Mission of the UMKC Law Foundation –

Ensuring the continued Success of the UMKC School of Law

Incorporated in 1959 as a nonprofit corporation, the Law Foundation of the University of Missouri- Kansas City mission is to ensure the continued success of the UMKC School of Law.

Governed by a volunteer Board of Trustees made up of law alumni and faculty, the Law Foundation seeks to advance legal education by providing enhanced resources for UMKC Law students and faculty. The Law Foundation, through the Law Alumni Board also nurtures engagement from alumni and friends of the law school.

The Foundation Board has the fiduciary responsibility to manage the endowments of the Law Foundation which total more than $10 million. Gifts to the Law Foundation Annual Fund is dedicated to enhance the students’ experience, foster alumni communications, support student organizations and underwrite faculty members’ research.

Special fundraising initiatives, both annual gifts and endowments are focused on the advocacy program, law and entrepreneurship and scholarships.

 

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Board Members 2014-15

  • President

    J. R. Hobbs JD ‘81

    Wyrsch Hobbs & Mirakian, PC
  • Vice President - Resources & Leadership

    Lajuana Counts JD ’88
    United States Attorney’s Office
  • Vice President - Development & Capital

    Scott Bethune JD ‘88

    Davis, Bethune & Jones, LLC
  • Vice President - Alumni/Constituent Relations

    Ross Nigro JD ‘92

    Nigro Law Firm LLC
  • Vice President - Marketing & Communications

    Hon. S. Margene Burnett JD ‘87

    Division 7 - 16th Judicial Circuit
  • Treasurer

    Gary Gose JD ‘97

    H&R Block, Inc.
  • Secretary

    Brian Gaddy JD ‘94

    Gaddy & Weiss
  • Immediate Past President

    Stephen Cosentino JD ‘97

    Stinson Leonard Street, LLP

 

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Trustees

  • Lisa Westergaard JD ’03
    American Academy of Family Physicians
  • Lisa Weixelman JD ’82
    Polsinelli Shughart, PC
  • Gene Voigts JD ’64
    Shook, Hardy & Bacon, LLP
  • Tina Parsley Hughes JD ’05
    Stand Up Blue Springs
  • Mira Mdivani JD ’99
    The Mdivani Law Firm
  • Robert D. Litz JD ‘81
    United States Arbitration & Mediation
  • Erlene Krigel JD ’79
    Krigel & Krigel
  • Joan Klosterman JD ‘88
    Morrow, Willnauer, Klosterman & Church
  • Julia Kitsmiller JD ‘02
    Seyferth Blumenthal & Harris, LLC
  • Thomas Hyde JD ‘75
  • Kent O. Hyde JD ’84
    Hyde, Love & Overby, LLP
  • Chris Hoyt
    Professor, UMKC School of Law
  • Tom Hankins JD ’77
    Hankins, Conklin & Hilton, P.C.
  • Rafe Foreman
    Professor, UMKC School of Law
  • Mara Cohara JD ‘01
    Lathrop & Gage
  • Brett Burmeister JD ‘06
    Burmeister Gilmore
  • Debbie Brooks JD ‘01
  • Lynne J. Bratcher JD ’83
    Bratcher, Gockel, & Kingston
  • Stephen Bough JD ‘97
    Law Offices of Stephen R. Bough
  • Jack Bangert JD ‘76

    Kutak Rock, LLP
  • Scott Aripoli JD ‘07
    Shook, Hardy & Bacon, LLP
  • Mike Albano JD ‘68
    Welch, Martin & Albano, LLC
  • Christine Albano JD ‘96
    Law Office of Christine G. Albano

 

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Ex-Officio Trustees

  • Ellen Suni
    Dean, UMKC School of Law
  • Brian Meyer JD ‘15
    President, UMKC Student Bar Association

 

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Emeritus Trustees

  • James Bartimus JD ’77
    Bartimus Frickleton Robertson & Goza
  • Steve D. Burmeister JD ’76
    Burmeister & Associates
  • Hon. Gene R. Martin JD ‘53
  • Hon. Ann Mesle JD ‘72
    Division 7 – Jackson County Courthouse
  • William Prugh JD ‘69
  • Martha (Marti) Schach JD ‘82
    Martha E. Schach, Attorney at Law, LLC
  • Arthur H. Stoup JD ’50

 

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Past Presidents

  • 1959/60 Ben W. Swofford JD ‘33

    1960/61 James W. Benjamin JD ’49

    1961/62 Joseph R. Stewart JD ’25

    1962/63 Joseph R. Hogsett JD ‘50

    1963/64 David H. Clark JD’52

    1964/65 Ernest H. Fremont Jr. JD ‘56

    1965/66 Conn Withers JD ‘32

    1966/67 Richard P. Sprinkle JD ‘49
    1967/68

    1968/69 Max W. Foust JD ‘54
    1969/70
    1970/71

    1971/72 Lee Reeder JD ‘32
    1972/73
    1973/74

    1974/75 Norman O. Sanders JD ‘57
    1975/76
    1976/77

    1977/78 Joseph A. Sherman JD ‘55

    1978/79 Arthur H. Stoup JD ‘50
    1979/80
    1980/81

    1981/82 Lantz Welch JD ‘59
    1982/83

  • 1983/84 R. Lawrence Ward JD ‘61
    1984/85

    1985/86 Robert C. Welch JD ‘65
    1986/87

    1988/89 James A. Polsinelli JD ‘67
    1989/90

    1990/91 James Bartimus JD ‘77
    1991/92

    1992/93 John C. Dods JD ‘57
    1993/94

    1994/95 Ann Mesle JD ‘72
    1995/96

    1996/97 Larry A. Schaffer JD ‘76

    1997/98 R. Christopher Abele JD ‘83

    1999/00 James P. Frickleton

    2000/01 Michelle Stark Kaufman JD ‘83

    2001/02 Jack T. Bangert JD ‘76

    2002/03 Leanne DeShong JD ‘83

    2003/04 Steve D. Burmeister JD ‘76

    2004/05 Erlene W. Krigel JD ‘79

    2005/06 Martha (Marti) Schach JD ‘82
    2006/07

  • 2007/08 Gene E. Voigts JD ‘64
    2008/09

    2009/10 William B. Prugh JD ‘69
    2010/11

    2011/12 Stephen Cosentino JD ‘97
    2012/13

 

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