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Honorary Life Membership

(D indicates Deceased)

  • 2018 — Professor L. Ali Khan
  • 2017 — Dean Thomas J. Romig
  • 2016 — Cynthia Heath and The Honorable Edward Larson
  • 2015 — David J. Rebein
  • 2014 — No award given
  • 2013 — Professor Gregory J. Pease
  • 2012 — Elizabeth A. "Betty" Fischer
  • 2011 — Kathleen Gilligan Sebelius
  • 2010 — John E. Christensen
  • 2009 — Sheila Reynolds
  • 2008 — Nancy G. Maxwell
  • 2007 — William Rich
  • 2006 — Dennis R. Honabach
  • 2005 — Dr. Jerry Farley
  • 2004 — Myrl L. Duncan
  • 2003 — The Hon. Deanell Reece Tacha
  • 2002 — Dean Allen Easley
  • 2001 — Martha M. "Marty" Snyder
  • 2000 — The Hon. Wesley E. Brown
  • 1999 — Bruce Levine
  • 1998 — Louis E. Mosiman
  • 1997 — James M. Concannon
  • 1996 — No award given
  • 1995 — Charles Koch
  • 1994 — Banks McDowell (D)
  • 1993 — The Hon. Mary Briscoe
  • 1992 — Barbara King Wilson
  • 1991 — James M. Concannon
  • 1990 — No award given
  • 1989 — Robert E. Edmonds (D)
  • 1988 — The Hon. Terry Bullock
  • 1987 — Jean B. Reeves (D)
  • 1986 — David S. Dale
  • 1985 — The Hon. James MacNish
  • 1984 — Dr. John L. Green, Jr.
  • 1983 — The Hon. Richard Rogers
  • 1982 — Keith Sebelius
  • 1981 — Carl Monk
  • 1980 — Richard Foth (D)
  • 1979 — The Hon. Frank Theis (D)
  • 1978 — Alfred G. Schroeder (D)
  • 1977 — Spencer Gard (D)
  • 1976 — No award given
  • 1974 — John Fontron (D); Robert Fowls; James Ahrens (D)
  • 1973 — Arthur Stanley
  • 1972 — J. Richards Hunter (D)
  • 1971 — Christine Johnson (D); Robert Price
  • 1970 — John Howe (D); Hugh Wedell (D)
  • 1969 — Gerry Barker (D); John Henderson (D)
  • 1968 — Oscar Stauffer (D)
  • 1967 — Walter Thiele
  • 1966 — Edward Robinson (D)
  • 1965 — David Prager (D)
  • 1964 — William Treadway (D); Dr. Karl Menninger (D)
  • 1963 — Schuyler Jackson; Walter Huxman (D)
2018 Honorary Life Membership Recipient
Photograph: L. Ali Khan.

Liaquat Ali Khan initially trained as a civil engineer but later switched to law, obtaining a law degree from Punjab University, Lahore. In 1976, Khan immigrated to the United States and studied law at New York University School of Law. He has authored several books, including The Extinction of Nation-States (1996), A Theory of Universal Democracy (2003), A Theory of International Terrorism (2006), and Contemporary Ijtihad: Limits and Controversies (2011). Over the years, he has written numerous law review articles and essays on Islamic law, international law, commercial law, creative writing, legal humor, jurisprudence, the U.S. Constitution, comparative constitutional law, human rights, and foreign policy. His academic writings are used as part of course materials in universities across the world.

Khan devoted much of his academic scholarship to Islamic law and conflicts involving Muslim communities. He has participated in Islamic law symposia that have contributed to ground-breaking articles on Islamic jurisprudence at the law schools of Samford University, University of St. Thomas, Barry University, Michigan State University, and Brigham Young University. Khan writes for the popular press in the United States, the Middle East, and the Indian subcontinent. His legal and foreign affairs commentaries are published worldwide and international media, including BBC, Press TV, and NPR, seek his comments on world events. Khan’s writings are cited in various Wikipedia entries, including Sharia, Islamic democracy, nation-state, definitions of terrorism, and manual labor. In spring 2007, Khan was a resident legal scholar with the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. After teaching at Washburn University School of Law since 1983, he retired this summer.