Greetings from the University of Kansas School of Law!
Final exams started Monday in Green Hall, and the building is quiet. I know students are stressed out and professors are not their favorite people right now, but it’s exciting for us to see the students putting together everything they’ve learned this semester. This includes practical skills, which students displayed expertly during the final round of the In-House Moot Court Competition in early April. Paul Brothers, Alex Cleeter, Jason Harmon and Paul Mose impressed state and federal judges with their oral arguments. They also beautifully illustrated the outstanding training provided in our Lawyering and Moot Court programs, led by Professor Pam Keller.
It was great to see so many of you last week at the Return to Green CLE. If you couldn’t make it, I hope you’ll find another reason to connect with KU Law soon. The spring alumni calendar below lists upcoming events.
Stephen W. Mazza
Dean and Professor of Law
Trio of jurists to receive Distinguished Alumni Award
Three KU Law alumni with distinguished careers in the judiciary and public service are set to receive the school’s highest honor.
Retired Kansas Supreme Court Justice Edward Larson, L’60; Judge Mary Murguia, L’85, of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit; and Judge Julie Robinson, L’81, of the U.S. District Court for the District of Kansas will be honored with the law school’s Distinguished Alumni Award at a private ceremony on May 10 in Lawrence.
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A veteran of the U.S. Air Force, Justice Larson practiced law and served as a municipal judge in Hays, Kansas. In 1987 he was appointed to the Kansas Court of Appeals and then tapped for the Kansas Supreme Court in 1995. He retired in 2002. In addition to his service on the bench, Larson served on the Kansas Board of Law Examiners, was president of the Kansas University Law Society, and served as a member of the Governor’s Committee on Children and Families and the Kansas Children’s Cabinet.
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A former state and federal prosecutor, Judge Murguia began her legal career with the Wyandotte County District Attorney’s Office in Kansas City, Kansas. From 1990 to 2000, Murguia served in various prosecutorial and administrative roles in the District of Arizona U.S. Attorney’s Office and the Executive Office for United States Attorneys at the Department of Justice in Washington, D.C. In 2000, President Clinton appointed Murguia a U.S. district judge for the District of Arizona. She was the first Latina on a federal bench for that district. In 2010, she was nominated to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit by President Obama. Murguia also served on KU Law’s Board of Governors and is a founding member of the law school’s Women’s Advisory Council
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Following law school, Judge Julie Robinson clerked for Chief Bankruptcy Judge Benjamin E. Franklin and then served as an assistant U.S. attorney for 11 years, handling both civil litigation and criminal prosecutions. She served as a U.S. bankruptcy judge from 1994 to 2001, when she was appointed by President George W. Bush to the U.S. District Court for the District of Kansas. Robinson was the first African-American woman to serve on that court. She is past president of the KU Law Board of Governors and has taught Trial Advocacy as an adjunct professor at KU Law. Robinson is a Trustee of the Saint Paul School of Theology, a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation, a Commissioner of the U.S. Supreme Court Fellow program, and was recently appointed to the board of trustees of the American Inns of Court.
Reviving a law school tradition: Fun Day May 16 KU Law will revive a decades-old tradition to celebrate the end of the school year when the Student Bar Association hosts Fun Day on May 16 at Broken Arrow Park in Lawrence.
Activities will run from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and will include kickball, sand volleyball, tennis, children’s games, and a best dessert contest with a celebrity judging panel. Alumni can either form their own teams or join the 1L, 2L or 3L teams for the sporting events. KU Law professors will serve as coaches.
The KU Alumni Association will provide burgers and hotdogs. SBA will provide soda and beer. Attendees are asked to bring a side dish to share.
Please RSVP to let us know you can make it and how many friends and family members you will bring.
Questions? Contact SBA President Zak Beasley at email@example.com.
Recent Developments in the Law CLE Make plans now to join your colleagues and legal experts for the Recent Developments in the Law CLE May 29-30 in Lawrence.
Learn about the latest developments in a wide range of practice areas while earning as many as 15 CLE hours in Kansas and Missouri, including at least 2 hours of ethics each day.
Rather than selecting from a complicated a la carte menu of individual sessions, this year’s attendees can register for individual days or both days. The program is posted online and includes updates on employment law, shareholder duty of loyalty, professional responsibility, LGBT law, international trade law, civility codes, and federal and Kansas civil procedure.
Register online by May 20 to take advantage of lower fees
Houston couple establishes scholarship fund at KU Law
Stephen Scheve came from modest means and constantly worried about paying for law school. Now he and his wife, Janice, are establishing a scholarship fund that will help alleviate that anxiety for future KU Law students.
An initial gift of $50,000 will establish the Stephen & Janice Scheve Law Scholarship Fund, with a $250,000 estate gift to bolster the scholarship in the future.
