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UMKC School of Law Alumni Hired in New Law and Technology Positions

Kate Garman (left) and Bryan Wilson (right) are both starting new rolesUMKC School of Law alumni who were players in the law school’s Year of Technology in 2016 are moving up in the legal community. Bryan Wilson (J.D. ’16) has been named a fellow of the American Bar Association Center for Innovation. Kate Garman, also of the class of 2016, has departed from her role as Innovation Analyst for the City of Kansas City to become the first Smart City Coordinator for the City of Seattle. Both graduates developed their technology skills in courses where they gained important insights into the value of effective use of technology in improving law and law-related processes.

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UMKC School of Law Law Newsmakers – July ’17

Every month, UMKC School of Law is going to highlight the latest in alumni news. Check out our class notes and submit your own here.

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Dana Tippin Cutler’s (J.D. ’89) Courageous Collaborations: An Excerpt from Res Ipsa

Dana Tippin Cutler and Adam Brown in the Law School Library.As society continues to transform, lawyers are reassessing whether the legal field is serving its constituents effectively and efficiently. As the new president of The Missouri Bar, Kansas City lawyer Dana Tippin Cutler (J.D. ’89) doesn’t deny the disruptive changes, but she also sees the remarkable opportunities that lie ahead.

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Q&A with Erin Steward (J.D. ’16)

Erin Steward (J.D. '16) in the E.E. Thompson CourtroomThe first lawyer in her family, Erin Steward (J.D. ’16) initially came to law school to become an FBI agent. Between leading the UMKC Federal Bar Association, Phi Delta Phi and the Honor Court, she also participated in the first Thomson Reuters Product Design Challenge. She and her team won the competition, and Steward is now a design advisor at Thomson Reuters.

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UMKC CLE Hosts “The Time Is Now!” in Kansas City, Overland Park and St. Louis

UMKC CLE is hosting its annual “The Time Is Now!” series lineup. The deadline to meet CLE credits is approaching fast, and UMKC CLE is offering multiple programs to meet the end-of-year needs for lawyers in Missouri and Kansas. Each hour is $45 with a $345 max fee that pays for as many hours as you would like to obtain. Don’t miss the programs this week in Overland Park and at the School of Law!

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How to Thrive Amidst Change: Insight from Prof. Tom Nanney

In the Spring 2017 edition of Res Ipsa, Adjunct Professor Tom Nanney was asked to reflect on how he has personally learned to thrive amidst all the changes in the field of law and provide advice on how other legal professionals should adapt.

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Innovation, Regulation and The Legal Profession

Associate Professor Jamila Jefferson-Jones in the Law LibraryIn this excerpt from our latest issue of our alumni magazine, Res Ipsa, Associate Professor Jamila Jefferson-Jones provides insight on how disruptive innovations will affect the legal profession.

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UMKC Law Places Third in Top Gun National Mock Trial Competition

Alison Stephens and Blake Smith after the Top Gun Mock Trial CompetitionAfter continually advancing in competitions, including three national trial competitions this past spring, UMKC School of Law was invited to participate in one of the most significant tournaments in the nation. The Baylor Law School Top Gun National Mock Trial Competition is an invitation-only mock trial tournament where the best advocates from the top 16 trial advocacy schools compete for the honor of Top Gun. Blake D. Smith (J.D. ’17), with the assistance of Alison Stephens (J.D. ’17), placed third as a semifinalist.

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UMKC Law Receives Support for New Diversity and Inclusion Initiatives

UMKC School of Law has continued to seek to promote diversity and inclusion in the legal education field. The Office of Diversity and Inclusion at UMKC awarded the School of Law part of the 2017 Inclusive Excellence Grant to support two new diversity initiatives: Courageous Conversations and the Kansas City Youth Court pipeline program.

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UMKC Law Team Wins Regnier Venture Creation Challenge

Two UMKC School of Law teams came in first and second place in the recent Regnier Venture Creation Challenge, in the division of Entrepreneurship and New Venture Creation. The Challenge is a two-day business plan and speed pitch competition promoting entrepreneurship and new venture development for university students in Missouri and Kansas and current Entrepreneurship Scholars. The competition, underwritten by a generous gift to the University of Missouri – Kansas City by the Regnier Family Foundations, is designed to encourage venture creation through a forum in which students and program participants can present new venture concepts to local investors, business leaders, mentors and judges.

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