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 UMKC Foundation and Law 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 Foundation distributes more than $200,000 in scholarship aid to students and additional support for technology, programming, lectures and library acquisitions. The Law 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 $13 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 Aripoli (J.D. ’07), President
  • Hon. S. Margene Burnett (J.D. ’87), Secretary
  • Charnissa Holliday Scott (J.D. ’11), Vice President of Resources and Leadership
  • David Skeens (J.D. ’88), Vice President of Development and Capital
  • Ashley Grace (J.D. ’14), Vice President of Alumni and Constituent Relations
  • Gary Gose (J.D. ’97), Treasurer
  • Scott Bethune (J.D. ’88), Immediate Past President & Vice President of Marketing and Communications

  • Christine Albano (J.D. '96)
  • Jack Bangert (J.D. '76)
  • Debbie Brooks (J.D. '01)
  • Jane Pansing Brown (J.D. '82)
  • Professor Julie Cheslik
  • Athena Dickson (J.D. '03)
  • Hon. Brian Gaddy (J.D. '94)
  • Blake Heath (J.D. '09)
  • J.R. Hobbs (J.D. '81)
  • Tom Jones (J.D. '88)
  • Julia Kitsmiller (J.D. '02)
  • Erlene Krigel (J.D. '79)
  • Grace Colato Martinez (J.D. '18)
  • David Mayer (J.D. ,92)
  • Mira Mdivani (J.D. '99)
  • Professor Lee Moore (J.D. '92)
  • Crispin Rea (J.D. '14)
  • Kip Robertson III (J.D. '06)
  • Anne Schiavone (J.D '99)
  • David Skeens (J.D. '88)
  • Ashley Atwell-Soler (J.D. '08)
  • Lisa Weixelman (J.D. '82)
  • David Yost (J.D. '88)

  • Lumen "Lou" Mulligan, Dean, UMKC School of Law
  • Calli Wiseman (J.D. ’24 ant.), Student Bar Association President

  • James Bartimus (J.D. ’77)
  • Steve Burmeister (J.D. ’76)
  • Hon. Stephen Bough (J.D. '97)
  • Hon. Fernando Gaitan (J.D. ’74)
  • Hon. Jon Gray (J.D. '76)
  • Professor Chris Hoyt
  • Tom Hyde (J.D. '75)
  • 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)
  • 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 Jesse Osman at jesse.osman@umkc.edu or 816-235-5361. 

Law Alumni Association board of directors and officers:

  • Ashley Grace (’14), President
  • Brennan Delaney (’08), Vice President
  • Abraham Kuhl (’08), Secretary/Treasurer
  • Desarae Harrah (’05), Immediate Past President 

  • Tyson Bramley ('14)
  • Ashley Crisafulli ('19)
  • Hon. Kenneth Garrett III (’02)
  • Robert Gordon (’09)
  • Brandon Gutshall ('09)
  • Jack Hyde (’11)
  • Robert Kinsman (’14)
  • Joe Kronawitter (’99)
  • Colin McClain (’11)
  • Abby McClellan (’13)
  • Patrick McInerney (’90)
  • Jeffrey Mendoza (’16)
  • Ron Nguyen ('11)
  • Taryn Nash, ('17)
  • Jon Otto (’10)
  • Lischen Reeves ('18)
  • Tyler Scott ('11)
  • Anthony Sicola (’01)
  • Shaun Stallworth (’08)
  • Rachel Sterbenz (’16)
  • Jared Welch (’02)
  • Claire Wyatt (’21)

  • Scott Aripoli (’07)
  • M. Blake Hall (’09)
  • Calli Wiseman, SBA President