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Class Actions January - December 2018

Updates submitted between January 1, 2018 and December 31, 2018

1960s

Leon E. Smith Jr., '66, Twin Falls, Indiana, was selected for a 2018 Professionalism Award from the Idaho State Bar Association.    

Thomas A. Adrian, '69, Wichita, received the Kansas Bar Association Pillar of the Community Award.

1970s

Chief Judge Phillip Fromme, '73, Burlington, Kansas, retired from the bench at the end of November. He has been chief judge since 2003 in the district which includes Anderson, Coffey, Franklin and Osage counties.

The Hon. Steven L. Hornbaker, '73, Junction City, Kansas, was appointed by the Kansas Supreme Court of the Judicial Education Advisory Committee and reappointed a sixth. The committee recommends and organizes education and training for Kansas appellate judges, district judges and district magistrate judges

The Hon. Richard N. Raleigh, '73, Medicine Lodge, Kansas, was sworn in as interim Harper County Attorney. Raleigh was previously a judge in Pratt.

James N. Reardon, '73, Topeka, is the Chief Investment Officer at a new registered investment advisory firm: Proactive Capital Management.

The Hon. Richard G. Tucker, '73, Parsons, Kansas, retired from his practice after 45 years.

Alan F. Alderson, '74, Topeka, received the Topeka Bar Association Warren W. Shaw Distinguished Service Award at the TBA's 2018 Annual Meeting. The Warren W. Shaw Distinguished Service Award is to recognize a lawyer or judge for exemplary service to the legal profession or the Topeka Bar Association.

Terry E. Beck, '75, Topeka, has joined attorney Christopher Gunn, '14, to form the Beck & Gunn Law Office.

The Hon. Robert J. Frederick, '75, Garden City, Kansas, as been appointed as chief judge of the 25th Judicial District,

Warren G. Jones, '75, Wichita, has joined Holubec & Loy LLC,.

James D. Oliver, '75, Overland Park, Kansas has been selected as a Fellow of the American Academy of Appellate Lawyers.

Joe L. Norton, '76, Wichita, has been elected as a Regular Fellow to The American College of Bond Counsel.

Larry R. Baer, '77, Burlington, Wisconsin, has retired as General Counsel for League of Kansas Municipalities.

Daryl V. Craft, '77, Lawrence, Kansas, was elected to the Board of Directors of Lawrence Memorial Hospital (LMH) Endowment Association and to the Board of Directors of Ft. Hays State University Foundation.

The Hon. William Ossmann, '77, Topeka, was appointed by the Kansas Supreme Court to the Access to Justice Committee.

The Hon. John L. Weingart, '77, Hiawatha, Kansas, was appointed by the Kansas Supreme Court to the Judicial Education Advisory Committee. The committee recommends and organizes education and training for Kansas appellate judges, district judges and district magistrate judges.

The Hon. J. Dexter Burdette, '77, Kansas City, Kansas, retired September 30 after serving more than 30 years on the bench in the 29th Judicial District. He was a juvenile court judge for two years and then a judge in the court's limited actions division. Since 1993, he has presided over cases in the criminal division.

Michael C. Manning, '77, Phoenix, Arizona, was selected as one of the Top 100 Lawyers in Arizona by AZ Business magazine.  

Prof. David E. Pierce, '77, Topeka, has been selected by the Kansas Continuing Legal Education Commission as the recipient of the 2017 Robert L. Gernon Award.

Roger L. Falk, '78, Wichita, merged his solo practice - Law Office of Roger L. Falk, PA - with Joseph, Hollander & Craft LLC.  Falk was honored by Best Lawyers in the area of DUI/DWI Defense. 

The Hon. Bruce T. Gatterman, 78, Larned, Kansas, was elected president-elect of the Kansas District Judges Association.

Glenn I. Kerbs, '78, Dodge City, Kansas, was reappointed to a four-year term on the Kansas Board for Discipline of Attorneys. Members of the board meet in three-person panels, which include two board members and one at-large attorney, to conduct hearings in cases where the review committee has found probable cause that a lawyer has violated the Kansas Rules of Professional Conduct.

Robert S. Maxwell, '78, Topeka, has been appointed to a three-year term as trustee of the Kiwanis Children's Fund. Maxwell is the executive vice president and trust officer for Kaw Valley Bank.

