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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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Living Smart and Sustainably

Three UMKC School of Law alumni offer ways to live smart and sustainably at work or home. The key? Making simple, small decisions. Read more.

UMKC Law Recognized for Bar Pass Rate, Criminal Law Program and Employment Rate

prelaw fall 2018 mag coverUMKC School of Law was recognized for its outstanding bar passage rate, criminal law program and better-than-expected employment rate in the latest issue of preLaw magazine, a National Jurist publication.

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UMKC School of Law Welcomes Class of 2021

On August 13, the UMKC School of Law welcomed 128 students to the class of 2021. Throughout the week, students participated in orientation week activities. On the first day, student participated in the Matriculation Ceremony which features guest speakers, the name of each student being called as they meet representatives from the UMKC School of Law community and students taking the law school student oath. Learn more about our incoming class…

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Q&A with Charlene Wright (J.D. ’04)

In the Spring 2018 issue of Res Ipsa, we highlighted alumni working in the field of environmental law. Whether visiting a compressor station, gas plant, hiking through wetlands or traveling across the nation, Charlene Wright (J.D. ’04) goes where her clients need her, when they need her. As a pipeline law specialist at Wright & Associates LLC in Houston, Texas, she works with some of the industry’s leading experts, helping them meet their environmental, safety and other regulatory duties.

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Fellowship Helps Alumna Get Justice for Victims

pictured: several of the Oliver Fellowship recipients at the 2017 luncheonIt is an unfortunate reality that public servants are often paid far less than their colleagues in the private sector. The Judge John W. Oliver Fellowship Program aims to close that gap, and with Dakkota Huber (J.D. ’17) as this year’s recipient, that gift will go a long way.

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Ayyoub Ajmi Wins AALL Innovation Tournament

2018 Innovation Tournament - Ayyoub AjmiOn Friday, July 13, Ayyoub Ajmi, digital communications and learning initiatives librarian at UMKC School of Law, won the American Association of Law Libraries (AALL) Innovation Tournament. The contest sought to identify the most compelling, innovative ideas that AALL members would like to implement in the workplace; two individuals won $2,500 to support development and implementation of their projects.

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Environmental Activism Q&A: Robin Martinez

Robin Martinez (J.D.'89), environmental activist in Kansas City, Mo.The Spring 2018 issue of the alumni magazine, Res Ipsa, explores the lives of UMKC alumni who have created innovative careers in environmental law and become activists in the field.  Kansas City lawyer, Robin Martinez (J.D ’89) spends much of his time working on environmental public policy and promoting ecologically oriented economic development. His work includes opposing fossil fuel infrastructure, such as the South Dakota Keystone XL pipeline, and advocacy for renewable energy and green infrastructure.

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