Board of Governors
The Board of Governors serves as the representation and the voice of alumni to the law school. Board members represent districts* that cover Kansas and the rest of the country. In accordance with the bylaws established by alumni, new board members are elected each year during the Homecoming reception. The 2012-13 Board members are listed below.
A new slate of District Governors will be voted upon at the Homecoming Reception, Sept. 27, 2014. The nominees are:
District No. 1
Burton W. Warrington, L'09
District No. 2
Grant D. Bannister, L'97
District No. 3
Michelle Worrall Tilton, L'88
District No. 4
Emily B. Metzger, L'80
District No. 5
Casey S. Halsey, L'82
District No. 6
Cynthia R. Bryant, L'95
District No. 7
Mitchell. C. Chaney, L'81
District No. 8
Matthew B. Cobb, L'98
District No. 9
Stanford J. Smith, L'82
Lydia Beebe, L'77 (2013-16)
San Ramon, CA
District No. 1 Governors
Frickey Law Office
District No. 2 Governors
Kansas Department of Labor
District No. 3 Governors
Kirk Goza, L'82 (2014)
Goza & Honnold LLC
Overland Park, KS
Brad Bradley, L’80 (2015)
Martha Hodgesmith, L'78 (2016)
Bureau of Child Research, KU
District No. 4 Governors
Law Office of Tamara L. Niles Inc.
Arkansas City, KS
District No. 5 Governors
Lane 4 Group
Kansas City, MO
District No. 6 Governors
District No. 7 Governors
Murfin Drilling Company
District No. 8 Governors
District No. 9 Governors
Army JAG Corp (retired)
Fort Belvoir, VA
Kansas Court of Appeals
Diane H. Worth, L'84
Morris, Laing, Evans, Brock and Kennedy
Daniel D. Crabtree, L'81
Tim Connell, L'78
Christopher Smith, L'72
The Hon. Donald W. Bostwick, L'68
Jeanne Gorman, L'78
Hon. Jerry Moran, L'82
Richard L. Bond, L'60
The Hon. Julie A. Robinson, L'81
Daniel Lyons, L'77
Robert L. Driscoll, L'64
Leo P. Dreyer, L'74
Anne E. Burke, L'81
Bylaws of the K.U. Law Alumni
(Amended and Restated April 14, 2007)
Statement of Purpose
The K.U. Law Alumni (the “Association”) was first established in 1967 for the charitable and educational purpose of strengthening loyalty, friendship, support, commitment and communication among all graduates, former students, current students, faculty, staff, and all other interested friends and supporters of the University of Kansas School of Law (the “School of Law”). The School of Law has over 6,000 alumni living in all 50 states and in 20 or more foreign countries. All alumni are members of the Association, which is and shall be dedicated to advancing the intellectual and material development, growth and continued excellence of the School of Law in the tradition of service and dedication established by the School of Law’s first dean, James Woods “Uncle Jimmy” Green.
2.1 Name. The name of the Association is THE K.U. LAW ALUMNI. Such entity shall be hereinafter referred to as “the Association.”
2.2 Principal Office. The registered office of the Association is in the State of Kansas at University of Kansas School of Law, Green Hall, 1535 W. 15th Street, Lawrence, Kansas 66045.
Powers of the Association
3.1 General Powers. This Association is an unincorporated association of friends designed to further the purposes set forth in Article One above. The Association shall and may exercise all the powers conferred by the laws of the State of Kansas upon such associations as well as those powers enumerated herein. The Association shall not have the power to own property, possess or manage financial assets, accept gifts, or make contracts in its own name. The Association shall work closely with the School of Law and with affiliate organizations of the School of Law, such as the Kansas University Endowment Association and the KU Alumni Association, to further the purposes set forth above.
3.2 No Compensation to Governors. No compensation or payment shall ever be paid or made to any Member, Governor, or officer of this Association.
Management of the business and affairs of the Association shall be vested in and conducted by its Board of Governors and its officers in accordance with these Bylaws, and the laws of the State of Kansas.
Members of the Association
All graduates of the University of Kansas School of Law shall be members of the Association.
Board of Governors
6.1 Number. Management of the Association shall be vested in a Board of Governors consisting of not less than twenty-four (24) and not more than twenty-nine (29) members, excluding past presidents of the Board who shall continue as members of the Board, as described below. The Board shall consist of Members of the Association from each of nine districts, as follows:
- Districts 1-4 shall coincide with the four congressional districts of the state of Kansas.
