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Information for the membership of the Association for Women Lawyers of Greater Kansas City
2009 BOARD OF DIRECTORS
OFFICERS
Tamie Fox
President
Mira Mdivani
President-Elect
Kimberley Fournier
Immediate Past President
Lara Dickey
Treasurer
Jennifer Kopp Dameron
Secretary
Shelley I. Ericsson
Assistant Secretary
CHAIRS AND VICE CHAIRS
Awards and Scholarship
Amanda Pennington Ketchum, Chair
Kimberly Gibbens, Vice Chair
Judicial
Nikki Cannezzaro, Chair
Pascale Henn, Vice Chair
Membership
Courtney Hasselberg, Chair
Wendee Elliott-Clement, Vice Chair
Community Support
Athena Dickson, Chair
Sheryl Nelson, Vice Chair
Social Activities
Phyllis Norman, Chair
Brandee B. Bower, Vice Chair
Continuing Legal Education
Jenny Redix, Chair
Beth Murano, Vice Chair
MEMBERS AT LARGE
Lynn Weddle Judkins, CLE
Melissa Howard, Golf Tournament
Anne Schiavone, Fundraising
Sheila Thiele, Photographer
Tricia Scaglia, Special Projects
Amber Van Hauen, Special Projects
AWLS REPRESENTATIVE
Veronica Petree
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
Lori Maher
Maher Group, LLC
130 N. Cherry, Suite 202
Olathe, KS 66061
913.829.6941 913.829.6943 (fax)
[email protected]
GIFTS FROM MY GRANDMOTHERS…
My family recently celebrated my maternal grandmother’s 90th birthday on Mother’s Day 2009. I was
marveling at the fact that she still lives by herself: cooks,
cleans and keeps herself presentable. She left school at
age 14 to get married (yikes) and help my grandfather
raise his brother’s children, before raising three of their
own. She worked in a sewing room at a hospital in Mt.
Vernon, Missouri for 50 years. My paternal grandmother’s husband died when she was 36 and pregnant with
her sixth child. She managed to get a job as a veterinarian’s assistant and worked in Monett, Missouri for 49
years. The intestinal fortitude of these very important
women ever continues to inspire and amaze me.
I recite this information not as an introduction to
my upcoming biography, but hopefully to give you a
lightening bolt wake up call - to stop, and think for a
moment, of the power we have………………as women. We have the ability to “multitask” in the extreme - to
literally bring life into the world and to work towards
solving life’s great problems. We lend our own special
talents, compassion, and intellect to the neighborhoods
and communities in which we live to make them better.
We are uniquely qualified to implement changes where
we see injustice and suffering. We have done it. We have
seen it. I have had the privilege of watching our organization raise money, raise spirits, raise hopes and improve
lives. It is now time that we truly focus on assisting the
women in our community to rise to a new level.
We need to seriously commit ourselves to supporting
our sisters. Whether it is for School Board President or
Supreme Court Justice, when a deserving woman asks
for our help, we need to rally behind her. As we know,
there have been many judicial panels and many judicial
openings in the past months that have been sorely devoid of a woman’s name. We know there are many, many
June, 2009
Volume 21, No. 2
qualified women
president’s message
who have applied
for these openings
so the question
becomes: why are the results slanted towards the male
candidates?
Have we forgotten the power of being a woman? I
am not suggesting that we burn our bras and rail against
our fellow colleagues of the other gender. It just seems
that when a man asks his brethren for support of his
issues de jour, there is a barnstorming effort to make his
wishes happen. I want to see that same reaction on our
“side” as well, and not just from women; but from men
who will surely step up to support the deserving woman
candidate. As women, we need to stop eating our young;
look up, not down our noses at those who need us; and
truly live up to our Mission:
by Tamie Fox
• To promote the equality of women and others
within society in general and within the legal
profession in particular.
• To provide women with the appropriate forum
and support to advance in the legal profession.
• To support the appointment of women to local
government, civic boards and commissions.
• To support and engage in community efforts to
make the lives of women, lawyers and nonlawyers alike, better.
I am so very thankful to be a woman and to have
been blessed with all the opportunities we have in this
day and time. I hope all of you will realize how special
you are, how special it is to be a woman, and to fight for
our sisterhood………whatever the call may be.
I look forward to seeing you all in the near future.
Please visit our website early and often to keep up to
date with our many exciting activities.
