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Updates submitted between March 22, 2014 and Dec. 31, 2015


The Honorable Bob Dole, '52, Washington, D.C., was honored at the Combat Air Museum at Forbes Field in May 2015. A conference room used for the museum's youth education programs was renamed the Bob Dole Education Center and an exhibit area dedicated mostly to aviation is now known as the Bob Dole Aviation Gallery. Dole served in the Army, achieving the rank of second lieutenant, before a long career in politics that included the Republication presidential nomination in 1996.

James W. Sloan, '52, Topeka, was honored with one of the highest Salvation Army awards, the William Booth Award, at The Salvation Army of Topeka's Civic Luncheon.

The Honorable Paul L. Brady, '56, Atlanta, Ga., was inducted into the National Multicultural Western Heritage Museum Hall of Fame. Brady was the first African-American appointed a federal administrative law judge, according to the National Multicultural Western Heritage Museum website.

Robert T. Stephan, ‘57, Overland Park, Kan., received a Kansas Bar Association Pro Bono Certificate


Bill Hunsaker, '65, Arvada, Colo., launched his new law practice with Donnie Emmi, serving clients with personal injuries or business disputes, and estate law.

Winton M. Hinkle, '68, Wichita, retired from the firm he founded, Hinkle Law LLC.

Thomas A. Adrian, '69, Newton, Kan., received the Outstanding Service Award from the Kansas Bar Association and the Robert K. Weary Award from the Kansas Bar Foundation.

Michael H. Haas, '69, Hoxie, Kan., retired as attorney for Sheridan County after more than 40 years, and was the longest-serving, continuously elected county attorney in state history. He also served in the National Guard during his career and continues to operate his private firm.


H. Philip Elwood, '71, Topeka, has been appointed to the Tower Mental Health Foundation Board of Directors. Elwood is an attorney with Goodell, Stratton, Edmonds and Palmer L.L.P. Elwood's legal experience includes extensive work in health care law.

Roger L. Hiatt, '71, Kansas City, Mo., has started Hiatt, LLC.

The Honorable Gregory Waller, '72, Wichita, received the Wichita Bar Association Chester I. Lewis Diversity Service Award and the Kansas Bar Association Outstanding Service Award. 

John Caton, '73, Hutchinson, Kan., was elected president of the Kansas School Attorneys Association at the association's annual meeting.

Jan M. Hamilton, '73, Topeka, has received the 2015 Robert L. Gernon Award for Outstanding Service to Continuing Legal Education in Kansas from the Kansas Continuing Legal Education Commission.

John T. Bird, '74, Hays, Kan., who 40 years ago began with the firm Glassman Bird Brown & Powell, LLP, and is senior partner, has announced that well-respected Hays lawyer Todd D. Powell, '98, is now a partner in the full-service law firm that serves Northwest Kansas.

David K. Duckers, '74, Kansas City, was named a new member of the Ethics Commission for the Unified Government of Wyandotte County/ Kansas City, Kan.

Richard A. Euson, '74, Wichita, received the Kansas Bar Association Distinguished Service Award.

The Honorable Christel Marquardt, '74, Topeka, was given the Topeka Bar Association Warren W. Shaw Distinguished Service Award. 

The Honorable Rebecca A. Sanders, '74, Topeka, received the Women Attorneys Association Chief Justice Kay McFarland Award.

John F. Stasiowski, '74, Scottsdale, Ariz., retired after working for 36 years in the beer industry.

The Honorable Stephen R. Tatum, '74, Olathe, Kan., has received the Community Outreach and Education Award from the Kansas District Judges Association. Tatum, who retired in 2013, is a temporary judge in the criminal courts and serves on the Johnson County Criminal Justice Advisory board. 

Terry E. Beck, '75, Topeka, joined the Washburn University Board of Regents as an appointee of the Shawnee County Commission. Beck manages his own law practice in Topeka. He also has served as president of the Sertoma Foundation and governor of the Kansas District Sertoma, and serves on the Third Judicial District Nominating Commission.

J. Patrick Hyland, '75, Veneta, Ore., is starting a private practice in clinical mental health counseling.

Col. (RET) Charles. R. Rayl, '75, Strong City, Kan., retired from the practice of law on September 16, 2015 after 40 years and four days.  The Fifth Judicial District Court hosted a reception in the Chase County Courthouse, the oldest courthouse in Kansas.

Gerald L. Green, '76, Hutchinson, Kan., was sworn in as the 129th president of the Kansas Bar Association.

The Honorable Daniel L. Love, '76, Dodge City, Kan., retired as chief district judge of the 16th Judicial District in January 2015. Love had served as judge for 25 years and is a past president of the District Judges Association. He and his wife, Beth, continue to live in Dodge City.

The Honorable J. Thomas Marten, '76, Wichita, has been appointed as Chief Judge of the District of Kansas. After serving as law clerk to retired Associate Justice Tom C. Clark of the United States Supreme Court, he spent 19 years practicing law in Nebraska, Minnesota, and Kansas, the last 14 years of which were as a member of Bremyer & Wise, P.A. in McPherson, Kansas. Judge Marten is a founding member of the Wesley E. Brown Inn of Court, a frequent speaker at seminars and conferences, and has taught trial advocacy at Harvard Law School for more than 25 years.