The Hon. Gunnar A. Sundby, '78, Leavenworth, Kansas, retired from the Leavenworth's 1st Judicial District after 20 years. Sundby will begin serving as a senior judge for the judicial branch after his retirement. He first practiced with Atchison law firm Stillings and Caplinger before being elected Atchison County Attorney. He held that position from 1980 to 1992 and was a partner in a law firm with J. David Farris for seven years until his 1998 appointment as a district judge for Leavenworth County.   

Roger L. Tarbutton, '78, Shawnee Mission, Kansas, had an article, Evolution, Intelligent Design and the Establishment Clause published in the Fall 2017 Ed. of the Rutgers Journal of Law and Religion.

Paula Casey '79, Wichita, has released her new book, The Lawyer and the Law of Attraction. The book is about developing your personal and professional potential.

1980s

Thomas L. Bell, '81, Topeka, president and CEO of the Kansas Hospital Association, was selected for Ingram's 2018 50 Kansans You Should Know. Bell's work advocates for the interest of nearly 125 community hospitals in Kansas.

Louis M. Clothier, '81, Leavenworth, Kansas, has been named executive director of the Kansas Lawyers Assistance Program.

Joseph M. Weiler, '81, Topeka, has retired from Alderson, Alderson, Weiler, Conklin, Burghart & Crow, L.L.C.  The firm has changed its name to Alderson, Alderson, Conklin, Burghart, Crow & Slinkard, L.L..C.

Arthur R. Weiss, '81, Joplin, Missouri, chief compliance and ethics officer for TAMKO Building Products Inc., recently earned the title of vice president of the joint governing board for the Society of Corporate Compliance and Ethics and the Health Care Compliance Association. Weiss joined TAMKO in October 2005 and holds the designations of Certified Compliance and Ethics Professional-Fellow and Certified Compliance and Ethics Professional-International by the Compliance Certification Board, on which he also serves.

The Hon. Joe Dickinson, '82, Newton, Kansas, was reappointed by the Kansas Supreme Court to the Access to Justice Committee.

The Hon. Larry D. Hendricks,' 82, Topeka, retired March 30 after 11 years on the bench in Shawnee County. He was appointed in late 2006 and took the bench in 2007.

The Hon. E. Leigh Hood, '82, Bucklin, Kansas, was appointed as Chief Judge of the 16th Judicial District. The 16th District is made up of Clark, Comanche, Ford, Gray, Kiowa and Meade counties. Hood has been elected to the court four times since his appointment in 2000.  

Terri Roberts, '82, Topeka, was awarded the American Holistic Nurses Credentialing Corporation (AHNCC) Helen L. Erickson Award for Outstanding Service to AHNCC. The American Holistic Nurses Association (AHNA) is a non-profit specialty nursing professional membership organization that serves as the definitive voice for registered nurses who practice holistic nursing.   

Brent I. Anderson, '83, Wichita, has formed Anderson Law.

Shari M. Albrecht, '84, Topeka, six-year Kansas Corporation Commissioner, was elected chairman of the state's three-member utility regulatory panel. Albrecht was first appointed to the KCC on June 25, 2012. She was reappointed to a second four-year term, which expires March 15, 2020.  

Cynthia J. Sheppeard, '84, Topeka, is now a partner with Goodell Stratton Edmonds & Palmer. She has been special counsel since early 2016, when she and the rest of her previous practice, Weathers, Riley & Sheppeard, LLP, joined the firm.

Thomas M. Warner Jr. '84, Wichita, has been inducted into the International Academy of Trial Lawyers

The Hon. Daniel D. Creitz, '85, Erie, Kansas, was named Secretary of the Kansas District Judges Association.

The Hon. Gerald R Kuckelman, '85, Atchison, Kansas, was appointed as a District Judge in the 1st District. Kuckelman served as the Atchison County Attorney, a position to which he was first elected in 2000. He also maintained a private practice and served as a municipal judge for several Northeast Kansas communities. He previously served as an Assistant Attorney General with the Kansas Attorney General's Office and was named the Kansas Prosecutor of the Year in 2011.

