Greetings from the University of Kansas School of Law!

Beautiful fall weather greeted KU Law alumni who returned to campus for Reunion Weekend and Homecoming festivities earlier this month. We had record attendance for all events! I certainly enjoyed catching up with members of the classes of 1973, 1983, 1988, 1993 and 2003 – and it was clear from the jovial interactions that you all enjoyed seeing each other, too. You can check out photos from the All-Reunion Cocktail Reception in this Facebook album.  

Stephen W. Mazza
Dean and Professor of Law


New faculty bring broad expertise to KU Law

My colleagues and I at KU Law are pleased to introduce our new faculty for the 2013-14 academic year. They join a group of outstanding scholars and teachers committed to preparing students to succeed in the changing legal profession.

Lua K. Yuille | Associate Professor of Law | J.D., Columbia | B.A., Johns Hopkins
Lua Yuille joined the KU Law faculty in August 2013. Her research connects property theory, business law, and group identity, and she has published scholarship in the Oregon Review of International Law. Yuille was a William H. Hastie Fellow at the University of Wisconsin School of Law. Prior to entering academia, she practiced business law at Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP in New York, simultaneously maintaining a pro bono immigration litigation practice. She served as a law clerk to Judge Dorothy W. Nelson of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit and worked as a socioeconomic development lawyer in Latin America. She teaches Immigration and Property at KU.

Quinton D. Lucas | Associate Professor of Law | J.D., Cornell | A.B., Washington University in St. Louis
Quinton Lucas joined the KU Law faculty in January 2013 after serving as the school’s first Visiting Assistant Professor in more than 30 years. His research interests include corporate and financial governance, regulation, and corporate criminal liability. Prior to entering academia, Lucas practiced commercial litigation with the law firm of Rouse Hendricks German May PC in Kansas City, Mo. Upon graduation from Cornell Law School, Lucas served as a law clerk to Judge Duane Benton of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 8th Circuit. He teaches Administrative Law, Securities Regulation, and Contracts at KU.

Derrick Darby | Professor of Law & Professor of Philosophy | Ph.D., Pittsburgh | B.A., Colgate
A professor in the University of Kansas philosophy department since 2007, Derrick Darby now holds a joint appointment with the law school. His work on rights, race, justice and inequality connects philosophy with law, social science, and public policy. “Rights, Race, and Recognition” is his most recent book, and current projects include a coauthored book on the racial achievement gap and another on the ethics and politics of disasters with a focus on disadvantaged communities. His research has been funded by the Spencer Foundation and the National Endowment for the Humanities. He teaches seminars on law and philosophy at KU.


Harper Ho named Docking Young Faculty Scholar

The University of Kansas has honored Virginia Harper Ho, associate professor of law, with a 2013 Docking Young Faculty Scholar Award for distinguishing herself through exceptional research and teaching.

Harper Ho, who joined KU in 2010, integrates research on mainland China with research on U.S. corporate governance reforms. She was recently awarded the Immel Teaching Award by KU Law for “innovative, rigorous and effective teaching.” She serves on an American Bar Association task force on the role of corporate boards in sustainability and in a leadership role with the American Society of Comparative Law. She earned her J.D. from Harvard Law School and was previously a visiting assistant professor at the Indiana University Maurer School of Law.

Former Kansas First Lady Meredith Docking made a commitment of $1 million to establish the Docking Young Faculty Scholar Award in 1999. Individuals selected as Docking Faculty Scholars receive an annual stipend over the duration of their award, either three or five years. The award may be renewed for a second term.

Learn more about the award


Join KU Law in the Windy City for basketball and lunch

Please join Dean Stephen Mazza and fellow KU Law graduates for two alumni events in two days in the Windy City! Catch up with friends, learn the latest from the law school, and cheer on the Kansas men’s basketball team as they face Duke on the hardwood.

Tuesday, November 12 | 3:30 p.m.

