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Board of Directors

The Children and Family Law Center Board of Directors is a dedicated group of lawyers who have donated time and money to help the mission of the Center.

Photograph: Joseph Booth.Joseph W. Booth, '95, has practiced family law in Johnson County, Kansas since he graduated. He now has his own firm in Lenexa, Kansas. Booth is co-chair of the Publications Board of the ABA Family Law Section and a fellow of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (AAML). He was ABA liaison and advisor to the Uniform Nonparent Custody and Visitation Act promulgated by the Uniform Law Commission in July 2018. Booth adjuncts at Washburn Law, teaching the Collaborative Law course and Financial Aspects of Divorce. Learn more.

Photograph: Milfred Dale.Dr. Milfred "Bud" Dale, '09, is a clinical psychologist and lawyer who practices family law. Before starting a private clinical practice and attending law school, he served as unit director for three treatment programs for children, teenagers, and their families with the Menninger Clinic. Dale helped start a skills-based training program for high conflict parents and taught in it for several years. He is on editorial board for the Family Court Review and a reviewing editor for the ABA Family Law Quarterly. Dale helps the CFLC put on an annual case management training and assists in the Child Advocacy course. He has been on the National Board of Directors of the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts since 2014. Learn more.

Photograph: Edward Kainen.Edward L. Kainen, '88, is the senior and managing partner of the Las Vegas law firm Kainen Law Group, PLLC, which is an 'AV' rated firm and featured in the Bar Register of Preeminent Attorneys. He is an elected fellow of the AAML and the International Academy of Family Lawyers. Kainen is a Nevada board certified specialist in family law and is also board certified in family trial law by the National Board of Trial Advocacy. He was the first Chair of the Nevada Board of Certified Family Law Specialists, and held that position for five years. Kainen has been named the Best Family Law Attorney in Las Vegas in multiple years. Learn more.

Photograph: Bethany Roberts.Bethany J. Roberts was appointed District Court Judge, Pro tem, in Douglas County to handle child in need of care and juvenile offender cases. She previously practiced with Barber Emerson in Lawrence, Kansas, mainly representing children in domestic and child in need of care cases. Before that, Roberts was managing attorney for Kansas Legal Services. She adjuncts in the Children and the Law class and was voted Washburn Law's Outstanding Adjunct Professor of the Year for the 2016-17 school year.

Photograph: Larry Rute.Larry R. Rute, '73, partner and co-founder in Associates in Dispute Resolution, LLC, Topeka, Kansas, handles domestic, employment, and other civil mediation and arbitration. He is a mediator and due process hearing officer for the Kansas Department of Education. Rute is the International Academy of Mediators treasurer. He serves as an adjunct professor, teaching Dispute Resolution Techniques and Negotiation Strategies. Rute also helps with the Child Advocacy course. Learn more.

Photograph: Lynn Ward.T. Lynn Ward, '90, is founding attorney of Ward Law Offices, LLC, in Wichita, Kansas. The firm's emphasis is on complex family-related matters. Lynn is trained as a domestic mediator and is one of the first Kansas attorneys trained to handle divorce cases using a collaborative law format. For the past 12 years, she has co-authored the "Family Law" chapter of the Annual Survey of Kansas Law. She is a fellow of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (AAML) and is a past president of the Kansas Chapter of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, 2012-2015. For the past several years, the Kansas AAML Chapter has co-sponsored an Advanced Family Law CLE with the Center. Learn more.

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