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Updates submitted between April 1, 2019 and June 30, 2019


The Hon. Robert J. Dole, '52, Washington, D.C., received the Kansas Bar Association Courageous Attorney Award.


Richard F. Hayse, '69, Topeka, received the Kansas Bar Association Distinguished Service Award.


Otis W. Morrow, '73, Arkansas City, Kansas, has stepped down as Arkansas City's hospital attorney having served the South Central Kansas Medical Center for more than 43 years. He calls this transition part of a logical progression of scaling back on his work.

The Hon. Christel E. Marquardt, '74, Topeka, received the Kansas Bar Association Christel Marquardt Trailblazer Award.

The Hon. Meryl D. Wilson, '74, Manhattan, Kansas, who has served as a district judge for more than 20 years, retired June 14. Wilson practiced law in Manhattan from 1974 to 1997. During that time, he served on the Manhattan-Ogden School Board. He began working as a district judge in the 21st Judicial District, which includes Riley and Clay Counties. The Kansas Supreme Court appointed Wilson as chief judge in 2012.

Lt. Col. (Ret.) Pete L. Ramirez, '74, Wheat Ridge, Colorado, has been elected president of the Colorado chapter of the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA). ABOTA is an invitation-only organization of 7,600 of the nation's premier plaintiff and defense trial lawyers. During his career he has tried more than 100 jury trials. 

Alan L. Rupe, '75, Wichita, has been recognized by Best Lawyers for outstanding work in litigation-labor and employment. Rupe, managing partner at Lewis Brisbois, was also recognized in civil rights law, employment-management, and litigation-municipal.

Mark V. Beshears, '76, Topeka, has been named the Kansas Department of Revenue Chief of Staff.

The Hon. J. Thomas Marten, '76, Wichita, received the Kansas Bar Association Distinguished Government Service Award.

Michael C. Manning, '77, Phoenix, Arizona, was recognized by Southwest Super Lawyers as one of the Top 50 Lawyers in Arizona for 2019. In the April edition of AZ Business Magazine, Manning was one of the Top 100 Lawyers in Arizona for 2019.

Anthony A. Utter, '77, Wichita, has moved to J.P. Weigand & Sons Inc. as a vice president and commercial general manager. Utter created Utter Commercial Real Estate Inc. 15 years ago, and before that was vice president in charge of leasing and sales transactions for Transamerican Management Company. Utter was also property manager and leasing agent for a year with Builders Inc., a Garvey Enterprises subsidiary.

Stephen C. Funk, '77, El Dorado, Kansas, recently retired from a 42-year career in the financial services industry, which included serving as President and COO of the Walnut Valley Bank & Trust Co., Partner in GTRUST Financial Partners, and Senior Vice President and Market Executive with The Bank of Oklahoma. Funk currently serves as President and CEO of The Graham Foundation, President of the Susan B. Allen Hospital Foundation, Director of the Greater Wichita Metro YMCA, Elder of Eastminster Presbyterian Church and Past President and Trustee of the Coutts Memorial Museum of Art.

James W. Gallagher, '77, Damariscotta, Maine, retired from Gallagher & Stein Attorneys at Law on December 31, 2018. His daughter, Jennifer Villeneuve will continue the practice.

William C. Rein, '77, Evanston, Wyoming, is the new superintendent of the Wyoming State Hospital. Rein has an extensive background working with both mental health patients and providers.

The Hon. Wilbert M. Warren, '77, Wichita, retired after 24 years on the bench. Warren was appointed district judge in 1995. He was in private practice for more than 18 years.

Teri L. Wood, '78, New York City, New York, has joined Jackson Lewis P.C. in the firm's New York City office as Of Counsel. Wood joins the law firm after more than two decades at International Business Machines Corporation (IBM), serving for most of that time as chief global labor and employment counsel spanning more than 170 countries. Wood focuses her practice on international employment issues, corporate governance and investigations, workplace training, and restrictive covenants worldwide.

