Greetings from the University of Kansas School of Law!
Spring is finally here, and warmer weather isn’t the only cause for celebration at KU Law. We recorded an 86 percent employment rate for the Class of 2013 at nine months after graduation, a figure that holds steady from 2012 despite the fact that the Class of 2013 was 12 percent larger. We are pleased that so many KU Law graduates are finding jobs in a market that has been slow to improve since the economic downturn, and we look for ward to even better employment outcomes as our smaller classes begin graduating this spring. We hosted a sold-out Tribal Law & Government Conference this month on the implications of the Supreme Court’s recent decision implicating the Indian Child Welfare Act, and Assistant U.S. Attorney Jabari Wamble, L’06 (pictured at right), delivered a riveting keynote address at the 19th annual Diversity in Law Banquet later that evening. If you were unable to attend the banquet, you won’t want to miss this video of Mr. Wamble’s speech.
Stephen W. Mazza
Dean and Professor of Law
KU Law leaps 18 spots in U.S. News rankings
KU Law jumped 18 spots to No. 68 in the 2015 edition of U.S. News and World Report’s “Best Graduate Schools.”
Buoyed by improved employment numbers, strong bar passage rates, and solid reputational scores from peer institutions, judges and lawyers, KU’s rise brought it to No. 37 among the nation’s public law schools.
“At KU Law, our primary focus is to attract highly qualified students, challenge them with a rigorous education and prepare them for successful legal careers. It’s a bonus when those efforts result in the law school’s ascent in U.S. News rankings,” said Stephen Mazza, dean and professor of law. “Our reputational scores remain higher than those of most other law schools in the region, signifying that legal professionals who hire our graduates continue to be impressed with their quality.”
KU recently ranked in the top 25 percent of law schools sending graduates to the nation’s largest law firms and the top 10 percent of schools whose alumni were promoted to partner at those firms, according to the National Law Journal’s annual report on “Go-To Law Schools.”
More on the “Go-To Law Schools” ranking
KU students advance to national finals in transactional law competition
A team of KU Law students will compete in the finals of the National Transactional LawMeet next month after winning at the Chicago regional round.
The law school fielded two teams in the competition, which offers a “moot court” experience for aspiring transactional lawyers. Jay Berryman, of Meade, and Kevin Wempe, of Topeka, won for the buyer’s side in Chicago, and Anna Kimbrell, of Lawrence, and Rachel Martin, of Kansas City, Mo., earned the prize for best overall draft agreement at the Midwestern regional in Kansas City.
This is the first year KU has participated in the competition.
Teams were assigned to represent either buyers or sellers of a business and were required to draft an agreement covering a disputed issue, mark up the opposing side’s counterdraft and negotiate a resolution. Teams from 84 law schools met at seven regional sites to conduct the negotiations. Two teams from each region (one buyer and one seller) advanced to the final round to be held April 3-4 in New York.
Alumni Ken Lynn, L’81, and Kelley Sears, L’74, coached the teams in preparation for the competition, with assistance from Professor Webb Hecker.
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Professor: More than 1 million rapes unreported in official U.S. crime stats
More than 1 million rape cases have gone undocumented across the United States during the past two decades, according to research by a KU Law professor. The chronic under-reporting happened during what was widely considered a “great decline” in violent crime.
Corey Rayburn Yung, associate professor of law, has authored “How to Lie with Rape Statistics: America’s Hidden Rape Crisis.” The article, which will appear in the Iowa Law Review, details Yung’s review of crime data from 1995 to 2012, which shows that by conservative estimates, nearly 1.2 million rapes disappeared from the official record. Yung analyzed data from the FBI’s Uniform Crime Report, which collects data from nearly every police department in the country, and is commonly used by policy makers, media and law enforcement as a picture of crime prevalence in the United States.
Yung has taught and conducted research in rape and crime law and noticed inconsistencies in the number of rapes reported in a number of cities. Raw numbers of rapes were much lower in some cities than raw numbers of murders, which raised red flags as murder is a less common crime. Yung then learned of media investigations in Baltimore, New Orleans, St. Louis and Philadelphia that documented cases of police departments under-reporting rape statistics.
“Originally I was trying to reconcile why the data was showing such anomalies,” Yung said of the impetus of his paper. “Then I found out about the four cities with documented cases of under-reported rapes, and the more I looked the more red flags there were. There were a number of cities where the numbers didn’t make sense.”
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Gift establishes mental health law fellowship at KU Law clinic
KU Law’s Medical-Legal Partnership Clinic will be able to expand its assistance to clients by focusing on those with mental health needs, thanks to a memorial gift from Madeleine McDonough, L’90.
