KU Law alumna, student honored as 2016-17 Women of Distinction

Friday, August 26, 2016


LAWRENCE — Twenty-three women with ties to the University of Kansas are featured in the 2016-2017 Women of Distinction calendar. The Emily Taylor Center for Women & Gender Equity, which produces the poster-sized calendar, will host a reception to honor the women and their achievements Aug. 30.

The women represent KU students, faculty, staff, administrators and alumni who have distinguished achievements in their efforts at KU or in their community.

“It is critical to provide role models for those who identify and present as women, given the implicit bias and structural barriers that exist that challenge women’s equal access, pay and advancement in many academic, workplace and leadership arenas,” said Kathy Rose-Mockry, director of the Emily Taylor Center for Women & Gender Equity. “This year’s calendar features women who inspire us to advocate, achieve and refuse to accept the status quo.” 

Seven current students, six alumnae, and 10 faculty and staff are featured on the calendar. Five areas of service and distinction also receive special attention through the calendar: Innovators advancing learning through technology, exemplary educators, global awareness ambassadors and change-makers, science humanitarians and women building communities.

First issued in 2004, the calendar was established to challenge the stereotyped representation of women in publications and the media and to provide an alternate view by instead honoring women for their accomplishments as leaders, entrepreneurs, role models and change-makers.

A reception to acknowledge this year’s featured women and their contributions will be from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 30, in the Ballroom of the Kansas Union. The public is welcome to attend.

The Women of Distinction calendars are free, although donations are accepted. They are available at several locations, including the KU Bookstore, Jayhawk Ink and the Emily Taylor Center, 4024 Wescoe Hall.  

Individuals featured on the 2016-2017 Women of Distinction Calendar and selected achievements and honors:

Annie McKay

President and CEO, Kansas Action for Children & Voices for Children Foundation

  • Kansas Children’s Cabinet Senate minority leader appointee
  • Sunflower Foundation Advocacy Fellow (2016)
  • Founding executive director, Kansas Center for Economic Growth

Saralyn Reece Hardy

Marilyn Stokstad Director, Helen Foresman Spencer Museum of Art

  • Integrating the Spencer Museum into the academic life of KU through interdisciplinary projects and initiatives.
  • Embedding living artists in the program and profile of the museum and encouraging new work from global artists.
  • Leading a facility renovation that reflects a learning mission in action and encourages KU and community engagement.

Jyleesa Renee Tate Hampton

Second-year graduate student, communication studies, KU. Hampton’s hometown is Overland Park. She attended Shawnee Mission South High School; her parents are Reba and Matthew Tate.

  • University of Kansas Graduate Research Fellow (beginning Fall 2015)
  • Appointed to serve on the KU Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Advisory Task Force to address campus climate issues (2016)
  • Awarded the National Cross Examination Debate Association (CEDA) Mid Atlantic Critic of the Year award

Abby Hall

Research attorney for Justice Eric Rosen of the Kansas Supreme Court. Hall graduated in May 2016, and her hometown is Overland Park. She currently resides in Lawrence. She attended Shawnee Mission North High School. Her parents are Jackie Millin and Jeff Krieger.

  • Symposium Editor, Kansas Law Review: included organizing Symposium on Campus Sexual Assault and publishing an issue on campus sexual assault (2015-16)
  • Robert F. Bennet Award for leadership in public service (May 2016)
  • Winner and best brief writer (with team member Ashley Akers), KU In-House Moot Court Competition (October 2016)

Shegufta Huma

Senior, political science and Spanish, KU. Huma’s hometown is Wichita. She attended Wichita East High School. Her parents are Anjuman and Mohammad Anwar.

  • The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights intern, Washington, D.C. (Spring 2016)
  • Muslim Public Affairs Council Policy and Government Summit Delegate (2014)
  • University Senate vice president (Fall 2015)

Jessica van Loben Sels

Doctoral candidate, Pathology Department, University of Cambridge, United Kingdom

  • National Institute of Health Oxford-Cambridge Scholar (March 2016)
  • Goldwater Scholar (April 2015)
  • Astronaut Scholar (June 2015)

2nd Lt. Rhavean Anderson

Second-year law student, KU; former student athlete (Track & Field).

Anderson’s hometown is Memphis. She attended Ridgeway High School, and her parents are Ray and Teresa King.

  • Became an officer in the United States Marine Corps (Aug. 6)
  • Was the senior speaker at the KU senior K-ring ceremony
  • Team captain of the KU Track and Field team (2015-16)

 

Innovators Advancing Learning Through Technology

Marilyn Mulligan Ault
Senior research associate, ALTEC, Center for Research on Learning, KU Life Span Institute

  • Director of ALTEC since 2000
  • Co-principal investigator on research and development projects to improve teaching and learning

Jana Craig-Hare
Assistant research professor
ALTEC, Center for Research on Learning, KU Life Span Institute

  • Making IT Happen Award, International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) (2016)
  • Earning doctorate from KU (2011)
  • Actively participating in Research+Practice Partnerships with K-12 districts, schools and teachers

 

Amber Rowland
Assistant research professor, ALTEC, Center for Research on Learning, KU Life Span Institute

  • National School Boards Association “20 to Watch” Educator (2008)
  • Staff Achievement Award, KU School of Education (2011)

 

Exemplary Educators

Elizabeth Kozleski
Professor and chair, Department of Special Education, KU

  • UNESCO Chair, International Inclusive Education (2005- 2012)
  • Teacher Education Pearson-Merrill Award for Excellence in Teacher Education (2011)
  • University of Northern Colorado Century of Scholars Award (2013)

Joy Ward
Dean’s Professor of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Ecology & Evolutionary Biology

  • Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE)- conferred by President Obama in the White House (2010)
  • National Science Foundation CAREER Award
  • Inaugural Wohlgemuth Faculty Scholar Award, KU

 

Mary Kate Dennis

Assistant professor, School of Social Welfare

  • Honorable mention, Illinois Distinguished Dissertation Award by the International Congress of Qualitative Inquiry, honoring and giving voice to Oglala Lakota elders (2014)
  • Hampton Faculty Fellow, the Spirit of the Eagles Program, Mayo Clinic; focusing on improving health outcomes for American Indian people
  • Hartford Dissertation Award in Geriatric Social Work, the John A. Hartford Foundation

 

Sharon Toulouse

Assistant director of Bands, KU School of Music

  • Third female in U.S. Army history hired into the 2LT-COL officer ranks as Army band officer
  • First female band director at KU
  • Selected to be a military mentor for the U.S. Senate Youth Program (2008)

 

Global Awareness Ambassadors and Changemakers

Melody Stratton
Outreach & Alumni Communications coordinator, KU Office of Study Abroad

  • NAFSA (Association of International Educators) Region II Rising Star Award (2015)
  • Diversity Abroad Future Leader Award (2014)
  • The George Washington University Graduate School of Education & Human Development Fellowship (2011)

Ashlie Koehn
Program director, Climate + Energy Project. Koehn’s hometown is Burns. She currently resides in Overland Park. She graduated from Fredrick Remington High School. Her parents are Rodney and Carolyn Koehn.

