C. Michael Lennen, '74, to be Honored as Alumni Fellow

Photograph: C. Michael Lennen.C. Michael Lennen, jd ’74, Topeka, will be honored as the Washburn University School of Law 2013 Alumni Fellow.

The Alumni Fellows program recognizes alumni who have distinguished themselves in their careers. Fellows are invited to campus to interact with students and faculty in the classroom and other academic settings.

Each spring, faculty and staff submit nominations for fellows to their respective dean, who selects one for the college or school. A fellow is selected from the School of Applied Studies, School of Business, School of Law, School of Nursing and Washburn Institute of Technology. Because of its size, the College of Arts and Sciences selects up to three fellows.

The 2013 Fellows will be honored at 11:30 a.m. on Friday, Sept. 13, during the Alumni Fellows Luncheon at Bradbury Thompson Alumni Center. The cost to attend the event is $15 for dues-paid members of the Alumni Association and $18 for non-members. Please RSVP for the event by Sept. 2. 

Lennen is of counsel with the Law Offices of Morris, Laing, Evans, Brock and Kennedy, Chtd.

The Syracuse, Kan., native and Topeka resident has had a successful career in law spanning nearly 40 years, including more than 20 years with his current firm.

Lennen has served in his current capacity since 2012, and previously was a shareholder and director with the firm’s Wichita office from 1987 to 2007. He worked for five years as vice president of regulatory affairs at Westar Energy before returning to the firm.

His positions prior to Morris, Laing, Evans, Brock and Kennedy include chairman of the Kansas Corporation Commission from 1983 to 1987, secretary of the Kansas Department of Revenue from 1979 to 1983, administrative assistant to congresswoman Martha Keyes from 1976 to 1979 and law clerk for the Hon. Frank G. Theis from 1974 to 1976.

Lennen is the president of the Topeka Symphony, a position he has held since 2010, and vice chairman of the Kansas Health Foundation, among several service endeavors.

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