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FEBRUARY 2014

Greetings from the University of Kansas School of Law!

It’s the height of recruitment season for the Class of 2017. Nationwide, the number of students applying to law school is about half the size of the applicant pool only five years ago. Our efforts to reduce the class size in order to maintain the quality of the entering class are more important than ever. I’m pleased to report that the applicant pool at KU Law remains very strong compared with schools in our region, and we have experienced a significant increase in the number of applicants this year who have strong LSAT scores and GPAs. We’re in the fortunate position of being able to offer these students more scholarship money than at any point in the law school’s history thanks to generous alumni who have heeded the call for scholarship funds during the capital campaign. Thanks, as ever, for your ongoing support!

Stephen W. Mazza
Dean and Professor of Law
 

 

KU Law offers in-state tuition scholarship to KCMO residents

Kansas City metro residents on the Missouri side of the border will pay the same rate as Kansans to attend law school at the University of Kansas with the new KU Vantage Scholarship.

Vantage gives students who have established residency in one of 11 Missouri counties the chance to pursue a KU law degree at an in-state tuition rate. Students entering the KU law school in the summer or fall of 2014 from the following 11 counties are eligible: Bates, Buchanan, Cass, Clay, Clinton, Henry, Jackson, Johnson, Lafayette, Platte and Ray.

“We already know that Kansas City’s prospective law students consider the University of Kansas for its great reputation, accessible faculty, small class sizes and hands-on learning opportunities,” Dean Stephen Mazza said. “Now they can also add affordability to the list. We hope the Vantage Scholarship makes it even easier for talented students to choose KU Law.”

Learn more about the Vantage Scholarship

 

Assistant U.S. Attorney Jabari Wamble to speak at Divesity Banquet

There is still time to RSVP for the 19th Annual Diversity in Law Banquet. The celebration of diversity in the legal profession is also a major fundraiser for the Diversity Scholarship Fund.

Assistant United States Attorney Jabari Wamble, L’06, will speak at the event, touching on issues of equality as the 60th anniversary of Brown v. Board of Education approaches. The Black Law Students Association is hosting this year’s banquet.

Friday, March 7, 2014 | 6 p.m. cocktails | 7 p.m. dinner
Pachamama’s Alton Ballroom, 800 New Hampshire, Lawrence, KS
$60 per person ($20 of the $60 ticket price is tax-deductible)

RSVP and select your entrée by Feb. 26 at law.ku.edu/diversitybanquet.

Special thanks to our Gold Sponsors thus far: Foulston Siefkin LLP; Lathrop & Gage LLP; Shook, Hardy & Bacon LLP; and Stinson Leonard Street LLP. Interested in sponsorship opportunities? Contact Arturo Thompson at arturot@ku.edu.

 

Students win top brief, oral advocacy awards at moot court competitions

KU Law students Jon Simpson, Matt Huntsman and Ashley Akers are the latest to join the school’s legacy of success in international moot court activities.

Simpson and Huntsman brought home top honors for their written brief at the North American rounds of the Stetson International Environmental Law Moot Court Competition, held Jan. 24-26 in Denver. And Akers was named the fifth-best orator at the regional Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition, outranking more than 80 competitors.  

The students continue a strong KU tradition of excellence in national and international moot court competition. Jayhawks earned top honors for their briefs at the Herbert Wechsler National Criminal Law Moot Court Competition and Mardi Gras Sports Law Competition in 2012. Last year KU Law became one of only two American law schools to advance teams to the finals of both the European Law Students Association and the Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition in the same year.

 

KU Law faculty in the news

Following is a sampling of recent national, regional and local news stories featuring KU Law faculty experts. For a more comprehensive list of faculty media placements, visit Faculty Media Coverage on the KU Law website.

