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.
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
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