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John R. Shank (’78)

John R. Shank (’78) passed away on October 7, 2019. John initially worked in private practice and served as an assistant public defender in Clay Co. He then practiced law with Michael Gunn and many other esteemed colleagues for 38 years.

John Francis Baty (’13)

John Francis Baty (’13) passed away on October 19, 2019. He practiced at the law firm of Baty Otto Coronado, PC. Alongside his father Lee Baty and his sister Laura Kaufman.

Desarae Harrah (’05)

Desarae Harrah (’05) has founded Harrah Law. She practices in real estate, construction, business disputes, creditors rights, arbitrtion and mediation.

Honorable Cory L. Atkins (’07)

Honorable Cory L. Atkins (’07) was appointed as Circuit Judge for the 16th Judical Court in Division 17. He has filled the vacancy of the Honorable Jack R. Grate.

Michael Textor (’96)

Michael Textor (’96) was named named President of the Construction Lawyers Society of America (CLSA) an invitation –only international honorary association comprised of preeminent lawyers specializing in construction law and related fields. .

Congratulations to all of our alumni named Best of the Bar for 2019 by Kansas City Business Journal.

Scott Bethune (’88)
Michelle Burge (’03)
Nikki Cannezzaro (’00)
Mara Cohara (’01)
Athena Dickson (’03)
Tim Dollar (’84)
Derek Feagans (’98)
Charlie Harris (’95)
James Hobbs (’81)
Mira Mdivani (’99)
Martin Meyers (’79)
Phyllis Norman (’03)
John O’Connor (’82)
Dawn Parsons (’93)
Kirk Presley (’83)
Charles Renner (’00)
Anne Schiavone (’99)
David Skeens (’88)
Michael White (’65)
James Wyrsch (’72)

Congratulations to all of our alumni and member of our faculty that received awards at the Mo Bar Annual Meeting.

Danielle Atchison (’14) for the Mdivani Corporate Immigration Law Firm, Pro Bono Publico Award
Patrick Berrigan (’84), Defender of Distinction Award
Suzanne Bosell Bradley (’75), Spurgeon Smithson Award
Mason Ellis (’17) for the Mdivani Corporate Immigration Law Firm, Pro Bono Publico Award
Honorable Zel Fischer (’88), Theodore McMillian Judical Excellence Award
Charles W. Gotschall (’79), Purcell Professionalism Award
J.R. Hobbs (’81), Spurgeon Smithson Award
Mira Mdivani (’99) for the Mdivani Corporate Immigration Law Firm, Pro Bono Publico Award
Douglass F. Noland (’80), Presidents Award
Eric S. Playter (’06), Lon O. Hocker Award
John M. Spencer (’98), Pro Bono Publico Award
Dean Emerita Ellen Suni, Presidents Award

Stephen Carl Caruso (’72)

Stephen Carl Caruso (’72) passed away on August 16, 2019. He practiced law in the Kansas City area for over 30 years. Steve served in the Marine Corps during the Vietman War and was awarded the Bronze Starr.

Marvin J. Ferguson (’62)

Marvin J. Ferguson (’62) passed away on May 11, 2019. After law school, He was an attorney with the Law Firm of Jackson, Wade and Barker. In 1971 Marvin became Executive Vice President and General Manager of North Kansas City Development Company managing all of their properties in North Kansas City, Chicago, and Jefferson City. He then joined his wife Sandra Ferguson (“64) at the Law Firm of Ferguson & Ferguson. Marvin is a United States Army Veteran.

Honorable Leo Joseph Moroney (’57)

The Honorable Leo Joseph Moroney (’57) passed away on July 6, 2019. After law school, Leo was a defense lawyer in private practice and later became the Wyandotte County Prosecuting Attorney, Judge of the Municipal Court, and Judge of the District Court of Wyandotte County for 21 years. He held the position of Administrative Chief Judge for eight years prior to his retirement from the bench in 1988. After law school, Leo was a defense lawyer in private practice and later became the Wyandotte County Prosecuting Attorney, Judge of the Municipal Court, and Judge of the District Court of Wyandotte County for 21 years. He held the position of Administrative Chief Judge for eight years prior to his retirement from the bench in 1988. He was U.S. Marine Corp veteran he served during WWII in the Pacific War. He was honorably discharged in April, 1946 after being critically wounded on Okinawa in a firefight with the enemy. Leo was awarded the Purple Heart and Bronze Star metals for his valor and heroism.