Sally B. Shattuck, '79, Ashalnd, Kansas, received the Kansas Bar Association Pillars of the Community Award.

Mark A. Burghart, '79, Topeka, was named by Governor Laura Kelly as Kansas Department of Revenue Secretary. Burghart was a partner in the Topeka law firm of Alderson, Alderson, Conklin, Burghart, Crow & Slinkard LLC where he was responsible for litigation of state tax matters and an adjunct professor at the Washburn University Law School. He previously had been general counsel for the Kansas Department of Revenue for seven years.


Jeffrey E. King, '81, Salina, Kansas, has been selected to serve as workers compensation division director for the Kansas Department of Labor. King has been in private practice in Salina since March 1981 and has spent the last 28 years with Hampton & Royce L. C. King's practice primarily involved Workers Compensation cases. He also served on the Workers Compensation Advisory Council for several years. King has also been a Fellow of The College of Workers Compensation Lawyers since 2010.

The Hon. Larry D. Hendricks, '82, Topeka, received the Kansas Bar Association Outstanding Service Award.

The Hon. Timothy P. McCarthy, '82, Overland Park, Kansas, received the Distinguished Public Service Award from United Community Services of Johnson County for work on Veterans Treatment Court.

Barbara W. Rankin, '82, Topeka, was named as Assistant Insurance Commissioner of the State of Kansas.

Laura L. Ice, '84, Wichita, has been promoted to General Counsel of Textron Financial Corporation. Laura has worked for TFC (formerly Cessna Finance Corporation) for 21 years, managing aircraft, golf and turf equipment finance transactions worldwide. Prior to her work with TFC, Laura was a shareholder with the Wichita law firm, Adams & Jones, where she began her law practice immediately after graduation from law school. Laura is a former President of the Wichita Bar Association and of the Kansas Bar Foundation, and serves on the Washburn University Board of Trustees.

Dennis C. Jones, '84, Topeka, was hired as Director of Anti-Fraud of the Kansas Insurance Department. Jones brings more than 30 years of legal experience, having previously served as a city attorney, county attorney, special prosecutor and most recently as assistant District Attorney for Shawnee County.

The Hon. John J. Kisner Jr., '84, Wichita, retired after more than 15 years on the bench. Before being appointed to the bench, he was special counsel for the Kansas Corporation Commission and assistant district attorney and then deputy district attorney for the 18th Judicial District.

Natalie G. Haag, '85, Topeka, is the 2018 recipient of Capitol Federal's highest recognition, the
Henry A. Bubb Distinguished Service Award. This award, named in honor of Capitol Federal's longtime chairman, is presented annually to an employee or officer who demonstrates the leadership qualities of the late Mr. Bubb. An important requirement to earning the prestigious Henry A. Bubb Award is community volunteerism.

Myall S. Hawkins, '85, Houston, Texas is now a partner at Seyfarth Shaw, LLP.

Christine Tamburini Ladner, '85, Kansas City, Missouri, has accepted a fellowship focusing on human trafficking. She will be an Equal Justice Works Crime Victims Justice Corps fellow. There are approximately 46 EJWCVC fellowships placed at nonprofits across the U.S. Funded mostly by the D.O.J., these fellows focus on assisting survivors of human trafficking. Her host organization will be Legal Aid of Western Missouri. Christine prosecuted in Sedgwick County, Shawnee County, the Attorney General's Office and Saline County.

Terri L. Savely, '86, St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands, has relocated to Christansted on St. Croix of the U. S. Virgin Islands where she serves as the career law clerk of Chief Judge Wilma Lewis of the District of the Virgin Islands. Savely worked for the Kansas Court of Appeals more than 20 years working including serving as the Director of Central Staff and Associate Counsel to the Court.

Randall W. Schroer, '86, Kansas City, Missouri, is now the managing partner in the Overland Park office for Chicago based Hennessy & Roach, P.C.

