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Class Actions

Updates submitted between January 1, 2021 and January 31, 2021

1960s

Arthur E. Palmer, '63, Topeka, has retired from practice at Goodell, Stratton, Edmonds & Palmer.

1970s

Dennis D. Kirk, '75, Falls Church, Virginia, was nominated for a Presidential Appointment Senate Confirmation (PAS) posting by President Donald J. Trump as a member of the U.S. Merit Systems Protection Board for the remainder of a seven-year term to expire in 2023. Kirk was also appointed to be a member of the Coordinating Council on Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention for a term expiring July 18, 2021.

The Honorable Rebecca A. Sanders, '78, Topeka, was awarded the Carol Foreman Medal of Civility Award from the Kansas Women Attorneys Association.

The Honorable Ellen G. Neufeld, '79, McPherson, Kansas, was selected to fill a district magistrate judge vacancy in McPherson County.

1980s

The Honorable David E. Burns, '84, Topeka, was appointed to the Kansas Board of Law Examiners. Bruns has served on the Kansas Court of Appeals since 2011. Before his appointment to the Court of Appeals, Bruns was a district court judge in the 3rd Judicial District, which is composed of Shawnee County, as well as a private practice lawyer.

1990s

The Honorable Stephen A. Hilgers, '90, McPherson, Kansas, has retired as district magistrate judge for McPherson County. Hilgers served as an assistant Harvey County attorney from 1993-99 and previously had a private law practice. 

Michael W. Riley, '91, Hiawatha, Kansas, was elected International President of the Pi Kappa Alpha Fraternity, January 2021. He had previously served as International Legal Counsel. 

David A. Bohm, '98, Raleigh, North Carolina, is now the Director of Development for myFutureNC, a new nonprofit organization that is working on educational attainment across all 100 counties in North Carolina.

2000s

The Honorable Christopher T. Etzel, '04, Oskaloosa, Kansas, was appointed to the 2nd Judicial District Court. Etzel has been in private practice since 2004, handling a wide variety of civil and criminal cases. He also serves as the City Attorney for Onaga, Havensville, and Wheaton. In his role as city attorney, he prosecutes cases in municipal court and provides legal counsel to the cities. Etzel has extensive community involvement through his involvement with various educational and civic groups such as the Second Judicial District Juvenile Correctional Advisory Board and the Onaga Chamber of Commerce.

Tanya E. Bidwell, '05, Midland, Texas, has opened the Law Office of Tanya E. Bidwell, PLLC.

Brett A. Flachsbarth, '09, Topeka, was named the Acting Kansas Secretary of Labor. Flachsbarth joined the Kansas Department of Labor in 2005 as a member of the agency's legal team. He was appointed to Deputy Secretary of Labor in January 2019. Currently, he is a member and former Chair of the Steering Committee for the Information and Technology Support Center, "a nationwide collaboration between state agencies and the United States Department of Labor to advance the effective use of technology within the unemployment insurance system."

2010s

Shawn P. Yancy, '11, Washington, DC., has accepted a new job with the United States Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration, Division of Legislation as an Unemployment Insurance Program Specialist.

Tucker A. Stewart, '14, Topeka, will serve as U.S. Sen.-elect Roger Marshall's Senate office Senior Agriculture Advisor. He has served as Associate Counsel for the Kansas Livestock Association for the last six years.  

Coleman J. Younger, '15, Garden City, Kansas, is now the managing attorney for the newly opened Garden City office of Patterson Legal Group.

Michael D. Davis, '18, Kansas City, Missouri, was elected to the Missouri Legislature. He will represent the 56th District in Kansas City.

 

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Recent Notifications

Arthur E. Palmer, '63, Topeka, has retired from practice at Goodell, Stratton, Edmonds & Palmer.

Dennis D. Kirk, '75, Falls Church, Virginia, was nominated for a Presidential Appointment Senate Confirmation (PAS) posting by President Donald J. Trump as a Member of the U.S. Merit Systems Protection Board for the remainder of a seven-year term to expire in 2023. Kirk was also appointed to be a Member of the Coordinating Council on Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention for a term expiring July 18, 2021.

The Honorable David E. Burns, '84, Topeka, was appointed to the Kansas Board of Law Examiners. Bruns has served on the Kansas Court of Appeals since 2011. Before his appointment to the Court of Appeals, Bruns was a district court judge in the 3rd Judicial District, which is composed of Shawnee County, as well as a private practice lawyer.

The Honorable Stephen A. Hilgers, '90, McPherson, Kansas, has retired as district magistrate judge for McPherson County. Hilgers served as an assistant Harvey County attorney from 1993-99 and previously had a private law practice. 

The Honorable Christopher T. Etzel, '04, Oskaloosa, Kansas, was appointed to the 2nd Judicial District Court. Etzel has been in private practice since 2004, handling a wide variety of civil and criminal cases. He also serves as the City Attorney for Onaga, Havensville, and Wheaton. In his role as city attorney, he prosecutes cases in municipal court and provides legal counsel to the cities. Etzel has extensive community involvement through his involvement with various educational and civic groups such as the Second Judicial District Juvenile Correctional Advisory Board and the Onaga Chamber of Commerce.

Shawn P. Yancy, '11, Washington, DC., has accepted a new job with the United States Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration, Division of Legislation as an Unemployment Insurance Program Specialist.

 

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