Michael L. Merriam, '76, Topeka, was honored by the Kansas Sunshine Coalition for his promotion of open government. Merriam has practiced media and First Amendment law for more than 35 years and has represented many communications and news companies.

James P. Rankin, '76, Topeka, is president of the Topeka Bar Association.

Dan Rector, '76, Monument, Colo., was the featured lecturer at a seminar on October 7th, 2015, in Novi, Mich. before The Military and Veteran's Law Section of the State Bar of Michigan annual meeting on this topic: The Veteran's Benefit No One Knows About: TSGLI.

The Honorable Joseph Bribiesca, '77, Wichita, received the Wichita Bar Association Howard C. Kline Distinguished Service Award.

Jeffrey C. Joy, '77, Irvine, Calif,, was recognized in the 2015 edition of Best Lawyers in America.

Michael C. Manning, '77, Phoenix, Ariz., was named to the 2015 edition of Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business. He was listed in the Litigation: General Commercial category for the state of Arizona and is a partner at Stinson Leonard Street LLP in the Phoenix office.

Patrik W. Neustrom, '77, Salina, Kan., has been chosen by his peers to serve as president of the Kansas Association for Justice (KSAJ) for 2014-15. Neustrom has practiced law in Salina for more than 30 years with Neustrom & Associates, P.A., and has been a KSAJ member for 34 years.

Patty Riley, '77, Topeka, received the Kansas Bar Association Outstanding Service Award.

Martin R. Ufford, '77, Wichita, has joined Hinkle Law Firm LLC as a member.

S. Lucky DeFries, '78, Topeka, has been selected for 2014 induction into the Ottawa High School Wall of Fame and has been named vice chair of the Ottawa University board of trustees.

Edward J. Nazar, '78, Wichita, has joined Hinkle Law Firm LLC as a member.

The Honorable Sally D. Pokorny, '78, Lawrence, Kan., was the recipient of the Kansas Women Attorneys Association (KWAA) Jennie Mitchell Kellogg Achievement Award. Pokorny was appointed to the 7th Judicial District Court by Governor Kathleen Sebelius in 2009. She is currently serving on the Kansas Bar Association Board of Governors, is a former president of the Kansas Bar Foundation, and a former president of the Lawrence Judge Hugh Means Inn of Court.

Bradley J. Prochaska, '78, Wichita, has been elected as chairman of the American Association of Justice's professional negligence section. He also has been honored with the Dan Cullen Award by Birth Trauma Litigation Group of the American Association for Justice.

Edward L. Barker, '79, Mission Hills, Kan., has joined Husch Blackwell's Kansas City, Missouri, Healthcare, Life Sciences & Pharmaceuticals industry team as senior counsel, and brings extensive experience having previously served as the senior vice president and chief legal officer of the four-state nonprofit healthcare organization Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth Health System Inc. for more than 25 years.

Robert F. Hartsook, '79, Kansas City, Mo., was inducted into the Emporia High School Hall of Fame. He is the owner of Hartsook Companies Inc., one of the largest fundraising consulting practices in the world.

Paul T. Maricle, '79, Denver, Colo., has joined Coan Payton & Payne's Denver office. Prior to joining CP2, Maricle practiced with a Denver boutique law firm specializing in aviation law, government contracts, mergers and acquisitions, and other areas. Before that, he practiced at Holland & Hart and Rossi & Maricle.

David H. Moses, '79, Wichita, is the Wichita State University general counsel.

Jeffrey W. Schemmel, '79, Atlanta, is founder and president of College Sports Solutions (CSS), a leading full-service provider of collegiate athletic consulting, strategies, and solutions to universities, intercollegiate conferences, and collegiate organizations.


Joe Cosgrove, Jr., '80, Austin, Texas, announced his retirement from AT&T after 28 years of service. Since graduation, his other positions in the legal profession have been with the United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission and the Johnson County (Kan.) District Attorney's Office. Cosgrove is active in the Austin community, serving on the boards of several charitable organizations. He and his wife, Dixie, look forward to starting their next chapter.

Douglas D. Depew, '80, Neodesha, Kan., was appointed by Governor Sam Brownback to the K-12 Student Performance and Efficiency Commission.

The Honorable Marla J. Luckert, '80, Topeka, received the Topeka Bar Association’s Warren W. Shaw Distinguished Service Award.

William W. Sneed, '80, Topeka, was reappointed to the Washburn University Board of Regents. Sneed has served on the nine-member Washburn board since July 2011.

E. Lou Bjorgaard Probasco, '81, Topeka, has been elected as a trustee of the TARC Foundation Board.

Jerome A. Gorman, '81, Kansas City, Kan., received the lifetime achievement award from the Kansas County and District Attorney's Association.

Ronald J. Caron, '82, Manchester, N.H., has joined the Devine Millimet Law Firm as part of its litigation practice group. He also focuses on real estate and construction litigation, and labor and employment-related matters for individuals and businesses.  He is a member of the New Hampshire Bar Association and admitted to the U. S. District Court for the District of New Hampshire.

Philip S. Milone, '82, Garden City, N.Y., was named a "Top Family Law Attorney" in New York by New York Magazine, April 2014. He has been an active Matrimonial and Family Law practitioner in New York City and Long Island for over 30 years. Milone also is serving his third four-year term as justice of the Village of Stewart Manor, Long Island, N.Y.