- District 5 shall consist of metropolitan Kansas City, Missouri.
- District 6 shall consist of all states east of the eastern borders of Minnesota, Iowa, Missouri, Arkansas and Louisiana.
- District 7 shall consist of all states west of the eastern borders of Minnesota, Iowa, Missouri, Arkansas, and Louisiana except Kansas, Washington, Oregon, California, Alaska and Hawaii.
- District 8 shall consist of the states of Washington, Oregon, California, Alaska and Hawaii.
- District 9 shall be an at-large district that may be represented by governors from any geographical area, at the discretion of the Nominating Committee. District 9 shall be an optional district and the Board need not nominate members to represent this district each year.
Three Governors shall be selected to serve on the Board from each of Districts 1 through 8 above. Such Governors shall be residents of the District for which they are selected. The Board may select up to three Governors to represent District 9, in the Board’s discretion, and without regard to such Governor’s residency.
6.2 Past Presidents of the Board. Notwithstanding any provision in these Bylaws to the contrary, all Past Presidents of the Board shall also be continuing members of the Board and shall be referred to herein as “Senior Governors. Senior Governors lend considerable wisdom, expertise, and experience to the Board and the Association, and shall have full voting rights at all Board meetings.
6.3 Ex Officio Members. Notwithstanding any provision in these Bylaws to the contrary, the current Dean of the School of Law shall be an ex officio non-voting member of the Board of Governors and shall be closely consulted by the President of the Board on all matters concerning the Board. The immediate past President of the Student Bar Association shall be an ex officio voting member of the Board of Governors for a one year term. The current serving President of the Student Bar Association shall be an ex officio non-voting member of the Board of Governors for a one year term.
6.4 Qualification. Governors shall be selected from Members of the Association who accept in principle the purposes of this Association.
6.5 Selection. Not later than the Spring meeting of the Board, the Vice President of the Board shall appoint a Nominating Committee, of which the Vice President shall serve as chairperson. The Nominating Committee shall work closely with the Dean of the School of Law to consider proposed candidates for election to the Board of Governors. The Nominating Committee shall prepare a slate of nominees for any vacancies on the Board or in the offices of President or Vice President/President Elect for consideration by the Membership at the Association’s Annual Meeting.
6.6 Election by the Members of the Association. At the Association’s Annual Meeting during the Fall semester of each academic year, the Members of the Association shall vote for or against the nominees received from the Nominating Committee and recommended by the Board. Additional nominations may be taken from the floor at such Annual Meeting. Any nominee receiving a majority of the votes of the Members present and participating in the election shall be deemed elected to the Board of Governors.
6.7 Term. Each Governor shall be selected to serve a term of three (3) years, except that the terms of the President and Vice President/President-Elect shall be extended to the conclusion of their terms in office, and a new Governor shall be elected to fill the vacancy of such officer on the Board.
6.8 Duties. The administrative powers of the Association shall be vested in the Board of Governors, which shall have charge, control, and management over the concerns and affairs of the Association, and shall act to further the purposes of the Association.
7.1 Place. All meetings of the Association and the Board of Governors shall be held at such places as may be designated by the Board of Governors or by the Dean.
7.2 Meeting Times.
7.2.1 Annual. The Annual Meeting of the Members of the Association shall be held in the Fall of each academic year. At that meeting, nominations for Governors and officers shall be properly presented and come before such meeting for election.
7.2.2 Regular. In addition to the Annual Meeting of the Association described above, the Board shall conduct two regular meetings during the School of Law’s academic year, which shall be scheduled by the Dean each year.
7.2.3 Special. Special meetings of the Governors may be called by the President or the Dean of the School of Law as necessary to conduct the business of the Board. In addition, a special meeting of the Board may be called upon the written petition of five members of the Board.
7.2.4 Telephone. Members of the Board of Governors, or any committee thereof, may participate in a meeting of such Board or committee by means of conference telephone or similar communication equipment by means of which all persons participating in the meeting can hear each other. Participation in a meeting pursuant to this section shall constitute presence in person at such meeting.
7.3 Notice. Written notice of the Association’s Annual Meeting and of any meeting of the Board of Governors shall be given by electronic mail, regular mail or other communication, authorized by the Chair of the Board or the Dean of the School of Law to the person entitled thereto at the last known address or location shown on the records of the Association at least thirty (30) days prior to such meeting.
