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Anita Rodarte (‘84)

Anita Rodarte (‘84) was honored as the Family Law Practitioner of the Year in the Kansas City, Missouri area. Anita is a shareholder with Bernstein, Rodarte & Hatheway, P.C.

Andrea Spillars (‘89)

Andrea Spillars (‘89) has been appointed Executive Director for the Missouri Board of Law Examiners.  She will be overseeing the attorney admissions process in Missouri.  Prior to her appointment, she worked in state government in various legal and administrative positions, including counsel to the Governor.

The Honorable Zel Fischer (’88)

The Honorable Zel Fischer (’88) has become the Chief Justice on the Missouri Supreme Court and his term will run through June 2019. Justice Fischer was appointed to the bench in 2008.

Martin Zehr ( ’85)

Martin Zehr (JD ’85) recently published his novel The Desplazados. It is available on Amazon and Kindle as an e-book.

Virginia L. Fry (’80)

Virginia L. Fry (’80) was elected Chair of the Missouri State University Board of Governors. Fry is a partner at Husch Blackwell. She is a member of the firm’s health care, life sciences and pharmaceuticals industry team

Dana Tippin Cutler (’89)

Dana Tippin Cutler (’89) received the Governor Mel Carnahan Award for Public Service from the University of Missouri, School of Public Affairs. The Award recognizes individuals who have made significant contributions through their public service, both paid and volunteer, in the government, education, nonprofit or legal sectors.

Cecilia Abbott (’89)

Cecilia Abbott (’89) was appointed City Attorney of Kansas City, Missouri. Cecilia is only the second female City Attorney for the city of Kansas City, Mo. She has been a City Attorney for over 26 years and is a former board member of the UMKC Law Alumni Association.

Jane Brown (’82)

Jane Brown (’82) has been recently appointed Assistant Program Director of the Office of Legal Education at the National Advocacy Center (NAC) in Columbia, SC. It is a one-year temporary assignment with the Department of Justice. Jane will be one of four directors in charge of planning continuing legal education programs for all 6,500 federal prosecutors and an equal number of DOJ staff throughout the U.S. In addition to planning the programs, she will recruit instructors and teach classes when instructors are unavailable. Examples of classes include Electronic Discovery, Deposition Skills, Health Care Fraud and Negotiation/Mediation.

Honorable Robert T. Altice Jr. (’89)

Honorable Robert T. Altice Jr. (’89) was appointed to the Court of Appeals, 2nd District of Indiana. He was appointed by Governor Mike Pence. Judge Altice’s legal career began in Jackson County, MO handling felony cases as a deputy prosecutor before being promoted to Chief Deputy Prosecutor for the Drug Unit. He then practiced with a Kansas City civil law firm. After moving to Indianapolis, he joined the law firm of Wooden McLaughlin & Sterner.

Professor Steven Popejoy (’88)

Professor Steven Popejoy (’88) serves as head of the School of Accountancy in the Harmon College of Business at the University of Central Missouri. He recently had an article entitled “Right to Work: A Legal Rights Perspective” accepted for publication in the Labor Law Journal, co-authored with (’89) alumna Professor Deni Oas, also of UCM.