Keith A. Schraad, '87, Phoenix, Arizona, director of the Arizona Department of Insurance (ADOI), was appointed as interim director of the Arizona Department of Financial Institutions (AZDFI). Schraad will serve as director of both ADOI and AZDFI in anticipation of a potential consolidation between the agencies. Schraad has served as director of ADOI since February of 2018. Prior to his time at the department, he served as President of Online Insurance Corporation where he focused on streamlining customer service and improving government interfaces for insurance companies and healthcare professionals.

Mark E. McFarland, '89, Overland Park, Kansas, became a partner in Hinkle Law Firm LLC. McFarland specializes in serving design professionals, handling transactional law and litigating business matters. He spent the past 14 years at Wallace Saunders as a part of special practice groups for banking and financial institutions, business litigation, construction, design professionals, employment law, litigation, professional liability and real estate. He was appointed to the Legal Counsel Forum for the American Council of Engineering Companies and is a member of the Defense Research Institute.

Marcos A. Mendoza, '89, Austin, Texas, has accepted an offer from Quinnipiac Law Review to publish his article The Limits of Insurance as Governance: Professional Liability Coverage for Civil Rights Claims Against Public School Districts .

Susan B. Cunningham, '89, Topeka, was named senior vice president of regulatory and government affairs and general counsel at Kansas Electric Power Cooperative, Inc. (KEPCo). Cunningham most recently was with the law firm Dentons US LLP. Cunningham has more than 28 years of experience in the electric utility industry, including General Counsel with the Kansas Corporation Commission. As senior vice president of regulatory and government affairs and general counsel, Cunningham will act as general counsel and be responsible for all legal functions and the oversight of regulatory and government affairs functions for KEPCo.


Michael J. Kuckelman, '90, Overland Park, Kansas, was elected to a two-year term as the Republican State Chairman by the GOP State Committee.

Teresa L. Anderson, '91, Overland Park, Kansas, received the Legal Aid of Western Missouri Robert C. Welch Volunteer Attorney Project Award for her outstanding commitment to the delivery of pro bono legal services to the greater Kansas City metropolitan community. Anderson, a trial attorney and former criminal defense lawyer, currently handles family court appointments as well as family law preparation and disposition at Polsinelli. Anderson has served VAP as a pro bono attorney for 19 years and has been an advisory board member since 2018. She has served 26 different clients and committed 367 hours to the VAP in a variety of cases including guardianship, custody, civil suits and landlord/tenant disputes. 

Randy D. Gordon, '91, Dallas, Texas, is a partner in the firm of Barnes & Thornburg. Gordon was previously a director at Crowe & Dunlevy. Beyond his legal work, Gordon is an Executive Professor of Law at Texas A&M University, where he holds joint appointments in History and as Special Advisor to the Dean of the School of Innovation and Vice President of Entrepreneurship and Economic Development.

The Hon. Laura E. Johnson-McNish, '91, Marysville, Kansas, has been appointed to fill a District Court Magistrate vacancy in the 22nd Judicial District. Johnson-McNish has spent the last eight years as the Marshall County Attorney, where she prosecutes criminal, traffic, and child-in-need-of-care cases. She was first appointed County Attorney in 2010 to fill an unexpired term and has since been elected to the office twice. Before working for Marshall County, Johnson-McNish was a deputy director of the Kansas Department of Revenue's Division of Property Valuation. Johnson-McNish also holds an active CPA Certificate. 

Tessa K. Jacob, '92, Kansas City, Missouri, is now a partner with Husch Blackwell LLP. Jacob is a commercial litigator and the founder/co-leader of the firm's eDiscovery Solutions team. She represents clients in contentious, high-stakes litigation and government investigations with respect to electronic discovery issues. Jacob also works with clients to develop litigation preparedness policies and to assess processes and technology solutions related to eDiscovery and information governance.

