Abby E. McClelland (’13) was appointed by Judge Kurt Engelhardt of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana to serve on the Plaintiff’s Steering Committee (PSC) of the Taxotere (Docetaxel) Products Liability Litigation. McClelland was chosen along with 13 others for a leadership role to oversee the complex management of the plaintiff’s litigation which includes breast cancer survivors from across the country.
Stacey Wullschleger (’07) was awarded the Rising Star Award by the Women’s Justice Awards. This is awarded to female lawyers 40 years old and younger or within the first 10 years of practice who have already made a difference in the justice system or the profession and who appear on a path toward even greater accomplishment.
Clarence A. Conoley (’53) passed away January 30, 2017. Upon graduation from law school, Clarence was hired into the legal department of Panhandle Eastern Pipeline Company where he continued to work until his retirement as a senior attorney. Clarence was an Army Veteran and served in World War II.
Carolee Sauder Leek (’59) passed away on February 28, 2017. She was one of only three female students in her class at the time. After passing the Kansas bar exam she joined the law firm Wagner, Leek and Mullins. Carolee was the first career women lawyer in Johnson County and a role model for countless women in the Kansas City area. She served as municipal judge of Mission, Kansas from 1965 to 1969.
Sara Hofeditz Christensen (’14) has joined the Hastings Law Firm. She was formerly with the Jackson County Public Defender’s Office where she handled state-level felonies, juvenile delinquencies, and probation violations.
Alan P. Woolever (’08) was promoted to Director at Gilmore & Bell. Alan graduated cum laude and received his J.D. and LL.M at UMKC Law. While in law school, he was an Articles Editor for The Urban Lawyer Law Review and was the Arthur Mag Graduate Fellow in Tax Law.
Andrea Bough (’00) was awarded The Business Practitioner Award by the Women’s Justice Awards, which is given to female attorneys who fulfill the ideals of leadership, professionalism, and a passion for improving the quality of the justice system or contributing to the betterment of the legal profession.
Bough is a member of the Lewis Rice’s Real Estate Department. She has extensive experience in economic development; land use, planning, and zoning; and subdivision regulations. She previously served as special zoning council for the City of Fairway, KS Board of Zoning Appeals and Planning Commission, legal counsel for the Board of Zoning Appeals and the Planning Commission for the City of Mission Hills, KS, and legal counsel for the Planning Commission for the City of Roeland Park, KS.
Marvin Rainey passed away on December 3, 2016. Rainey served as the Johnson County Election Commissioner in 1958 and elected as the second mayor of Overland Park in 1963, with a reelection in 1965. In 1974, Rainey was appointed Shawnee City Attorney. Rainey had a dedicated passion to make Johnson County a better place to live. Rainey was instrumental in welcoming the Metcalf South Shopping Center to Overland Park, helping with plans for I-435, and advocating for city government transparency.