HIGHLIGHTS INSIDE
FIRST CLE OF THE YEAR............................................................. 2
FOOD FROM THE WOMEN’S BAR 2009........................................ 5
JANET DAVIS BAKER................................................................. 2
YOUNGS APPOINTMENT............................................................ 5
AWL CONNECTIONS.................................................................. 3
NEW MEMBER PROFILE............................................................ 6
ETHICS CLE............................................................................... 3
PHOTOS FROM AWL SOCIAL....................................................... 6
INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY ISSUES WHEN THINKING GREEN........ 4
AWL MEMBER NEWS................................................................. 6
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AWL kicks off first
CLE of the year in
Kansas!
By Beth Murano, CLE Vice Chair
AWL held its first CLE program of the year on March 25,
2009, at the Central Exchange
South in Overland Park, Kansas. The program was entitled
“Advocacy for Real Property
Valuation Appeals in Missouri
and Kansas.”
This timely CLE was
presented by Kansas and
Missouri licensed attorneys
Valerie Howard Burke and
Kelly Jackson. Both women
have appraisal training through
the International Association
of Assessing Officers and serve
as Small Claims Hearing Officers for the Kansas Court of
Tax Appeals.
With the severe drop in real
estate values and the likelihood
of increased litigation of valuation disputes, this program
provided attendees with
information pertaining to the
relevant statutes, deadlines, and
forms to use in helping clients
with the property valuation appeals processes in Kansas and
Missouri. The CLE program
was approved for two hours of
credit in Missouri and Kansas.
Valerie Howard Burke is an AWL member and attorney in private practice
specializing in mediation, arbitration,
and education. She can be contacted
at 913-339-8793
Kelly Jackson is the owner of Kelly L.
Jackson, P.A. She specializes in employment law and drafting contracts
for small businesses. She can be
reached at 913-558-7592.
AWL Member Janet Baker Davis is 2009 Race Director
Janet Davis Baker, a partner in Baker & Blum, P.A.
in Overland Park, was this year’s race director for the
Kansas City Express Mother’s Day 5K, the area’s only
walk/run exclusively for women. This year’s event,
held on Mother’s Day May 10, 2009 at Corporate
Woods, attracted almost 3,000 participants who
lined up at the start line under a balloon arch. Baker
said about the race: “Mothers come to run with their
daughters, daughters and granddaughters are coming
to run with their mothers. Families and friends are coming together to
run and walk. Other family members and friends
are coming in support and to volunteer. This race
resonates with our members and the community. The
message of joining together in fitness and in fun is
truly an enduring one.”
The run benefits the programs of the Kansas City
Express, the women’s running and walking organization in Kansas City, and the American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women heart disease prevention
campaign. The presenting sponsor for the race,
Shawnee Mission Medical Center, sponsors a weekly
training team to train women to run or walk a 5K,
beginning 6 weeks before the Mother’s Day 5K.
If you wish to be notified of the next training
team schedule for the 2010 MD5K, e-mail Baker at
[email protected]
Baker is the
past president of
the Kansas City
Express which
meets on the
first Tuesday of
each month at
7:00 p.m. at St.
Joseph Medical
Janet Davis Baker
Center’s Community Center. The meetings
provide an opportunity for meeting fellow walkers
and runners and getting support toward achieving
your fitness goals, even if you haven’t yet become a
walker or runner. The Express sponsors weekly walks
and runs from varying locations in the metro. Baker
herself is a relative newcomer to running, only starting 10 years ago at the age of 43. She has now run 11
marathons and many half-marathons, including the
Pike’s Peak half-marathon. For more information
about the Mother’s Day 5K and the Express, and to
see pictures of the event and the famous decorated
porta-potties, log on to www.mothersdayrun.com.
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Striking Out with
AWL Connections
By Kelly McCambridge
McCambridge Law LLC
AWL Connections Associate/
Mentee
The AWL Connections group
recently went bowling together at the
Lucky Strike Lanes
in the Power and
Light District. We
visited about our
hectic schedules
and demanding
lives. It was a time
to feel the genuine
support of other women lawyers. Everyone left invigorated and ready to work! Plus
there is a guilty pleasure in watching some of the most admired women in Kansas
City get gutterballs!
Following the event, the group started a “good news train” via email. All mentors
and mentees were encouraged to share their good news and great accomplishments
with each other via email. It was inspiring to hear what great things the group was
achieving from publishing articles (Jennifer McAdams), to being selected for judicial panels (Cindy Reams Martin), to writing books (Mira Mdivani), to passing the
Kansas Bar (yeah me!).
