Dean's Note

The Dean's Note is the electronic newsletter of the University of Kansas School of Law. It is emailed monthly to alumni and friends, keeping them up to speed on the activities and accomplishments of law alumni, students and faculty, as well as upcoming events and philanthropic news.

February 2018

Group thank-you photo for One Day. One KU. donors

In this issue
KU Law students top regional trial competition, advance to nationals; Professor, alumni propose multinational collaboration to combat deteriorating environmental conditions; Indian law scholar, judge to speak at 2018 Diversity Banquet; KU Law raises nearly $23K in 24 hours during One Day. One KU.; Alumni news

January 2018

Justice Clarence Thomas visits KU Law

In this issue
A supreme visit // Justice Clarence Thomas returns to KU; McAllister sworn in as U.S. attorney for Kansas; Professor receives national law teaching award; Legal Aid Clinic raises $5K to mobilize for community; Plan ahead to support KU Law during One Day. One KU.; Alumni news

November 2017

2017 BLSA Thanksgiving Food Drive

In this issue
Applying literature to international law; KU students honor law teacher, alumna with H.O.P.E. Award; Always supporting students, retired professor creates scholarship; Blog: Serving the American people in America's capital; Alumni news

October 2017

Megan Carroll and Sangeeta Shastry

In this issue
KU Law wins top honors in two national moot court competitions; KU wins $1.5 million grant to establish national security curriculum; Visiting scholars enrich KU Law community; New law professorship honors memorable KU educator; Blog: Law student manages OCD with accommodations, perseverance; Alumni news

September 2017

Professor Webb Hecker receives lifetime teaching award

In this issue
Beloved business law professor receives career teaching award; KU Law professor nominated to U.S. attorney post for Kansas; Presiding over the classroom: Alumni judges return to KU Law as teachers; $1 million estate gift establishes law professorship; Blog: An entrepreneur in the law; Alumni news

August 2017

Women in the KU Law Class of 2020

In this issue
On strength of women, Class of 2020 makes KU Law history; Alumni donor inspired by intersection of law, economics; Blog: Crusading for the planet; Fall ushers in alumni receptions, reunions, CLEs; Alumni news

July 2017

Trinia Cain

In this issue
Alumna selected for prestigious health policy fellowship; Professor shares international trade, Islamic law expertise in New Zealand; Recent alumnus joins KU Law development team; Exploring immigration and asylum policy at UNHCR; Alumni news

June 2017

KU Project for Innocence attorney Alice Craig hugs exoneree Richard Jones after his release from prison

In this issue
KU Law Project for Innocence frees wrongfully imprisoned man after finding doppelganger; Law students make honor roll for pro bono service; Alumnus removes financial stumbling block for future KU lawyers; Building cultural bridges; Alumni news

May 2017

Dean Stephen Mazza congratulates Class of 2017 graduates

In this issue
Moot court program continues top-20 national streak; Top graduates honored for scholarship, leadership and service; 'Lifetime Jayhawk' supports KU Law's greatest needs; Going boldly; Law school bids farewell to longtime faculty; Law and wanderlust; Alumni news

April 2017

KU wins national award in business law competition

In this issue
KU wins national award in business law competition; Media law professor inducted into Kansas Newspaper Hall of Fame; Unexpected expert; Law professor part of effort to improve international arbitration cases; Alumni couple creates lasting gift to KU Law; Alumni news

March 2017

KU Law teams rack up awards in advocacy, transactional competitions

In this issue
Four to receive law school's Distinguished Alumni Award; KU Law teams rack up awards in advocacy, transactional competitions; Professor pens memoir on attaining third law degree at age 72; In legislative testimony, professor advocates for juvenile clients; Campaign aims to create scholarship memorializing law student; Alumni news

February 2017

KU student commissioned as U.S. Navy JAG officer

In this issue
Law school recognized for commitment to community service; Law student honored among KU Men of Merit; KU Law advocacy teams excel at regional, national competitions; Law student commissioned as U.S. Navy JAG officer; Missouri appeals court judge, immigrant to speak at Diversity Banquet; Tribal law conference to explore Indian Gaming; Alumni news

