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UMKC Law Gives Back on Giving Tuesday

On December 3, for Giving Tuesday, the UMKC Law Foundation wants to celebrate its own Day of Giving and give back to its alumni. The Foundation presents, “Cultural Competence as Professional Responsibility,” a complimentary ethics CLE by Dean Barbara Glesner Fines. There will be a webcast video replay presentation from noon-12:50 p.m. MCLE credit: Missouri 1.0 hour cultural competence/Kansas ethics Pending.

U.S. Supreme Court Excursion

Join UMKC Law for the U.S. Supreme Court Excursion
April 5-6, 2020 | Washington, D.C.
Join Dean Barbara Glesner Fines, along with UMKC School of Law faculty, staff, alumni and friends for our third U.S. Supreme Court Excursion to Washington D.C. on April 5-6, 2020. Become a member of the bar of the Supreme Court of the United States in open court on April 6, 2020. On Sunday, April 5, UMKC Law will host a group tour, CLE Session(s), and a Reception. More information available here.

School of Law Receives $3 Million Gift To Upgrade Classrooms and Student Services

The University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law will receive $3 million of a $15 million gift from the Sunderland Foundation for the renovation of its classrooms and student services areas.

This year, the school is celebrating the 40th anniversary of its building. Recently, the law school’s two courtrooms and its collaborative library space have been upgraded and a new entrance driveway and parking area was built. The progress now continues with a reorganization of spaces to better meet the needs of both prospective and current law students and a much-needed renovation of two classrooms.  

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2019 Scholarship Golf Tournament

2019 Scholarship Golf Tournament

Don’t miss the 23rd Annual Professor Bob Downs Scholarship Golf Tournament on Friday, May 31, at Ironhorse Golf Club.

 

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Law School Building Celebration

40th Birthday of the UMKC School of Law Building Open House

Come join UMKC School of Law alumni, students, faculty and staff as we celebrate the 40th birthday of the UMKC School of Law building. Don’t miss this great opportunity to connect and see how the Law School has changed in 40 years. Tours, greatest hits, $1.98, birthday piñata contest, commemorative gifts and door prizes are just a few of the highlights of the afternoon.

 

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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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