“We recognize and appreciate the tools that the law school gave me and felt like it was the right thing to do to try to help others,” said Stephen Scheve, L’81, a partner at Reed Smith in Houston. “In order to continue to compete for the best students, the university needs to be in a position where it has more discretionary money available to help fund scholarships and recruit good students.”
Scheve grew up in Lyon County, Kansas, and he and Janice now live on a ranch in Washington County, Texas. First preference for the scholarship will go to academically qualified students from those counties.
For 33 years, Scheve has represented the pharmaceutical industry in commercial and products liability litigation. He feels lucky to be in a position to help students afford a KU Law education.
“Financing law school was a constant worry back then,” he said. “I can only assume it’s a multiple of that now because of the increased expense and the riskier job market that people live in today.”
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Save the Date: KU Law Reunion Weekend
The KU Law classes of 1974, 1984, 1989, 1994 and 2004 will reunite during Homecoming weekend, Sept. 26-27, 2014. Please make plans to join us for these fun events:
Friday, September 26
All-Reunion Cocktail Party | Individual Class Dinners
Saturday, September 27
Tailgate Party | Homecoming Reception
Find updates at http://law.ku.edu/reunions
Spring alumni calendar
May will be a busy month full of opportunities for alumni to engage with the law school. With choices ranging from reunions to board meetings to CLE seminars, we hope you will find a reason to return to Green Hall this spring.
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
May 16, 2014 | 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. | Broken Arrow Park, 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
Alan R. Gardner, L’68, was re-elected to the Board of Governors of the College of Workers’ Compensation Lawyers during the organization’s annual meeting in Chicago, Illinois. Gardner is owner of Gardner Law Office LLC, practicing workers' compensation, general liability, and defense employment law.
Martha (Marty) M. Snyder, L’82, received the 2014 Justice Kay McFarland Attorney of Achievement Award from The Women Attorneys Association of Topeka on April 16. The award is given to an individual who has achieved professional excellence in her field and has influenced other women to pursue legal careers; or has opened doors for women lawyers in a variety of job settings that were historically were closed to them; or has advanced opportunities for women within a practice area or segment of the profession. Snyder is an assistant attorney general in the civil litigation division for the state of Kansas.
Kenneth L. Wagner, L’83, has been promoted to vice president, general counsel-corporate and chief compliance officer at Peabody Energy Corporation in St. Louis, Missouri. Wagner has more than 25 years of corporate legal experience. Prior to joining Peabody, Wagner served as associate general counsel for Bank of America.
Alan Souter, L’93, was presented with the Oklahoma Bar Foundation’s President’s Award for his work as the Foundation’s Development Committee co-chair. He was also re-appointed as co-chair of the Professionalism Committee and as a member of the Investment and Awards Committees. Souter is general counsel and CFO for RECO Construction Company and a principal with RECO Medical Development Group, both located in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
Jonathan F. Duncan, L’95, has been installed as the NCAA vice president of enforcement after serving the interim role for 13 months. Prior to joining the NCAA in March 2013, Duncan worked with the organization for 15 years as outside counsel for several areas. As interim vice president of enforcement, he completed a review of department policies and procedures, consulted with members about what they envision for the enforcement department and oversaw staff development.
Matthew K. Corbin, L’03, has joined Aon Professional Services as a vice president. He consults with Aon’s law firm clients on professional responsibility and liability issues. Corbin was previously a partner with Lathrop & Gage LLP in Overland Park.
Rachel D. Stahle, L’09, has become a partner with Franke Schultz & Mullen PC in Kansas City, Missouri. Stahle joined the firm in 2009. She is licensed in the state and federal courts of Missouri and Kansas, and practices primarily in the areas of personal injury, premises liability, and professional liability defense.
Wade L Whiting, L’10, has been elected bar president of the Jefferson and Crook County Bar Association in Oregon. Whiting is a senior deputy district attorney for Jefferson County, Oregon.
Samuel Butler IV, L’13, has joined Stinson Leonard Street LLP’s Labor, Employment and Employee Benefits Division as an associate in the firm’s Kansas City, Missouri office. Butler's practice focuses on a broad range of employee benefits issues, including compliance and design issues for retirement plans and welfare benefit plans for public, private, and government organizations. Butler previously served as a government relations analyst for Blank Rome in Washington, D.C.
James A. Bagley, L’69, Larkspur, Colorado, December 9, 2013
Wilbur D. Geeding, L’50, Wichita, Kansas, March 1, 2014
Blake K. Jensen, L’73, Austin, Texas, August 2, 2013
Frederick J. Petzold, L’65, Topeka, Kansas, February 22, 2014
Gerald E. Williams, L’65, Mission Hills, Kansas, April 12, 2014
Report your alumni news at law.ku.edu/keep-touch. Have a story of interest to fellow alumni? Contact Mindie Paget at firstname.lastname@example.org or 785-864-9205.
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