In May the group headed to Westport to participate in the Crawl for Cancer. The
Crawl for Cancer is an annual pub crawl that supports the American Cancer Society
where mentors and mentees will visit over beer. What a great informal setting to get
good mentoring while supporting a great cause!
In addition to the group events, each pairing of mentor and mentee have been
meeting individually to get the kind of mentoring that can only be found in a oneon-one conversation. My mentor has been outstanding at sharing her knowledge
and experience with me. I know far more about the business of operating my own
firm and about the importance of reputation because of my mentor’s guidance.
Thanks to my mentor Cindy Reams Martin and to all the mentors for taking the
time to share their expertise with all of the mentees! AWL Connections continues to
make new women lawyers better!
Top: Mira Mdivani, Courtney Hasselberg, Jennifer McAdam, Aubrey Gann-Redmon, and Kelly McCambridge discuss the day’s events at the Lucky Strikes bowling night.
Bottom: It’s all smiles as the AWL Connections group enjoys the Lucky Strikes bowling event, from left to
right, Leslie Feitz, Sheila Seck, Courtney Hasselberg, Aubrey Gann-Redmon, Denise Henning, Kate Nolen,
Cindy Reams Martin, Jennifer McAdam, Kelly McCambridge, and Mira Mdivani.
The Supremes Come to Kansas City for AWL’s First Ethics CLE of 2009
By Rachel B. Mahn
Walters Bender Strohbehn & Vaughan, PC, AWL Member
A packed room of more than 100 Kansas City area attorneys had the pleasure of hearing Kansas and Missouri
Supreme Court Justices and Judges discuss current ethical
issues in the practice of law during a CLE hosted by AWL on
April 14, 2009, appropriately entitled “The Supremes.” The
CLE took place over the lunch hour at the Central Exchange
in downtown Kansas City. The distinguished panel included
the Honorable Carol A. Beier of the Kansas Supreme
Court, the Honorable Laura Denvir Stith of the Missouri
Supreme Court, the Honorable Mary R. Russell of the Missouri Supreme Court, and the Honorable Patricia Breckenridge of the Missouri Supreme Court. R. Denise Henning
of The Henning Law Firm, P.C. moderated the discussion.
A constant theme running throughout the ethics
discussion was the differences between the ethical rules
of Missouri and Kansas. The panel opened the CLE by
describing the disciplinary processes in both states, from
the filing of a complaint through disciplinary action. Justice
Beier described the beginning of the disciplinary process
as a “funnel”; many complaints are dismissed or resolved
during the investigation stage of the disciplinary process.
For cases that do pass through the “funnel” and proceed to
a formal hearing, Chief Justice Denvir Stith pointed out that
both aggravating and mitigating factors will be taken into
consideration when determining what disciplinary action, if
any, should be taken.
During the second half of the CLE, attendees had the
opportunity to participate in the discussion. Fact patterns
from recent ethics cases before the Kansas and Missouri
Supreme Courts were presented, and attendees were asked
to predict the outcomes of the cases. The panel discussed
the actual outcome of the cases, and explained the reasoning
behind both the opinion of the Court and any dissents filed.
The panel also presented several hypothetical fact patterns
involving potential ethical violations, and had attendees
volunteer their thoughts on which ethical rules had been
violated and how those rules were violated. After discussion
of the hypothetical fact patterns, the panel revealed their
thoughts and gave useful tips for avoiding attorney misconduct. The panel highlighted new ethical rules and recent
changes in the ethical rules of both Missouri and Kansas.
A final warning given by the panel was that a single act of
attorney misconduct can be punished in multiple jurisdictions. Under the Kansas and Missouri ethical rules, an
attorney who commits an ethical violation can be subject to
the disciplinary authority of both Missouri and Kansas, if
licensed in both states. This program was approved for 2.0
ethics CLE hours in both Kansas and Missouri.
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Intellectual property issues when thinking Green
By Tracy Bornman
“Green” technology and new businesses
catering to the desire to be environmentally
friendly are everywhere. And while those involved may not realize it, intellectual property
issues abound. Successful companies will take
advantage of opportunities to protect intellectual property rights in their green inventions
and services.
In general, the same intellectual property
issues and procedures that apply to non-green
technology also apply to green technology.
