Brian Mack (’12)

Brian Mack (’12) has been named a partner at Lathrop and Gage. Brian is a registered patent attorney who counsels clients in all aspects of intellectual property. He specializes in aerospace and mechanical arts, including combustion, gas turbine components, power plant applications and transportation equipment. He is a named inventor on 17 gas turbine-related patents, and prior to practicing law, he worked as a mechanical design engineer in the aerospace and power generation industries. 


Kevin Tuttle (‘06)

Kevin Tuttle (‘06) has been named a partner at Spencer Fane. Kevin provides intellectual property (IP) counsel to a variety of clients in regard to the development, acquisition, enforcement and defense of IP rights. He works both nationally and internationally in IP transaction and ligation matter related to patents, trademarks and copyrights. He has been recognized for the past three consecutive years as a Rising Star by Super Lawyers.


Jane Brown (’82)

Jane Brown (’82) has been recently appointed Assistant Program Director of the Office of Legal Education at the National Advocacy Center (NAC) in Columbia, SC. It is a one-year temporary assignment with the Department of Justice. Jane will be one of four directors in charge of planning continuing legal education programs for all 6,500 federal prosecutors and an equal number of DOJ staff throughout the U.S. In addition to planning the programs, she will recruit instructors and teach classes when instructors are unavailable. Examples of classes include Electronic Discovery, Deposition Skills, Health Care Fraud and Negotiation/Mediation.

Jim Bartimus (‘77)

Jim Bartimus (‘77) was named in Ingram’s “250 The Most Powerful Business Leaders” in the Greater Kansas City Area. Jim was the founding partner for the law firm of Bartimus Frickleton Robertson & Goza. Jim is a trial lawyer with four decades of expertise in complex medical malpractice and pharmaceutical related cases, particularly those involving negligence. He’s regarded as an expert in med/mal legal affairs worldwide and has lectured at legal and medical education events in the U.S., Europe, and Australia.


Abby E. McClelland (’13)

Abby E. McClelland (’13) was appointed by Judge Kurt Engelhardt of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana to serve on the Plaintiff’s Steering Committee (PSC) of the Taxotere (Docetaxel) Products Liability Litigation. McClelland was chosen along with 13 others for a leadership role to oversee the complex management of the plaintiff’s litigation which includes breast cancer survivors from across the country.

Stacey Wullschleger (’07)

Stacey Wullschleger (’07) was awarded the Rising Star Award by the Women’s Justice Awards. This is awarded to female lawyers 40 years old and younger or within the first 10 years of practice who have already made a difference in the justice system or the profession and who appear on a path toward even greater accomplishment.

Clarence A. Conoley (’53)

Clarence A. Conoley (’53) passed away January 30, 2017. Upon graduation from law school, Clarence was hired into the legal department of Panhandle Eastern Pipeline Company where he continued to work until his retirement as a senior attorney. Clarence was an Army Veteran and served in World War II.

Carolee Sauder Leek (’59)

Carolee Sauder Leek (’59) passed away on February 28, 2017. She was one of only three female students in her class at the time.  After passing the Kansas bar exam she joined the law firm Wagner, Leek and Mullins. Carolee was the first career women lawyer in Johnson County and a role model for countless women in the Kansas City area. She served as municipal judge of Mission, Kansas from 1965 to 1969. 

Sara Hofeditz Christensen (’14)

Sara Hofeditz Christensen (’14) has joined the Hastings Law Firm. She was formerly with the Jackson County Public Defender’s Office where she handled state-level felonies, juvenile delinquencies, and probation violations.

Alan P. Woolever (’08)

Alan P. Woolever (’08) was promoted to Director at Gilmore & Bell. Alan graduated cum laude and received his J.D. and LL.M at UMKC Law. While in law school, he was an Articles Editor for The Urban Lawyer Law Review and was the Arthur Mag Graduate Fellow in Tax Law.