Photograph: Alumna meeting with student.

Honorary Life Membership

(D indicates Deceased)

  • 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
  • 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)
2015 Honorary Life Membership Recipient
Photograph: David J. Rebein.

David J. Rebein is founder and partner of Rebein Bangerter Rebein. He received his B.A., summa cum laude, in Political Science from Washburn University in 1977. While at Washburn, Rebein was inducted into the Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society. Rebein earned his J.D. from the University of Kansas Law School in 1980.

Rebein is a member of the American College of Trial Lawyers. He is a past president of the Kansas Bar Association and past president of the Legacy for Justice Foundation. Rebein is current treasurer of the Kansas Association for Justice. He is admitted to the Kansas and Florida bars.

Rebein received the 2009 Distinguished Service Award from the Kansas Bar Association for continuous longstanding service on behalf of the legal profession.

Rebein has been recognized by Best Lawyers in America and Super Lawyers for his work as a trial lawyer.

With more than 30 years experience, Rebein has tried hundreds of cases and represented Fortune 500 Companies as well as individuals in commercial and personal injury cases. He is at home in both Federal and state courts. Rebein sums up his work in saying, "I walk into a tragedy and try to make sense of what happened. I personally investigate the case and if I take it, I give it everything I've got."