There are four primary types of intellectual
property protection available: patents; trademarks; copyrights; and trade secrets. The first
three are often used interchangeably by lay
persons, but they protect distinctly different
creations.
A patent protects a new, non-obvious, and
useful invention, giving the patent owner a
20-year legal monopoly to prevent others
from making, using, selling, or importing
the patented product in the U.S. Probably the
most significant mistake a business owner or
inventor new to the patent world can make is
a failure to timely file a patent application. In
the U.S., a patent applicant has one year from
the date of first public use, sale, offer to sell, or
dissemination of a printed publication disclosing the invention to file a patent application,
or protection for that invention will be barred.
While most foreign countries are even more
strict and do not have any such grace period,
most are also signatories to treaties with the
U.S., so that a patentee can “claim back” to the
original U.S. filing, provided foreign applications are filed within 12 months of that filing.
Thus, getting a U.S. patent application on file
prior to commercializing or publicizing an
invention is imperative.
As soon as an application is on file, the
invention can be marked “Patent Pending,”
which can provide competitive advantages
in and of itself. Although, the road to patent
protection is a long one, an accelerated examination process is available for those inventions
that justify the time and expense of requesting accelerated examination. One advantage
for green inventions is that the Patent Office
fee for requesting accelerated examination is
not required if the invention will materially
enhance the quality of the environment or
contribute to the development or conservation
of energy resources.
Trademarks are different from patents in
that a trademark protects an identifier for a
good or service. For example, if a company
creates a green product or service and markets
that product or service under a brand name,
the company could register a trademark of the
brand name if it is sufficiently non-confusing
to other names for the same or similar goods
or services. Trademark protection is different from patent protection in that it doesn’t
prevent a competitor from commercializing a
similar product. Rather, it prevents a competitor from commercializing similar goods or
services using a confusingly similar name.
Often, trademark and patent protection will be,
and should be, sought for the same commercial product. For example, the company’s green
product mentioned above may be a patentable
invention entitled to patent protection, while
the name under which the company commercializes the product is entitled to trademark
protection.
Copyrights protect creative authorship,
which can take many forms, including literary
works, musical works, artistic works, source
code (the written text of a computer program),
and more. As soon as the work is fixed in a
tangible medium, copyright protection arises;
however, there are significant advantages to
federally registering a copyright. A copyright
protects the copyright owner should a third
party copy the protected work. If the third
party independently creates the same or a similar work (i.e., copying did not occur), there is
no copyright infringement.
Again, although copyrights protect different
intellectual property rights than do patents or
trademarks, overlap can occur. For example, if
a company develops a computer program that
could be used to determine the most efficient
design for a solar panel system, that company
could seek patent protection for the function of
the software while also registering a copyright
for the source code. Furthermore, should the
company sell the software under a unique
brand name, it could also seek trademark protection for that name.
The final primary avenue for protecting
intellectual property rights is that of trade
secret protection. The key for having trade
secret protection is to really and truly behave
as if something is a secret. This is a fact-based
determination, but it includes controls such
as restricting access to the secret to only those
who absolutely need access. There should be
strict policies and procedures in place, and
diligently followed, in order to allow the trade
secret owner to prove that the information
truly was a trade secret. While trade secret
Tracy is a licensed patent
attorney and partner
with the Kansas City-area
intellectual property law
firm of Hovey Williams
LLP, where she specializes
in foreign and domestic
patent preparation and
prosecution; preparation of patentability and non-infringement opinions;
negotiation and preparation of licensing and joint
development agreements; and trademark preparation
and prosecution. She can be reached at 913-647-9050
or [email protected]
protection can be valuable, it is also the most
fragile form of protection in many instances.
Once the secret becomes known (even through
no fault of the trade secret owner), the trade
secret bubble bursts, and it can no longer be
considered a trade secret. Furthermore, like
copyright protection there is not protection
against another party independently developing the same information. Rather, the trade
secret owner would need to prove that the
trade secret was misappropriated if they were
to pursue an action against a third party.
One final and related area that is commonly
encountered among small and/or start-up
businesses developing green technology is that
of government funding. Government funding
can be a much-needed boost to a business to
facilitate green innovation. However, there are
certain issues that must be addressed when
an invention is developed using government
funds. It is essential that the business have a
person in charge of reading and rereading the
funding contract with regularity to verify that
the required milestones are being met and appropriate reporting is being carried out. Also,
most funding contracts will award the government rights in intellectual property developed
with the funds and will also require that all
relevant patents contain a notice of such rights.