Rick Levy
provided expertise for an article exploring a Supreme Court decision not to hear an Arizona abortion case and the implications that might have for a similar Kansas law: Kansas City Star

Elizabeth Kronk Warner
was quoted in a Los Angeles Times story about a grassroots movement in the Navajo Nation to overturn the tribe’s 2005 law banning same-sex marriage: Los Angeles Times

Raj Bhala expressed optimism about a deal granting Iran temporary relief from economic sanctions in return for curbing expansion of a nuclear weapon program: Topeka Capital-Journal

 

Alumnus makes $1 million gift for KU Law scholarship

KU Law alumnus Frederick B. “Beau” Gould, L’89, and his wife, Julie Gould, of Seattle, have made a $1 million gift to establish the Gould Family Scholarship at the KU School of Law.

While attending KU Law, Gould benefited from scholarship support. To make ends meet, he also held four part-time jobs — as a disc jockey for several area radio stations, and as a kitchen helper in a sorority. Following law school, he briefly considered staying in the radio industry. On a whim, he moved to Seattle because his sister lived there. He began working for a real estate attorney and eventually started investing in commercial real estate.

Now that he’s financially able to give back to KU, Gould said it’s important to do so. “I felt that this was the right thing to do, so that someone else would be a beneficiary of a scholarship,” Gould said.

“The Gould family’s commitment to the law school is incredible,” Dean Stephen Mazza said. “Beau understands our push to increase scholarship funding and its importance to the school’s future. We are extremely grateful.”

Make a gift

 

Spring brimming with alumni events, CLE opportunities

With choices ranging from alumni receptions to reunions, banquets to lectures, and board meetings to CLE seminars, we hope you’ll find an opportunity to connect with KU Law this spring.

Omaha Alumni Lunch

February 28, 2014 | Noon – 1:30 p.m. | Plank Seafood Provisions

Topeka Alumni Lunch
March 4, 2014 | Noon – 1:30 p.m. | Topeka Country Club

18th Annual Tribal Law & Government Conference
March 7, 2014 | 9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. | Burge Union, Lawrence
“The Indian Child Welfare Act: Past, Present & Future”

Diversity in Law Banquet
March 7, 2014 | 6 p.m. | Pachamama's, Lawrence
Keynote Speaker Jabari Wamble, Assistant U.S. Attorney
RSVP by Feb. 26 at
law.ku.edu/diversitybanquet

The Hope Gala

March 7, 2014 | 8 p.m. | Liberty Hall, Lawrence
A Women in Law fundraiser for The Willow Domestic Violence Center
(Formerly known as Pub Night)

2014 Diplomat’s Forum

March 27, 2014 | 4 p.m. | Green Hall
“The Middle East: Winds of Change and Quick Sand – The Arab Awakening, Israel and the Region”
Lecture by Avi Melamed, Rosenzwog Fellow of Intelligence and Middle East Affairs for the Eisenhower Institute in Washington, D.C.

Return to Green CLE

April 25, 2014 | All day | Green Hall
Up to 5 hours CLE in KS and MO, including 2 hours of ethics

Media and the Law Seminar: ‘When Bytes Bite Back’
April 25, 2014 | All day | InterContinental Hotel at the Plaza, Kansas City, Mo.

Class of 1964 Dinner
May 2, 2014 | 6 p.m. | Adams Alumni Center, Lawrence

50/50+ Reunion

May 3, 2014 | 1:30 p.m. reception and video interview | 6 p.m. dinner
Pachamama’s, Lawrence

Board of Governors Cocktail Party
May 9, 2014 | 6 p.m. | Off Campus

Board of Governors Spring Meeting
May 10, 2014 | 9 a.m. | Green Hall

Deans Club/Medallion Dinner
May 10, 2014 | 6 p.m. | The Oread, Lawrence

Recent Developments in the Law CLE

May 29 – 30, 2014 | All day | Green Hall, Lawrence
 
View all KU Law events

 

Alumni news

William L. Turner, L’60, has published a new children’s book, “A Christmas Friend.” He has also published a number of articles in legal and medical journals. Turner lives in Los Angeles and is past president of We Tell Stories, a children’s theater company in Los Angeles.

Bernard D. Reams Jr., L’72, was recognized in January as Distinguished Professor of Law by St. Mary’s University School of Law. His new book, “Texas Community Property and Matrimonial Law,” was published by Wolters Kluwer in 2013. Reams has lived in San Antonio, Texas since 2000.

