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Professor Beck Honored with Prestigious Kemper Fellowship

April 7th, 2016

Prof. Mary Beck

Professor Mary Beck was presented with the William T. Kemper Fellowship for Teaching Excellence during a Family Violence Clinic meeting on April 6.

The award was presented by MU Interim Chancellor Hank Foley, Commerce Bank Chairman Jim Schatz, Dean Gary Myers and Associate Dean Paul Litton, and were joined by law school faculty, staff and students.

This year is the 26th anniversary of the first William T. Kemper Fellowships for Teaching Excellence, which were established in 1991 with a $500,000 gift. Kemper, a 1926 Mizzou graduate, was a well-known civic leader in Kansas City until his death in 1989. His 52-year career in banking included top positions at banks in Missouri, Kansas and Oklahoma. Each year, five awards are presented to faculty at MU.

Professor Beck is a clinical professor of law and director of the law school’s Family Violence Clinic, which she founded in 1993. She is also an alumna of the law school, graduating in 1988 after a career as a nursing professor.

Professor Beck’s teaching philosophy includes four goals for students: solving authentic client problems, advancing social justice, collaborating with other disciplines and assuming leadership roles. According to her students, it is her commitment not only to the clinic’s students but to the clinic’s clients that makes her stand apart as a professor at the law school. They say she has had an immeasurable impact on students’ and clients’ lives.

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