The Hon. Julie A. Fletcher-Cowell, 86, Larned, Kansas, was appointed by the Kansas Supreme Court to the Judicial Education Advisory Committee. The committee recommends and organizes education and training for Kansas appellate judges, district judges and district magistrate judges.

The Hon. Candace R. Lattin, '85, Iuka, Kansas, has been selected by the 30th Judicial District Nominating Commission to fill a magistrate judge vacancy in Barber County. She is a practicing attorney in Pratt County. Candace will stand for a retention vote after a year, and if retained, will serve a four-year term.

The Hon. Thomas G. Luedke, '86, Berryton, Kansas, was appointed as district judge in the 3rd Judicial District.

The Hon. Eric F. Melgren, '85, Wichita, was selected as the Wichita Crime Commission's Criminal Justice Professional of the Year, 2018.

The Hon. Nancy Parrish, '85, Topeka, has received the Kansas District Judges Association Award for Judicial Excellence. Parrish has been a Shawnee County District Court Judge for 24 years and was a state senator from 1980 to 1992. Parrish's government experience also includes a two-year stint as Kansas Secretary of Revenue, giving her experience in all three branches of government.    

Kevin J. Arnel, '87, Wichita, was named to the Wichita Business Journal's 40 Under 40 Hall of Fame.

Melanie S. Jack, '87, Topeka, is now with the Kansas Attorney General's Office.

Ardith Smith Woertz, '87, Topeka, has joined Joseph, Hollander & Craft LLC. Smith-Woertz focuses on family law, primarily handling cases involving divorce, child support, child custody and residency, parenting and paternity. As a certified mediator through the Kansas Office of Judicial Administration, she regularly acts as a mediator/conciliator for parties involved in domestic disputes.

Stephen Angermayer, '88, Pittsburg, Kansas, has been selected by the Kansas Continuing Legal Education Commission as the recipient of the 2018 Robert L. Gernon Award. Angermayer is with the firm of Fern and Angermayer.

Brian S. Burris, '88, Wichita, is now with Occidental Management.

The Hon. Kyle A. Bryson, '88, Tucson, Arizona, was appointed to a second three-year term as presiding judge of the courts in Pima County.

Susan S. Saidian, '88, Wichita, received the Kansas Bar Association Outstanding Service Award.

The Hon. Maritza Segarra, '88, Junction City, Kansas, will retire January 1 after 15 years on the bench in the 8th Judicial District. Segarra served as a magistrate judge before she became a district judge in 2007, and all of her service has been in Geary County.

The Hon. Kim W. Cudney, '89, Washington, Kansas, was named Treasurer of the Kansas District Judges Association.

The Hon. James R. Fleetwood, '89, Wichita, was appointed by the Kansas Supreme Court to the Access to Justice Committee.

William L. Townsley III, '89, Wichita, was installed as the 52nd President of the Kansas Association of Defense Counsel.

1990s

The Hon. Jennifer Brunetti, '90, Frontenac, Kansas, was appointed as a district judge in the 11th Judicial District.

Julia A. McKee, '90, Overland Park, Kansas, is a partner in Beyond HR Solutions, LLC.

Kristine Lawless, '91, Topeka, was named by The Best Lawyers in America  as Topeka Lawyer of the Year for Criminal Defense: White Collar. She was also honored in the sector of Criminal Defense: General Practice. Lawless has extensive experience in complex federal and state criminal cases, including appeals. Her primary practice now focuses on family law, and the Kansas Supreme Court has certified her as a mediator in domestic cases.  

Paul E. Ailslieger, '92, has relocated to Omaha, Nebraska, and joined Lindsay Corporation as its Tax Director.

Scott Seifert, '92, Addison, Texas, has been elected to serve as President of Hiersche, Hayward, Drakeley & Urbach, P.C.

Susan E. Tucker, '92, Worth, Missouri, has been appointed to The Northwest Foundation board of directors. The Northwest Foundation serves as the non-profit fundraising and advancement arm of Northwest Missouri State University.

Michael L. Leyba, '93, Denver, Colorado, has joined the Denver law firm of Ryley, Carlock, and Applewhite as a Staff Attorney and member of their Document Control Group assisting in their ongoing investment securities fraud actions filed before FINRA, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority in the District of Puerto Rico.  