Zackery E. Reynolds, '82, Fort Scott, Kan., received the Kansas Bar Association Diversity Award.

Terri A. Roberts, '82, Topeka, has been appointed to the Tower Mental Health Foundation Board of Directors. Roberts is executive director of the American Holistic Nurses Association. Previously, she served 23 years as executive director of the Kansas State Nurses Association.

The Honorable Guy R. Steier, '82, Concordia, Kan., was elected president of the Kansas District Magistrate Judges' Association. He has been a district magistrate judge in Cloud County since February 2005. Cloud County is in the 12th judicial district with Jewell, Lincoln, Mitchell, Republic, and Washington counties. 

Patricia A. Gilman, '83, Wichita, has joined Hinkle Law Firm LLC as a member.

Nancy A. Goodall, '83, Topeka, is secretary of the Topeka Performing Arts Center Board of Trustees.

The Honorable David E. Bruns, '84, Topeka, is the 2015-16 Optimist International President.  Bruns will lead Optimist International's global membership by adapting to modern society.

W. Thomas Gilman, '84, Wichita, has joined Hinkle Law Firm LLC as a member.

Laura L. Ice, '84, Wichita, has been awarded the Howard C. Kline Award by the Wichita Bar Association. She also received the Professionalism Award from the Kansas Bar Association at its annual meeting in Topeka. She is serving as president of the Kansas Bar Foundation for 2015-16.

Jeffrey L. Kennedy, '84, Wichita, received the Wichita Bar Association President’s Award.

Daniel P. Kolditz, '84, Saint Louis, Mo., has been appointed vice president and senior counsel of distribution for Anheuser-Busch Companies, LLC.

Gary A. Norton, '84, Des Moines, Iowa, was selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® 2015.

Frank M. Ojile, '84, Wichita, was named Outstanding Adjunct Professor of the Year at Wichita State University.

Natalie G. Haag, '85, Topeka, was elected to the 21-member board of directors of the Kansas Humanities Council, a nonprofit organization that supports community-based cultural programs. Haag serves as general counsel of Capitol Federal Savings Bank. She is president of the Kansas Bar Association, vice president of the board of directors for the Kansas Coalition Against Sexual and Domestic Violence, and the 2nd Congressional District attorney representative on the Supreme Court nominating committee. 

Brenden J. Long, '85, Topeka, has joined Midland Care Connection as vice president of human resources. Long, a former city attorney for the city of Topeka, has assisted nonprofit and governmental organizations with their legal and human resources needs for almost 30 years.

The Honorable Nancy L. Moritz, '85, Topeka, has been appointed to the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. The Court, based in Denver, reviews legal cases from Kansas, Colorado, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Utah, and Wyoming.

Steven J. Obermeier, '85, Olathe, Kan., was selected by the Kansas Continuing Legal Education Commission as the recipient of the 2014 Robert L. Gernon Award.

Gregory G. Meredith, '86, Hutchinson, Kan., has been named vice president of Compliance and Ethics at Hutchinson Regional Healthcare System.

Randall W. Schroer, '86, Kansas City, Mo., previously of counsel with Morrow Willnauer Klosterman Church, LLC, became a member (partner) of the firm.

Anita M. Tebbe, '86, Overland Park, Kan., received the Kansas Bar Association Distinguished Government Service Award.

The Honorable Rene S. Young, '86, Salina, Kan., became chief judge of the 28th Judicial District for a two-year period that started January 1, 2015. Young has been a Saline County District Court judge since 2006. 

The Honorable Brad E. Avery, '87, Topeka, has joined Patterson Legal Group in a counsel position. Avery, who was an administrative law judge and assistant director for the Division of Workers Compensation for the state of Kansas for 20 years, will practice in the area of workers compensation, employment law, and general litigation.

Associate Dean Jalen Lowry, '87, Topeka, was awarded the "Achieving Excellence Award" from Washburn University's Vice President of Student Life, Denise Ottinger.  This award recognizes people at Washburn University who demonstrate excellence in working with individual students, student groups, or organizations.  The award specifically cites that "she meets with students during difficult times in their lives.”

Lt. Col. Bryan T. Wheeler, '87, Annapolis, Md., was formerly the Department of Defense Associate General Counsel at the TRICARE Management Activity. Wheeler is now the Deputy General Counsel of the Defense Health Agency, a 12,500 plus organization that provides healthcare services for 9.6 million beneficiaries.

The Honorable Kyle A. Bryson, '88, Tucson, Ariz., has been named as the presiding judge of the Superior Court in Pima County. Bryson has served as associate presiding judge, and has been the presiding judge of the court's probate division.

Thomas R. Merkel, '88, Rosemount, Minn., retired January 30, 2015 after 14 years with Hennepin County, Minn., serving first as an inspector within the Sheriff's Office and since 2007 as director of community corrections & rehabilitation (DOCCR).  With 925 employees and a budget of $100 million, the DOCCR is responsible for the supervision of 27,000 offenders each day.

Gregory L. Shevlin, '88, Belleville, Ill., has been elected to the board of directors of the Illinois Bar Foundation for a two-year term. Shevlin is a partner at Cook Ysursa Bartholomew Brauer & Shevlin.

