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Professors Honored with Faculty Awards

umkclawnewsSeveral UMKC School of Law professors were recently honored with awards celebrating their accomplishments and service to the university.

In consultation with Ross Nigro, Law Alumni Association President, the university has recognized Law Foundation Scholar and Professor Bob Downs as the winner of the 2015 Elmer F. Pierson Good Teaching Award. This award recognizes Professor Down’s teaching in the classroom and in his individual work with students and student teams, as well as his innovative development of outstanding skills courses in the curriculum.

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Family Law Society Hosts 5th Annual Trivia Night

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Elizabeth Lindgren (3L), Felicia Von Holten (3L) and Associate Dean Barb Glesner Fines at the fifth annual Family Law Society Trivia Night.

On February 27, the Family Law Society hosted its fifth annual trivia night fundraiser at Drexel Hall to benefit the various programs of the organization. The event hosted around 250 people to raise more than $10,500 through participation fees and a silent auction.

That money will go toward Family Law Society efforts like the clinic, which during the summer of fall of 2014 saw 28 students aid 22 children in reaching legal permanency, adding to the total of more than 1000 throughout the program’s history. In addition, the clinic was able to do two home studies and pay for service of process for several cases in Maricopa county, Arizona.

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Competition Heats Up as 1Ls Compete in Last Team Standing Mock Trial Competition

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Prof. Rafe Foreman poses with former UMKC Law students, Geoff Hayes and Kahlie Poindexter, 1L competition winner, Lydia Townsend and former students, Mitch Biebighauser and Sara Christensen.

The Last Team Standing competition is in its fourth year at UMKC and the 2015 tournament proved to be one of the best so far. Over fifty 1L students participated in the competition held in the courtrooms at UMKC School of Law on January 30-31. Whether as witnesses, counsel or in other support roles, these students learned the hands-on skill of trial advocacy.

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The Inaugural Hon. Frank W. Koger Lecture on Commercial and Bankruptcy Law


The UMKC School of Law will be hosting the Inaugural Hon. Frank W. Koger Lecture on Commercial and Bankruptcy Law Monday, March 30. This year's lecture, The World is Flat (Broke): Globalizing Bankruptcy Law, features keynote speaker, G. Ray Warner. Warner is a professor of law and associate dean of bankruptcy studies at St. John's University School of Law in New York and previously taught bankruptcy law at UMKC. This free event starts at 5 p.m. with a reception, which will be followed with the Judge Koger portrait presentation at 5:45 p.m. and the lecture at 6 p.m.
The lecture will be live streamed at this link.

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