  • Truman Scholar (2015)
  • Udall Scholar (2015)
  • Kansas Air National Guard Airman of the Year 2013

Claire Carson MacLachlan
Peace Corps volunteer in Togo, West Africa, MacLachlan graduated from KU in 2016, and her hometown is Prairie Village. She currently resides in Togo, West Africa. She attended Shawnee Mission East High School. Her parents are Julia and Lawrence MacLachlan

  • Vice president, Alpha Kappa chapter of Omega Phi Alpha (2016-17)
  • Member, Phi Beta Kappa
  • Member, Pi Sigma Alpha (political science honor society)

 

Science Humanitarians

Hebron Kelecha
Medical student, KU School of Medicine. Hebron graduated with her degree from KU in 2016. Her hometown is Gardner. She attended Gardner – Edgerton High School. Her parents are Habtamu Oda and Tewabech Korecho.

  • Leadership Alliance Scholar, Yale School of Medicine (Summer 2015)
  • Elected director of Diversity & Representation for OneKU Coalition (Spring 2016)
  • Editor’s Choice Kansas City Top Model (January 2014)

Tiffany Fisher
Process engineer, Chevron Phillips Chemical Company

Fisher graduated with her degree from KU in 2016. Her hometown is Moundridge, and she currently resides in Houston. She attended Moundridge High School. Her parents are Lisa Grace and Wayne Fisher

  • Founding a new program for KU Engineers Without Borders at National Teacher’s College Kaliro in Uganda
  • Helping develop the introductory course for chemical engineering – transitioning from the traditional lecture style to being more collaborative and interactive
  • Participated four years in the SELF (Self Engineering Leadership Program) at KU

Rachel Bowes
Post-doctoral researcher in the Kansas Biological Survey

  • Undergraduate Research Mentor Award, Center for Undergraduate Research, KU (2014; Honorable mention, 2015)
  • National Science Foundation Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grant. Dissertation research: Historical Changes in Food Web Structure of Large Rivers (2015)

 

Women Building Communities

Teale Muir
Medical student, University of Oklahoma College of Medicine. Muir’s home town is Tulsa, Oklahoma, where she currently resides. She attended Jenks High School. Her parents are James and Mary Muir.

  • Center for Community Outreach managing director (2015-16)
  • Jayhawk Health Initiative participant
  • University Scholar

Lauren Arney
Medical student, KU Medical School. Arney’s hometown is Stilwell. She attended Blue Valley Southwest High School. Her parents are Todd and Stacey Arney.

  • Agnes Wright Strickland Award Recipient, KU (May 2016)
  • KU Memorial Unions Corporation Board president (2015-16)
  • KU Student Senate senior senator (2015-16).

Nanyi Deng
Senior in psychology. Deng’s hometown is Wenzhou, Zhejiang, China. She attended Wenzhou No. 22 High School. Her parents are Changguang Deng and Lidan Qian

  • Founder, International Peer Support (January 2016)
  • Clark Coan International Student Leadership Award (May 2016)
  • Research assistant, Department of Psychology (2015-16)

International trade law expert authors book on TPP, new edition on Islamic law

Thursday, August 04, 2016

LAWRENCE — When the United States and 11 other nations recently agreed to the Trans Pacific Partnership, they set in motion history’s largest free trade agreement. A University of Kansas professor of law and international trade law expert has authored a comprehensive, objective look at the TPP, giving it a passing grade while detailing what it got right, where it could improve and why it’s important to millions of people around the world.

Raj Bhala, associate dean for international and comparative law and Rice Distinguished Professor at the KU School of Law, has written "TPP Objectively: Law, Economics, and National Security of History’s Largest, Longest Free Trade Agreement." The book is the first comprehensive, objective analysis of the 6,000-page agreement, the largest in human history. Bhala has also authored the second edition of Understanding Islamic Law (Shari’a), his landmark textbook, and both books take an in-depth look at issues that will be central to this year’s presidential election.

"TPP Objectively"

“The book tries to look past the pro- and anti-TPP sides who are so often just talking past each other and screaming about things,” Bhala said. “The political debates tend to oversell the TPP as an economic engine or a catastrophe. The truth is it’s neither. Others miss that it’s about national security. Free trade agreements are not solely economic animals.”

“TPP Objectively” will be available in September as a hardcover and ebook. Copies can be ordered online.

Bhala, who has worked in 11 of the 12 TPP nations, breaks down the economic and national security aspects of the agreement and assigns it a B grade. In terms of security, he assigns the TPP an A, noting the importance it plays in securing agreements with 11 other nations. Many of those countries are longtime allies of the U.S., and others — critically — have agreed to a trade agreement on Western, capitalistic terms favored by the U.S. and not China, which is not part of the agreement. He also points out the national security significance of Vietnam’s membership, noting the entry of a 100 million person market and former bitter enemy of the United States.

Bhala gives the economic aspect of the TPP a C grade. The agreement doesn’t free up trade as much as most people assume, he said, pointing out that about 15 percent of all goods and services produced in the agreement’s member nations are not freed up. That is despite the fact that the agreement covers nearly 40 percent of the world’s gross domestic product. Perhaps most importantly, Bhala’s book argues the TPP did not go far enough in addressing women’s rights, LGBTQ rights and those of religious minorities in terms of trade.

