McPeak Named Ellis and Judd Outstanding Directed Intern

By Professor Lynette Petty
Photograph: Carly McPeak
Carly McPeak is the recipient of the spring 2013 Ellis & Judd Outstanding Directed Intern Award. At the beginning of the semester, McPeak was handed a hotly contested divorce case which was complicated by a protection from stalking case and two criminal matters stemming from the actions of our client’s abusive husband. After negotiating a settlement of the case and preparing to present the terms at pretrial, McPeak was advised moments before the hearing that the settlement was off. Trial was set with less than three weeks to prepare.

McPeak did a masterful job preparing for the hearing. She dealt with multiple issues at trial, including debt and property division, child support, distribution of tax refunds, and parenting time. McPeak poured through mounds of evidence to determine which documents should be introduced into evidence. Her direct required a skillful telling of a complicated story over emotional details of the events that had transpired. While our client’s income was limited, McPeak worked with the facts she had to show the Court that our client could cash flow the mortgage on the house and pay the debts to cover her husband’s equity.

To add to McPeak’s challenges, the Respondent was represented by a very experienced attorney known for his trial work and ability to effectively cross examine witnesses. McPeak more than held her own. Her preparation paid off for her client who ultimately prevailed on every issue.

The Ellis & Judd Outstanding Directed Intern Award is given to the directed intern who has distinguished herself by combining competent, vigorous representation with the compassion necessary to become a truly effective lawyer. McPeak has definitely earned her award.

McPeak graduated in May and passed the Kansas bar in July.