Wendy A. Wussow, '94, Lincoln, Nebraska, is now the Clerk of the Nebraska Supreme Court and Court of Appeals.

Jonathan Lautt,' 95, Richmond, Virginia, has joined Thomas Sanders LLP Multifamily Housing Finance practice as a partner. Lautt's practice focuses on commercial real estate finance with significant experience representing lenders, master servicers and special servicers related to the servicing of real estate loans.

Jennifer L. Stultz, '95, Wichita, has joined Stinson Leonard Street as a partner in the Tax, Trust & Estate division.

Michelle E. Bowman, '96, Council Grove, Kansas, was elected to the Federal Reserve Board by President Donald Trump. Bowman was previously the State Bank Commissioner for Kansas. 

Scott C. Palecki, '96, Leawood, Kansas, has been hired as General Counsel for Nueterra Capital and its affiliates. Palecki is a veteran healthcare attorney with over 20 years of private practice experience. Scott has participated in hundreds of healthcare and corporate transactions including the development, management and syndication of over 100 hospitals and ambulatory surgical centers throughout the United States.

Byron K. Rupp, '97, Wichita, was appointed Hesston College Vice President of Advancement.

Michelle M. Watson, '97, Wichita, has become a principal in the newly formed law firm of Gibson Watson Marino LLC in Wichita, KS which was formerly the Wichita office of Gilliland & Hayes, LLC.

Shannon D. Wead, '97, Wichita, was named Secretary of Kansas Association of Defense Counsel.

Kevin T. Stamper, '98, Wichita, has joined the Sedgwick County Counselor's Office.

Ashley A. Davis, '99, Wichita, was nominated to the Wichita Business Journal's 2018 Career Women.

2000s

Jake Fisher, '00, Silver Lake, Kansas, was appointed to a three-year term on the Shawnee County Planning Commission. Fisher is with the Kansas Corporation Commission and serves on the Board of Education for the Silver Lake Unified School District 372.

The Hon. Mary E. Christopher, '01, Topeka, was appointed to fill a vacancy on the Shawnee County District Court.

The Hon. Ted Griffith, '01, Wichita, was appointed to the Wichita Municipal Court Judges Education Committee.

Daniel A. Stone, '01, Irmo, South Carolina, has been nominated to join the J. Bratton Davis American Inn of Court, a specialty Inn focused on bankruptcy practice. Stone has been a consumer bankruptcy attorney in South Carolina since 2001 helping consumers file for Chapter 7 and 13 bankruptcy relief.     

The Hon. Darian P. Dernovish, '02, Topeka, was appointed as a judge in the Shawnee County District Court, Third Judicial District.

Bach T. Hang, '02, Maize, Kansas, has opened Hang Firm LLC.

The Hon. Douglas P. Jones, '02, Cottonwood Falls, Kansas, was reappointed by the Kansas Supreme Court to the Judicial Education Advisory Committee and reappointed a sixth. The committee recommends and organizes education and training for Kansas appellate judges, district judges and district magistrate judges.

Scott H. Raymond, '02, Topeka, was promoted to vice president of legal services and general counsel at Blue Cross and Blue Shield. As vice president and general counsel, Raymond provides legal counsel, manages litigation, leads the company's legal services department and oversees the records management program. He also serves as corporate secretary for the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas Foundation.

Meghan K. Voracek, '02, Seneca, Kansas has been named Brown County Attorney.

The Hon. John W. Broomes, '03, Wichita, is now a District Judge for the U.S. District Court for the District of Kansas.

Robert L. Choromanksi, '03, Lenexa, Kansas, is now the managing attorney for the Kansas City, Missouri firm of Kramer & Frank PC.

Scott M. Hill, '03, Wichita, received the Kansas Bar Association Outstanding Service Award.

Marlea J. James, ‘03, Belleville, Kansas, was hired by the Kansas Department of Labor to lead its new department overseeing amusement parks, carnivals and other recreational venues in Kansas. 

Major Von Kliem, '03, Fairfax Station, Virginia, is a retired Army Judge Advocate. Following his retirement, Von began Von Kliem Consulting, LLC, where he has provided national training in police practices and crisis communications to community groups, police agencies, and conferences. He is a graduate of the Advanced Force Science Specialist Course and was selected to lecture at the 2018 Annual Force Science Conference. Von is also a graduate of the Police Legal Advisor Training Program at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center.