Kimberly A. Rodebaugh, '92, Hutchinson, Kansas, has been appointed as a Senior Assistant District Attorney for Reno County. She previously was an Assistant U.S. Attorney in Wichita. Rodebaugh will handle a general felony caseload, including violent person crimes.

Jonathan D. Beeker, '93, Richmond, Virginia, is now is now Senior Counsel, Brand Integrity for Altria Client Services

Colleen Jamison, '93, Tecumseh, Kansas, has opened Jamison Law, LLC. Her practice is in the area of public utility regulation.

Tony Mattivi, '94, Topeka, received the Topeka Bar Association's Honorable E. Newton Vickers Professionalism Award. Mattivi serves as a mentor for young lawyers in a variety of ways. He is an officer with the Federal Bar Association (FBA), Kansas and Western District of Missouri Chapter and participates in the local mentorship program with the FBA; and is a long-time member of the Sam A. Crow American Inn of Court. He also reaches out to mentor law students and actively mentors the students in the Federal Practice Clinic.

Todd Ehlert, '95, Saint Joseph, Missouri, has joined Rouse Frets White Goss Gentile Rhodes, P.C.

Stephen W. Durrell, '95, Lawrence, Kansas, was appointed as interim Executive Director of the Kansas Lottery. Durrell has been chief counsel and assistant attorney general specializing in the Lottery since 2007.

The Hon. Joel B. Jay, '97, Chappell, Nebraska, was appointed to the County Court of the Eleventh Judicial District. Jay was previously the Deuel County Attorney. He also is the sole practitioner at Jay Law Office, where he handles cases including criminal, civil, and real estate transaction cases, and serves as the City Attorney for the City of Chappell. Before his role as Deuel County Attorney, Jay was an attorney at the Rork Law Office in Topeka.

Jeffrey W. Deane, '98, Shawnee, Kansas, has joined Lauber Municipal Law, LLC in Lee's Summit, Missouri after 7 years with the Law Department of the City of Independence, Missouri. Deane will continue his general municipal, government liability and workers compensation practice areas in western MO and eastern KS.

Patricia A. Voth Blakenship, '98, Wichita, partner at Foulston Siefkin LLP, has been named to lead a new Energy Industry Group for Geneva Group International (GGI), a global alliance of professional service firms. This Energy Industry Group will connect thought leaders from legal, accounting, and financial services GGI member firms to benefit the energy clients of those firms.

Sharmyn K. Calhoun-Alley, 99, Fort Worth, Texas, has accepted the Chief Risk Officer role for Lone Star Ag Credit. In that role she is a member of the executive management team and over sees the following areas of responsibility: Enterprise Risk Management, Compliance, Business Intelligence, Quality Control and Collateral Risk Management.

Scott A. Liljegern, '99, Escondido, California, was named a 2019 California SuperLawyer.


Bryon L. Koepke, '00, Whippany, New Jersey, has joined Suburban Propane Partners L.P. as Vice President, Deputy General Counsel and Assistant Secretary. Prior to joining the Partnership, Koepke spent seven years in the vehicle rental industry at Avis Budget Group, Inc., where he was senior vice president, chief securities counsel and assistant corporate secretary.

The Hon. James Witteman Jr., ’02, Independence, Missouri, is serving as interim Presiding Judge of Jackson County Municipal Court. Witteman was the City Prosecutor for the City of Greenwood, Missouri. He steps into the judgeship with experience as a practicing attorney at his own law firm, and others, in the areas of criminal defense, criminal misdemeanor and traffic, family law, personal injury and DUI/DWI. Wittemen also served as an Assistant Jackson County Prosecuting Attorney in the Drug Unit, litigating numerous felony and misdemeanor drug and alcohol cases.

