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Tracy Spradlin (’12)

Tracy Spradlin (’12) launched The Spradlin Kennedy Law Firm September 1, 2018. Spradlin primarily practices in the areas of Criminal Defense and Personal Injury. She also focuses on helping clear her clients’ records through Expungements. Prior to opening The Spradlin Kennedy Law Firm, Spradlin worked at The Gordon Law Firm, LLC, and practiced criminal defense.

John Cruciani (’94)

John Cruciani (’94) The American College of Bankruptcy (ACB) has selected Husch Blackwell partner as a Fellow in its 30th class, which will be inducted into the ACB in March 2019.
Based in Kansas City, Cruciani leads Husch Blackwell’s Insolvency & Commercial Bankruptcy team, counseling debtors, creditors, trustees and buyers of distressed assets. He becomes the fourth Husch Blackwell partner to be inducted into the ACB, joining Gary Barnes (class of 2008), retired partner Benjamin Mann (class of 2014) and former partner Christopher Redmond (class of 2002). According to the ACB’s website, only 22 ACB Fellows hail from the state of Missouri.

David White (’84)

David White (’84) 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.

David Nicoll Clayton (’02)

David Nicoll Clayton (’02) passed away on Dec. 8, 2018. David was the Marion County Prosecuting Attorney.  David was  trial attorney, specializing in criminal law and trying approximately 25 jury trial to verdict. He loved advocating in the courtroom and protecting the citizens of his hometown communities.

Ryan Horsman (’07)

Ryan Horsman (’07) was appointed as Circuit Judge of the 43rd Judicial Circuit, Division I.

Daniel Heady (’14)

Daniel Heady (’14) joined the Iowa Farm Bureau as their National Affairs Lobbyist.

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.

Commissioner John F. Payne (’76)

Commissioner John F. Payne (’76) passed away on Nov. 4, 2018. He served as Commissioner in Division 41 for the 16th Judicial Circuit Court for 18 years. He was a member of the Board of Niles Home for Children. Among other honors, he was named among “Outstanding Young Men of America” in 1980 and the “Outstanding Family Advocate-2009” by the  Cornerstones of Care, a conglomerate of Children and Family Services  He became an ordained a minister in 1992 and served as Pastor of the Temple of Faith Missionary Baptist Church.

Matthew Sain (’18)

Matthew Sain (’18) has won the Missouri District 14 House of Representatives seat,located in Platte & Clay County. Matt began his campaign while in law school.

Casey G. Crawford (’15)

Casey G. Crawford (’15) has joined Chinnery Evans & Nail law firm. He practices in litigation and transactional law. He was awarded the Law Firm Leader Award by the Missouri Up and Coming Lawyer in 2017. Casey is involved in various Lee’s Summit community organizations.