January 2017

KU Law teams excel in ABA Law Student Tax Challenge

In this issue
KU Law teams excel in ABA Law Student Tax Challenge; Professor named fellow of U.S.-China relations program; Law Journal symposium to tackle grasslands preservation; Missouri appeals court judge, immigrant to speak at Diversity Banquet; Professor tapped to pen monthly column for Bloomberg India; KU Law | Transformed; Alumni news


December 2016

Happy Holidays from KU Law

Holiday Greeting 2016
From our house to yours, sweetest holiday wishes! From Dean Stephen Mazza and the entire KU Law family

November 2016

National Moot Court team

In this issue
KU Law team headed to NYC for National Moot Court Competition; Professor to lead national organization for academic support educators; Kansas public servant pledges gift to support law students; Jayhawk Lawyer Directory launches as free alumni resource; Alumni news

October 2016

Polsinelli Transactional Law Center

In this issue
KU Law earns top-20 Best Value ranking for 3rd straight year; Students ascend to national finals in first amendment moot court; KU Law alumni at Polsinelli fund center to prepare students for careers in transactional law; Faculty research highlights; Visiting professor proposes feminist legal reforms to reduce sexual violence against Native American women; Alumni news

September 2016

KU Law Professor John Head

In this issue
KU-LMH partnership to provide free legal services to hospital patients; Professor lands Fulbright to research international agricultural reform; Couple says ‘thank you’ with gift for future law student; 50th Anniversary Perspectives on the Modern Class Action; Rural practice prospects? Legendary; Alumni news

August 2016

Class of 2019 during orientation

In this issue
Job placement success yields top-25 ranking for KU Law; KU Law welcomes Class of 2019; Alumna returns to KU as Langston Hughes Visiting Professor; Wichita firm bolsters student scholarship with consistent support; Alumni news

July 2016

Supreme Court Swearing-In Ceremony

In this issue
Jayhawk lawyers sworn in to practice before U.S. Supreme Court; 2016 alumnus receives merit scholarship to attend nation’s top-ranked graduate tax program; Alumna becomes first woman to serve as chief bankruptcy judge in KS; Oil and gas lawyer energizes KU Law with $125K gift; Alumni news

June 2016

Couple's estate gift provides $1.75 million to KU Law

In this issue
Couple’s estate gift provides $1.75 million to law school; 2016 graduate named finalist in prestigious federal leadership program; Law alumni, faculty help revise Kansas Corporation Code; KU Law Magazine chronicles 50 years of innocence clinic; Alumni news

May 2016

Moot Court program ranked 19th in nation

In this issue
Moot court program ranked among top 20 in nation; Top graduates honored for scholarship, leadership and service; Class of 2015 ranked among top quarter in nation for employment success; Surging Far Above, capital campaign surpasses $30 million; Alumni news

April 2016

Project for Innocence faculty honored

In this issue
Law professors honored for work that freed innocent man from prison; Human trafficking victim starts new life with student’s help; In planning for future, alumnus pledges support for law students; Alumni news

March 2016

NNALSA Moot Court National Champions

In this issue
Law school continues 4-year rise in U.S. News rankings, named among best in nation for practical training; 3 to receive law school’s Distinguished Alumni Award; KU team crowned national champions at Indian law moot court; Alumnus creates matching gift opportunity in brother’s memory; U.S. Supreme Court Swearing-In Ceremony; Alumni news

February 2016

Former Kansas Gov. Mark Parkinson and his wife, Stacy Parkinson

In this issue
Obama nominates KU Law alumnus to federal bench; Register by Friday for the 2016 Diversity in Law Banquet; D.C. couple with Kansas roots supporting future public interest leaders; Examining & Reconsidering Indian Mascots in the 21st Century; Alumni news

January 2016

Professor Melanie DeRousse

In this issue
Professor elected to board of Clinical Legal Education Association; HALSA to host Diversity in Law Banquet; Alumnus supports student scholarships through foundation; Join KU Law for upcoming alumni events, CLE opportunities; Alumni news; Photos of Deposition Skills Workshop 2016