The Honorable James Fleetwood, '89, Wichita, received the Wichita Bar Association President’s Award.

Natalie Camacho Mendoza, '89, Boise, Idaho, has been selected to chair the Dean’s Advisory Council for Concordia University School of Law in Boise. She has served on the Council since 2009 and chairs the Diversity Task Force. The law school is part of Concordia University, a private, nonprofit, Lutheran, liberal arts university, based in Portland, Oregon. Mendoza was also appointed to serve on the University’s Council of Trustees.She was selected by the Idaho Business Review for 2014 Leaders in Law, one of 22 attorneys recognized. This is the second year of the program. Factors considered for the selection included professionalism, leadership, experience, and commitment of substantial time to community and national organizations to benefit others. She was appointed by Boise Mayor David Bieter and confirmed by the Boise City Council to serve as the director of the Office of Police Oversight.  The office promotes public confidence in the professionalism and accountability of Boise police and law enforcement through unbiased investigations of citizen complaints, independent review of police actions, policy recommendations, and on-going public outreach. Mendoza will take on these duties as well as continue her work in private practice at Camacho Mendoza Law, Boise and Nampa, Idaho.

Marcos Mendoza, '89, Austin, Texas, graduated from the University of Connecticut School of Law with an LL.M. in Insurance Law, with honors, and was profiled in the spring edition of Insurance Litigation Magazine.


John E. Anderson, '91, Newark, N.J., an assistant prosecutor and trial court supervisor with the Essex County prosecutor, recently participated in the U.S. Department of Justice Office of Overseas Prosecutional Development Assistance and Training (OPDAT), and conducted two two-day cross-examination workshops May 25-29, 2015 in Pristina, Kosovo. Fifteen prosecutors representing each of Kosovo's seven regional offices took part in the workshop. Kosovo is moving toward an adversarial legal system, much like the United States. During day 1, John Anderson, along with Essex County Assistant Prosecutor Gregg Brown and OPDAT RLA Constantine Supois, discussed best practices for cross-examining defendants, defense witnesses, and experts, as well as preparing witnesses for defense cross-examinations. During day 2, participants analyzed and presented areas of cross-examination in eight hypothetical situations, conducted mock cross-examinations, and received feedback from the instructors. The participants were particularly engaged in the exercises and all of them indicated that they had never received any training in this area before. John had previously assisted OPDAT Kosovo in January 2015, teaching evidence and evidentiary procedures.

Nancy A. Ogle, '91, Wichita, received the Wichita Women Attorneys' 2015 Louise Mattox Achievement Award. The award honors an attorney who shows support for women in the profession, makes significant contributions to the legal community, and exhibits outstanding professionalism.

M. Kristine Savage, '91, Topeka, is listed in The Best Lawyers in America® 2015 among the country's most distinguished attorneys. Savage is honored in two areas: Criminal Defense: Non-White-Collar and Criminal Defense: White Collar.  Savage practices family law and is certified by the Kansas Supreme Court to perform mediation in domestic cases. She also has extensive experience in complex federal and state criminal cases, including appeals. Before joining the firm in 1999, she was chief of the Northeast Kansas Conflicts Office, and served as an assistant appellate defender and public defender in Shawnee County.

Curtis S. Sneden, '91, Topeka, is the new vice president of government relations for the Greater Topeka Chamber of Commerce. Sneden has served as a Chamber's volunteer vice chairman of government relations since 2012.

The Honorable Douglas P. Witteman, '91, Burlington, Kan., has been appointed to the Fourth Judicial District court that serves Osage, Anderson, Franklin, and Coffey counties. 

Alice L. Knetsch Osburn, '92, Wichita, has joined the Sedgwick County District Attorney's Office.

L.J. Leatherman, '92, Topeka, received the Kansas Bar Association Outstanding Service Award. 

Brent A. Mitchell, '92, Wichita, was recognized by The Wichita Business Journal and Best Lawyers as one of the Wichita-area lawyers of the year at an event on September 29.

A. Michelle Roberts Canter, '92, Duluth, Ga., is a partner at Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP. 

Thomas G. Lemon, '93, Topeka, has been elected as a trustee of the TARC Foundation Board.

Samantha M. Musso, '93, Fairfax, Va., serving as Virginia director of the Military Spouse JD Network, led the effort to adopt a rule for military spouse attorney admission in the Commonwealth. The Supreme Court of Virginia adopted Rule 1A:8 effective July 1, 2014, enabling qualified attorneys relocating to Virginia due to their service member spouse's military orders to seek admission to the Virginia bar without examination. Virginia became the seventh state to adopt such a licensing rule. Musso, a military spouse of 24 years herself, has experienced nine relocations and is admitted to practice in three jurisdictions. She is an estate planning attorney with M. H. Lawrence, P.C. in Fairfax, Virginia.

Steve Gorny, '94, Kansas City, Mo., established The Gorny Law Firm, LC, on the Country Club Plaza in Kansas City. He represents individuals and businesses harmed by the carelessness of others.

Kenneth P. Kula, '94, and Kirsten Kula, Dallas, Texas, are proud to announce the arrival of Anderson Joseph Ray Kula. He was born at 4:44 a.m. on July 9, 2015 and was 7 pounds, 10.4 ounces, 20 inches long.

