UMKC School of Law Law Newsmakers – July ’17

Every month, UMKC School of Law is going to highlight 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.

June/July 2017 Class Notes


The Honorable Zel Fischer (’88) has become the Chief Justice on the Missouri Supreme Court and his term will run through June 2019. Justice Fischer was appointed to the bench in 2008.

Andrea Spillars (’89) has been appointed Executive Director for the Missouri Board of Law Examiners.  She will be overseeing the attorney admissions process in Missouri.  Prior to her appointment, she worked in state government in various legal and administrative positions, including counsel to the Governor.


Tiffannie Kennedy (’12) has joined as an associate at Levinson and Stefani, a Chicago-based law firm. She will be focusing on litigation and trial work.

In Memoriam


Howard S. Levitan (’68) passed away on June 22, 2017. Howard practiced in Commercial Litigation and Business Litigation until he retired. He donated to many veteran causes. He was awarded the Distinguished Supporter certificate by the World War II Veterans Committee and recognized for support of Team USA on Road to Rio.

Mark G. Stingley (’77) passed away on July 9, 2017.  Mark was a partner at Bryan Cave and was the global head of the law firm’s Bankruptcy, Restructuring & Creditors’ Rights Client Service Group. He was an adjunct professor at UMKC School of Law from 2007 – 2016. 

Do you have a new position? Are you moving to a new city? Are you working in the community? Be sure to submit your own class notes here or contact Cary Powers at

Published: Jul 27, 2017