December 2015

Floyd Bledsoe exonerated by Project for Innocence

In this issue
Project for Innocence frees man wrongfully convicted of murder; Fellowship honors outstanding current, future law professors; Longtime career services assistant director retires; Join KU Law for upcoming alumni events; Latest issue of KU Law Magazine coming soon; Online now: Fall 2015 KU Law Magazine; Alumni news

November 2015

BLSA Thanksgiving Food Drive 2015

In this issue
BLSA Thanksgiving Food Drive benefits Kansas families; KU Law faculty in the news; KU Law professor sworn in as Potawatomi Nation judge; Fund to provide stipends for students pursuing public interest law; December alumni events in New York, St. Louis; Latest issue of KU Law Magazine coming soon; Alumni news; Photos | KU Law Reunion & Homecoming Weekend

October 2015

KU Law Reunion Weekend 2015

In this issue
KU Law grads outperform peers on bar exam; Two top-20 rankings for KU Law emphasize affordability, value; Law professor argues two cases in one week before Supreme Court; Law scholarship honors family's legacy of valuing education; Final countdown: Reunion Weekend 2015; Innocence Project client: 'I had given up, and she gave me my life back'; Alumni news

September 2015

Kylie Kuhns arguing before the Kansas Court of Appeals at KU

In this issue
Law Review symposium to explore sexual assault on campus; Alumna, disability rights advocate among KU Women of Distinction; Drahozal to be honored as exemplary mentor; Alumnus endorses KU Law leadership with unrestricted gift; KU mourns death of law student Jimmy Gorman; Alumni news

August 2015

Class of 2018 orientation

In this issue
KU Law welcomes Class of 2018; Nationally recognized nonprofit law expert joins KU Law faculty; Couple’s estate gift pays forward a lifetime of opportunities; Book hotel by Monday for KU Law Reunion Weekend; Alumni news

July 2015

Student Abby West and Professor Jean Phillips

In this issue
Project for Innocence student helps overturn murder conviction; Family of Jayhawk lawyers joins forces to establish law scholarship; KC alumni reception in Westport; Save the Date: U.S. Supreme Court Swearing-In Ceremony; Alumni news

June 2015

Dean Stephen Mazza, Jomana Qaddour, L'09, and Gulsen Gedik in Istanbul

In this issue
Alumni help students sharpen skills in expert witness workshop; Law library namesake starts study abroad fund to honor retiring professor; KU Law Magazine features Jayhawks in the JAG; Summer events in San Francisco, Salina, Wichita and Lindsborg; Save the Date: KU Law Reunion Weekend; Alumni news

May 2015

Class of 2015 graduates

In this issue
Law school honors top graduates for scholarship, leadership, service; KU expanding accelerated law degree program to other Kansas universities; Save the Date: KU Law Reunion Weekend; Class of 2014 employment success best since 2007; Family's gift to support media law program and diversity scholarship; Join us for a KU Law lunch in Springfield; Alumni news

April 2015

Professor Martin Dickinson teaches his final class at KU Law before retirement

In this issue
Alumni honored for achievements, service, careers; Students, recent grads to benefit from KS adoption of Uniform Bar Exam; Professor recognized for commitment to sustainability; Martin Pringle scholarship to encourage practice in Wichita or KC metro; Spring alumni events, CLE opportunities; Video | Sarah Deer, L’99; Alumni news

March 2015

Diversity in Law Banquet keynote speaker Kimberly Jones, L'94

In this issue
Gardner confirmed as Kansas Court of Appeals judge; Students finish second in national moot court competition; Distinguished Alumni Award winners announced; KU Law faculty honored for scholarship, teaching; Patent Conference returns to KU Law bigger than ever; D.C. alumnus completes Far Above campaign pledge; Spring alumni events, CLE opportunities; Alumni news

February 2015

Access to Justice symposium

In this issue
Big 12 Tourney Pregame Party in KC’s Power & Light District; RSVP deadline approaching for Diversity in Law Banquet; KU Law faculty in the news; KU Lawyers: Ready to Work; Hinkle Law Firm Scholarship to benefit students from Kansas; Spring blooming with alumni events, CLE opportunities; Alumni news