Tony Mattivi, '94, Topeka, received the highest award given by the U.S. secretary of defense for career civilian employees. Army Brig. Gen. Mark Martins awarded the Secretary of Defense Medal for Exceptional Civilian Service to Mattivi, senior assistant U.S. attorney assigned to Topeka, during a ceremony in Washington, D.C. The medal is the highest award given by the secretary of defense for career civilian employees.

Luis O. Rodriguez, '94, Charlottesville, Va., was promoted to the rank of colonel with the U.S. Army Judge Advocate General's Corps, fall 2013.

Douglas T. Shima, '94, Topeka, received the Topeka Bar Association Honorable E. Newton Vickers Professionalism Award.

The Honorable Teresa L. Watson, '94, Topeka, has been appointed as the newest judge on the Shawnee County District Court bench and was awarded the Topeka Bar Association The Honorable E. Newton Vickers Professionalism Award.

The Honorable Norbert C. Marek, '95, Westmoreland, Kan., has been appointed as a judge in the four-county 2nd District Court, which includes Jackson, Jefferson, Pottawatomie, and Wabaunsee counties.

Amy L. Aranda, '96, Emporia, Kan., received the Community Champion Award at the Kansas Crime Victims’ Rights Conference. 

Joseph E. Donovan, '96, Washington, D.C., has joined Stradley Ronon as a partner in its Washington, D.C., office. Donovan has close to 20 years of experience representing utility companies in complex regulatory advocacy, litigation, and transactional support. Throughout his career, Donovan has repeatedly appeared before energy regulatory agencies on behalf of his clients, including the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), Department of Justice, Federal Communications Commission, and more than 30 different state public utility commissions.  While at Exelon, one of the nation’s largest integrated energy companies, he directed FERC and state regulatory advocacy matters in the New England, New York, and Southeast regions. Donovan also created and implemented litigation and outreach strategies related to state utility commission and FERC proceedings and Office of Enforcement investigations, and was responsible for overseeing and implementing compliance and risk mitigation strategies.

Clint J. Westhoff, '97, Dallas, is a newly appointed partner to the firm of Goranson, Bain, Larsen, Greenwald, Maultsby & Murphy PLLC.

David A. Bohm, '98, Cary, N.C., assistant executive director of the North Carolina Bar Association since 2008, was honored at the 2014 annual meeting of the National Association of Bar Executives in Boston as a recipient of the Peer Excellence Award.

Paul T. Davis, '98, Lawrence, Kan., received the Kansas Bar Association Outstanding Service Award. 

Todd D. Powell, '98, Hays, Kan., is a partner with Glassman Bird Brown & Powell, LLP. His areas of practice includes government law, labor/employment, business/transactional, appellate practice, administrative law, and personal injury.

Jennifer Lewis Williams, '98, Dallas, has published her second novel, Highland Games Murder. She is an appellate attorney at the Court of Appeals, 5th District of Texas at Dallas.

Kevin J. Cook, '99, Topeka, has been elected chairman of the Shawnee County Commission.

Gregory D. Hill, '99, Greenwood Village, Colo., was named executive director of the Colorado Dental Association.

Natasha K. Riffel-Kuhlmann, '99, Wichita, is now with Kahrs Law Offices, P.A.

Kerry L. Wasinger, '99, Hays, Kan., is the new general counsel executive assistant to the president of Fort Hays State University.


The Honorable Jason E. Geier, '00, Topeka, is now a Municipal Court administrative judge.

The Honorable David A. Page, '00, McPherson, Kan., is a Federal Administrative Law judge with the Social Security Administration in Wichita. 

Gregory A. Schwartz, '00, Hays, Kan., and Carol M. Park have opened a new law firm, Schwartz & Park, L.L.P.

The Honorable William W. Carter, '01, Caruthersville, Mo., is now an associate judge for the 34th Judicial Circuit Court, Pemiscot County, Division 2.

Denise D. Riemann, '01, Waltham, Mass., was listed in the first edition of Corporate IP Stars, a list honoring in-house attorneys worldwide who have demonstrated an exceptional capacity for the strategic management and protection of their company's most valued intellectual property assets.

Stephanie E. Bunten, '02, Topeka, has joined the Kansas Supreme Court Judicial Branch as its new budget and fiscal officer.

The Honorable Adam J. Espinosa, '02, Denver, has been appointed as a judge to the Denver County Court.

The Honorable Michael Hoelscher '02, Wichita, is the new State District Court judge in the Eighteenth Judicial District in Kansas.

Jennifer, L. Lautz, '02, Wichita, has joined Minter & Pollack Law Firm as an associate.

Stephen L. Martino, '02, Baltimore, was named "Regulator of the Year for the Americas." The International Masters of Gaming Law cited the 67 percent increase in the state's lottery and gaming revenues during Martino's four-year tenure as one of the reasons he was awarded the distinction. * Update - Martino, former director of the Maryland Lottery and Gaming Control Agency, has joined the Duane Morris LLP as a partner in its Baltimore office in the Corporate and Gaming Law Practice Groups. Martino will focus his practice on the casino gaming, lottery, pari-mutuel racing and interactive gaming industries. He also will engage in a variety of compliance and government affairs issues for individuals and companies in highly regulated industries. 