“The book is the first to argue we need to advance, more resolutely, the rights of women, the LGBTQ community and religious minorities,” Bhala said. “The TPP doesn’t cover much for women’s rights and does nothing for LGBTQ and religious minorities. It’s time to advance human dignity across the board.”

He argues that human rights treaties have attempted to address such topics but, while well-intentioned, are not as effective. Economic agreements among the world’s largest economic powers would get more attention and effect more change, Bhala added.

“TPP Objectively” breaks down concepts, goals, membership, logic and various national markets of the agreement in detailed, understandable language. It also examines nations that are part of the agreement, what they bring to the table specifically and nations that are not part of the agreement and why they are not included. It also examines challenges for the TPP, both short and long term. On the topic of national security it outlines how the agreement can both serve as containment for China and as a guideline for the United States’ pivot in focus from the Middle East to Asia.

While the book analyzes complex legal and international topics and can be invaluable to lawyers, scholars and policy makers, it can also be a source of indispensable insight for any reader interested in learning more about the agreement and what it means for the future of millions of people.

“The TPP is a public issue, it is not an arcane topic,” Bhala said. “It involves a treaty that covers things people eat every day, things they consume every day, intellectual property they depend on every day, labor and environmental issues, and raises women’s rights and minority rights issues. In a 6,000-page agreement there are topics that cover the lives of every American and every citizen in the other 11 member nations.”

Understanding Islamic Law (Shari’a)

Bhala has also authored the second edition of his landmark 2011 textbook, “Understanding Islamic Law (Shari’a).” Since its initial publication the book has been adopted for use in law classes throughout the United States and across the world. The book is the only comprehensive text on the topic, in English, by a non-Muslim law professor.

In press now, the second edition has a wealth of new material, including chapters on ISIS/ISIL, its definition, ideology, atrocities committed, its divergence from Islam and more. The book also contains updated information on the Shia-Sunni dispute and examination of the Prophet Muhammad’s actions during wars in his lifetime.

Understanding Islamic Law also presents in its second edition information on recent developments such as “burqa bans” and other anti-Shari’a law measures enacted in several nations. It also features Arabic terms, in English, a glossary of Arabic terms and expanded coverage of Islamic finance, especially Islamic joint ventures as well as Shi’ism.

The book provides the foundational materials for studying Islamic law without necessitating previous study of the religion, history or law of Islam. Additional chapters cover fields such as banking and finance, contracts, criminal law, family law and property.

Also available as an ebook, “Understanding Islamic Law” is available online.

Photo: A 2010 summit with leaders of the (then) negotiating states of the Trans-Pacific Strategic Economic Partnership Agreement. Credit: The government of Chile.

 

KU Law ranks 23rd for improving employment outcomes

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

2014 KU Law Graduate Becky Howlett

LAWRENCE — The University of Kansas School of Law ranks 23rd in the nation for improving employment outcomes for graduates over the past five years, according to National Jurist magazine.

KU Law averaged an upward trend of 3.4 percent annually in the employment rates achieved by its graduates from 2011 to 2015, the publication reported. Overall employment exceeded 91 percent for the KU Law classes of 2015 and 2014, confirming a return to pre-recession success. Moreover, "best jobs" full-time, long-term positions that require bar passage or where a law degree provides an advantage  have risen for five consecutive years, topping 81 percent for the 2015 class.

"We're proud of our students and the continuing success they've had in the job market," said Stephen Mazza, dean and professor of law. "This ranking reiterates what we've always known — that a degree from KU Law opens doors for our students both here in our region and nationally."

National Jurist ran a linear regression analysis on five years worth of employment data to find an overall trend for average annual change. KU Law is among 34 law schools with five-year trends above 3 percent. Fifty-two schools saw less than a 1 percent increase over the same time period, and 41 schools saw a drop in their employment rate.

View the National Jurist rankings | View KU Law employment statistics

Couple's estate gift gives $3.5 million to law, athletics

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

LAWRENCE — A gift commitment from University of Kansas alumni Nancy and the late Wint Winter Sr. will provide $3.5 million to be split evenly between the KU School of Law and Kansas Athletics.

The Winters were longtime Ottawa residents. After Wint Winter Sr.’s death in 2013, Nancy Winter moved to Olathe.

The planned gift through KU Endowment will provide an unrestricted gift of $1.75 million to the law school. It also will add  $1.75 million to their existing Winter Family Scholarship Fund in Kansas Athletics. The fund provides scholarships for student athletes as well for unrestricted needs.

Wint Winter Sr., a Lawrence native, played football for KU and completed an undergraduate degree in business in 1952. He then joined the Marine Corps, served for two years in Korea and returned to Lawrence to go to law school at KU, graduating in 1956. He went into law practice in Ottawa, then 20 years later joined the banking business. He served as chairman of Peoples Inc., which grew into a multi-state banking business. He also was a rancher, part-time judge and a state senator for 12 years. He died in 2013.

Nancy Winter was born in Chicago and moved with her family to Wichita when she was a child. She studied theater at KU and started a small community theater in Ottawa soon after she and her husband settled in the town.

The gift to KU was a pleasure to give, Nancy Winter said. “It’s a love of the university,” she said. “It’s so fun to be able to do it; it’s a perfectly wonderful joy.”

It was an easy decision to provide gifts for law and athletics, Nancy Winter said.

“We give to the areas we know, that we have been a part of. So we decided to split it up. I didn’t play football — I didn’t make the team,” she joked. “But I certainly was right in there, cheering, supporting and watching.”

The Winter athletics scholarships are given to students who meet a specific criteria. Preference is given to student athletes from Franklin or Douglas counties; those who have demonstrated superior academic performance; and students who play center on the football team.

All five of the Winters’ children went to KU with their parents’ encouragement: Wint Winter Jr., Lawrence, ’75, Law ’78; Mary Winter Stingley, Denver, ’77; Dan Winter, Portland, Oregon, ’80; Cece Winter, Omaha, Nebraska, ’85; and Adam Winter, Denver, ’86.

“I know that KU and KU football were huge in the lives of my mom and dad, and I grew up going to KU football and basketball games,” Wint Winter Jr. said. Like his father, he played football at KU on a scholarship, and they both played center. “We shared that, and dad was pretty proud that I decided to go play football at KU, where he played.”

