The Gage Lecture addresses themes of local government and the law. It is named for Kansas City Mayor John B. Gage a UMKC law graduate.  A gentle, but resolute man, Gage won the office of mayor of Kansas City in 1940 on the reform ticket, and was re-elected in 1942 and again in 1946. During his terms, Gage set up business-like procedures for the virtually bankrupt city he inherited from the Pendergast machine.