The Honorable Timothy L. Dupree, '03, Kansas City, was elected as Wyandotte County district court judge.

Jennifer M. Hill, '03, Wichita, will serve as the Wichita Bar Association's president for the next year. This is the second consecutive year that the executive committee of the Wichita Bar Association has had all-female representation.

Amanda J. Kiefer, '03, Topeka, FHL Bank, assistant vice president, assistant general counsel & director of minority and women inclusion, was named as a 2014 "20 Under 40" honoree by The Jayhawk Area Council of Boy Scouts. She also received the Woman of Achievement Award at the Women's Initiative Recognition Reception, organized by Go Topeka's Entrepreneurial and Minority Business Development Council.

Glen C. McBeth, '03, Topeka, was named a Washburn University School of Law Adjunct Professor of the Year.

James A. Thompson, '03, Wichita, is now with Malone, Dwire & Thompson, LLC.

Jennifer M. Wilbert, '03, Wichita, has joined Delta Dental of Kansas.

Andrew D. Wimmer, '03, Overland Park, Kan., was appointed to the Kansas State Board of Indigents’ Defense Services.

Teri C. Adam, '04, Phoenix, has been promoted to assistant director of Professional Development and Pro Bono director at Arizona Summit Law School.

Laura K. Castillo, ’04, Hobbs, N.M., has been appointed by Governor Susana Martinez to a newly created district court judgeship in southeastern New Mexico. Castillo has operated her own law practice in Hobbs since 2010, previously worked in a private law firm in the community, and was an assistant district attorney. 

Clinton M. Goos, '04, Denver, is regional manager of the Rocky Mountains office of Holland Services.

Zachary J. Anshutz, '05, Overbrook, Kan., is director of regulatory affairs and chief compliance officer at Advisors Excel. He previously worked as assistant commissioner of insurance for the State of Kansas.

Matthew R. Bergman, '05, Topeka, has been elected vice president of the TARC Foundation Board.

Melissa A. Bleser, '05, Denver, Colo., was elected into the partnership of Kutak Rock LLP.  Bleser focuses her law practice on tax credit transactions and commercial real estate finance matters.

Vincent M. Cox, '05, Topeka, is the 2014-15 KBA YLS Board of Directors ABA liaison.

Justin L. Ferrell, '05, Concordia, Kan., is the 2014-15 KBA YLS Board of Directors president-elect.

Brett Flachsbarth, '05, Topeka, director of unemployment insurance at the Kansas Department of Labor, received the Unemployment Insurance Integrity Award at the National UI Issues Conference in San Diego.

Jeffrey N. Lowe, '05, Wichita, has successfully achieved board certification as a family trial advocate.

Jason N. Miller, '05, Gilbert, Ariz., has been named a partner at Carpenter, Hazlewood, Delgado & Bolen, PLC.

Carolyn L. Payne, 05, Normal, Ill., has joined 1st Farm Credit Services as associate general counsel.

Sarah L. Shipman, 05, Topeka, was named as the new State of Kansas secretary of administration. 

Jennifer R. Sourk, '05, Topeka, was reappointed to the Washburn University Board of Regents. Sourk has served on the nine-member Washburn board since July 2011.

Kimberly A. Vining, '05, Wichita, has been elected 2014 to 2015 president of the Wichita Women Attorney's Association.

Jessica L. Carrerata, '06, Dallas, is senior planner at Frontier Investment Management Company.

Ryan Gering, '06, Wichita, has been named a partner at Hulnick, Stang & Gering P.A.

Jason T. Gray, '06, Washington, D.C., was elected shareholder at Duncan, Weinberg, Genzer, & Pembroke, P.C. He practices Utility Law and Energy Regulation.

Mary K. Hanisch, '06, Chicago, is the assistant director of the business law clinic at Loyola University Chicago School of Law.

Charles F. Kitt, '06, Topeka, has been named chief prosecutor for the City of Topeka.

Michelle K. Moe Witte, '06, Wichita, is a trial lawyer with Joseph Hollander & Craft, LLC. The firm was ranked among the state's top labor and employment litigation firms by Chambers USA.

Carol M. Park, '06, Hays, Kan., and Gregory A. Schwartz, '00, have opened a new law firm, Schwartz & Park, L.L.P., at 1401 Main Street, Suite A, Hays, Kan., 67601.  They continue to provide services to clients in Hays and the surrounding areas.

Eunice C. Peters, '06, Topeka, has joined the Office of Judicial Administration as a staff attorney.

Angel R. Zimmerman, '06, Topeka, is the new vice chair for the international women in the law committee for J. Reuben Clark Law Society.

Zachary L. Chaffee-McClure, '07, Kansas City, has been named a partner with Shook, Hardy & Bacon. Chaffee-McClure is a member of the firm's Business Litigation team.

Jessica G. Domme, '07, Topeka, was named one of the Jayhawk Area Council Boy Scouts of America "Top 20 Professionals Under 40". This honor recognizes young professionals who are impacting the future of Topeka in a positive way. 

Molly E. McMurray Gordon, '07, Wichita, has joined Wichita State University the Office of General Counsel as assistant general counsel.