Winter said his father considered law a very honorable profession.

“I know he had a lot of admiration for KU law school,” Winter said. “His best friends came from KU law school, and I ended up mirroring his KU experience.”

Stephen Mazza, dean and professor at the School of Law, expressed his appreciation for the law school’s portion of the gift.

“We are proud to count two generations of the Winter family among our graduates, and this gift is a tribute to their longstanding connection to KU Law,” Mazza said. “Their generous contribution will help the law school continue to provide students with a quality legal education at an affordable price.”

Kansas Athletics Director Sheahon Zenger expressed his gratitude for the contribution.

“The Winters’ generous gift provides opportunities for students that might not otherwise be available,” Zenger said. “The family tradition of athletics in the Winter family makes it even more meaningful that these future KU student-athletes will be able to pursue excellence both academically and athletically.”

The gift counts toward Far Above: The Campaign for Kansas, the university’s comprehensive fundraising campaign. Far Above seeks support to educate future leaders, advance medicine, accelerate discovery and drive economic growth to seize the opportunities of the future.

The campaign is managed by KU Endowment, the independent, nonprofit organization serving as the official fundraising and fund-management organization for KU. Founded in 1891, KU Endowment was the first foundation of its kind at a U.S. public university.

Law school honors 2016 graduates for scholarship, leadership, service

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

LAWRENCE — The University of Kansas School of Law honored Class of 2016 graduates at a hooding ceremony May 14. During the ceremony, nine students received awards for distinguishing themselves in scholarship, leadership and service to the law school and the community.

The recipients:

  • Ashley Akers, Casper, Wyoming, Justice Lloyd Kagey Leadership Award
  • David Carrasco, El Paso, Texas, Janean Meigs Memorial Award
  • Sara Fevurly, Lawrence, Faculty Award for Outstanding Scholastic Achievement
  • Abby Hall, Overland Park, Robert F. Bennett Award
  • Bryce Langford, Amarillo, Texas, Samuel Mellinger Scholarship, Leadership and Service Award
  • Julia Leth-Perez, Benton, Janean Meigs Memorial Award
  • Maureen Orth, Prairie Village, Faculty Award for Outstanding Scholastic Achievement
  • Grecia Perez, Salem, Massachusetts, Class of 1949 Leadership Award
  • Alexandra “Nicki” Rose, Topeka, Walter Hiersteiner Outstanding Service Award

Orth was also recognized during the ceremony as the banner carrier, an honor bestowed upon a student who has excelled academically and who carries the highest grade point average by the end of the fall semester in the third year of law study.

The award winners were part of a class composed of 110 recipients of the juris doctor and three doctor of juridical science graduates.

Funds for the awards are managed by KU Endowment, the independent, nonprofit organization serving as the official fundraising and fund-management organization for KU. Founded in 1891, KU Endowment was the first foundation of its kind at a U.S. public university.

Student award recipients are listed below by hometown.

Julia Leth-Perez

BUTLER COUNTY
From Benton
Julia Leth-Perez received the Janean Meigs Memorial Award, given to students who have demonstrated a caring spirit in service to the students of the law school or the community at large. Leth-Perez served as co-president of KU Law Student Ambassadors, leading a group of current students responsible for helping prospective students navigate the law school admissions process. She mentored and advised first-year law students as a Dean’s Fellow and served on the Dean’s Student Advisory Board. Leth-Perez worked as a legal intern at the Douglas County District Attorney’s Office and presented oral arguments before the Kansas Court of Appeals during her third year of law school. She is the daughter of John and Ellen Leth-Nissen and a graduate of Circle High School and Wichita State University.


Sara Fevurly

DOUGLAS COUNTY
From Lawrence
Sara Fevurly received the Faculty Award for Outstanding Scholastic Achievement, which goes to the graduating student(s) selected by the faculty as having made the most significant contribution toward overall legal scholarship. Fevurly was among the top students in her class and published an article in the Kansas Law Review. She also served as an articles editor on the student-edited publication. She was a teaching assistant in the Lawyering Skills program, an academic tutor and a Shook, Hardy & Bacon Scholar. Fevurly also mentored first-year law students as a Dean’s Fellow. She lent her expertise to the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program and was a member of Phi Alpha Delta, Women in Law and the KU Law student division of the Federal Bar Association. She is the daughter of Jane and Chris Fevurly and a graduate of Lawrence High School and Oklahoma State University.


Abby Hall

JOHNSON COUNTY
From Overland Park
Abby Hall received the Robert F. Bennett Award, recognizing a graduate whose undergraduate degree is from a Kansas university or college and who has demonstrated leadership qualities through public service. As symposium editor for the Kansas Law Review, Hall planned and executed a highly successful symposium about sexual assault on college campuses. She mentored first-year law students as a Dean’s Fellow and taught a class in the School of Business for undergraduate students in legal careers. She was a member of Women in Law, Outlaws & Allies and Law Students for Reproductive Justice. As a volunteer for the Rose Brooks Bridge Program, Hall provided advocacy and support for victims of domestic violence in Kansas City, Missouri. She excelled as a member of KU Law’s Moot Court Council, finishing on the first-place team in KU’s in-house competition. She is the daughter of Jackie Millin and a graduate of Leavenworth High School and KU.


Maureen Orth

From Prairie Village
Maureen Orth received the Faculty Award for Outstanding Scholastic Achievement, which goes to the graduating student(s) selected by the faculty as having made the most significant contribution toward overall legal scholarship. Orth was the top student in her class by grade point average and earned the highest grade in several of her law school courses. She served as a note and comment editor on the Kansas Law Review and mentored first-year law students as a Dean’s Fellow. Orth was a member of Women in Law. She served as student director of KU’s Native American Law Students Association moot court program and argued on the team that brought home the 2016 national championship in that competition. As a Jayhawk Scholarship recipient, Orth attended KU Law on a full-tuition scholarship. She is the daughter of Jim and Trish Orth and a graduate of Shawnee Mission East High School and Kansas State University.