Wesley L. Ashton, '03, Council Bluffs, Iowa, is the new Black Hills Energy vice president of operations for Iowa Gas. Ashton joined the company in 2006 as the manager of government affairs for Colorado and Kansas. He became senior manager of public affairs for the company's Colorado utilities in 2011. His responsibilities supported the Colorado electric and natural gas utilities, as well as Black Hills Power Delivery and Exploration and Production divisions.

Justin A. Barrett, '04, Colby, Kansas, has been named by the Kansas Supreme Court to serve on a task force to improve the pre-trial detention process. Barrett is one of three attorneys designated to represent defense attorneys on the panel. The committee is charged with making recommendations to the Supreme Court on the fairest and most efficient way to modernize the pretrial process that will be best for defendants and adequate for the system.

Donald H. Snook, '04, Memphis, Tennessee, has accepted a position with FedEx as Senior Counsel - Litigation.

Nicholas D. Purifoy, '05, Kansas City, Missouri, is an assistant legal counsel for Missouri's 16th Judicial Circuit.

The Hon. Jana A. Sieve Wilson, '05, Kansas City, Kansas, was appointed to fill the term of retiring Wyandotte County Chief Judge Wayne Lampson. Wilson has spent the last five years as an Assistant Attorney with the Unified Government of Wyandotte County/Kansas City, Kansas, where she handles various legal issues affecting county management, the county jail, the Sheriff's Department, and labor relations. Before working for the Unified Government, Wilson was a trial attorney with Liberty Mutual, and spent almost four years in private practice at the firms of McAnany, Van Cleave & Phillips, P.A., and Lathrop Gage LLP. Wilson has also served as a municipal judge pro tempore.  In 2018, Wilson was the runner-up in the primary election for the Division 5 district court judge position.

Jason T. Gray, '06, Washington, D.C., became a partner at Duncan & Allen. The firm focuses on energy law, regulation of public utilities and administrative law.

Brian J. Malone, '06, Saint Louis, Missouri, has been named shareholder at Lashly & Baer, P.C. Malone has been with the firm since 2016. He devotes his practice to assisting governmental bodies and public institutions in the St. Louis area.

John Paul D. Washburn, '07, Topeka, received the Topeka Bar Association Outstanding Young Lawyer Award. Along with the work he does through the TBA, John Paul is an active member of the KBA, serving on the Family Law Section Executive Committee and the young Lawyers Section Board. John Paul is active in the community serving on the TFI VEC Advisory Committee, leading a high school youth group, and coaching youth sports. In addition to being recognized twice by the KBA for his pro bono service, in 2016, he was selected by the Jayhawk Area Council as one of Greater Topeka's Top 20 under 40 professionals.

Robin R. Anderson, '07, Merriam, Kansas, is now a law clerk for The Honorable Holly Teeter, US District Court of Kansas.

Shanelle E. Dupree, '07, Kansas City, Kansas, is now the regional director at Kansas Department for Children and Families. 

Laurel A. Klein Searles, '08, Topeka, was named Director of Unemployment Insurance. Searles joined Labor in 2012 as an Appeals Referee and became Chief of Appeals, leaving the agency to work for the Social Security Administration in 2018.

Dana L. Lauer, '07, Boston, Massachusetts, was promoted by Cordell & Cordell to Litigation Manager. Lauer has previously been recognized as a Massachusetts Rising Star in the family law practice area by Super Lawyers.

Nanette C. Turner Kalcik, '08, Wichita, has joined Lewis Brisbois as a partner. Kalcik is experienced in nationwide complex litigation.

Matthew W. Bish, '09, Wichita, was named to the 40 Under 40 list by the Wichita Business Journal.

Kimberly M. Lynch, '09, Topeka has been named State Hospital Commissioner. Lynch began her more than 10 years of state service in 2009 with the Kansas Attorney General's Civil Litigation Division. She joined KDADS in 2012 and was promoted to Chief Litigation Attorney, then Senior Counsel, before being named Chief Counsel in 2017.