Amie L. Bauer, '04, Lindsborg, Kansas, was named by Kansas Supreme Court Chief Justice Lawton Nuss to serve on an ad hoc committee charged with reviewing bonding practices, fines and fees of Kansas' municipal courts to compile a best practices model for the courts to follow.  

Andrea S. Hayes, '04, Columbia, Missouri, serve as the interim assistant vice chancellor for Civil Rights & Title IX at the University of Missouri.

Starla Borg Johnson, '04, Jamestown, Kansas, was reappointed by the Kansas Supreme Court to the Access to Justice Committee.

The Hon. Laura H. Lewis, '04, Meade, Kansas, was appointed as a District Judge in the 16th District. Lewis served as the Meade County Attorney, a position to which she was first elected in 2008. She also served as a municipal judge for Dodge City.

John M. Shoemaker, '04, Singapore, has joined Butler Snow in Singapore. Shoemaker will join the firms business services practice group. Shoemaker previously served as the global head of product management for UBS Wealth Planning Trusts and Foundations, which required creating, delivering and supporting profitable, fully compliant, demand-driven wealth planning structures.

Donald H. Snook, '04, Wichita, has joined the Law Offices of Kastetter & Bina, L.L.C.

Brian R. Carman, '05, Wichita, Member of Stinson, Lasswell & Wilson LC, has been named Fellow of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers.

Andreas K. Achleitner, '06, Austin, Texas, is MineralSoft's new Director of Land and Audit. Prior to joining MineralSoft, Achleitner was General Counsel for a leading land and mineral ownership consultancy and was responsible for the recovery of millions of dollars of underpayments through negotiation and legal action.

Sunee Mickle, '06, Topeka, has been promoted to the new position of vice president of government and community relations at Blue Cross and Blue Shield. Mickle is responsible for federal administration and congressional relations, state administration and legislative relations, and regulatory relations involving the Kansas Insurance Department and other agencies. In addition, she has a leadership role in maintaining the company's position as a good corporate citizen through corporate giving, volunteerism, community partnerships and initiatives that improve the health of Kansans.

Richard A. Samaniego, '06, Wichita, has been nominated by Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt to serve as Chair of the state's Crime Victims Board.

Kristen D. Wheeler, '06, Wichita, has joined the U.S. District Court.

Michelle K. Witte, '06, Wichita, is now with Martin, Pringle, Oliver, Wallace & Bauer, L.L.P.

Angel R. Zimmerman, '06, Topeka, has been selected to receive the Women Attorneys Association of Topeka 2018 Chief Justice Kay McFarland Attorney of Achievement Award.

Norman E. Douglas Jr., '07, Wichita, has opened The Kansas Bankruptcy Center.

Mark Dupree Sr., '07, Kansas City, Kansas, Wyandotte County District Attorney, has initiated a new conviction integrity unit to officially check into claims of those who say they have been wrongfully convicted. The unit will include a full-time senior attorney, a part-time investigator and a part-time assistant.

Shanelle E. Dupree, '07, Lawrence, Kansas is the creator and host of Foster Care and Fashion. Dupree travels and interviews people and agencies making the child welfare system work better. Dupree highlights problems and discuss people who are creating solutions. They discuss the heavy stuff- like local elections, policy, and the foster care system, but they also talk about lighter matters such as fashion (hair, clothes, and art work).

Christine C. Campbell, '08, Wichita, was appointed by the Kansas Supreme Court to the Access to Justice Committee.

Alex Cuellar, '08, El Paso, Texas, joined the US Attorney's Office for the Western District of Texas as an Assistant United States Attorney. Cuellar formerly served as an Assistant District Attorney with the 34th Judicial District of Texas.  

Krystle M. Dalke, '08, Wichita, has joined Hinkle Law Firm LLC as an associate. Prior to joining Hinkle, Dalke was a law clerk for United States District Court Judge for Judge Marten.

Jessica L. Dorsey, '08, Utrecht, Netherlands, has joined the University of Amsterdam's Faculty of Law where she teaches Law, Justice and Morality; Human Rights Law and Comparative Constitutional Law.