Alexandra "Nicki" Rose

SHAWNEE COUNTY
From Topeka
Alexandra “Nicki” Rose received the Walter Hiersteiner Outstanding Service Award, given to the graduate whose service to his or her fellow students demonstrates the greatest promise for contribution to the legal profession and society. Rose served for two years as a teaching assistant in the Lawyering Skills program and was an articles editor for the Kansas Law Review. Throughout law school, she has worked at KU’s Emily Taylor Center for Women & Gender Equity, helping to celebrate women at the law school and across campus. As a Rice Scholar, Rose attended KU Law on a full-tuition scholarship. She is the daughter of Monica and Mark Young, and Ray Rose, and a graduate of Washburn Rural High School and KU.


Grecia Perez

MASSACHUSETTS
From Salem
Grecia Perez received the Class of 1949 Leadership Award, given to the student who has contributed most significantly to the overall experience of students in Green Hall. Perez led the Student Bar Association as president during her third year of law school. She was also co-president of KU Law Student Ambassadors, leading a group of current students responsible for helping prospective students navigate the law school admissions process. Perez served as an ex-officio member of the Dean’s Diversity Leadership Council and a member of the Dean Mazza Review Committee. She is the daughter of Maria Perez and a graduate of Salem High School and Occidental College.


Bryce Langford

TEXAS
From Amarillo
Bryce Langford received the Samuel Mellinger Scholarship, Leadership and Service Award, given to the graduate who has most distinguished him or herself in the combined areas of scholarship, leadership and service. Langford was among the top students in his class and served as editor-in-chief of the Kansas Law Review. He tutored fellow law students and served as a student member of the Academic Affairs Committee and an ex officio member of the Dean’s Diversity Leadership Council. Langford finished among the top teams in KU’s in-house competition and, along with his partner, advanced to the regional finals of the American Bar Association’s National Appellate Advocacy Competition, marking KU’s best finish ever in the competition. Langford is the son of Kyle and Zoy Langford and the husband of Sara Grace Langford. He graduated from Trinity Fellowship Christian School and West Texas A&M University.

David Carrasco

From El Paso
David Carrasco received the Janean Meigs Memorial Award, given to students who have demonstrated a caring spirit in service to the students of the law school or the community at large. Carrasco was a strong leader for the Hispanic American Law Students Association, serving as president during his third year of law school. He played a significant role in planning and executing the 2016 Diversity in Law Banquet, which raised thousands of dollars for the law school’s Diversity Scholarship Fund. Carrasco also served on the Dean’s Diversity Leadership Council and was a KU Law Student Ambassador, guiding prospective students as they made important decisions about where to attend law school. He was a member of the Black Law Students Association and president of the Nontraditional Law Students Association, and he served as defense counsel and prosecutor in cases before the KU Court of Parking Appeals. Carrasco is the son of Isela and David Carrasco and a graduate of Montwood High School and the University of Texas, El Paso.


Ashley Akers

WYOMING
From Casper
Ashley Akers received the Justice Lloyd Kagey Leadership Award, given to the graduate who has most distinguished him or herself through leadership in the law school. Akers ranked among the top students in her class academically and served as a note and comment editor on the Kansas Law Review. She excelled in moot court, winning KU’s in-house competition with her partner during their second year of law school. She went on to capture the 2016 national championship in the National Native American Law Students Association Moot Court Competition. Akers served as a teaching assistant for the Lawyering Skills program and business law. She was a student member of the Academic Affairs Committee and a member of the Dean’s Student Advisory Board. Akers worked as a research assistant and was president of both the 3-to-1 mentoring program and the KU Law student division of the Federal Bar Association. Akers also served as a KU Law Student Ambassador, answering questions and shepherding prospective students as they considered attending KU Law. Akers is the daughter of Kristi and Mike Akers and a graduate of Natrona County High School and the University of Mary.

Professor argues for 'postracial remedies' to address American racial disparities in constitutional way

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

LAWRENCE — For many people, Barack Obama’s election to the nation’s highest office proved that race is no longer a barrier to the American Dream — that we are living in a “postracial” society. The Supreme Court’s equal protection jurisprudence seems to support this position. However, evidence suggests that lingering racial bias persists in police relations, education, incarceration, employment and other aspects of everyday life. A University of Kansas law professor has co-authored an article calling for “postracial remedies” as a means to fight these disparities in a politically feasible, constitutional way.

The Supreme Court has limited the availability of remedies for racial inequality by blocking race-specific measures such as affirmative action, rejecting constitutional claims based on “disparate impact” and ruling that the Constitution does not prohibit private acts of discrimination. Given these legal precedents, coupled with the fact that racial harmony has not become reality, Richard Levy and Derrick Darby propose “pragmatic solutions for the economic, social and structural problems that disproportionately burden African-Americans without treating people differently because of their race.”

“We are hopeful that creating a rising tide to lift all boats can go a long way toward mitigating racial disparities in America,” they wrote.

Levy, the J.B. Smith Distinguished Professor of Constitutional Law at KU, and Darby, professor of philosophy at the University of Michigan, began their collaboration when Darby, who was then a faculty member in KU’s philosophy department, served an intra-university professorship in the law school, and the two co-taught a seminar on socioeconomic rights that require government support, such as a right to education. The two collaborated on an article shortly thereafter and continued to discuss various issues of mutual interest.

“Over the course of our discussions, Derrick would often talk about postracialism and how it’s come to dominate our political landscape,” Levy said. “I drew the connection to legal doctrine, particularly to the Supreme Court’s equal protection jurisprudence.”

Levy and Darby have presented their study at the University of Chicago Law School, Stanford University and the KU School of Law. They don’t agree that the days of slavery, Jim Crow laws and overt racism are completely in the past. Instead, they recognize that race-specific solutions face significant political and legal barriers. While the left wing of the political landscape argues reparations and affirmative action are necessary to compensate for past discrimination and the opposing side argues enough time has passed for African-Americans to “solve their own problems,” Levy and Darby contend there are countless good reasons to address racial disparities, regardless of blame or political persuasion.

The authors argue that it is more effective to target the socioeconomic issues underlying racial disparities on the theory that solving these broader problems will also reduce racial inequality. For example, enhancing investments in public education or offering free college tuition could help counter educational disparities for many people.

Solutions should not come from litigation first, they argue, but through policy, voluntary changes, elections and political work.

“We think the big advantage of this approach is, instead of creating a zero-sum game, it invites bridge building and solutions that are much more likely to withstand legal challenges,” Levy said.

