Category: Alumni

Burning desire

Former firefighter earns law degree to help ensure justice In his previous career as a firefighter and medic, Joe Uhlman witnessed the lasting damage that some people inflicted on others. He picked up the pieces the best he …

Cosmic pull

Sam LaRoque counts meeting U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas among his most memorable KU Law experiences. Astrophysicist’s rendezvous with law school written in the stars Some might say the stars aligned to bring Sam LaRoque to KU …

Found in translation

Bulgarian immigrant learns language of law at KU Maya Tsvetkova got by with a little help from “Friends.” When the 2018 KU Law graduate immigrated to the United States from her native Bulgaria as a teenager, she spoke …

Alumni, staff reflect on 50 years of Legal Aid Clinic

Since 1967, more than 1,300 students have cut their teeth in KU Law’s Legal Aid Clinic under the supervision of seasoned attorneys and faculty, working to secure “justice for and to protect the rights of the needy.” The …

Always supporting students, retired professor creates scholarship

Professor Bill Westerbeke has a straightforward reason for giving to KU Law: “The school and its students have been good to me,” he said. “I should pay it back.” He followed that philosophy while teaching in Green Hall, …

Navy captain’s international missions strengthen appreciation for American way of life

The Navy was not on Capt. Anne Fischer’s radar until her third year of law school, when she noticed a sign-up sheet in Green Hall announcing a visit from a JAG recruiter. “This was before the movie A …

Alumni donor inspired by intersection of law, economics

Paul Yde considers pursuing a graduate degree in economics while studying at KU Law one of the best professional decisions he ever made. “For my entire career, I have practiced antitrust law, which is very explicitly focused on …

Alumna selected for prestigious health policy fellowship

A 2009 KU Law alumna has been selected for the 2017-2018 Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Health Policy Fellows Program, one of the nation’s most prestigious learning experiences at the nexus of health, science, and policy. Lt. Cmdr. Brutrinia …

Early black graduates exemplify how diversity makes us better

The University of Kansas School of Law has a proud history of diversity in its faculty and student body. On the heels of Black History Month, I feel it’s appropriate to honor and remember two KU Law graduates: …

Couple says ‘thank you’ with gift for future law students

Roger Viola’s KU Law degree has opened many doors in his life, both professionally and personally. He and his wife recently responded by creating a scholarship. Consider it a note of sincere thanks. “I have had the opportunity …