Timothy M. Belsan, '09, Washington, D.C., received the U.S. Department of Justice Civil Division's Special Commendation Award, which is given in recognition of particularly outstanding acts of service that have materially contributed to the successful accomplishment of division objections.

Timothy M. Belsan, '09, Washington, D.C., has been promoted to Chief of the National Security & Affirmative Litigation Unit at the U.S. Department of Justice's Office of Immigration Litigation.

Brett A. Flachsbarth, '09, Topeka, serves as the Deputy Secretary for the Kansas Department of Labor. His appointment is effective immediately. Flachsbarth joined KDOL in 2005 as a member of the agency legal team, became the Chief of the Office of Unemployment Insurance Appeals in 2011 and was promoted to Director of the Unemployment Insurance Division in January 2013.

The Hon. Daniel D. Gilligan, '09, Hutchinson, Kansas, has been named as District Magistrate Judge for the 27th District. Gilligan was previously a Reno County prosecutor. 

Dustin L. Grant, '09, Egllin AFB, Florida, is the Deputy Staff Judge Advocate at the 96 Test Wing Legal Office.

The Hon. Christine M. Larson, '09, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, was appointed as the associate district judge for Cimarron County, Oklahoma. Larson was previously a partner at Sharp McQueen, P.A. in Liberal, Kansas.

Justin L. McFarland, '09, Topeka is now General Counsel of the Kansas Insurance Department. McFarland formerly was Deputy General Counsel and Labor Market Information Director in the Kansas Department of Labor.

Kevin W. Mechtley, '09, Overland Park, Kansas, was named to the board of directors of the National Association of Fixed Annuities. Mechtley has been in the middle of insurance industry efforts related to the Labor Department's fiduciary rule, the Securities and Exchange Commission's advice reform proposal and the National Association of Insurance Commissioners' revision of its annuity suitability rule.


Vo-Laria N. Brooks, ’10, Charlottesville, Virginia, is the Director, Domestic Operations, at The Judge Advocate General's Legal Center and School, Center for Law and Military Operations.

Ryan K. Meyer, '10, Wichita, has been appointed to the Federal Bench-Bar Committee.

Sean T. Pribyl, '10, Norway, has joined Gard AS as Senior Claims Executive, Lawyer (Charters & Traders Defence Claims).

Lisa S. Tse, '10, Bellevue, Washington, has opened the Law Office of Lisa S. Tse.

Samuel R. Foreman, '11, Wichita, has opened a solo practice, Foreman Law. Foreman had previously been with Fleeson, Gooing, Coulson & Kitch LLC for nearly three years. He had been with Klenda Austerman LLC prior to that. Foreman is a former Wichita Business Journal 40 Under 40 honoree.

Levi Morris, '11, Great Bend, Kansas, was appointed as the new Barton County Attorney.

The Hon. Courtney D. Boehm, '12, Hillsboro, Kansas, was appointed as a district judge in the 8th District. Boehm currently served as Marion County Attorney and had a private practice with Cottonwood Law Group,

LeTiffany Obozele, '12, Lawrence, Kansas, has joined the Douglas County District Attorney’s Office.

Will Lawrence, '13, Topeka, was named Chief of Staff for the Kansas Governor's Office. Lawrence has provided counsel to Senate Minority Leader Anthony Hensley, D-Topeka, for the past two years.

Matthew A. Spahn, '13, Wichita, is now a Partner at Martin, Pringle Attorneys at Law.

Nickolas C. Templin, '13, Kansas City, Missouri, is now with Schmitt Law Firm, LLC.

Travis M. Pfannenstiel, '14, Scottsdale, Arizona, is now an Acquisitions Attorney at DEPCOM Power, Inc.

Travis L. Cook, '14, Wichita, is now with Koch Companies Public Sector, LLC., Legal Department.