Implementing changes at the local level will help identify approaches that can be followed elsewhere. On the national stage, political divisiveness impedes progress. But at the community level, people are often more concerned with solving problems than with ideology, Levy said.

The article cites improving relationships between police forces and minority communities as an example. This goal is more likely to be achieved by asking, “How can we avoid becoming the next Ferguson, Missouri?” than through a confrontation that accuses both sides of being racist.

“As the current presidential election season makes clear, the nation is deeply polarized about many matters, including issues of race. We disagree about whether race still matters, whether discrimination is still a major factor in perpetuating inequality, and over what role, if any, society should play in addressing such matters,” Darby said. “Our research calls attention to the philosophical, psychological and constitutional obstacles to addressing racial disparities using remedies that focus on race. And we argue that remedies which are sensitive to the problems of race, but that are not race specific, are a promising way forward for dealing with racial inequality in view of these obstacles.”

The authors make clear that pursuing postracial remedies does not require accepting a postracial narrative, nor abandonment of advocacy to combat discrimination.

“We do not suggest that advocates of racial justice should be silent about” ongoing discrimination, implicit biases or systemic barriers, Levy and Darby wrote. “We do, however, suggest that there may be practical advantages to addressing them without the use of race-specific remedies, which are both politically and legally unrealistic at the moment.”

Although the United States is clearly not a postracial nation, Levy and Darby argue that postracial remedies are “sorely needed in our deeply polarized society smitten by the belief that race and racism are no longer significant barriers to living the American Dream.”

Law professor Virginia Harper Ho awarded tenure

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

LAWRENCE — Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little has approved promotion and the award of tenure where indicated for 70 individuals at the University of Kansas Lawrence and Edwards campuses and 66 individuals at the KU Medical Center campuses.

Chancellor Gray-Little, Interim Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor Sara Rosen, who chairs the University Committee on Promotion and Tenure on the Lawrence campus, and Dr. Douglas Girod, executive vice chancellor at the KU Medical Center, issued a joint statement of congratulations.

“Congratulations to the exceptional faculty and researchers who’ve reached the next milestone in their careers. These faculty represent the comprehensive research and educational excellence of our vibrant campuses. KU’s dedicated scholars and educators are addressing the challenges of our changing world and driving this university forward as a major research institution. Their enthusiasm and involvement further our mission of educating leaders, building healthy communities and making discoveries that change the world. The commitment they have to ensure students succeed is inspiring.

“The University Committees on Promotion and Tenure on both campuses did an excellent job evaluating the many eligible candidates. We hope the entire university will join us in recognizing these educators who devote their talents and energy to uphold the institution's ideals through research, teaching and service.”

At the KU Lawrence and Edwards Campuses

To full professor

  • Giselle Anatol, English           
  • Christopher Anderson, business
  • Rafe Brown, ecology & evolutionary biology/senior curator, Biodiversity Institute
  • Roberto de Guzman, molecular biosciences
  • David Fowle, geology 
  • Sherry Fowler, history of art
  • Bruce Frey, educational psychology
  • Brian Haaheim, music
  • Virginia Harper Ho, law, with tenure
  • Alfred Tat-Kei Ho, public affairs & administration
  • Matthew Jacobson, film & media studies
  • Kirsten Jensen, ecology & evolutionary biology/senior curator, Biodiversity Institute
  • Mark Joslyn, political science
  • Clarence Lang, African & African American studies/American studies
  • Gwendolyn Macpherson, geology
  • Lorin Maletsky, mechanical engineering
  • Jeremy Martin, mathematics
  • Kristi Neufeld, molecular biosciences
  • Ebenezer Obadare, sociology
  • Jennifer Roberts, geology
  • Karrie Shogren, special education/senior scientist, Life Span Institute
  • Candan Tamerler, mechanical engineering, with tenure
  • Kevin Willmott, film & media studies
  • Liang Xu, molecular biosciences
  • Jie Zhang, linguistics

To associate professor with tenure

  • Jacquelene Brinton, religious studies
  • Scott Bronson, business
  • Darren Canady, English
  • Eric Deeds, molecular biosciences/Center for Computational Biology
  • John Derby, visual art
  • Prajnaparamita Dhar, chemical & petroleum engineering
  • Christopher Elles, chemistry
  • Mariana De Oliveira Farah, music
  • Jacob Fowles, public affairs & administration
  • Sarah Frisof, music
  • Veronica Garibotto, Spanish & Portuguese
  • Deanna Hanson-Abromeit, music
  • Mathew Johnson, mathematics
  • Chad Kraus, architecture
  • Rachel Krause, public affairs & administration
  • Lingjia Liu, electrical engineering & computer science
  • Marshall Maude, visual art
  • Felix Meschke, business
  • Radu “Alex” Moise, pharmacology & toxicology
  • Peter Ojiambo, African & African American studies
  • Alison Olcott Marshall, geology
  • Jarron Saint Onge, sociology/health policy & management, KU Medical Center
  • Armin Schulz, philosophy
  • Hyunjin Seo, journalism
  • William Leo Smith, ecology & evolutionary biology/associate curator, Biodiversity Institute
  • Antonio Tosta, Spanish & Portuguese
  • Zhuo Wang, pharmaceutical chemistry
  • Jomella Watson-Thompson, applied behavioral science
  • Wei Wu, psychology
  • Molly Zahn, religious studies

Tenure awarded at current rank of associate professor

  • Andres Lepage, civil, environmental & architectural engineering

KU Libraries

  • Karen Cook, to librarian
  • Laura Ada Emmett, to librarian
  • Sara Morris, to librarian
  • Brian Rosenblum, to librarian
  • Miloche Kottman, to associate librarian with tenure

Academic Staff (effective with the start of Fiscal Year 2017)

  • Kathleen Baggett, Life Span Institute, to research professor
  • Susan Earle, Spencer Museum of Art, to associate curator
  • Kris Ercums, Spencer Museum of Art, to associate curator
  • Michael Hock, Center for Research on Learning, to senior scientist
  • Rudy Serbet, Biodiversity Institute, to senior specialist
  • Celka Straughn, Spencer Museum of Art, to associate specialist
  • Janelle Ruisinger, pharmacy practice, to clinical professor
  • Jie Bang “Stephen” Yan, Center for Remote Sensing of Ice Sheets, to associate scientist
  • Qiang “Charles” Ye, Bioengineering Research Center, to associate scientist