Nathan C. Harbur, L’77,
along with wife Kim B. Harbur and family founded Gift of Life, a nonprofit organization that mentors patients who need transplants and talks to high school students about organ donation. The organization has been recognized over the years for its work, most recently by the Johnson County Library Foundation with its Pinnacle Award. Harbur’s practice focuses primarily on civil and commercial litigation and personal injury cases. He has been working in the legal field in the Kansas City area since 1977.

The Hon. Robert E. Nugent, L’80, was reappointed to a second 14-year term as a U.S. Bankruptcy Judge for the District of Kansas by the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals. Nugent has served as chief bankruptcy judge and as a judge of the Bankruptcy Appellate Panel for the 10th Circuit since 2002. In addition, Nugent was elected president-elect of the National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges on Nov. 1. He will serve as president of that organization beginning in September 2014.

Michael K. Seck, L’82, with the firm of Fisher, Patterson, Sayler & Smith LLP in Overland Park, was selected for inclusion in the 20th edition of The Best Lawyers in America in the practice areas of Civil Rights Law, Employment Law - Management, Litigation - Construction, Litigation - Labor and Employment, Litigation – Municipal, and Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants. Additionally, Seck was named the Best Lawyers’ 2014 Kansas City, KS Litigation - Labor & Employment “Lawyer of the Year.” Only a single lawyer in each practice area in each community is being honored as a “Lawyer of the Year.”

Elizabeth Schartz, L’88, partner with Thompson & Knight LLP in Dallas, was selected for inclusion in the 2014 Chambers USA “Leaders in Their Field” legal directory by Chambers & Partners in the area of Labor & Employment law. Chambers USA exclusively lists attorneys who are strongly recommended from in-depth interviews with peers and clients. Rankings in the U.S. directory are assessed on specific criteria, including technical legal ability, professional conduct, client service, commercial awareness/astuteness, diligence and commitment.

James Scott Kreamer, L’89, has been named Managing Member at Baker Sterchi Cowden & Rice in Kansas City, Mo. Kreamer practices in the areas of commercial, construction, financial services, insurance, products liability and tort litigation. He has also served as national counsel for clients in the areas of toxic tort litigation and financial services.

L. James Berglund II, L’92, partner with Thompson & Knight LLP in Dallas, was selected for inclusion in the 2014 Chambers USA “Leaders in Their Field” legal directory by Chambers & Partners in the area of Antitrust Law.

Andrew M. DeMarea, L’93,
has earned the President’s Award from the Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association (KCMBA). Each year, the award goes to those individuals who have contributed significantly to the work of the bar, have added value to the organization and provided leadership during the past year. DeMarea is a partner at Kenner Nygaard DeMarea & Kendall LLC, representing clients who have experienced personal injuries, business losses, or problems with construction.

Michelle Slavik Martin, L’94,
is the new executive director of Catholic Charities of Northern Kansas, serving 31 counties in the state. Prior to this, she was in private law practice, where she primarily focused on children who had been appointed guardians or were in foster care.

Elizabeth D. Moneymaker, L’96, was elected partner in the law firm of Dickinson & Gibbons PA in Sarasota, Fla. Before joining the firm, Moneymaker served as an active-duty Judge Advocate in the U.S. Army, and was awarded the Bronze Star for service in Operation Iraqi Freedom. Moneymaker practices in the areas of construction litigation, insurance coverage, labor and employment law, motor vehicle negligence, personal injury litigation, premises liability, and product liability.

Vincent P. Schmeltz, L’97, partner with Barnes & Thornburg LLP’s Chicago office, was recognized in the 2014 class of Illinois Super Lawyers and Rising Stars. Schmeltz practices Securities Litigation, Civil Litigation Defense, Corporate Governance and Compliance Law. The annual selections are made using a rigorous multi-phased process that includes a statewide survey of lawyers, an independent research evaluation of candidates and peer reviews by practice area.