Champions Classic Pregame and Watch Party | KU vs. Duke
The West End, 1326 W. Madison St., Chicago
RSVP required

Wednesday, November 13 | 12 – 1:30 p.m.
KU Law Alumni Luncheon
University Club of Chicago, Northwestern Room, 8th Floor
76 E. Monroe St., Chicago    
RSVP required

If you plan to attend the luncheon and/or watch party, please RSVP by November 7 to Noelle Uhler at nuhler@ku.edu.

See you in Chicago!


'Coffee Lunch Coffee' author reveals tips for effective networking

KU Law students and recent graduates recently learned from a networking master how to expand their professional circles during a lunch program sponsored by the KU Law Career Services Office.

Alana Muller, president of Kauffman FastTrac shared an overview of her concept, Coffee Lunch Coffee – an immediately actionable approach to professional networking during the Oct. 17 event. More than 100 students and alumni attended, and everyone received a copy of Muller’s book, “Coffee Lunch Coffee: A Practical Field Guide for Master Networking.”

“The program was an ideal way to continue to serve our recent grads by helping them develop skills they need in practice now, while also imparting those skills to current law students,” said Arturo Thompson, assistant dean for career services. “Students who attended the talk have told me time and again how great an experience they had and thanked us for investing in the program.”

Thanks to Cindy A. McClannahan, L’81, a shareholder at Seigfreid Bingham in Kansas City, Mo., who recommended Muller after seeing her give a presentation at her firm.

Watch a sketchbook video of Alana Muller on networking


Scholarship reception to honor donors, students

KU Law will recognize students who received scholarships and public interest stipends – and the donors who generously fund those awards – during a reception in early November.

Are you a scholarship or public interest stipend donor? If so, we hope you will join us for this special event. Enjoy complimentary cocktails and appetizers from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 6 at the Cider Gallery, 810 Pennsylvania St., in Lawrence.

You will hear first-hand from students about how scholarships and stipends have eased the financial burden of studying the law or volunteering at public interest organizations, allowing them to focus on learning and advocating for clients rather than worrying about how to pay their bills.

Please let us know if we can expect you at the reception by emailing Noelle Uhler at nuhler@ku.edu before Thursday, Oct. 31.


New alumni board members elected at Homecoming Reception

A new slate of District Governors began their terms on the KU Law Alumni Board of Governors after being elected at the Homecoming Reception, Oct. 5, 2013. New board members:

•    Lydia Beebe, L'77 (VP/President Elect)     
•    Chuck Frickey, L’69    
•    Brad Burke, L'01     
•    Martha Hodgesmith, L’78
•    Tamara Niles, L’01
•    Pat Peery, L’81
•    Ryan Huschka, L’07
•    Justin Elkouri, L’08
•    Marshal Allshouse, L’99
•    Butch Tate, L’82

Board members represent districts that cover Kansas and the rest of the country. In accordance with the bylaws established by alumni, new board members are elected each year during the Homecoming reception.

Learn more about the board and see all members


Scholars to probe water quantity, quality issues at symposium

Leading scholars and policymakers on water and environmental law will address the critical issues facing water quantity and quality at the 2013 Kansas Law Review Symposium, “Waters of the United States: Adapting Law for Degradation and Drought.”

The symposium will run from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, Nov. 1, at the University of Kansas School of Law. The event is free and open to the public, but registration is required. Attorneys who wish to receive four hours of CLE credit will be charged $25.

“The goal of the symposium is to provide a forum for academic discussion of water issues both on national, regional, and local levels, and to enrich the academic experience of students and practitioners interested in the area of water law,” said Kate Marples, symposium editor and third-year KU law student. “We also hope to provide the basis for innovative solutions to water issues in Kansas and around the nation.”

Register and preview the complete schedule


Alumni news

Brad Bradley, L’80, is executive vice president, chief administrative officer, general counsel, and secretary of NIC Inc., which was recently ranked No. 11 on Forbes’ list of the “100 Best Small Companies in America.” This marks the fifth consecutive year the company has made the list, rising from No. 31 in 2012. NIC continues to be the only company headquartered in Kansas to make the list.