As intellectual property protection is being
sought for green inventions, it is important
to notify any attorneys assisting in protecting
those rights of the relevant requirements under
the particular contract.
The above information is the tip of the
iceberg in a very complex area of the law. Businesses venturing into green technology and
services should consult an intellectual property
attorney early in the process to avoid costly
pitfalls.
© 2009 Hovey Williams LLP
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AWL’S 1st Annual Food from the Women’s Bar is a Success!!
By Athena Dickson
The National Conference of Women Bar Associations (NCWBA) sent out a request to do a
national food drive to help people in need. AWL, through the help and support of our members,
their law firms, and organizations stepped up to the challenge of helping in our fight against hunger. Food from the Women’s Bar ran from April 20-May 15, 2009.
We sent out requests asking our membership to help with this effort and we received an overwhelming response. Below is a list of firms and organizations that put a box in their offices to help
us with our food drive.
Armstrong Teasdale LLP
Association of Women Law Students UMKC Law School
Baker Sterchi Cowden & Rice, LLC
Boyd & Kenter, PC
Corporate Counsel Group LLP
deVries & Associates, PC
Dysart Taylor Lay Cotter & McMonigle, PC
Foland Wickens Eisfelder Roper & Hofer, PC
Fox Stretz & Quinn, PC
Franke Schultz & Mullen
Fury & Smith
Humphrey Farrington & McClain, PC
Husch Blackwell Sanders LLP
Jackson County Court Appointed Special
Advocates (CASA)
Kansas City, Missouri Prosecuting
Attorney’s Office
Lathrop & Gage L.C.
Law Offices of George A. Barton
Levy & Craig
Lewis, Rice & Fingerish L.C.
Martin, Leigh, Laws & Fritzlen, PC
McAnany, Van Cleave & Phillips, PA
McDowell, Rice, Smith & Buchanan, PC
Mdivani Law Firm
Missouri Attorney General’s Office ‑
Kansas City
Missouri Bank & Trust
Polsinelli Shughart, PC
Probate Division 19‑ Jackson County
Circuit Court*
Scaglia Law Firm
Seyferth Blumenthal & Harris
SiroLaw, PC
Stueve Siegel Hanson
The Henning Law Firm, P.C.
Wagoner Bankruptcy Group
Walters Bender Strohbehn & Vaughan, PC
Williams & Campo
At the close of this drive, we donated 3915 lbs. of food. In addition to physical donations, we
also had many people go online to our virtual food drive to make monetary donations. Our virtual food drive raised over $2,219.50 providing over 14,000 meals to our community. Thank you
for all your donations.
As our food drive was wrapping up we hosted a reception on May 14, 2009, at The Henning
Law Firm to thank everyone for their generosity during this drive. Corrine Cooper from Harvesters was at the reception. She told us that our help was appreciated now more then ever. The need
for food is up 40% from this time last year due to the current economic recession.
As always the success of this event would not have been possible without the help of volunteers. First, thank you to all the people helping to drop off and pick up boxes: Tricia Scaglia,
Wendee Elliot-Clement, Lynn Judkins, Jessica Peterson and Lindsay Gallman. Next, thank you to
everyone that helped with unloading donations at the reception: Tim Henning, Andrew Dickson,
Dennis Ayzin, Aubrey Gann-Redmon and Matt Jordan. Last, but certainly not least, thank you to
The Henning Law Firm for hosting our reception; Denise, Jenny, and Mary know how to throw a
great party!
Left: Judge Gary Witt and Theresa Levings enjoying the Harvesters food drive reception.
Center: Courtney Hasselberg, Shauna Woody-Coussens, and Teresa Woody celebrating their hard work for the food drive.
Right: The attorneys and staff at Boyd and Kenter worked hard collecting donations.
Youngs appointed to 16th Judicial Circuit
By Jennifer Dameron
On April 30, 2009, Governor Jay Nixon
appointed J. Dale Youngs, to serve as a Circuit
Judge for the 16th judicial circuit in Jackson
County. Youngs will fill a vacancy created
by the retirement of Circuit Judge John R.
O’Malley. From 1996 to 2002, Youngs served
in a variety of capacities in the Missouri Attorney General’s Office, including work as an
Assistant Attorney General in the Consumer
Protection Division; as Director of the High
Technology and Computer Crime Unit; and as
Chief Counsel for the office’s Western Region.
