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June 2013
Photograph: Dean Thomas Romig.
This month during the KBA annual meeting the Washburn Law Alumni Association recognized members of our law school community who have had long and successful careers. I invite you to read more about these deserving award recipients below. We all join in congratulating them. 
Professor David Pierce, Norman R. Pozez Chair in Business and Transactional Law and Director of the Oil and Gas Law Center, is offering two CLEs this summer in conjunction with courses. Drafting Contracts and Conveyances will be held at the Law School, and Oil and Gas Conservation Law and Practice will be held in Wichita. Students and practitioners will have the opportunity to interact while gaining valuable knowledge. 

I hope that you are enjoying your summer. Please let me know if the Law School can be of assistance to you.

Image: Tom's signature.
Dean Tom Romig
Alumni Association Awards
Seven individuals were honored at the Washburn Law Alumni Association's annual awards luncheon on Friday, June 21, 2013. The awards luncheon was held in conjunction with the Kansas Bar Association Annual Meeting, June 19-21, in Wichita.

Photograph: The Honorable C. William The Honorable C. William "Bill" Ossmann, '77, a District Court Judge in Shawnee County, Kan., received the Distinguished Service Award. This recognition is bestowed on graduates of Washburn Law who have particularly distinguished themselves and brought recognition to the school through their service to Washburn University School of Law, the legal profession, their community, or public service.

Photograph: Professor Gregory J. Pease.Professor Gregory J. Pease retired from the faculty following the spring 2013 semester after teaching for 37 years. He is the recipient of the Honorary Life Membership, awarded annually to a non-graduate who has provided an exemplary service to their profession, community, and Washburn University School of Law.

The Lifetime Achievement Award is bestowed on graduates whose careers have been highly distinguished, and whose achievements and contributions are widely recognized as significant and outstanding in their field of endeavor, whether it be in the practice of law, the judiciary, business, public service, education, or otherwise.

Photograph: Nola Tedesco Foulston. Nola Tedesco Foulston, '77, retired in 2013 after 24 years as the elected Sedgwick County District Attorney. She is now with the Wichita law firm of Hutton & Hutton LLC as a trial attorney who specializes in personal injury, medical malpractice, and complex tort litigation.

Photograph: Dr. Max M. Halley.Dr. Max M. Halley, '66, attended Washburn Law, received his juris doctor degree, and was admitted to the Kansas Bar while practicing surgery. He used his legal education to teach legal issues to physicians, and to promote better understanding between the professions.

Photograph: Mark V. Heitz. Mark V. Heitz, '77, joined the Board of Directors of American Investors Life Insurance Company (AIL) in June 1986. He later became President of Aviva USA. He retired at the end of 2011.

Photograph: Congressman Dennis W. Moore.Congressman Dennis W. Moore, '70, started his legal career as an Assistant Attorney General for the State of Kansas after service in the U.S. Army and U.S. Reserves. He was elected in 1998 to the U.S. House of Representatives from the Third District of Kansas and served three terms. 

Photograph: Ronald E. Wurtz.Ronald E. Wurtz, '73, served  as an Assistant Federal Public Defender, First Assistant, and Acting Federal Defender for the District of Kansas from 1998 until his retirement in 2013. He served as a U.S. Air Force Judge Advocate, retiring in 1997 after 22 years of active and reserve service.
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It's great to hear about the successes of our alumni. We congratulate all of you for representing our law school so well. A few are highlighted below. Visit our website for more.


Ronald G. Wilson, '69, Phoenix, Ariz. is a partner at Morris, Hall & Kinghorn.


The Honorable Randall E. McGrath, '75, Lawrence, is a retired municipal court judge. He recently published the book Lessons Learned: Recollections and Reflections on Criminal Defense.

David N. Zimmerman, '79, Overland Park, is a partner at Spencer Fane Britt & Browne LP. He was a member of Sigma Phi Epsilon and played basketball while at Washburn.


The Honorable John B. Klenda, '80, McPherson, was recently appointed as the district judge in the 9th Judicial District by Gov. Sam Brownback.

The Honorable Kim R. Schroeder, '82, Topeka, was recently appointed judge for the Kansas Court of Appeals. He previously served as a district court judge.

Kevin R. Davis, '84, Topeka, has joined Security Benefit Corp. as director of governmental affairs and counsel.

Gregory D. Keith, '88, Wichita, has been elected president of the Kansas Municipal Judges Association.


Mark A. Kahrs, '91, Wichita, was elected to the Kansas House of Representatives in November 2012. His committee assignments include Appropriations, General Government, Budget, and Judiciary.


In Memoriam
Washburn Law mourns the passing of the following alumni whose deaths were reported to the school since March 1, 2013.
  • John A. Bausch, '50, Topeka, on March 3, 2013, at age 88
  • Davis S. Carson, '50, Tulsa, Okla., on March 5, 2013, at age 90
  • The Honorable John F. Christner, '50, Abilene, Kan., on December 19, 1996, at age 77
  • Donald O. Concannon, '52, Hugoton, Kan., on March 9, 2013, at age 85
  • Bill D. Strange, '52, Grove, Okla., on May 4, 2013, at age 84
  • Robert R. Arnold, '55, Wichita, on May 22, 2009, at age 79
  • Jack N.Turner, '61, Wichita, on April 15, 2013, at age 81
  • Lieutenant Colonel Fred M. Sims, USAF (Ret.), '62, Mililani, Ha., at age 75
  • Robert L. Reed, '66, Topeka, on May 22, 2013, at age 82
  • Bruce E. Wasinger, '77, Austin, Texas, on April 20, 2013, at age 61
  • Jon S. Womack, '80, Wichita, on March 28, 2013, at age 59
  • Joyce Danziger, '83, West Harrison, N.Y., on April 22, 2013, at age 63
  • Paul R. West, '84, St. Joseph, Mo., on May 17, 2013, at age 55
  • Doris Kathleen "Kathy" Lewis, '85, Peoria, Ill., on March 11, 2013, at age 73
  • Craig S. Kendall, '91, Rogers, Ark., on May 4, 2013, at age 54
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First Year Summer Spotlights
This summer we're highlighting externships of some of our first-year students. 
Photograph: Kayla Roehler. 
Kayla Roehler has a summer externship with the Kansas Court of Appeals in Judge Hill's chambers.
Photograph: Elizabeth Billinger.
Elizabeth Billinger is an extern for the Kansas State Department of Education Office of General Counsel.
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Case Management Training, Law School Room 120

September 12

September 17
Constitution Day Event, Washburn campus

October 4
Alumni Golf Tournament & CLE, Mayetta, Kan.

October 5
Board of Governor's Meeting, Kansas City
Dean's Circle, Kansas City
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