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Updates submitted between January 1, 2020 and May 3, 2020


Daniel W. Forker Jr. '66, Hutchinson, Kansas, was inducted as a fellow in the American College of Bankruptcy. Forker is a member of the American Bar Association, the Kansas Bar Association and the Reno County Bar Association. He has served as past chairperson for Real Estate, Probate, and Tax Section of the Kansas Bar Association as well as two terms as chairperson of the Bankruptcy Section of the Kansas Bar Association.

Col. Jack S. Bender III, '69, Halstead, Kansas, was presented the Marquis Who's Who Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award. Bender has devoted nearly 50 years to his distinguished legal career. Shortly after acquiring his law degree in 1969, he served as an assistant attorney general for the state of Kansas. Joining the Boeing Co. in Wichita, Kansas, in 1974, he served as an assistant secretary, a senior attorney, acting division counsel and in construction management for 25 years until 1999. Mr. Bender subsequently operated a private practice in Halstead, Kansas, for nearly 20 years. In addition to maintaining his practice, he served for seven years as the wing legal officer for the Kansas Wing of the Civil Air Patrol from 2011 to 2018.


Dennis D. Kirk, '75, Falls Church, Virginia, is the United States Office of Personnel Management's new Associate Director for Employee Services, Kirk brings decades of public and private sector experience to this role. At OPM since May 2018, Kirk has served as both Senior Advisor to the CIO and as Senior Advisor to the Director, working with OPM leadership, SES, Employee Services, and the Accountability and Workforce Programs areas. 

The Hon. Donald R. Noland, '76, Pittsburg, Kansas, was appointed to the Kansas Court of Appeals Nominating Commission.

Timothy E. Troll, '78, Dillingham, Alaska, is the Executive Director of the Bristol Bay Heritage Land Trust in Alaska. He was recently recognized by the Alaska Federation of Natives with the Denali Award. The Denali Award is given to a ""Non-Native person who has demonstrated strong commitment, dedication, and service to the Alaska Native Community and to Rural Alaska."" The land trust he founded and directs has also received the National Excellence Award by the Land Trust Alliance for its work protecting wilderness in remote Rural Alaska.


The Hon. Richard D. Anderson, '80, Topeka, was appointed by the Kansas Supreme Court as chief judge of the 3rd Judicial District. The 3rd Judicial District is composed of Shawnee County. Anderson was appointed a district court judge for the 3rd Judicial District in 1999. Before becoming a judge, Anderson was a trial attorney in private practice with an emphasis in labor, employment, and construction law. He has served as an adjunct professor at Washburn University and as a board member of the Kansas District Judges Association. He is a member of the Topeka and Kansas Bar Associations and has served on several bar association committees.

Kevin E. J. Regan, '81, Kansas City, Missouri, of the Regan Law Firm, L.L.C., was recently elected to serve as a Trustee with the Missouri Bar Foundation Board of Trustees. Regan was also recently made an honorary life member of the Special Forces Association, Bull Simons Chapter, a rare honor bestowed upon a civilian by Special Forces soldiers.

Mark A. Shaiken, '81, Denver, Colorado, is the author of a newly released book, entitled:  ""And . . . Just Like That - Essays on a Life Before During and After the Law.""  With humor and self-deprecation, poignancy and bite, this book presents observations on his life before the law, his thirty-eight years in the law, and his life after he left.  

The Hon. E. Leigh Hood, '82, Dodge City, Kansas, has retired. Hood was the Ford County 16th Judicial District Chief Judge. With more than 20 years as a judge, Hood was first elected as a district judge in 2000 before being appointed a chief judge in 2019. From 1982 to 1989, Hood was an assistant county attorney in Ford County before becoming county attorney.

Nancy A. Goodall,' 83, Topeka, has retired from CoreFirst Bank & Trust. She was the senior vice president and trust officer. Goodall had been a trust officer with CoreFirst Bank & Trust for 15 years, where she administered personal trusts, investment agency accounts and probate accounts. Goodall is active in the community, in particular at the Topeka Civic Theatre, where she has been the music director for countless performances. With over 35 years banking experience,

 Richard L. Marquez, '85, Garden City, Kansas, was appointed to the Kansas Court of Appeals Nominating Commission.


Brian A. Tillema, '90, Kansas City, Missouri, was appointed as the Jackson County Circuit Court deputy probate commissioner.  Tillema started his own law practice in May 1993 as a solo practitioner.   Fifty percent of his practice is in the Jackson County Probate Division.  Prior to 1993, he served as a law clerk to Probate Judge John A. Borron, Jr. and Circuit Judge Donald L. Mason both of the Jackson County Circuit Court.

Kathleen A. Hart, '91, Bridgewater, New Jersey, has joined Weiner Law Group as partner and chair of the Firm's workers' compensation department.

Danielle D. Dempsey-Swopes, '92, Topeka, was appointed to the Kansas Court of Appeals Nominating Commission.

Lisa A. McPherson, '94, Wichita, has joined Triplett Woolf Garretson, LLC.

Joseph E. Donovan, '96, Washington, D.C., has joined the firm of Clark Hill as a Member in the Environment, Energy & Natural Resources practice. Donovan is a leading energy lawyer with over 20 years of experience across all energy platforms on an international scale. 

The Hon. Steve A. Stockard, '96, Parsons, Kansas, was appointed a judge in the 11th Judicial District. Stockard was a partner at Wiber & Towner P.A.. He is a former attorney for the Kansas Department of Revenue and has been a part-time prosecutor of juvenile offender and child-in-need-of-care cases in Bourbon and Crawford counties.