January 2015

Deposition Skills Workshop students

In this issue
New leadership to revitalize KU’s Legal Aid Clinic; OUTLaws & Allies to host Diversity in Law Banquet; KU Law library director named head of Washington University law library; Sunflower Showdown Pregame Reception in Lawrence; Firm of KU Law graduates establishes scholarship for Kansas students; KU Law’s International and Comparative Law Program; Alumni news


December 2014

Holiday haiku greeting from KU Law

A holiday haiku greeting from the KU Law family
In the spirit of the season, KU Law students, alumni and faculty penned haiku about the law school experience, holidays, KU Law history and more. We hope their performances inspire laughter, cheer and nostalgia. Season's Greetings!


November 2014

Melanie Wilson

In this issue
KU Law professor named dean at University of Tennessee College of Law; Alumni receptions and watch parties in Kansas City, Lawrence and D.C.; KU Law alumni at Stinson Leonard Street create law scholarship; Video: Bluebook Relays test legal citation mettle of first-year students; Latest issue of KU Law Magazine coming soon; Alumni news

October 2014

1L Mentor Reception 2014

In this issue
Caleb Stegall joins two other KU Law graduates on Kansas Supreme Court; KU Law faculty quoted in New York Times, Reuters, KC Star; Couple’s gift will created dedicated office space for moot court program; Meet the KU Law Student Ambassadors; Alumni news

September 2014

Homecoming 2014 tailgate party

In this issue
Alumna receives ‘genius grant’; Partnership with Midwest Innocence Project increases innocence caseload, resources for costly forensic testing; Law professor to argue before Supreme Court on water dispute; Hearsay | News from the KU Wheat Law Library; Pioneering Salina alumna bolsters scholarship to support future KU Law students; Alumni news

August 2014

Class of 2017 students at orientation

In this issue
KU Law welcomes strong Class of 2017; KU ranked No. 18 among 'best value' schools by National Jurist magazine; Kansas Court of Appeals judge selected to receive national award; Law professor elected Fellow of College of Labor and Employment Lawyers; Register today for your class reunion; Houston couple's gift memorializes friendship with fellow KU Law grad; Alumni news

July 2014

Dean Stephen Mazza

In this issue
KU Law professor tapped to lead Kansas advisory committee of U.S. Commission on Civil Rights; KU Law to host Happy Hour in Dallas on August 12; Reserve football tickets, hotels for KU Law Reunion Weekend; Alumnus creates professorship honoring late Professor Earl Shurtz; Retired professor creates fund to support clinical education at KU Law; Alumni news

June 2014

Dean Mazza with KU Law alumni in Washington, D.C.

In this issue
20 KU Law alumni sworn in before U.S. Supreme Court; Dean hopes to nearly double annual giving at the Dean’s Club level; Summer alumni receptions in Denver, Wichita, Salina and Lindsborg; Alumni news

May 2014

Dean Mazza with Baby Jay at KU Law Fun Day 2014

In this issue
Law school honors top graduates for scholarship, leadership, service; Second KU Law alumnus joins federal circuit court as clerk; KU Law partners with India’s top law schools; D.C. alumni reception with a White House view; Alumni news

April 2014

2014 Moot Court final round

In this issue
Trio of jurists to receive Distinguished Alumni Award; Reviving a law school tradition: Fun Day May 16; Recent Developments in the Law CLE; Houston couple establishes scholarship fund at KU Law; Save the Date: KU Law Reunion Weekend; Spring alumni calendar; Alumni news

March 2014

Assistant U.S. Attorney Jabari Wamble, L'06

In this issue
KU Law leaps 18 spots in U.S. News rankings; KU students advance to national finals in transactional law competition; Professor: More than 1 million rapes unreported in official U.S. crime stats; Gift establishes mental health law fellowship at KU Law clinic; Spring alumni events, CLE opportunities; Alumni news

February 2014

Dean Stephen Mazza

In this issue
KU Law offers in-state tuition scholarship to KCMO residents; Assistant U.S. Attorney Jabari Wamble to speak at Diversity Banquet; Students win top brief, oral advocacy awards at moot court competitions; KU Law faculty in the news; Alumnus makes $1 million gift for KU Law scholarship; Spring brimming with alumni events, CLE opportunities; Alumni news

January 2014

KU Lawyers: Ready to Work

In this issue
Rigorous intellectual preparation and real-world experience transform KU students into KU Lawyers who are ready to think, act and work for your organization from day one. KU Lawyers: Ready to work.



