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Wampler Receives 2019 Missourian Award

Dee Wampler, ’65, was one of eight to receive the 2019 Missourian Award. Wampler, of Springfield, Mo., has specialized in felony criminal trial work since 1973. The Missourian Award was the concept of Ralpha Slavens, who along with his late wife, Corrine, in 1994 saw the need for the State of Missouri to honor its most outstanding citizens who have…

Hon. Jack Grate Retires from Jackson County Circuit Court

The Honorable Jack R. Grate Jr., ’76, retired on October 1, 2019, from the Jackson County (Mo.) Circuit Court. For 15 years he has presided over cases in Division 17 at the Eastern Jackson County Courthouse in Indepedence. Gov. Bob Holden appointed him in 2004. In Judge looks back on ‘a great 43 years’, Grate reflects on his…

Young contributes chapters to new book on Qatar

Paula Marie Young, LLM ’03, wrote five chapters in the new book Qatar: Political, Exconomic, and Social Issues, published by Nova Science Publishers. Young is a clinical professor of law in the College of Law at Qatar University. The chapters she wrote apply dispute resolution theory to the blockade of Qatar by four neighboring countries – Saudi Arabia, UAE, Bahrain,…

Downing receives 2019 ‘Up and Coming’ recognition from MLW

Gray, Ritter & Graham, P.C. attorney Jack Downing, ’17, has been named a 2019 recipient of a Missouri Lawyers Weekly “Up and Coming” Award. The award recognizes legal professionals 40 or younger, or within the first 10 years of practice, who demonstrate a level of professional accomplishment, skill and leadership beyond their years; and demonstrate an extraordinary commitment to the…

Nickell selected for 2020 Best Lawyers in America

Douglas R. Nickell, ’80, was recently selected by his peers for inclusion in the 2020 Edition of The Best Lawyers in America. Nickell is senior counsel with Carnahan, Evans, Cantwell & Brown, P.C., in Springfield, Mo., and focuses his practice in the areas of estate and wealth transfer planning and estate and trust administration. Since it was first published in…

Stephens named 2019 Texas Super Lawyer

Garland T. Stephens, ’90, a patent litigation partner in the Houston office of international law firm Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP, has earned recognition as a 2019 Texas Super Lawyer. Texas Super Lawyers rates lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. The selection process is based on independent…

St. Louis County Circuit Court Names Megan Julian Treatment Court Commissioner

The St. Louis County Circuit Court has appointed attorney Megan Julian, ’02, to serve a four-year term as its first full-time treatment court commissioner. The position is the first of its kind in St. Louis County, and was made possible through legislation signed earlier this year by Gov. Mike Parson. Gov. Parson is a long-time supporter of treatment courts and…

Geoff Jolley named executive director of LISC Kansas City

Geoffrey W. Jolley, ’02, has been named the new executive director of Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) Kansas City. A long-time legislative and community leader, Jolley will lead LISC’s local staff, partnerships and community investment efforts, which to date have fueled nearly $1 billion in development activity focused on affordable housing, economic development, health, community safety and jobs. Nationwide, LISC has invested…

Kolb tapped as COO of Carle

Matthew Kolb, ’06, was appointed executive vice president and system chief operating officer for Carle health system in Urbana, Illinois. Kolb has been with Carle since 2014, when he joined as vice president of operations. Kolb has developed and expanded several of Carle’s specialty institutes and advanced Carle-owned Health Alliance Medical Plans’ provider network. He most recently served as the…