McDonough’s significant pledge establishes the Elizabeth M. Gallup, M.D., J.D., Medical-Legal Partnership Clinic Fellowship Fund for Mental Health, in memory of a local lawyer and primary care physician who leveraged her legal and medical training to help thousands of people suffering from physical and mental illnesses. Dr. Gallup held leadership positions in such organizations as the American Academy of Family Physicians and the Kansas City Free Health Clinic, and in the wake of Hurricane Katrina she founded Mississippi’s Forgotten to assist displaced people with serious medical and legal needs. She pioneered many programs designed to overcome legal hurdles to ensure delivery of optimal patient care and always viewed mental health as integral to physical health.
The fund will create a fellowship position within the Medical-Legal Partnership Clinic to assist clients with mental health needs, create greater awareness of mental health legal needs, and advance mental health law. The fellowship will be a two-year position awarded to a KU Law graduate.
“Millions of people suffer from mental illness, and its inherent nature and public stigma prevent so many of them from accessing effective medical care and legal assistance. I am hopeful that KU’s Medical-Legal Partnership Clinic will make some inroads to assist those suffering from mental health challenges to obtain high-quality legal help,” said McDonough, a partner in the Kansas City, Mo., and Washington, D.C., offices of Shook, Hardy & Bacon. “The fact that the clinic is based within the KU Medical Center promotes direct patient referrals and helps bridge the medical and legal care that patients/clients need. Through this fellowship, hundreds or perhaps thousands of people will be helped.”
A Kansas City native, McDonough worked as a clinical pharmacist at the University of Kansas Medical Center before attending KU law school. She chairs the Pharmaceutical & Medical Device Litigation Division, and co-chairs the Agribusiness & Food Safety Practice and Life Sciences & Biotechnology Practice at Shook, where she has worked for 24 years.
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Spring 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.
2014 Diplomat’s Forum
March 27, 2014 | 4 p.m. | Green Hall
“The Middle East: Winds of Change and Quicksand – 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.
Kansas Law Review Banquet
April 11, 2014 | 6 p.m. | Adams Alumni Center
Return to Green CLE
April 25, 2014 | All day | Green Hall
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
May 3, 2014 | 1:30 p.m. reception and video interview | 6 p.m. dinner
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
Up to 15 hours CLE in KS and MO, including 2 hours of ethics each day
Robert Guenthner, L’67, was presented the 2014 Justice Award by the Kansas Supreme Court during a ceremony at the Kansas Judicial Center. The award recognizes his contributions to the advancement of justice in Kansas throughout his career. Guenthner has been with the law firm Morris, Laing, Evans, Brock & Kennedy, Chartered, in Wichita, since 1967. His practice concentrates on business, banking, probate, trust and tax law.
Susan Goering, L’80, ACLU of Maryland executive director, will be honored by the Maryland Commission for Women as an inductee to the Maryland Women’s Hall of Fame. Goering is being honored for her 25 years of dedicated work and leadership on behalf of the rights of all Marylanders as legal director and then executive director of the ACLU.
Peter R. Barr, L’86, was selected by The Charlotte Business Journal as a winner of the 2014 Corporate Counsel Awards, a program that honors the top in-house lawyers in the region. Barr was recognized for “Outstanding General Counsel with an Attorney Size of 2 -1 0.” Barr, general counsel for Rack Room Shoes since 2001, has more than 18 years of retail counsel experience. Previously, Barr helped build Payless ShoeSource’s full-service law department. His 28-year legal career also includes experience in two medium-sized commercial law firms and six years managing his own firm.
J. Michael Martinez de Andino, L’91, partner with Hunton & Williams LLP in Richmond, Va., was selected for inclusion in the 2014 Chambers USA “Leaders in Their Field” legal directory by Chambers & Partners in the area of Intellectual Property. He was also recognized among 2014 “Best Lawyers” in the areas of Copyright and Patent Law, Intellectual Property and Patent Litigation by The Best Lawyers in America, and selected by Best Lawyers as Richmond Patent Law “Lawyer of the Year” for 2014. He is a member of the board of directors for the American Intellectual Property Law Association and was appointed by Virginia’s governor to the Virginia Latino Advisory Board.
Wendy J. Hills, L’97, has been named senior vice president and general counsel of Waddell & Reed Financial Inc., a publicly traded national asset management and distribution company headquartered in Overland Park, Kan. Hills began her career with Waddell & Reed shortly after the company’s initial public offering in 1998.
Jesse E. Betts, L’06, of Thompson & Knight LLP was selected for inclusion in Texas Rising Stars 2014 by Thomson Reuters. The Texas Rising Stars represents the top 2.5 percent of Texas attorneys who are 40 years old or younger or those attorneys who have been practicing for 10 years or less. Betts practices in the areas of mergers and acquisitions in the Dallas office.
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