Steven E. Iverson, '14, Council Grove, Kansas, has opened Iverson Law Office. Iverson's practice will include estate planning, probate and trust administration, special needs planning, elder law/Medicaid, Medicaid crisis planning, veterans benefits and appeals, succession planning for farmers and ranchers and more.

Robert J. Moody, '14, Wichita, received the Kansas Bar Association Diversity Award.

Jennifer L. Ouellette, '14, Topeka, is now a Staff Attorney for the Kansas Insurance Department.

Jessica L. Conrow, '15, Topeka, has been promoted to Senior Legal Counsel at Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services

Kristina J. Crawford, '15, Topeka, is now a Trust Officer at Kaw Valley Bank.

Courtney L. Kelley, '15, Denver, Colorado, has relocated from the Tulsa, office to the Denver office of Hall, Estill.

Jennifer L. Harper, '15, Wellington, Kansas, assumed the position of Assistant District Attorney for the 27th Judicial District. She had previously been a Deputy Sumner County Attorney. She is currently handling the juvenile, child in need of care, and care and treatment (substance abuse/mental illness) caseload.

Blair W. Loving, '16, Garden City, Kansas, joined the law firm of Hope, Mills, Bolin, Collins & Ramsey as a Partner.

Ryan A. Laudermilk, '17, Kansas City, Missouri, is now a staff attorney in the domestic unit at Legal Aid of Western Missouri. 

Stryder D. Montgomery, '17, Dighton, Kansas, is the new district manager of the Lane County Conservation District.

Joseph R. Aker, '18, Abilene, Kansas, has joined the Cottonwood Law Group.

Sarah C. Anderson, '18, Albuquerque, New Mexico, is an assistant trial attorney for the Bernalillo County District Attorney.

William C. Dauster, '18, Raymore, Missouri, is now an associate at Carter Law Office.

Christopher M. Helt, '18, Kansas City, Missouri, has joined Lewis Rice, as an associate practicing in the Litigation Department. Chris advises clients on matters relating to commercial and civil litigation. He has experience in state contract law, employment, bankruptcy, firearms, and appellate procedure.

Matthew J. Wiebe, '18, Holland, Michigan, has joined Smith Haughey Rice & Roegge. Wiebe was a legal intern at Smith Haughey Rice & Roegge and also interned at the U.S. District Court for the District of Kansas.

Kristen N. Zacharias, '18, Topeka, has joined the law firm of Newbery, Ungerer & Hickert LLP as an associate attorney practicing in the areas of estate planning, probate and trust administration, commercial real estate law, business law and tax planning. Before becoming an associate attorney, she worked as a law clerk for the firm.

Justin L. Crawford, ’18, Joplin, Missouri, is now the Joplin School District's director of educational support and human resources. Crawford previously worked for the district in various capacities and has specialized in dropout prevention and technology integration.

Samantha J. Leeds, '18, Austin, Texas, is an associate at Venero Law, PLLC.

Keegan M. McElroy, '19, Topeka, was recognized by CASA of Shawnee County as CASA Rookie of the Year.v

Allison A. Zerbe, '19, Topeka, has been promoted to associate attorney and a human resource adviser at HR Partners. Zerbe clerked for John R. Dietrick, P.A., during her final year of law school and served as an HR adviser for HR Partners.

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Randall W. Schroer, '86, Kansas City, Missouri, is now the managing partner in the Overland Park office for Chicago based Hennessy & Roach, P.C.

The Hon. Laura E. Johnson-McNish, '91, Marysville, Kansas, has been appointed to fill a District Court Magistrate vacancy in the 22nd Judicial District.

The Hon. Jana A. Sieve Wilson, '05, Kansas City, Kansas, was appointed to fill the term of retiring Wyandotte County Chief Judge Wayne Lampson

Vo-Laria N. Brooks, ’10, Charlottesville, Virginia, is the Director, Domestic Operations, at The Judge Advocate General's Legal Center and School, Center for Law and Military Operations.

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