Photograph: Alumna meeting with student.

School of Law Alumni Fellows, 2021-

2022 - Deena Hyson Bailey, '97

Photograph: Deena Hyson Bailey. Deena Hyson Bailey is managing senior counsel for Cargill, Incorporated, a global food, agriculture and finance company and the largest privately-held company in the U.S. Her practice focuses on all aspects of employment and labor law matters and includes federal contractor equal employment opportunity requirements, immigration, data privacy, anti-trust, and health and safety law. Hyson Bailey was previously in private practice at both Wallace Saunders and Martin Pringle Law Firm. She has served as board president of the Wichita Women Attorneys Association and the Kansas Women Attorneys Association, as well as several community non-profit organizations. She has been honored with the annual achievement awards by the Wichita Women Attorneys Association in 2016 and the Kansas Women Attorneys Association in 2017. During her career, Hyson Bailey's pro bono efforts have centered on the protection from abuse docket in Sedgwick County and legal work for non-profit organizations such as the Wichita Family Crisis Center and Wichita Animal Action League. She presents on continuing legal education topics including substantive legal topics, mentorship, and diversity and inclusion.

2021 - Gwynne Birzer, '92

Photograph: Gwynne Birzer. The Honorable Gwynne Birzer grew up in Kansas City, Kansas, and resides in Wichita, Kansas, where she is a magistrate judge for the U.S. District Court for the District of Kansas. She manages an average docket of 200 cases during the discovery and pretrial phases of criminal and civil litigation and handles numerous consent to trial by magistrate judge cases. Birzer was appointed to the bench in 2015. She previously practiced law in the public and private sector, including as an assistant district attorney, assistant attorney general and in her own firm in Topeka and Shawnee County. Relocating to Wichita, she practiced as a public defender and then as a partner at Hite, Fanning & Honeyman, LLP. She currently serves as a Federal Magistrate Judges Association 10th Circuit Representative and a member of the Hon. Wesley E. Brown Inn of Court board of governors. She volunteers with the Wichita Arts Council, Music Theater Wichita and Stepstone and Dear Neighbor Ministries.