The Hon. Michael F. Powers, L’80, of Marion, Kan., has been reappointed by Kansas Supreme Court Chief Justice Lawton R. Nuss as chief judge of the 8th Judicial District covering Marion, Dickinson, Morris and Geary counties. The two-year reappointment will begin Jan. 1. Powers has been a district judge since May 1991. He is a native of Yates Center.

Mark D. Hinderks, L’82, will serve as co-managing partner of Stinson Leonard Street LLP beginning Jan. 1. The new firm will result from the merger of Stinson Morrison Hecker and Leonard, Street and Deinard, two of the leading full-service law firms in the Midwest. With more than 525 attorneys and offices in 14 cities, the new firm is expected to become one of the largest 75 law firms in the United States, according to the National Law Journal’s 2012-13 rankings.

James P. Muehlberger, L’82,
partner at Shook Hardy & Bacon LLP, Kansas City, Mo., has published a book, “The Lost Cause: The Trials of Frank and Jesse James.” The book concentrates on the justice system’s pursuit of the James brothers and Frank James’ trial, considered at that time the “trial of the century.” Muehlberger is a frequent author on litigation and legal history, and his articles have appeared in a number of publications, including the National Law Journal, For the Defense and Wild West magazine.

Joseph Seiwert, L’84, of Snider & Seiwert LLC, Wichita, will serve on the 2013-14 editorial board for the Journal of the Kansas Association for Justice as the compensation review editor. The journal aims to educate, inform and warn trial practitioners about key trends in Kansas law, notable cases, and the impact of legislation on their clients and their practices. The Kansas Association for Justice is a statewide, nonprofit, professional association that champions individual and corporate responsibility and accountability, the right to trial by jury, independence of the judiciary, and high standards of ethics.

Jo Hardesty, L’86,
director of KU Legal Services for Students, was awarded the Elizabeth Berg Streeter Award at the National Legal Aid & Defender Association Student Legal Services Section Annual Conference this summer in Las Vegas. The award recognizes individuals who embody outstanding leadership and commitment to professional excellence within the legal community. Hardesty manages a staff of four attorneys and up to nine legal interns.  

Robert P. Harris, L’89,
has been selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2014. Harris is a partner in the commercial bankruptcy, restructuring and creditors’ rights group at Quarles & Brady LLP and has more than 25 years of experience practicing bankruptcy law in Arizona and throughout the country. He has been listed in The Best Lawyers in America since 2009.

Harry Herington, L’93, is CEO and Chairman of the Board of NIC Inc., which was recently ranked No. 11 on Forbes’ list of the “100 Best Small Companies in America.” This marks the fifth consecutive year the company has made the list, rising from No. 31 in 2012. NIC continues to be the only company headquartered in Kansas to make the list.  

Will Wohlford, L’04,
of Morris, Laing, Evans, Brock & Kennedy Chtd., Wichita, will serve on the 2013-14 editorial board for the Journal of the Kansas Association for Justice as the products liability editor.  

David R. Morantz, L’05, of Shamberg, Johnson & Bergman Chtd., Kansas City, Mo., will serve on the 2013-14 editorial board for the Journal of the Kansas Association for Justice as the trial tactics editor.  

Sean McGivern, L’07,
of Withers, Gough, Pike, Pfaff & Peterson LLC, Wichita, will serve on the 2013-14 editorial board for the Journal of the Kansas Association for Justice as the employment law editor.

Justin Hendrix, L’09,
is clerking for Judge Alvin Schall of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.  Established in 1982, the court of special jurisdiction sits next to the White House in Washington, D.C., and has nationwide jurisdiction in a variety of subject areas, including international trade, government contracts, patents, trademarks, certain money claims against the U.S. government, federal personnel, veterans’ benefits, and public safety officers’ benefits claims. Hendrix formerly practiced patent law with Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner LLP in Washington, D.C.

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