December 2013

Holiday Greeting 2013

A holiday greeting from the KU Law family
Watch what happens when the mischievous "Tai Chi Figure" leaves the Green Hall lawn to frolic on Campanile Hill. Happy holidays!

November 2013

Legal Career Options Day 2013

In this issue
KU Lawyers: Ready to Work; From liberal arts to law: Judge Karen Arnold-Burger; KU Law faculty in the news; Fleeson Gooing firm renews commitment to KU Law scholarship; Alumni news

October 2013

Dean Stephen Mazza talks to alumni at the Homecoming tailgate party

In this issue
New faculty bring broad expertise to KU Law; Harper Ho named Docking Young Faculty Scholar; Join KU Law in the Windy City for basketball and lunch; 'Coffee Lunch Coffee' author reveals tips for effective networking; Scholarship reception to honor donors, students; New alumni board members elected; Scholars to probe water quantity, quality issues at symposium; Alumni news

September 2013

Dean Stephen Mazza

In this issue
Smaller but mighty, Class of 2016 brings diverse talents to KU Law; Alumni couple's generosity makes classroom renovation a reality; McAllister named Hampton Distinguished Professor of Law; KU Law to host national legal writing conference; Alumnus establishes scholarship for families of fallen officers; Alumni news

August 2013

First-year KU Law student at Fall 2013 orientation

In this issue
Graduate honored among Top 10 'Muslims Who Save Lives'; KU professor to introduce Legal Landmarks lecturer; Reunion Weekend updates; U.S. Supreme Court swearing-in scheduled for June 2014; Dickinson lectureship fund honors beloved tax professor, former dean; Alumni news

July 2013

Dean Stephen Mazza and KU Law students in Istanbul, Turkey

In this issue
KU Law serves Kansas: Supreme Court Research Clinic; Alumni events on horizon in St. Louis, Lawrence; Why I teach: Elinor Schroeder; Real estate law alumnus targets KU Law as a smart investment; Alumni news

June 2013

View of Petco Park field at San Diego alumni reception

In this issue
National legal press applauds Dean Mazza's leadership; Summer brings opportunities for KU Law alumni to reconnect; KU Law faculty in the news; James K. Logan fund honors former KU Law dean; KU Law Magazine features Jayhawks in the legal academy; Alumni news

May 2013

Dean Stephen Mazza speaking at KU Law's 2013 Hooding Ceremony

In this issue
Law school honors top graduates for scholarship, leadership, service; Three distinguished alumni earn law school's highest honor; Professor Martin Dickinson honored with Steeples award; Student exposed to cutting edge environmental law at KU; Green Hall display to recognize most generous donors; Alumni news

April 2013

KU Law Class of 1963 at 50-year class reunion

In this issue
Rural & Solo Program takes students on Salina road trip; KU Law graduate tapped to lead Jana's Campaign; Alumnus lands clerkship at United States Tax Court; Book examines how climate change affects indigenous people; KU alumni and Shook, Hardy & Bacon set $1M goal for Advocacy Center; KU Law Review, Law Journal on social media; Alumni news

March 2013

Dean Mazza at the 2013 Diversity in Law Banquet

In this issue
Employment outcomes improve for Class of 2012; KU moot court team advances to international finals in Geneva; Professor's book examines lawyers, legal field in popular culture; 3L Class Gift Program encourages sustained giving; Alumni news


February 2013

Tai Chi Figure statue in the snow

In this issue
KU team advances to international rounds of moot court competition; KU medical-law student collaboration expanded; Alumna helps continue Law Journal's egalitarian legacy; Alumni news 


