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John Robert Miller (’79)

John Robert Miller (’79) passed away on Wednesday, October 4, 2017. He began his career as a trust officer with the First National Bank of Kansas City in 1982. He worked several years for Arthur Andersen and Commerce Bank. John worked for 20 years at Bank of America.

Thomas J. Cox, Jr.  (’62)

Thomas J. Cox, Jr.  (’62) passed away on November 8, 2017. Tom worked as an Assistant Prosecuting Attorney of Jackson County and later in his career had his own law firm. He also served in The United States Navy.

Jasmine Fields (’16)

Jasmine Fields (’16) has joined the law firm of DeVaughn James Injury Lawyers Firm. Her practice area will be personal injury. Prior to joining the law firm, Jasmine was a victim advocate at the Kansas DUI Impact Center. 

Kristi Burmeister (’07)

Kristi Burmeister (’07) is opening a new law firm, Heritage Law LLC, located in Prairie Village, Kansas.  Before forming Heritage Law, Kristi was a partner at Shook, Hardy & Bacon.  At Heritage Law she will focus on estate planning and related litigation.  

Willard B. “Will” Bunch (’67)

Willard B. “Will” Bunch (’67) passed away on September 22, 2017. From 1968 – 1970, Will acted as the Chief of the Criminal Division for  Legal Aid and the Defender Society and became the Public Defender of the 16th Judicial Circuit from 1971-1974. He was appointed to and held the position of Jackson County Counselor from 1975-1978. He was a Special Hearing Officer for the Missouri State Tax Commission. Will maintained a private practice for over 30 years before his retirement. He was a United States Army Veteran. 

Andre Tinoco, Jr. (’17)

Andre Tinoco, Jr. (’17) has joined the firm of Shook, Hardy and Bacon, L.L.P. Andre defends companies against product liability litigation, focusing on Engle-progeny smoking and health matters.

Brittany Perry (’17)

Brittany Perry (’17) has joined the firm of Brown and James, P.C.  She practices in the areas of business and commercial litigation, construction law, employment law, health care liability, insurance law and subrogation.

Thomas Bryant Alexander (’87)

Thomas Bryant Alexander (’87) was appointed Deputy Director of Global Affairs in the Office of Acting Secretary Don Wright, M.D., M.P.H. at the US Department of Health and Human Services. He began his career as an Assistant City Attorney with the City of Kansas City, Missouri where he served for five years and received the Missouri Volunteer Project Award. ​He was admitted to the bar association of the Washington, DC Court of Appeals in 1989. ​He is a former Reagan White House staffer. He also worked as the Legislative Director in the Office of US Senator Jon Kyl (R-AZ), who was responsible for health policy and anti-trust issues arising before the Senate Judiciary and Finance Committees. Finally, Alexander was Chief of Staff of the Employee Benefits Security Administration at the US Department of Labor. More recently, he served as Consular Assistant in the US Embassy in Kiev, Ukraine, where he received the Benjamin Franklin Award from Ambassador John Tefft.

The Honorable Don C.  Weldon (’80)

The Honorable Don C.  Weldon (’80) passed away on Tuesday, July 13, 2017. He was appointed in 1995 to Division 2 for the Fifth Judicial Circuit Court by Governor Mel Carnahan and was reelected to the position in 1998, 2004 and 2010 until his retirement in December 2016. He also served in the Missouri National Guard.

Anita Rodarte (‘84)

Anita Rodarte (‘84) was honored as the Family Law Practitioner of the Year in the Kansas City, Missouri area. Anita is a shareholder with Bernstein, Rodarte & Hatheway, P.C.