N.Y.

Terri A. Roberts, '82, Topeka, has been appointed to the Tower Mental Health Foundation Board of Directors. Roberts is executive director of the American Holistic Nurses Association. Previously, he served 23 years as executive director of the Kansas State Nurses Association.

Laura L. Ice, '84, Wichita, has been awarded the Howard C. Kline award by the Wichita Bar Association.

Frank M. Ojile, '84, Wichita, was named Outstanding Adjunct Professor of the Year at Wichita State University.

The Honorable Nancy L. Moritz, '85, Topeka, has been appointed to the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. The Court, based in Denver, reviews legal cases from Kansas, Colorado, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Utah, and Wyoming.

Gregory G. Meredith, '86, Hutchinson, Kansas, has been named vice president of Compliance and Ethics at Hutchinson Regional Healthcare System.

Natalie Camacho Mendoza, '89, Boise, Idaho, has been selected to chair the Dean’s Advisory Council for Concordia University School of Law in Boise. She has served on the Council since 2009 and chairs the Diversity Task Force. The law school is part of Concordia University, a private, nonprofit, Lutheran, liberal arts university, based in Portland, Oregon. Mendoza was also appointed to serve on the University’s Council of Trustees.

Marcos Mendoza, '89, Austin, Texas, graduated from the University of Connecticut School of Law with an LL.M. in Insurance Law, with honors, and was profiled in the spring edition of Insurance Litigation Magazine.

1990s

Samantha M. Musso, '93, Fairfax, Virginia, serving as Virginia director of the Military Spouse JD Network, led the effort to adopt a rule for military spouse attorney admission in the Commonwealth. The Supreme Court of Virginia adopted Rule 1A:8 effective July 1, 2014, enabling qualified attorneys relocating to Virginia due to their service member spouse's military orders to seek admission to the Virginia bar without examination. Virginia became the seventh state to adopt such a licensing rule. Musso, a military spouse of 24 years herself, has experienced nine relocations and is admitted to practice in three jurisdictions. She is an estate planning attorney with M. H. Lawrence, P.C. in Fairfax, Virginia.

Steve Gorny, '94, Kansas City, Missouri, established The Gorny Law Firm, LC, on the Country Club Plaza in Kansas City. He represents individuals and businesses harmed by the carelessness of others.

Luis O. Rodriguez, '94, Charlottesville, Virginia, was promoted to the rank of colonel with the U.S. Army Judge Advocate General's Corps, fall 2013.

Douglas T. Shima, '94, Topeka, received the Topeka Bar Association Honorable E. Newton Vickers Professionalism Award.

Jennifer Lewis Williams, '98, Dallas, has published her second novel, Highland Games Murder. She is an appellate attorney at the Court of Appeals, 5th District of Texas at Dallas.

Gregory D. Hill, '99, Greenwood Village Colorado, was named executive director of the Colorado Dental Association.

2000s

Amanda J. Keifer, '03, Topeka, is AVP, assistant general counsel, and director of Minority and Women Inclusion at FHLBank.

Glen C. McBeth, '03, Topeka, was named a Washburn University School of Law Adjunct Professor of the Year.

Andrew D. Wimmer, '03, Overland Park, Kansas, was appointed to the Kansas State Board of Indigents’ Defense Services.

Teri C. Adam, '04, Phoenix, Arizona, has been promoted to assistant director of Professional Development and Pro Bono director at Arizona Summit Law School.

Laura K. Castillo, ’04, Hobbs, New Mexico, has been appointed by Governor Susana Martinez to a newly created district court judgeship in southeastern New Mexico. Castillo has operated her own law practice in Hobbs since 2010, previously worked in a private law firm in the community, and was an assistant district attorney. 

Clinton M. Goos, '04, Denver, is regional manager of the Rocky Mountains office of Holland Services.

Melissa A. Bleser, '05, Denver, is partner at Kutak Rock LLP. Bleser focuses on corporate and partnership tax matters and is experienced in working with a wide range of sophisticated corporate and real estate clients. She advises on matters ranging from fundraising, to mergers and acquisitions, to reorganizations. Her work encompasses structuring transactions to minimize federal and state income and sales/use taxes; negotiating deal terms; performing due diligence; and drafting stock and asset purchase agreements, management contracts, buy-sell agreements, shareholder agreements and ancillary documents, including confidentiality and employment agreements.

Jason N. Miller, '05, Gilbert, Arizona, has been named a partner at Carpenter, Hazlewood, Delgado & Bolen, PLC.

Kimberly A. Vining, '05, Wichita, has been elected 2014 to 2015 president of the Wichita Women Attorney's Association.

Jessica L. Carrerata, '06, Dallas, is senior planner at Frontier Investment Management Company.

Jason T. Gray, '06, Washington, D.C., was elected shareholder at Duncan, Weinberg, Genzer, & Pembroke, P.C. He practices Utility Law and Energy Regulation.

Captain Michael J. Scaletty, '07, Anchorage, Alaska, was chosen by the American Bar Association as one of this year's Young Lawyer Division (YLD) Outstanding Military Service Award recipients.

Jason T. Farley, '08, Des Moines, Iowa, was named to the Master Builders of Iowa MB EYE on the Future leadership program. The program is MBI's leadership development program, designed to prepare participants for leadership within their companies, the construction industry in Iowa, and the MBI.  

Matt Koupal, '09, Topeka, has been promoted to FHLBank Legal and Compliance officer.

Aaron Sauerwein, '09, Wichita, is attorney at the Kansas Department of Transportation.

2010s

Daniel S. Heinz, '10, Topeka, is an associate with Riling, Burkhead, & Nitcher, Chtd., in Lawrence, Kansas.

Jennifer N. Horchem, '10, Wichita, is associate general counsel at Slawson Companies.

William E. Paulson, '13, Ottawa, Kansas, has accepted a commission into the United States Air Force Judge Advocate General's Corps as a first lieutenant to be stationed at Eglin Air Force Base in Fort Walton Beach, Florida.

Patrick Salyer, '14, Salina, Kansas, is an associate with the firm of Kennedy & Coe, LLC.  Salyer will be preparing tax returns and financial statements, and providing general accounting services. He is studying for the Kansas bar exam and the CPA exam. 

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Patrik W. Neustrom, '77, Salina, Kansas, has been chosen by his peers to serve as president of the Kansas Association for Justice (KSAJ) for 2014-15. Neustrom has practiced law in Salina for more than 30 years with Neustrom & Associates, P.A., and has been a KSAJ member for 34 years.

Laura K. Castillo, '04, Hobbs, New Mexico, has been appointed by Governor Susana Martinez to a newly created district court judgeship in southeastern New Mexico. Castillo has operated her own law practice in Hobbs since 2010, previously worked in a private law firm in the community, and was an assistant district attorney. 

Jason T. Farley, '08, Des Moines, Iowa, was named to the Master Builders of Iowa MB EYE on the Future leadership program. The program is MBI's leadership development program, designed to prepare participants for leadership within their companies, the construction industry in Iowa, and the MBI.