Law School Love Stories

Jennipher and Matt Hawkins at their weddingMeet six couples who met their significant others while in law school:

  • Kristi Burmeister (J.D. ’07) and Brett Burmeister (J.D. ’06)
  • Meredith Moser (J.D. ’06) and Megan McCurdy (J.D. ’07)
  • Caitlin Brock (J.D. ’15) and Alex Felzien (J.D. ’17)
  • Ashley Draper Aramjoo (J.D. ’14) and Paemon Aramjoo (J.D. ’14)
  • Jennifer Watson Robertson (J.D. ’08) and Kip Robertson (J.D. ’06)
  • Jennipher Hawkins (J.D. ’16) and Matt Hawkins (J.D. ’16)


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Beyond One L: Contemporary Stories of First Year Law Students

Recently, a book edited by Nancy Levit and Allen Rostron, both associate deans at UMKC School of Law, has been published. Beyond One L: Stories About Finding Meaning and Making a Difference in Law is inspired by Scott Turow’s One L, the classic account of a first year law student’s experience at Harvard Law School. 

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Mastering Motherhood and the Bar Exam: Grace Colato (J.D. ’18)

  The bar examination pushes graduates to their limits and absorbs all of their time. Grace Colato (J.D. ’18), however, had to juggle caring for a new baby and a preparing for her future. This is the third and final article in our series of stories of graduates overcoming challenges to reach their dream of passing the bar and becoming licensed attorneys.

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Fear and Faith: Darrell Smith (J.D. ’18)

In the second story in our series of graduates who overcame challenges to pass the bar examination, Darrell Smith (J.D. ’18) met the bar driven by his fear and faith.

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The Long Road to Success: Arielle Spiridigliozzi (J.D. ’16)

Every attorney has endured the stress of studying for the bar and the agonizing weeks of waiting for results. The bar exam is a test of new graduates’ limits and challenges individuals in a way they haven’t been in law school. In this set of stories, Arielle Spiridigliozzi (J.D. ’16), Darrell Smith (J.D. ’18) and Grace Colato (J.D ’18) share their challenging and rewarding journeys to passing the bar exam in September 2018. To start the series is Spiridigliozzi’s story that started two years ago.

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Powerful Partnerships for a Diverse Profession

UMKC School of Law alumni and students took top honors and scholarships at three Kansas City bar associations’ annual events. The School of Law is proud to work with these and other diverse organizations to pursue our vision of a profession dedicated to and representative of the communities it serves.

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A United Front: UMKC Law Students Help Take High Profile Case to the 10th Circuit Court

For Anastacia Speed (J.D. ’18) and Brandon Williams (J.D. ’18), two UMKC School of Law students, a high-profile death penalty case was their chance to get a hands-on learning experience.

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UMKC Law Student wins Warren E. Burger Prize for Writing

Jonathan Brown, headshotJonathan Brown, third year law student and Managing Editor of the UMKC Law Review, has won the Warren E. Burger Prize for Writing. The national writing competition was open to judges, lawyers, professors, students, scholars and other authors. He is only the second law student to ever be awarded this prize.

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UMKC School of Law Newsmakers – September 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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Interning in Ireland

UMKC School of Law students Joseph Salazar (J.D. ’20) and Nick Aubrey (J.D. ’19), had the rare opportunity to intern in Ireland this past summer. Along with 21 other American and Irish law students, Salazar and Aubrey worked in the High Court and the Supreme Court, where they received hands-on training and worked alongside members of the judiciary.

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