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Honorary Life Membership

(D indicates Deceased)

  • 2021 — Bethany Roberts
  • 2020 — Karla Whitaker
  • 2019 — The Honorable Amy Hanley
  • 2018 — Professor L. Ali Khan
  • 2017 — Dean Thomas J. Romig
  • 2016 — Cynthia Heath and The Honorable Edward Larson
  • 2015 — David J. Rebein
  • 2014 — No award given
  • 2013 — Professor Gregory J. Pease
  • 2012 — Elizabeth A. "Betty" Fischer
  • 2011 — Kathleen Gilligan Sebelius
  • 2010 — John E. Christensen
  • 2009 — Sheila Reynolds
  • 2008 — Nancy G. Maxwell
  • 2007 — William Rich
  • 2006 — Dennis R. Honabach
  • 2005 — Dr. Jerry Farley
  • 2004 — Myrl L. Duncan
  • 2003 — The Hon. Deanell Reece Tacha
  • 2002 — Dean Allen Easley
  • 2001 — Martha M. "Marty" Snyder
  • 2000 — The Hon. Wesley E. Brown
  • 1999 — Bruce Levine
  • 1998 — Louis E. Mosiman
  • 1997 — James M. Concannon
  • 1996 — No award given
  • 1995 — Charles Koch
  • 1994 — Banks McDowell (D)
  • 1993 — The Hon. Mary Briscoe
  • 1992 — Barbara King Wilson
  • 1991 — James M. Concannon
  • 1990 — No award given
  • 1989 — Robert E. Edmonds (D)
  • 1988 — The Hon. Terry Bullock
  • 1987 — Jean B. Reeves (D)
  • 1986 — David S. Dale
  • 1985 — The Hon. James MacNish
  • 1984 — Dr. John L. Green, Jr.
  • 1983 — The Hon. Richard Rogers
  • 1982 — Keith Sebelius
  • 1981 — Carl Monk
  • 1980 — Richard Foth (D)
  • 1979 — The Hon. Frank Theis (D)
  • 1978 — Alfred G. Schroeder (D)
  • 1977 — Spencer Gard (D)
  • 1976 — No award given
  • 1974 — John Fontron (D); Robert Fowls; James Ahrens (D)
  • 1973 — Arthur Stanley
  • 1972 — J. Richards Hunter (D)
  • 1971 — Christine Johnson (D); Robert Price
  • 1970 — John Howe (D); Hugh Wedell (D)
  • 1969 — Gerry Barker (D); John Henderson (D)
  • 1968 — Oscar Stauffer (D)
  • 1967 — Walter Thiele
  • 1966 — Edward Robinson (D)
  • 1965 — David Prager (D)
  • 1964 — William Treadway (D); Dr. Karl Menninger (D)
  • 1963 — Schuyler Jackson; Walter Huxman (D)
2021 Honorary Life Membership Recipient
Photograph: Bethany Roberts.

Bethany Roberts is the managing member with Barber Emerson, L.C. in Lawrence, Kansas, where she acts as a guardian ad litem, conciliator, case manager, and mediator in high-conflict domestic cases. Previously, Roberts served as the pro tem juvenile judge in Douglas County, where she handled a high-volume caseload of juvenile offender and child in need of care cases. Roberts spent many years at Kansas Legal Services in Topeka as the managing attorney and specialized in representing survivors of all ages who had experienced domestic, sexual, stalking, and dating violence. She still partners with Kansas Legal Services on pro bono and reduced-rate matters. Roberts is an adjunct professor at both Washburn University School of Law and the University of Kansas School of Law. At Washburn, she teaches topics related to child and family law, including Children in the Law and Domestic Violence. In 2017, law students honored her with Washburn’s Adjunct Faculty of the Year award. Roberts frequently speaks to law students, attorneys, and judges on domestic law, guardian ad litem practices, trial skills, and ethical issues. A graduate of the University of Kansas School of Law, Roberts previously worked as an elementary school special education teacher.

Roberts currently serves as the District 2 representative for the Kansas Bar Association board of governors and as the KBA representative to the Kansas Bar Foundation board of trustees. Roberts serves as a representative on the Kansas Judicial Council’s Family Law Advisory Committee. She serves as the District J representative for Kansas Women Attorney Association and she holds a leadership position on the Judge Hugh Means Inn of Court.