7.3.1 Waiver. Whenever notice is required to be given by these Bylaws, a written waiver thereof, signed by the persons entitled to notice, whether before or after the times stated therein, shall be deemed equivalent to notice. Attendance of a person at a meeting constitutes a waiver of notice, except when the person attends a meeting for the express purpose of objecting at the beginning of the meeting to the transaction of any business because the meeting is not lawfully called or convened.
7.4 Voting Procedures. All elections of Governors and officers and votes upon any other question, except as otherwise provided by law or unless otherwise provided by resolution of the Board of Governors, may be had by ballot, viva voce, or by showing of hands. Unless otherwise provided by law or by these Bylaws, any matter coming before the Board of Governors or a committee thereof shall pass upon a majority vote of the members present at the meeting at which the matter is considered. Voting by proxy shall not be permitted.
8.1 Designated Officers. Officers of the Board of Governors shall be chosen by the Members of the Association and shall include a President, and a Vice-President/President-Elect. All officers shall be elected and appointed at the Annual Meeting of the Association of Governors each year.
8.2 Other Officers and Agents. The Association may have such other officers and agents as may from time to time be determined and appointed by the Board of Governors.
8.3 Term and Qualification of Officers. All officers shall be Members of the Association and shall serve for a term of two years.
8.4 Removal of Officers. Any officer elected or appointed by the Board of Governors may be removed at any time by the affirmative vote of two-thirds (2/3) of the whole Board of Governors.
8.5 President. The President shall preside at all meetings of the Association and of the Board of Governors, and shall perform all duties incidental to the office from time to time are determined by the Board and in consultation with the Dean of the School of Law.
8.6 Vice President. The Vice President shall serve as chairperson of the Nominating Committee, as described above, and shall, in the absence or disability of the President, perform the duties and exercise the powers of the President, in addition to such other duties as the Board of Governors may prescribe. The Vice President shall also serve as President-Elect and as President following such term as Vice President.
8.7 Minutes. The Dean of the School of Law shall designate someone with the School of Law to take and maintain the minutes of all meetings of the Board of Governors and shall be responsible for working with the School of Law to ensure the proper giving of proper notice of all meetings of the Board of Governors.
The Board of Governors shall establish and maintain the following standing committees, each of which shall work in consultation with the Dean of the School of Law:
9.1 Nominating Committee. The Nominating Committee shall be chaired by the Vice President and shall identify prospective Governors and officers of the Board for nomination to the Membership, as more fully described above, and shall also select the nominee or nominees for the annual Distinguished Alumni Award presented by the School of Law.
9.2 Resources Committee. The Resources Committee shall actively engage in supporting and assisting efforts of the Kansas University Endowment Association to raise funds for the School of Law.
9.3 Judiciary Committee. The Judiciary Committee shall consist of Governors who are members of a state or the federal judiciary, and shall facilitate interaction between members of the judiciary and current students and faculty of the School of Law.
9.4 Alumni/Student Relations Committee. The Alumni/Student Relations Committee shall facilitate active involvement by alumni in the life of the School of Law, through the following sub-committees:
9.4.1 Admissions. This sub-committee shall support and, where appropriate, assist the School of Law’s Admissions Director in recruiting prospective students to the School of Law and provide mentoring and insight on the value of a degree from the School of Law.
9.4.2 Career Services. This sub-committee shall support and, where appropriate, assist the School of Law’s Career Services Director in placement strategies and related mentoring for current School of Law students.
9.4.3 Outreach. This sub-committee shall facilitate increased interaction between alumni and current students of the School of Law through social events and other activities organized by the sub-committee.
The Board may establish such additional committees as may be needed from time to time. Each Governor shall serve on at least one committee during each year of such Governor’s term on the Board. Each Governor shall serve such Governor’s first year on the Board as a member of the Resources Committee, unless such Governor is eligible to be a member of the Judiciary Committee. Senior Governors may choose, but shall not be required, to serve on a committee.
These Bylaws may be altered, repealed or amended, by the affirmative vote of a majority of the members of the Board of Governors attending any regular or special meeting of the Board. Any such amendment shall be consistent with the statement purpose contained in Article One above, and laws of the State of Kansas.
ADOPTED by the Board of Governors this 14th day of April, 2007.
THE K.U. LAW ALUMNI
By Cathleen Chandler Stevenson, President
By Robert H. Gale, Jr., Vice President