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Alumni and Friends

The UMKC Foundation and Law Alumni Association is an independent 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to the support and advancement of the UMKC School of Law.

Together, the Foundation and Alumni Association work to deepen the connections alumni and friends have to the School of Law and provide financial support for academic enhancement and outreach. Each year, the Law Foundation distributes more than $200,000 in scholarship aid to students and additional support for technology, programming, lectures and library acquisitions. The Alumni Association presents several events, including the annual signature gala.

About the Law Foundation

Incorporated in 1959 as a nonprofit corporation, the mission of the UMKC Law Foundation is to ensure the continued success of the UMKC School of Law.

Governed by a volunteer Board of Trustees made up of law alumni and faculty, the Law Foundation seeks to advance legal education by providing enhanced resources for UMKC Law students and faculty. The Law Foundation, through the Law Alumni Board, also nurtures engagement from alumni and friends of the law school.

The Foundation Board has the fiduciary responsibility to manage the endowments of the Law Foundation which total more than $10 million. Gifts to the Law Foundation Annual Fund are dedicated to enhancing students’ experience, fostering alumni communications, supporting student organizations and underwriting faculty members’ research.

Special fundraising initiatives, annual gifts and endowments are focused on the advocacy program, law and entrepreneurship, and scholarships.

  • Scott Bethune (J.D. ’88), President
  • Brian Gaddy (J.D. ’94), Vice President of Resources and Leadership, Board Secretary
  • David Mayer (J.D. ’92), Vice President of Development and Capital
  • Kip Robertson, (J.D. ’06), Vice President of Alumni and Constituent Relations
  • Scott Aripoli (J.D. ’07), Vice President of Marketing and Communications
  • Gary Gose (J.D. ’06), Treasurer
  • Hon. Lajuana Counts (J.D. ’88), Immediate Past President

  • Christine Albano (J.D. ’96)
  • Jack Bangert (J.D. ’76)
  • Steve Becker (J.D. ’96)
  • Hon. Stephen Bough (J.D. ’97)
  • Debbie Brooks (J.D. ’01)
  • Brett Burmeister (J.D. ’06)
  • Hon. S. Margene Burnett (J.D. ’87)
  • Prof. Julie Cheslik
  • Mara Cohara (J.D. ’01)
  • Steve Cosentino (J.D. ’97)
  • Hon. Jon Gray (J.D. ’76)
  • Tom Hankins (J.D. ’77)
  • J.R. Hobbs (J.D. ’81)
  • Charnissa Holliday-Scott (J.D. ’11)
  • Professor Chris Hoyt
  • Kent Hyde (J.D. ’84)
  • Tom Hyde (J.D. ’75)
  • Julia Kitsmiller (J.D. ’02)
  • Erlene Krigel (J.D. ’79)
  • Robert D. Litz (J.D. ’81)
  • Mira Mdivani (J.D. ’99)
  • Ann Schiavone (J.D. ‘99)
  • David Skeens (J.D. ’88)
  • Tom O’Loughlin (J.D. ’75)
  • Lisa Weixelman (J.D. ’82)
  • Lisa Westergaard (J.D. ’03)

  • Dean Barbara Glesner Fines
  • Greta Morina, (J.D. ’20 ant.), SBA President

  • James Bartimus (J.D. ’77)
  • Steve Burmeister (J.D. ’76)
  • Hon. Fernando Gaitan (J.D. ’74)
  • Hon. Gene Martin (J.D. ’53)
  • Hon. Ann Mesle (J.D. ’72)
  • William Prugh (J.D. ’69)
  • Marti Schach (J.D. ’82)
  • Larry Schaffer (J.D. ’76)
  • Jim Tippin (J.D. ’64)
  • Lawrence Ward (J.D. ’61)
  • Robert Welch (J.D. ’65)
  • Gene Voigts (J.D. ’64)

About the Law Alumni Association

The Alumni Association encourages you to register for the UMKC Law Alumni Directory, which will allow you to stay connected and get referrals from your former classmates and other alumni. To register, use your 10-digit alumni ID number that is on the mailing label of your copy of Res Ipsa. The ID number should be above your name (do not enter the # sign). Questions? Contact Cary Powers at powerscl@umkc.edu or 816-235-5361. 

Law Alumni Association board of directors and officers:

  • Edward “Kip” Robertson (’06), President
  • Mark Gilmore (’02), Vice President
  • Blake Heath (’09), Secretary/Treasurer
  • Ashely Atwell (’09), Immediate Past President

  • Tyson Bramley (‘14)
  • Erica L. Frank (’17)
  • Abby McClellan (’13)
  • Kenneth Garrett (’02)
  • Ashley Grace (’14)
  • Desarae Harrah (’05)
  • Amy Jackson (’17)
  • Jack Hyde (’11)
  • Joe Kronawitter (’99)
  • Abraham Kuhl (’08)
  • Grace Colato Martinez (’18)
  • Megan McCurdy (’07)
  • Colin McClain (’11)
  • Patrick McInerney (’90)
  • Teresa Moore, (’92)
  • Jon Otto (’10)
  • Rachel Sterbenz (’16)
  • Anthony Sicola (’01)
  • Shaun Stallworth (’08)
  • Jared Welch (’02)

  • Scott Bethune (’88)
  • Stephen Bough (’97)
  • Mara Cohara (’01)
  • Thomas Hankins (’77)
  • Julia Kitsmiller (’02)
  • Greta Morina, SBA President