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Accomplishments

1950s

Norman Besheer (‘55) is now managing director of Modern Fire Safety, LLC, a subsidiary of Gunter Pest Management, Inc., as well as CEO of Gunter.  He was recently elected Honorary Mayor of Waldo.

Jay Macey Rosenblum ('51) is in the process of publishing a novel The French Lieutenant and the King of Rome. A historical romantic novel set during the occupation of France during World War II.

 

1960s

Prof. G. Michael Fenner (‘69) was elected as President of the Nebraska State Bar Association.  He is the first academic lawyer to hold that position.

 

1970s

Dan Sturdevant ('74) became President of the Lewis and Clark Trail Heritage Foundation.

 

1980s

Jeffery Eastman ('83) received the Charles Shaw Trial Advocacy. This award is for those who exhibit outstanding trial skills and a passion for trying cases involving the innocent accused.

John Miller (‘80) is a Contract Management Consultant and has several national publications, on his website Con-tracts.com.

Michael Swisher (‘83) has opened the Swisher Law Office in Lee’s Summit, MO.

 

1990s

Sherrie Brady (‘96) The Law Office of Sherrie Brady has moved to 1114 Main Street Blue Springs, Missouri. She practices family and criminal law.

Courtney L. Fletcher, (’95), has joined the Springfield firm of Carnahan, Evans, Cantwell & Brown, P.C., and has joined their Estate Planning Group.

Chris Lucas ('93) designed a new app to create digital juries.

 

2000s

Kristen Bevil, ('03) has recently joined The Indiana Rail Road Company as General Counsel based in Indianapolis, Indiana. 

G. Lee Cross Jr. ('07) announced the Cross Law Firm, LLC has re-located his firm to Westwood, Kansas. In 2013 he was elected to the JCCC Board of Trustees.

Blake Green ('08) announced he has joined the firm of Burgess and Green.

Desarae Harrah (‘05) a partner at Martin, Leigh, Laws & Fritzlen, PC, was recently recognized as a 2013 Super Lawyers Rising Star and named as the Kansas City Business Journal’s Best of the Bar awardee.

Jessica Piedra (‘08) was recognized for being a champion for immigrant rights at the 2013 Kansas City Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Noche de Gala Awards.

Melody Rayl (‘07) has joined the Kanas City Office of national labor and employment law form Fisher & Phillips LLP as an associate. Her practice focuses on labor and employment counseling and litigation for business clients.

Charles Regan (‘03) recently joined the law firm of Yonke Law, LLC. The Firm's practice consists of medical malpractice, personal injury and other torts, as well as worker's compensation and criminal defense.

 

2010s

Molly A. Callender ('14) has joined the Husch Blackewell's Kansas City Office.

Raymond Dake (‘10) has joined the law firm of Siro Smith and Dickson PC as an associate attorney.

Jarrett Leiker ('13) joined the law firm of Davis, Bethune & Jones, LLC.

Sean Randall (‘13) has joined the Missouri State Public Defender System, Lebanon Office.

Parke Stevens, Jr. ('13) is a candidate for Texas County prosecuting attorney.

 

In Memoriam

1950s

James Fellenstein ('53) passed away on April 18, 2014.

Hon. Calvin Hamilton ('56), our district's first chief magistrate judge, passed away on Friday, April 25, 2014. Cal graduated from UMKC Law School and began practicing, beginning what would be a 35-year legal career including serving as U.S. District Attorney and later appointed Chief U.S. Magistrate Judge by President Lyndon B. Johnson. Judge Hamilton retired from public service in 1991.

William E. O'Brien ('56) passed away on April 25, 2014.

Samuel C. Sherwood, Jr. (‘51’), 90, on March 20. While in law school he was awarded Who's Who of American Law Students and was included in the 1950-54 volume.

 

1970s

Thomas J. Jones, Jr. (‘72), 70, on March 31. Tom had his own law firm on the plaza, which focused on labor law.

 

1980s

Janie Faye Smith ('83) passed away June17, 2014. She practiced Family Law at the Law Firm of Wham & Wham in Centralia, IL.