Rachel E. Lomas, '08, Wichita, is now a law clerk for The Honorable Gwynne Birzer.

Kevin J. O'Keefe, '08, Omaha, Nebraska, is an associate with Abrahams Kaslow & Cassman LLP. in the litigation department.    

Evan A. Rosell, '08, Wichita, is the lead staff for Project Wichita. Project Wichita is an effort of the Greater Wichita Partnership to develop a 10-year plan for the city.

Doug M. Taylor, '08, Topeka, is the League of Kansas Municipalities' new Legal Counsel. Taylor most recently served as an Assistant Attorney General for the Kansas Department of Revenue, Alcoholic Beverage Control Division.

Adam R. Burrus, '09, Wichita, was honored as part of the 2018 class of the Wichita Business Journal's 40 Under 40.

Masood Dehnavifar, '09, Winona, Minnesota, has joined Merchants Bank as Senior Vice President/Trust Department Manager.

Jordan J. Ford, '09, Wichita, was honored as part of the 2018 class of the Wichita Business Journal's 40 Under 40.

Troy A. Larson, '09, Shawnee, Kansas, is now a Kansas Department of Labor (KDOL) Administrative Law Judge, Workers Compensation Division in Lenexa. Larson worked as a Research Attorney for the Kansas Court of Appeals for two years before practicing law in Kansas City. In private practice, he primarily represented employers and insurers on workers compensation claims throughout Kansas and Missouri.

Justan R. Shinkle, '09, Wichita, was honored as part of the 2018 class of the Wichita Business Journal's 40 Under 40.

Johnathan A. Rhodes, '09, Denver, Colorado, has joined the law firm Fennemore Craig practicing health care regulatory law.

2010s

Kristina A. Fleisch, '10, Charlotte, North Carolina, has joined the ranks at the Charlotte-Mecklenburg District Attorney's Office. Fleisch will work with the DA's Misdemeanor Team.

Katherine L. Goyette, '10, Clarksville, Tennessee, has joined Fendley & Etson, Attorneys at Law.

Maryann M. Hon, '10, Muskogee, Oklahoma, is now an Muskogee County Assistant District Attorney.

Sean T. Pribyl, '10, Washington, D.C., has been appointed to serve on the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International's (AUVSI) newly formed Unmanned Maritime Systems (UMS) Advocacy Committee. He is the only outside counsel represented on the committee and will serve as an advisor in an individual non-voting role.  

Brian L. Bina, '11, McPherson, Kansas was elected to the Board of Directors of the Kansas School Attorneys Association.

Abigail Boudewyns, '11, Cheyenne, Wyoming, accepted a position as Research Manager for the Wyoming Legislative Service Office. Boudewyns previously served as a Senior Assistant Attorney General in the Water and Natural Resources Division of the Wyoming Attorney General's Office.

Stephen Freeland, '11, Kansas City, Missouri, has joined The Kansas City Southern Railway Company as a General Attorney.

Erin H. Sommer Good, '11, Wichita, has joined the Kansas State University Office of General Counsel as associate general counsel.  Good comes to K-State after serving as an associate attorney with a private firm in Wichita, representing clients in civil litigation and providing general legal advice in a variety of matters. Her practice focused on the representation of governmental entities school districts, counties and municipalities with a focus on employment law, education law and civil rights. Previously, she served as a research attorney for the Kansas Court of Appeals. She also interned in the Kansas Attorney General's Office and the U.S. District Court for the District of Kansas.

Stephen S. Jones, '11, Parsons, Kansas, Labette County Attorney, was presented the Outstanding Criminal Justice Victim Service Award for Prosecution by Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt. Jones is an active member of the A.G.'s Batterer Intervention Program Advisory Board and currently chairs the Kansas Domestic Violence Offender Assessment subcommittee.

Courtney J. Whiteley, '11, Olathe, Kansas has joined Cordell & Cordell as a litigation attorney in its Independence, MO. office.

Lisa M. Brown, '12, Topeka, has joined Foulston Seifkin LLP. Brown focuses her practice on health care law.

Samuel R. Feather, '12, Topeka, has joined the team at Goodell, Stratton, Edmonds & Palmer.  He will focus on Corporate and Commercial Law, General Civil Litigation, and Insurance Law.