Kristen C. Kellems, '07, Provo, Utah, is an Adjunct Professor at Brigham Young University.

Captain Michael J. Scaletty, '07, Chapman, Kan., was chosen by the American Bar Association as one of this year's Young Lawyer Division (YLD) Outstanding Military Service Award recipients.

Daniel M. Westhoff, '07, Broomfield, Co., has formed the firm of Danielsen Westhoff, PC.

A.J. Bingham, '08, Austin, Texas, was ranked No. 6 on the list of 20 rising stars in the "Capitol Inside" 2015 Texas lobby power rankings.

Moji Fanimokun, '08, Wichita, has joined Realtors of South Central Kansas.

Jason T. Farley, '08, Des Moines, Iowa, was named to the Master Builders of Iowa MB EYE on the Future leadership program. The program is MBI's leadership development program, designed to prepare participants for leadership within their companies, the construction industry in Iowa, and the MBI. Farley is a member of Whitfield & Eddy, P.L.C. and has been selected by his peers for inclusion in Great Plains Super Lawyers 2014.

R. Scott Gordon, '08, Topeka, has been promoted to the position of general counsel of the Kansas State Department of Education, where he has worked as an Attorney IV since 2012.

Amy J. Mellor, '08, Great Bend, Kan., was appointed to serve a four-year term on the Kansas State Civil Service Board. She is currently the assistant county attorney in Barton County. * Update - Mellow was appointed as a commissioner to the Kansas Commission on Peace Officers' Standards and Training board.

Tiffany D. Hogan, '09, Olathe, Kan., was honored by the Missouri Organization of Defense Lawyers for Outstanding Service. She also opened Hogan Law, LLC. 

Clayton I. Kerbs, '09, Dodge City, Kan., is 2014-15 KBA YLS Board of Directors social chair.

Matt Koupal, '09, Topeka, has been promoted to FHLBank Legal and Compliance officer.

Christine M. Larson, '09, Liberal, Kan., has become a shareholder in Sharp McQueen, P.A.  Larson has been with the firm the past five years. Her practice emphasizes family and civil law, along with general practice.

Johnathon A. Rhodes, '09, Denver, is now senior corporate counsel - health care regulatory at DaVita.

Aaron Sauerwein, '09, Wichita, is attorney at the Kansas Department of Transportation.


Ashley M. Barton, '10, Kansas City, Mo., is an assistant city attorney for the City of Kansas City, Missouri in the litigation department.

Daniel S. Heinz, '10, Topeka, is an associate with Riling, Burkhead, & Nitcher, Chtd., in Lawrence, Kansas.

Jennifer N. Horchem, '10, Wichita, is associate general counsel at Slawson Companies.

Erica M. Lopez, '10, Wichita, joined Pate & Paugh on July 1, 2015, practicing criminal, juvenile, and traffic law.

Jeremy S. O'Neil, '10, Valdez, Alaska, was selected as Providence Valdez Medical Center (PVMC) administrator. In the nearly four years Jeremy has lived in Valdez, Alaska, he has served PVMC in multiple capacities, including finance manager, interim administrator, finance director, interim director-counseling center, and assistant administrator.

Kursten, A. Phelps, '10, Washington, D.C., is the new managing attorney for the Greater Washington, D.C., office of the Tahirih Justice Center. Tahirih Justice Center is a national, non-profit organization that protects courageous immigrant women and girls who refuse to be victims of violence by elevating their voices in communities, courts, and Congress to create a world where women and girls enjoy equality and live in safety and with dignity.

Kahlea M. Porter, '10, Topeka, is now with Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services.

Mandi J. Stephenson, '10, Kingman, Kan., is now with Stephenson Law Office, LLC.

Bryan L. Walker, '10, Arlington, Va., has joined the law firm of Gonzalez Saggio & Harlan, LLP, headquartered in Milwaukee, Wis. Walker remotely works for the firm as an associate patent attorney located in Arlington, Va. He also works alongside fellow alumni Darin McCollum, '10, and Pete Hoeller, '05.

Sarah E. Washburn, '10, Topeka, has joined the Kansas Highway Patrol as staff attorney.

Robert M. Weaver, '10, Uthrecht, Netherlands, is an Adjunct Lecturer at the University of Amsterdam. Weaver is also with Weaver & Henderson On Point Legal, focusing on European/Dutch Immigration and Free Movement, EU law, Dutch administrative, and entrepreneurial/legal persons law. 

Marie C. Campbell, '11, Topeka, has joined the Topeka law office of Joseph, Hollander & Craft. She will focus on family law, including divorce, child support and custody, paternity, and adoption. She also handles child in need of care cases, guardianships, and juvenile offender matters.  

Stephanie A. Pruet, '11, Kansas City, Mo., has joined Evans & Dixon LLC.

Kathlyn E. Randal, '11, Wichita, has joined Koch Companies Services, LLC.

Amanda W. Wilwert, '11, Lawrence, Kan., has joined Foulston Siefkin, LLP, Topeka, as an associate.

Shawn P. Yancy, '11, Topeka, is the 2014-15 KBA YLS Board of Directors mock trial chair. He was elected to the Board of Directors for National High School Mock Trial Championship, Inc. for a 3 year term.

