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UMKC School of Law Newsmakers – July 2018

Every month, UMKC School of Law highlights the latest in alumni news. Check out our class notes and submit your own here.

We congratulate all of our alumni on new positions and opportunities and offer our condolences to the families and friends of those who have passed.

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Pamela Rouchaudhury Bhend (’01)

Pamela Rouchaudhury Bhend (’01) was recognized for her Outstanding Leadership as the Managing Attorney of Legal Aid’s Joplin Office. She was recognized at the Legal Aid of Western Missouri’s 20th Annual Justice for All Luncheon.

Jim Polsinelli  (’67)

Polsinelli, led by Jim Polsinelli  (’67),was recognized for the Adopt-A-Neighborhood Program at the Legal Aid of Western Missouri’s 20th Annual Justice for All Luncheon.

Joseph Kronawitter (’99)

Joseph Kronawitter (’99) was awarded the Robert C. Welch Volunteer Attorney Project Award at the Legal Aid of Western Missouri’s 20th Annual Justice for All Luncheon.

Stacey Wullschleger (’07)

Stacey Wullschleger (’07) was awarded the Robert C. Welch Volunteer Attorney Project Award at the Legal Aid of Western Missouri’s 20th Annual Justice for All Luncheon.

Richard H. Heilborn (’49)

Richard H. Heilborn (’49) passed away on June 18, 2018. Dick was commissioned in the United States Army Air Force in 1944 and served in the Western Pacific. After WWII, Dick returned to school and earned a law degree at the University of Kansas City School of Law. After obtaining his law degree, he became a personal injury defense trial attorney for Farmers Insurance and the founding partner in the Heilbron and Powell Law Firm.

Robert D. Litz (’81)

Robert D. Litz (’81), the President of United States Arbitration and Mediation (USA&M), has been nominated to become a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation (ABF), a global honorary society of lawyers, judges, law faculty and legal scholars who have demonstrated outstanding leadership in the legal profession and service to society. 

The Honorable Gael Wood (’75)

The Honorable Gael Wood (’75), formerly Presiding Circuit Court Judge in Franklin, Gasconade, and Osage Counties, has joined the mediation and Senior Arbitrator panels of United States Arbitration & Mediation (USA&M), the leading provider of mediation and arbitration services.

2018 Women’s Justice Awards

Congratulations to our alumni and student who are receiving 2018 Missouri Lawyers Media Women’s Justice Awards.
 
Dana Tippin Cutler (’89) Woman of the Year
Courtney Hayes (’01) Corporate Award
Dawn M. Parsons (’93) General Practitioner Award
Jean Maneke (’79) General Practitioner Award
Diane Hook, Hook McKinley (’03) General Practitioner Award
Nikki Cannezzaro (’00) Litigation Practitioner Award
Phyllis Norman (’03) Litigation Practitioner Award
Tiffany McFarland (’05) Litigation Practitioner Award
Allison M. Murdock (’88) Litigation Practitioner Award
Patricia Sullivan (’95) Public Service Award
Karen Warren (’78) Public Service Award
Lischen Reeves 3L Law Student Leaders of Tomorrow Award

2018 KCMBA Bench-Bar & Boardroom and Bar Conference

Congratulations to our alumni who are receiving awards at the KCMBA Bench-Bar & Boardroom and Bar Conference. Each year, the KCMBA BBBBC awards several attorneys and judges for their hard work and dedication to the community.

J.R. Hobbs (’81) Dean of the Trial Bar
Sherri L. Wattenbarger (’93) Distinguished Counselor
Dawn M. Parsons (’93) Distinguished Counselor
Meghan A. Litecky (’06) Thomas J. Conway Award
Bryan M. Meyer (’15) Young Lawyer of the Year Award
Jill M. Katz (’89) Kelly J. Moorhouse Dedication to Children Award
Jolie L. Justus (’98) Sly James Diversity and Inclusion Award