Kristen M. Dekker, L’00,
was elected partner at Spencer Fane Britt & Browne LLP in Kansas City, Mo., and represents clients in all aspects of secured lending. His clients include financial institutions, developers and investors. Dekker has participated in the Greater Kansas City Bar Leadership Academy and has volunteered in a variety of leadership positions at First Call-Alcohol/Drug Prevention & Recovery.

Amy Schieferecke Beckstead, L’01, joined Hutcheson Bowers as a new partner in January. Hutcheson Bowers is a boutique labor and employment law firm based in Austin, Texas. Beckstead assists employers in complying with federal and state employment laws and is licensed in both Texas and California. Prior to joining Hutcheson Bowers, Beckstead was a partner at DLA Piper’s Austin, Texas offices.

James M. Owen, L’04, was appointed by Gov. Jay Nixon to fill out the term of Webster County, Mo., Circuit Court Associate Division Judge Don Cheever, which will entail handling civil, criminal and family law cases as well as municipal docket for towns around the county. Prior to the appointment, Owen was a probate/estate planning associate for Hosmer King and Royce in Springfield and Marshfield, Mo.

Scott P. Smalley, L’05,
was recently promoted to partner at Stinson Leonard Street LLP in Kansas City, Mo. Smalley is a member of the firm’s Banking and Financial Services practice, focusing his practice on transactional matters involving financial institutions. In 2009, he was named Man of the Year by the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. He is actively involved with the Kansas Bankers Association and serves as an ambassador to the KBA Young Bank Officers of Kansas.

Curtis R. Summers, L’05, has been elected partner in the Kansas City, Mo., office of Husch Blackwell. Summers is a member of the Healthcare, Life Sciences & Pharmaceuticals team and counsels clients on labor and employment matters. He assists with human resources issues and defends clients in employment-related litigation. Summers is a member of the Heartland Labor and Employment Institute’s steering committee and has been recognized as a 2012 and 2013 Rising Star in employment and labor law by Missouri & Kansas Super Lawyers.

Megan C. Winter, L’05, has been elected partner in the San Diego office of Fisher & Phillips LLP. Winter handles administrative and civil employment matters before state and federal courts and government agencies. Her practice involves representation of employers in a variety of matters, including harassment and discrimination litigation, wage and hour class actions, and family and medical leave law. Winter also teaches an employment law class at San Diego State’s College of Extended Studies.

Eric J. Steinle, L’06,
has been elected partner at Spencer Fane Britt & Browne LLP in Kansas City, Mo. His practice focuses on business transactions and planning, and he was recently involved with the Boulevard Brewing Company acquisition.

Jason P. Romero, L’09, recently rejoined Husch Blackwell’s Kansas City, Mo., office. Romero previously practiced with Husch Blackwell and now returns as the newest member of the firm’s Real Estate, Development & Construction team.

Steven A. Tingey, L’10,
has joined the Salt Lake City firm of Sallister Nebeker & McCullough. Tingey’s practice is focused in the areas of tax and estate planning, business law, real estate and banking.  

Zach K. Wiggins, L’11, of the law firm of Martin, Pringle, Oliver, Wallace & Bauer LLP has been selected for the 2014 Young Professionals of Wichita Leadership Academy. His practice focuses on business law, banking and financial services law, business litigation, estate planning, oil and gas law, and real estate matters.

Samantha M. H. Woods, L’13, of the law firm of Martin, Pringle, Oliver, Wallace & Bauer LLP has been selected for the 2014 Young Professionals of Wichita Leadership Academy. She practices civil and commercial litigation, including insurance defense and products liability law, as well as bankruptcy and creditor’s rights.

In memoriam

Phillip A. Burdick, L’80, St. Joseph, Mo., January 3, 2014
Robert A. Coldsnow, L’51, Topeka, Kan., January 23, 2014
Robert L. Davis, L’52, Wichita, Kan., January 24, 2014
James B. Gurley, L’54, Roanoke, Va., December 26, 2013
Dan G. Jackson III, L’63, Kansas City, Mo., December 28, 2013

Report your alumni news at law.ku.edu/keep-touch. Have a story of interest to fellow alumni? Contact Mindie Paget at mpaget@ku.edu or 785-864-9205.


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