Luther L. Ganieany Jr., '97, Topeka, was appointed to general counsel, of the Kansas Highway Patrol. Prior to joining the patrol as general counsel, Ganieany served as a senior attorney in the city of Topeka's legal department for 18 years and as a police legal adviser for Topeka Police Department.

Christopher S. Conroy, '98, Des Moines, Iowa, is the 2020 chairman of the National Association of Fixed Annuities. Conroy previously was head of annuity sales at North American Company for Life and Health Insurance.

Jason K. Ward, '99, Kansas City, Missouri, is now a partner at Shook, Hardy & Bacon. Ward assists clients facing discovery-related challenges in complex product liability matters. He has extensive experience advising clients on document management procedures and best practices for defensible disposition of records, document collection, review and production.


Michael J. Fleming, '01, Leawood, Kansas, was appointed to the Kansas Court of Appeals Nominating Commission.

Jeremiah C. Humes, '03, Pirce, Utah, was appointed as a judge for the Seventh District.  For the past year, Humes has served as the attorney for Carbon County. He established his own practice in 2004 where he practiced municipal law. He also practiced at Johnson & Stone from 2003 to 2004.

The Hon. Laura H. Lewis, '04, Dodge City, Kansas, was appointed Chief Judge of the Ford County 16th Judicial District. Lewis was named to the district court in 2019.

Kimbra D. Caywood McCarthy, '05, Mountain View, California, is now the Mountain View City Manager. McCarthy was previously the Assistant City Manager for Administrative Services for Redwood City and a former deputy city manager for Mountain View. McCarthy has more than a decade of experience in senior roles in local government, including her two-year stint in Mountain View between 2014 and 2016. She began her career in government working as a fiscal analyst for the Kansas State Legislature and then moved to a policy analyst position with Santa Barbara County where she moved up to Director of Administration and Finance.

Jeffrey N. Lowe, '05, Wichita, has achieved Board Re-Certification as a family trial advocate for The National Board of Trial Advocacy. The National Board of Trial Advocacy was formed out of a strong conviction that both the law profession and its clients would benefit from an organization designed specifically to create an objective set of standards illustrating an attorney's experience and expertise in the practice of trial law. Jeffrey joins a growing number of trial attorneys that have illustrated their commitment to bettering the legal profession by successfully completing a rigorous application process and providing the consumer of legal services with an objective measure by which to choose qualified and experienced legal counsel. The elaborate screening of credentials that all National Board of Trial Advocacy board certified attorneys must successfully complete includes: demonstration of substantial trial experience, submission of judicial and peer references to attest to their competency, attendance of continuing legal education courses, submission of legal writing documents, proof of good standing and passing of an examination. Board Certification is the highest, most stringent, and most reliable honor an attorney can achieve. Board certifications are the only distinctions awarded by non-profit organizations. The National Board of Trial Advocacy as well as all board certifying organizations are committed to safeguarding the public's ability to choose a good attorney.

Angel R. Zimmerman, '06, Topeka, received the International J Reuben Clark Law Society Women in Law Service Award. Women in Law is just one of the many committees of JRCLS.  JRCLS is also divided into regions throughout the world. US Central no longer includes Utah and Idaho.  US Central is truly US Central -- Kansas, Nebraska, Texas, Oklahoma, North & South Dakota, Illinois, Wisconsin, etc. Zimmerman is the first Regional Area Director of the newly reorganized US Central Region.

Mark A. Dupree, '07, Kansas City, Kansas, was appointed to the Kansas Sentencing Commission.

Keron A. Wright, '07, Dallas, Texas, is now the managing partner at Wright Legal Services, PLLC.

Laurel A. Klein Searles, '08, Topeka, was appointed to the Kansas Human Rights Commission. The commission seeks to eliminate and prevent discrimination and assure equal opportunities in the state for employment, housing and other opportunities in public accommodation and housing.

Elizabeth J. Lay, '09, Columbus, Nebraska, has joined Jarecki Maul PC, L.L.O.  Elizabeth previously worked for the Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality and most recently served seven years as a Deputy Platte County Attorney.

Timothy R. Woods, '09, Dodge City, Kansas, is the Kansas 25th Judicial District's new magistrate judge


Morgan L. Richards, '11, Dallas, Texas, started a new position as Director of Gift Planning at Southern Methodist University.

Kali M. Hague, '13, Washington, D.C., was promoted to partner at Jetlaw, LLC.

Colin W. Holthaus, '13, Topeka, has been selected to serve as the director of Kansas Correctional Industries (KCI). Holthaus has previously held positions at the National Association of Trailer Manufacturers, BNSF Railway and Frito-Lay.

India E. Keefover, '13, Atlanta, Georgia, started a new position as an Associate at Deming, Parker, Hoffman, Campbell & Daly, LLC.

Brett A. Shanks, '15, Kansas City, Missouri, has accepted a position as a Trial Attorney with the U.S. Commodity Futures Trade Commission.

Alosha Moore, '17, Dayton, Ohio, has joined the U.S. Air Force as an International Contract Specialist.

Joseph R. Aker, '18, Salina, Kansas, has joined the law firm of Hampton & Royce, LC as an associate attorney practicing in the areas of agricultural law, estate planning, probate and trust administration, real estate law, business law, and tax planning.

Steven N. Letourneau, '19, Topeka, is now a Trust Officer at Capitol Federal Bank.

Kacey S. Mayes, '19, Wichita, has joined Triplett Woolf Garretson, LLC.

Jason D. Steele, '19, Austin, Texas, is an Assistant County Attorney at the Williamson County Attorney's Office.

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