Robert M. Fitzgerald, '12, Las Vegas, Nevada, is now an Assistant Federal Public Defender in the Capital Habeas Unit of the Federal Public Defender, District of Nevada.  

Paul M. Foltz, '12, Greenwood Village, Colorado, has joined Pollart Miller LLC.

Joslyn M. Kusiak, '12, Independence, Kansas, was recognized as the KBA Outstanding Young Lawyer. Kusiak was nominated by the Wichita Women Attorneys Association. She was selected in part because she chose to leave a large firm in Wichita to move to Independence and serve a small firm in a small town with few lawyers, and in part for her continuous community service efforts.

Drew J. Steadman, '12, Wichita, has joined King, Brennan & Albin, LLC.

Elizabeth A. Baker, '13, Topeka, has opened the Law Office of Elizabeth A. Baker.

Daniel S. Creitz, '13, Pittsburg, Kansas, has been appointed as General Counsel and Compliance Officer for the Community Health Center of Southeast Kansas (CHC/SEK). Creitz joins CHC/SEK with an extensive background in business law and corporate governance, most recently serving as staff attorney with the law offices of Wheeler & Mitchelson.

Brian K. Johnson, '13, Oswego, Kansas, has been named Labette Co. Counselor, following the resignation of his father, The Honorable Fred W. Johnson, '80. Brian began practicing law with his father at the Johnson Law Firm, LLC.

Brendan P. Lykins, '13, Wichita, has joined DeVaughn James.

Lauren M. Schulz, '13, Seattle, Washington, is now with Cairncross & Hempelmann P.S.

Alisha Udhwani, '13, Christiansted, Virgin Islands, is an assistant attorney general for the Department of Justice.

Iasha Chaudry, '14, Vancouver, Canada, joined Smart & Biggar, working with the life sciences practice group.  During time spent in the U.S., Chaudry worked in the IP group at the University of Washington's technology transfer office. There, she expanded her experience to include U.S. patent and trademark practices.

Jeffrey A. Wilson, '14, Wichita, has joined Hinkle Law Firm LLC as an associate. Wilson will support the firm's Litigation and Business Litigation areas.

Keith Edwards, '15, Wichita, has joined the Criminal Division of Joseph, Hollander & Craft LLC.

Courtney L. Kelley, '15, Tulsa, Oklahoma, an associate at Hall Estill, has been accepted into the inaugural class of the Heart of America Fellows Institute of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel (ACTEC).

Samuel W. Jones, '15, Wichita, has joined Klenda Austerman LLC.

Alexander P. Gentry, '15, Topeka, is now a Research Attorney for The Honorable Kim Schroeder, Kansas Court of Appeals.

Matthew C. McAnarney, '15, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, has joined Ernst & Young, LLP.

Merideth J. Hogan, '16, Kansas City, Misssouri, has begun an Equal Justice Works fellowship at Legal Aid of Western Missouri, working to address human trafficking in Missouri.

John C. Reynolds, '16, Great Bend, Kansas, is an Assistant County Attorney for Barton County.

Kristina J. Branstetter, '17, Ottawa, Kansas, is an associate at Anderson & Byrd, LLP.

Ethan M. McInteer, '17, Wichita, has joined the Stange Law Firm.

Donny McClellan, '17, Greeley, Colorado, is an associate at McAdams Law Office.

Joseph M. Ramirez, '17, Kansas City, Missouri, is an Associate at Peterson & Associates, P.C.

Brock K. Baxter, '18, Wichita, has joined McDonald Tinker PA.

Katy Garner, '18, Topeka, is now with the Shawnee County District Attorney's Office.

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The Hon. Bruce T. Gatterman, '78, Larned, Kansas, was elected president-elect of the Kansas District Judges Association.

Louis M. Clothier, '81, Leavenworth, Kansas, has been named executive director of the Kansas Lawyers Assistance Program.

Michelle E. Bowman, '96, Council Grove, Kansas, was elected to the Federal Reserve Board by President Donald Trump. Bowman was previously the State Bank Commissioner for Kansas. 

Marlea J. James, ‘03, Belleville, Kansas, was hired by the Kansas Department of Labor to lead its new department overseeing amusement parks, carnivals and other recreational venues in Kansas.