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University mourns death of law student Jimmy Gorman

Friday, September 04, 2015

LAWRENCE — The University of Kansas community is mourning the death of a second-year School of Law student, James Gorman. He died Sept. 2 at his home in Lawrence. Gorman was 23.

“I am saddened to learn of the passing of one of our talented and promising law students,” said Chancellor Bernadette-Gray Little. “On behalf of the entire university community, I extend my sympathy to James Gorman’s family, friends and those in the School of Law who knew him as a student, classmate and colleague.”

Gorman, originally from Leawood, was a Rice Scholar attending the KU School of Law on a full-tuition scholarship awarded to students with outstanding academic credentials and proven leadership abilities.

He was a staff editor on the Kansas Journal of Law & Public Policy and was active in the Student Bar Association. Gorman also served as an International Dissertation Writing Fellow, assisting KU’s doctor of juridical science candidates. He spent the summer as a legal intern with the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission.

“The KU Law community offers its deepest sympathies to the friends and family of this accomplished young man,” said Stephen Mazza, dean of the law school. “Jimmy was an outstanding student with strong leadership skills and a promising future in the law. He had also exhibited a caring spirit in service to others through volunteer work in his community.”

Services will be noon Tuesday, Sept. 8, at Church of the Nativity, 3700 W. 119th St., in Leawood. 

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