Brandon M. Barros, '12, China Lake, Calif., is a contract specialist with the US Navy - NAVAIR - NAWCWD.

Lisa M. Brown, '12, Topeka, has joined Goodell, Stratton, Edmonds & Palmer. She practices primarily in the area of civil litigation.

Dustin R. Crook, 12, Topeka, was awarded the Topeka Bar Association (TBA) Outstanding Young Lawyer Award. Dustin serves as social chair of TBA’s Young Lawyers' Division. 

Dominic L. Eck, '12, Wichita, has joined Gilmore & Bell, P.C.

BJ Harden, '12, Topeka, former aide to House Speaker Ray Merrick, has returned to the Speaker's staff as deputy chief of staff/policy.

Joslyn M. Kusiak, '12, Independence, Kan., is the 2014-15 KBA YLS Board of Directors secretary/treasurer. She has joined Kelly Law Office, where she handles civil disputes, collection matters, estate planning, and administration.

Asel T. Mukeyeva, '12, Kansas City, has joined Husch Blackwell. Mukeyeva focuses her practice primarily on corporate tax and tax controversy matters.

Ty A. Patton, '12, Wichita, has joined McCurdy Auction, LLC, as general counsel.

Jill R. Gillett, '13, Fredonia, Kan., is 2014-15 KBA YLS Board of Directors social chair. 

Christina J. Hansen, '13, Wichita, has joined Stinson Leonard Street LLP.

Leslie A. Klaassen, '13, Hutchinson, Kan., has joined Gillilland & Hayes.

William R. Lawrence, '13, Topeka, has accepted a position as of counsel with Fagan Emert & Davis, L.L.C. 

Brendan P. Lykins, '13, Topeka, is the Kansas Bar Association Young Lawyer Section 2015-16 Pro Bono Chair.

Matthew W. Parker, '13, Omaha, Neb., is the Americans with Disabilities Act coordinator for the Nebraska Department of Correctional Services.

William E. Paulson, '13, Ottawa, Kan., has accepted a commission into the United States Air Force Judge Advocate General's Corps as a first lieutenant to be stationed at Eglin Air Force Base in Fort Walton Beach, Florida.

Melissa A. Tucker Pope, 13, Wichita, has joined DeVaughn James Injury Lawyers.

Laura E. Poschen, '13, Wichita, has joined Ward Law Offices, LLC.

Angel Romero, '13, Topeka, is the senior director of Resource Development for the United Way of Greater Topeka.

Timothy R. Sipe, '13, Lawrence, Kan., is an associate attorney at Hamilton, Laughlin, Barker, Johnson & Jones.

Jonathan D. Weishaar, '13, Topeka, has joined Ralston, Pope & Diehl LLC.

Michael J. Baxter, '14, Hays, Kan., has joined the Jeter Law Firm.

Jessica A. Brunken, '14, Wichita, is an associate with DeVaughn James Injury Lawyers.

Julianne N. Burton, '14, Newton, Kan., has joined Cornerstone Law, LLC.

Jaclyn N. Cannaday, 14, and Justin Daake, 14, Alma, Neb., were married May 15, 2015.  Jaclyn became partner at Duncan, Duncan, Walker & Schenker, PC, LLO of Alma, Neb. in July 2015, and Justin is the managing attorney at Daake Law Office of Oxford, Neb.

Taylor B. Concannon, '14, Kansas City, Mo., has joined Husch Blackwell's Business Litigation group.

Michael J. Fowler, '14, Wichita, is In House Counsel at Delta Dental of Kansas.

Nathan L. Dickey, '14, Salina, Kan., has joined the Saline County Attorney's Office.

Matthew J. McGivern, '14, Topeka, has joined Gay, Riordan, Fincher, Munson & Sinclair, P.A.

Robert J. Moody, '14, Wichita, was honored as the Wichita Urban Professionals Man of the Year at the Dreamchasers event.

Michelle C. Pflumm, '14, Kansas City, Mo, is an associate at Brown & James, P.C., focusing her practice in the areas of commercial litigation, insurance law, and the defense of civil lawsuits.

Christopher M. Ray, '14, Kansas City, Mo., is an Associate at B.L. Harrison Law.

Patrick Salyer, '14, Salina, Kan., is an associate with the firm of Kennedy & Coe, LLC. Salyer will be preparing tax returns and financial statements, and providing general accounting services. He is studying for the Kansas bar exam and the CPA exam.

Tucker A. Stewart, '14, Topeka, has joined Kansas Livestock Association as associate legal counsel.

T. Chet Compton, '15, Wichita, is an associate at Fleeson, Gooing, Coulson & Kitch, LLC.

Jessica L. Conrow, '15, Topeka, is now attorney at Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services.

Dylan M. Dinkla, '15 Des Moines, Iowa, has joined Security National Trust as a trust officer.  In his role as trust officer, Dinkla will be responsible for advising new and existing clientele on matters regarding estate planning and trust administration.

Alexander P. Gentry, '15, Wichita, has joined DeVaughn James Injury Lawyers.

Courtney L. Kelley, '15, Tulsa, Okla., is an associate with Hall Estill. Kelley will practice primarily in Energy & Natural Resources.

Jason G. McIlrath, '15, Wichita, is an associate at Cameron Law Office, P.A.

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