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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

Sara Rittman (’81)

Sara Rittman (’81) has returned to the Missouri Attorney General’s Office after 26 years working in the attorney discipline system and private practice.

2019 KCMBA Bench Bar and Boardroom Awardees

Congratulations to our alumni who recieved awards at the KCMBA Bench-Bar and Boardroom and Bar Conference.

David W. Frantze (’81) Baron of the Boardroom
Michael T. White (’65) Distinguished Counselor
Marilyn B. Keller (’91) Distinguished Counselor
Patricia Scaglia (’01) Hon. Kelly J. Moorhouse Dedication to Children
Chrissy L. Del Percio (’13) Young Lawyer of the Year Award

David White (’82)

David White (’82) was chosen to receive the 2019 Excellence Award of the National Conference of Bar Foundation for his work and leadership of the KC Metro Bar Foundation’s Military Matters project. The award recognizes philanthropic work and leadership on behalf of bar foundations. Military Matters provides pro bono legal services to veterans and those on active duty in the KC metro area.r foundations. Military Matters provides pro bono legal services to veterans and those on active duty in the KC metro area.

The Honorable Lajuana Counts (’88)

The Honorable Lajuana Counts (’88) was presented the President’s Award at the KCMBA’s 134th Annual Meeting on Friday, Dec. 14, 2018. She served as KCMBA’s 2018 vice-president.

The Honorable W. Douglas Thomson (’89)

The Honorable W. Douglas Thomson (’89) received the President’s Award on Thursday, Sept. 27, 2018, at the Opening Luncheon & Chief Justice’s Address at the Missouri Bar Annual Meeting in St. Louis, MO.

The Honorable Lajuana Counts’ (’88)

The Honorable Lajuana Counts’ (’88) investiture ceremony as United States Magistrate for the Western District of Missouri was held on Friday, Oct. 19. She was also presented the Clymer Award at the Jackson County Bar Association’s Annual Scholarship Banquet on Saturday, Oct. 13, 2018.

Steven Popejoy (’88)

Steven Popejoy (’88) has been appointed chair of the School of Business Administration in the Harmon College of Business and Professional Studies at the University of Central Missouri. He recently had an article entitled “Right to Work in Missouri – The People Have Spoken” accepted for publication in the UMKC Law Review, co-authored with alumna Deni Oas (’89), also of UCM.

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.