At the KU Medical Center Campuses

To associate professor (affiliate track, Stowers Institute, nontenure track)

  • Julia Zeitlinger, School of Medicine-Kansas City Campus Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine

To professor on clinical scholar track (nontenure track)

  • John Dorsch, School of Medicine-Wichita Campus Department of Family and Community Medicine
  • Mike Kennedy, School of Medicine-Kansas City Campus Department of Family Medicine
  • Richard Korentager, School of Medicine-Kansas City Campus Department of Plastic, Burn and Wound Surgery
  • Franz Winklhofer, School of Medicine-Kansas City Campus Department of Internal Medicine

To associate professor on clinical scholar track (nontenure track)

  • Osama Almadhoun, School of Medicine-Kansas City Campus Department of Pediatrics
  • Jane Broxterman, School of Medicine-Kansas City Campus Department of Internal Medicine
  • Zachary Collins, School of Medicine-Kansas City Campus Department of Radiology
  • Krishna Dummula, School of Medicine-Kansas City Campus Department of Pediatrics
  • Winston Dunn, School of Medicine-Kansas City Campus Department of Internal Medicine
  • L. Christine Faulk, School of Medicine-Wichita Campus Department of Internal Medicine
  • Ann Genovese, School of Medicine-Kansas City Campus Department of Psychiatry
  • Kari Harris, School of Medicine-Wichita Campus Department of Pediatrics
  • Archie Heddings, School of Medicine-Kansas City Campus Department of Orthopedic Surgery
  • Robin Heinrichs, School of Medicine-Wichita Campus Department of Psychiatry
  • Gina Hendren, School of Medicine-Kansas City Campus Department of Anesthesiology
  • Erica Howe, School of Medicine-Kansas City Campus Department of Internal Medicine
  • Marc Inciardi, School of Medicine-Kansas City Campus Department of Radiology
  • Jessica Kalender-Rich, School of Medicine-Kansas City Campus Department of Internal Medicine
  • Vincent Key, School of Medicine-Kansas City Campus Department of Orthopedic Surgery
  • Theresa King, School of Medicine-Kansas City Campus Department of Internal Medicine
  • Deborah Kroeker, School of Medicine-Wichita Campus Department of Pediatrics
  • Angela Lennon, School of Medicine-Kansas City Campus Department of Pediatrics
  • James Lin, School of Medicine-Kansas City Campus Department of Otolaryngology
  • Tara Lin, School of Medicine-Kansas City Campus Department of Internal Medicine
  • Becky Lowry, School of Medicine-Kansas City Campus Department of Internal Medicine
  • Smith Manion, School of Medicine-Kansas City Campus Department of Anesthesiology
  • Katherine Palmieri, School of Medicine-Kansas City Campus Department of Anesthesiology
  • Vishal Pandey, School of Medicine-Kansas City Campus Department of Pediatrics
  • William Salyers Jr., School of Medicine-Wichita Campus Department of Internal Medicine
  • John Sojka, School of Medicine-Kansas City Campus Department of Orthopedic Surgery
  • Damion Stevens, School of Medicine-Kansas City Campus Department of Internal Medicine
  • Kimberly Swan, School of Medicine-Kansas City Campus Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology

To professor (clinical track, full-time, nontenure track)                                                            

  • Grace Shih, School of Medicine-Kansas City Campus Department of Anesthesiology

To clinical professor (clinical track, full-time, nontenure track)

  • William Cathcart-Rake, School of Medicine-Salina Campus Department of Internal Medicine

To clinical professor (clinical track, volunteer, nontenure track)

  • Randall Morgan, School of Medicine-Wichita Campus Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology
  • Tarris Rosell, School of Medicine-Kansas City Campus Department of History and Philosophy of Medicine 

To associate professor (clinical track, full-time, nontenure track)

  • Jennifer Jackson, School of Medicine-Wichita Campus Department of Internal Medicine

To clinical associate professor (clinical track, full-time, nontenure track)

  • Abha Shah, School of Medicine-Kansas City Campus Department of Anesthesiology
  • Jason Sokol, School of Medicine-Kansas City Campus Department of Ophthalmology

To clinical associate professor (clinical track, volunteer, nontenure track)

  • Bradley Barth, School of Medicine-Kansas City Campus Department of Emergency Medicine
  • David Lisbon, School of Medicine-Kansas City Campus Department of Emergency Medicine
  • Melissa Hague, School of Medicine-Wichita Campus Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology
  • Jared Marx, School of Medicine-Kansas City Campus Department of Emergency Medicine

To associate professor (educator track with tenure)

  • Catherine Satterwhie, School of Medicine-Kansas City Campus Department of Preventive Medicine and Public Health  

To professor (educator track with tenure)

  • Ming Zhang, School of Medicine-Kansas City Campus Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology

To professor with tenure

  • Lemuel Russ Waitman, School of Medicine-Kansas City Campus Department of Internal Medicine

To professor (previously tenured)

  • Guoqing Chen, School of Medicine-Kansas City Campus Department of Internal Medicine
  • Cheryl Gibson, School of Medicine-Kansas City Campus Department of Internal Medicine
  • Benyi Li, School of Medicine-Kansas City Campus Department of Urology
  • Gregory Reed, School of Medicine-Kansas City Campus Department of Pharmacology, Toxicology and Therapeutics
  • Michael Werle, School of Medicine-Kansas City Campus Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology

Tenure awarded (at current rank of associate professor)

  • Brooke Fridley, School of Medicine-Kansas City Campus Department of Biostatistics
  • Xiaogang Li, School of Medicine-Kansas City Campus Department of Internal Medicine

To associate professor with tenure

  • Gretchen Dickson, School of Medicine-Wichita Campus Department of Family and Community Medicine
  • Jeannine Goetz, School of Health Professions Department of Dietetics and Nutrition
  • Severin Gudima, School of Medicine-Kansas City Campus Department of Microbiology
  • Tami Gurley, School of Medicine-Kansas City Campus Department of Health Policy and Management
  • Holly Hull, School of Health Professions Department of Dietetics and Nutrition
  • Sarah Kessler, School of Medicine-Kansas City Campus Department of Family Medicine
  • Sean Kumer, School of Medicine-Kansas City Campus Department of Surgery
  • Matthew Macaluso, School of Medicine-Wichita Campus Department of Psychiatry
  • Laura Martin, School of Medicine-Kansas City Campus Department of Preventive Medicine and Public Health
  • Priya Padmanabhan, School of Medicine-Kansas City Campus Department of Urology
  • Neena Sharma, School of Health Professions Department of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Science
  • Catherine Siengsukon, School of Health Professions Department of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Science.