In these positions, Youngs handled or oversaw
hundreds of investigations and cases regarding
both civil and criminal matters.
Prior to joining the Attorney General’s Office, Youngs was an attorney in private practice
with the firm of Spradley & Riesmeyer from
1989 until 1996, focusing his work on litigation
in the areas of business, commerce, personal
injury and products liability.
After leaving the Attorney General’s Office
in 2002, Youngs joined the firm Blackwell
Sanders Pepper Martin, now named Husch
Blackwell Sanders, where he has practiced in
the fields of business and commercial litigation, government compliance and investigations.
Youngs became a partner in the firm in
2006. “It’s an honor and, frankly, humbling to
be given the opportunity to serve in this important position. I’m grateful for the support
and encouragement of my friends - including
all of my friends in AWL. I couldn’t have done
this without them.” AWL congratulates Dale
Youngs on his appointment and wishes him
well with his new position.
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Meet Celeste Boyd
New Member Profile by Courtney Hasselberg
Enjoying AWL’s
Spring Judicial Social
on April 23
Celeste Boyd is a new member to AWL. Celeste is
not only new to AWL, she’s new to the Kansas City
area and relatively new to the practice of law. Celeste
graduated from Yale Law School in 2007. She met
her husband – an Army officer – during law school.
Falling in love and getting married to an active military man put Celeste on a different career path than
most of her classmates. Celeste is committed to being
an “Army wife” for the foreseeable future which will
mean fairly frequent moves as her husband is stationed around the country and/or world. But, luckily
for AWL and Kansas City, we have Celeste through
2009!
Celeste has been actively seeking temporary
contract positions and/or projects from attorneys,
law firms, and companies since she landed in Kansas
City in November 2008. In particular, Celeste would
like to find some substantive law projects to sink her
teeth into while she’s stationed in the area. Since November, Celeste has worked with large local corporations on discrete projects and with some law firms
on smaller projects. Celeste has litigation experience
which she gained when clerking for a large San
Francisco law firm during law school. She also has
experience counseling clients as well as legislative review and analysis from her time spent with the New
Mexico Center for Law and Poverty. And, of course,
that Yale pedigree also makes Celeste a potentially
valuable tool for any entity looking to put some extra
hands and brains to work!
Though still a newly-minted attorney, Celeste has
already demonstrated her commitment to women’s
issues and community service. During her undergraduate years at
University of Maryland – College Park, Celeste worked as an intern at
the Children’s Defense Fund, and then as the Outreach Assistant for the
Women’s Edge Coalition (now “Women Thrive”), a non-profit foreign
policy advocacy organization. While at Yale she worked with lowincome clients through the Law School’s Community Lawyering Clinic
and was active in numerous organizations, including Yale Law Women,
the Rebellious Lawyering Conference, the Latino Law Students Association, and the Student Board of the Jerome N. Frank Legal Services
Organization.
Even though her time in Kansas City may be short, we welcome
Celeste and hope she enjoys her work and the connections she makes
while she’s here. AWL is happy to have her as a new member. Be sure to
introduce yourself to Celeste at the next AWL function. And, if you or
someone you know might be in need of Celeste’s unique services, check
out her website at www.celesteboyd.com.
Welcome to AWL, Celeste!
If you have a new member you believe we can spotlight, please do not hesitate to contact
Courtney Hasselberg or Wendee Elliott-Clement.
AWL MEMBER NEWS
n AWL members Mira Mdivani, Emily Haverkamp and Samara Nazir Zaman of the Mdivani Law Firm authored a book titled “Immigration Law
and Violence Against Women Act: Hope for Survivors.” The book is a practical guide based on the lawyers’ pro bono work for immigrant
survivors of domestic violence. Mira Mdivani used it as the course textbook for
her UMKC Law School course this semester. The book is available at the UMKC
book store. n Nikki Cannezzaro hit a hole in one at The Phoenician in Scottsdale, AZ.
n Brandee Bower accepted a position as Chief Legal Counsel for the Missouri
State Auditor’s Office.
n Jennifer & Matt Dameron welcomed their twins - Nora and Tyson.
DO YOU HAVE NEWS TO SHARE? If you are an AWL member and would like to share information or write an article for the LINK, contact Jennifer Dameron, [email protected]
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