January 2013

Dean Stephen Mazza

In this issue
KU introduces accelerated program to earn bachelor's and law degrees; 2012 alumna starts legislative term as second-youngest woman ever elected to Kansas House; Nominate a candidate for the Distinguished Alumni Award; Spring 2013 calendar; Alumna establishes scholarship for future business lawyers; Alumni news 


December 2012

2012 Holiday Greeting

A holiday greeting from the KU Law family


November 2012

Dean Stephen Mazza at KU Law homecoming tailgate

In this issue
Kyrgyzstan visitors sign memorandum of understanding with KU Law; Drahozal advising federal agency on arbitration clauses in consumer contracts; Save the date: Tribal Law & Government Conference; Alumnus builds Indian Law Fund in memory of brother; Alumni news

October 2012

Dean Stephen Mazza at KU Law tailgate

In this issue
Outstanding advocacy starts at KU Law; KU graduates perform well on Kansas and Missouri bar exams; KU Law faculty in the news; Fun weekend ahead with reunion, homecoming festivities; Student scholarships top campaign priorities; Alumni news


September 2012

Dean Stephen Mazza in Dodge City

In this issue
Viewbook touts KU as 'law school where value matters'; Success story: Recent graduate nails first deposition; Scholarship Reception to honor donors, students; Matching gift program designed to encourage new, lapsed donors


August 2012

Orientation 2012

In this issue
Admissions efforts yield overwhelming success in challenging market; Faculty spotlight: Lou Mulligan; KU Law Reunion Weekend just around the corner; Two major gifts start capital campaign on strong footing


July 2012

Dean Stephen Mazza with dean of Marmara Law School

In this issue
Five new faculty members join KU Law roster; Feedback wanted for KU Law website redesign; KU Law summer alumni events continue; football tickets available for reunion weekend; Campaign gifts ramping up, but annual giving remains crucial


June 2012

Dean Stephen Mazza with Justice Clarence Thomas and Professor Stephen McAllister at U.S. Supreme Court

In this issue
Alumni sworn in to practice before U.S. Supreme Court; Students begin Journey to J.D. at law school camp; KU Law faculty in the news; KU Law summer alumni events continue


May 2012

Dean Stephen Mazza at graduation

In this issue
Law school hooding ceremony full of surprises; Alumni to gather in D.C. and Austin; Professor advocates ethics in international finance at Qatar Law Forum; Law alumni take leadership role on Campaign committees


April 2012

Dean Stephen Mazza at graduation

In this issue...
Two distinguished alumni earn law school's highest honor; Kansas City alumni gather in the Power & Light District; Law professor finds jurors have fewer rights than accused; 34 years and counting, alumnus makes KU Law a charitable priority


March 2012

Dean with prospective students at Admitted Students Day

In this issue
KU Law maintains integrity while responding to employment market; Judge John K. Pearson to speak at Friends of the Wheat Law Library event; KU Law professor to help with election law reform effort; Alumni couple makes generosity a habit


February 2012

Dean Stephen Mazza on Lights Out Energy Competition poster

In this issue
Return to Green CLE schedules lineup for 2012; KU moot court teams on impressive run; KU Law faculty set high bar for student accessibility; Alumni launch Law Journal Scholarship campaign


January 2012

New Office of Admissions

In this issue
Spring events offer variety of CLE, intellectual opportunities; Professor investigates rise of corporate social responsibility in China; Snell & Wilmer alumni establish full-ride scholarship; Join the KU Law Alumni Group on Facebook



November 2011

Dean Stephen Mazza at homecoming tailgate party

In this issue
Moot court teams excel at high-profile competitions; Professor recounts history of federal courts in KS with ‘Justice on the Prairie’; Alumnus directs gift from Kemper Trust to Project for Innocence; New KU Law Alumni Group on Facebook


October 2011

Bluebook Relays photo

In this issue
Law Review symposium to focus on arbitration; New staff members bolster KU Law team; KU Law faculty serve state, nation; Estate gift from Roy F. Proffitt creates discretionary fund


September 2011

Dean Stephen Mazza

In this issue
KU Law ranked 19th in nation for clinical opportunities; Meet the Class of 2014; 2011 Homecoming & Reunion Weekend; Nordling makes scholarship gift in honor of late husband


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