Law school ranks among top quarter in nation for employment success

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

LAWRENCE – The University of Kansas School of Law Class of 2015 ranked in the top 25 percent of all law schools nationally in the critical areas of overall and “best jobs” employment outcomes, according to data released by the American Bar Association last week. Overall employment exceeded 91 percent, confirming a return to pre-recession success, while best jobs rose for a fifth consecutive year, topping 81 percent.

For overall employment, KU Law ranks 47th nationally, or among the top 23.3 percent of all law schools reported by the ABA. When law school-funded jobs are removed from the calculation, KU Law leaps to 32nd in the country, placing it in the top 15.9 percent of these schools. 

In the best jobs category, which many define as full-time, long-term positions that require bar passage or where a law degree provides an advantage, KU Law ranked 46th nationally, or in the top 22.8 percent of all schools. This result was the same regardless of whether law school-funded jobs were included in the calculation. 

“This result is extraordinary, and credit rests with the graduates themselves,” said Arturo Thompson, assistant dean of career services for the law school. “Our graduates are committed, focused and highly sought after in law, public service and industry. They lift our benchmark for success each year.” 

Employment highlights for the Class of 2015:

  • Nine students secured federal and state judicial clerkships, a number that will rise again for the Class of 2016 and will include two positions on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit.
  • Another 2015 graduate accepted a fellowship with the Colorado Attorney General’s Office, which will be followed by a judicial clerkship on one of Colorado’s federal courts.
  • Two 2015 graduates joined the Judge Advocate General’s Corps with the U.S. Marines, combining a commitment to protecting our national security with the practice of law and continuing a long history of KU Law graduates serving in all four branches. 

Graduates continue to accept positions ranging from new associates with some of the largest law firms in the world to practices in rural communities across the state. 

National Jurist Magazine again ranked KU Law the 18th “best value” law school in the country, based on high bar passage rates, strong employment numbers and affordability. The law school also ranks 30th in the nation for lowest debt at graduation, according to U.S. News & World Report.

“Members of the Class of 2015 are part of a long and proud tradition of Jayhawk lawyers serving the people of Kansas and the nation, defending our rights, creating opportunity and helping ensure a brighter tomorrow for all of us,” said Stephen Mazza, dean of the law school. “We are proud of their success.”

Employment data for KU and all ABA-approved law schools can be viewed on the ABA website and analyzed at Law Jobs: By the Numbers. Find an infographic with complete Class of 2015 employment data on the KU Law website.

Law school’s moot court program ranked among top 20 in nation

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

A few of the students who participated in KU Law's nationally ranked 2015-2016 moot court program

LAWRENCE – The University of Kansas School of Law’s moot court program ranks 19th in the nation, according to rankings published this month by the University of Houston Law Center.

Headlined by a national championship team, KU Law students accumulated enough points through strong showings at national competitions to break into the top 20 for the first time in the school’s history.

“What our students achieved is no small feat,” said Pamela Keller, clinical professor of law and director of KU’s lawyering skills program. “The ranking system is based on cumulative points, so larger law schools have a distinct advantage. We have fewer teams competing than many schools, so most of our teams have to be successful in order to be ranked.

“I am very proud of how all of our teams performed. It is again proof of what I see year after year – that we have tremendously bright, talented and hard-working students.”

Garnering the most points toward KU’s ranking was its performance at the National Native American Law Students Association Moot Court Competition in early March. Ashley Akers, of Casper, Wyoming, and Maureen Orth, of Prairie Village, won the competition and received the best brief award. Orth was named the second-best oral advocate and received the first-ever G. William Rice Advocate Award for the highest cumulative points in the competition. Corey Adams of Wichita and Nathan Kakazu of Madison, Wisconsin, placed third and received the second-place brief award. Nick Hayes of Lawrence and Jason Vigil of Las Cruces, New Mexico, also represented KU at the competition, held in East Lansing, Michigan.

Other highlights from the 2015-2016 moot court season:

  • Bryce Langford, of Amarillo, Texas, and Luke Hangge, of Yakima, Washington, advanced to the regional finals of the American Bar Association’s National Appellate Advocacy Competition in Boston, marking KU’s best finish ever in the competition.
     
  • Ashley Akers and Abby Hall, of Overland Park, made it to the regional semifinals of the National Moot Court Competition in Lawrence, missing the final round by the smallest of margins.
     
  • Adam Sokoloff, of Overland Park, and Kendall Kaut, of Olathe, advanced to the semifinal round of the Federal Bar Association’s Thurgood Marshall National Moot Court Competition in Washington, D.C.
     
  • Matthew Rogers, of Wellsville, and Bradley Thomas, of Mission Hills, made it to the quarterfinals of the Pace National Environmental Law Moot Court Competition in White Plains, New York.
     
  • Nicki Rose, of Topeka, and Brendan McNeal, of Boulder, Colorado, argued their way into the quarterfinal rounds of the Seigenthaler-Sutherland Cup National First Amendment Moot Court Competition in Washington, D.C.
     
  • KU’s Jessup International Law Moot Court team made it to the quarterfinals of the Rocky Mountain Regional rounds in Denver and captured the award for third-best brief. Team members included Skyler Davenport, of Blue Springs, Missouri; Bill Madden, of Topeka; Jacque Patton and John Truong, both of Wichita; and Yarhmaan Peerbaccus, of Waukee, Iowa.

Most KU Law students who compete in national tournaments were the top finishers in the school’s in-house moot court competition during their second year of law school. Competitions generally consist of writing an appellate brief and presenting a mock oral argument before an appellate court.

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