Career Services issues kudos to successful job hunters

Long before the advent of the KU Law Blog and the Career Services weekly e-blast, our office produced a monthly newsletter in paper form (yes, really!) that included a “Career Services Kudos” section each March and April to recognize job-hunting successes. The positivity of the Kudos section jibed well with lengthening daylight hours, rising temperatures, blooming flowers and the hope instilled by the return of America’s pastime.

With all the talk lately about the recession, employment statistics and law school rankings, I’d like to take a minute to focus on the legions of students in Green Hall who have navigated their job hunts with skill, tact and patience and have secured high-quality summer employment. It’s time to recognize their determination and remind those still looking for jobs that it can be done!

The following list highlights a sampling of the students that we’ve observed pursuing summer work with great attitudes. It may be easy to get discouraged in this economy, but these first- and second-year students, and many others, are proof that hard work (combined with thick skin and a healthy sense of humor) does indeed pay off.

We’re extremely proud of their efforts, and we wish them lots of success at their summer jobs.

Law Firms

  • Colin Baumchen, Holbrook & Osborn, Overland Park, Kan.
  • Trent Byquist, Kennedy Berkley Yarnevich & Williamson, Salina, Kan.
  • Doug Coe, Morris Laing Evans Brock & Kennedy, Wichita, Kan.
  • Samantha Heady, Martin Pringle, Wichita, Kan.
  • Matt Keane, Shook Hardy & Bacon, Kansas City, Mo.
  • Nate Lindsey, Rasmussen Willis & Dickey, Kansas City, Mo.
  • Kellie Mitchell, Payne & Jones, Overland Park, Kan.; and Koons Fuller, Dallas, Texas
  • Kyle Ritchie, Lawrence, Kan.
  • Erik Rome, Chapin Law Firm, Overland Park, Kan.
  • Susan Ryan, Polsinelli Shughart, Kansas City, Mo.
  • Jessica Shannon, Hinkle Elkouri, Wichita, Kan.
  • Andrew Stein, Doll Law Firm, Dodge City, Kan.
  • Ingrid Wong, Husch Blackwell, Kansas City, Mo.


  • Robert Bombard, US Navy JAG, Honolulu
  • Lisa Chauvin, Franklin County Attorney’s Office, Ottawa, Kan.
  • Ashley Dillon, Chief Justice Lawton Nuss, Kansas Supreme Court, Topeka, Kan.
  • Andrew Geren, Douglas County District Attorney, Lawrence, Kan.
  • Kate Gleeson, Department of Justice, Washington, D.C.
  • Elizabeth Landau, United States Attorney’s Office, Western District of Missouri
  • Jessica Lewicki, US Army JAG, Germany
  • Chris Omlid, Leavenworth County Attorney’s Office, Leavenworth, Kan.
  • Moruf Oseni, District Attorney’s Office, Dougherty Judicial Circuit, Albany, Ga.
  • Nick Peterson, United States Attorney’s Office, District of Kansas
  • Kelsey Shaw, Kansas State Board of Healing Arts, Topeka, Kan.
  • Maddie Simpson, Johnson County District Attorney’s Office, Olathe, Kan.

Public Interest Organizations

  • Ryan Boyer, Legal Hospice of Texas, Dallas, Texas
  • Courtney Brax, Legal Aid of Western Missouri, Kansas City, Mo.
  • Gizachew Emiru, Torture Abolition and Survivors Support Coalition, Washington, D.C.
  • Andrew Gross, Missouri State Public Defender System, Kansas City, Mo.
  • Ben Gwozdz, Disability Rights Center, Topeka, Kan.
  • Tom Treinen, Colorado Public Defender, Colorado Spring, Colo.


  • Elle Marino, Alcatel-Lucent, Murray Hill, N.J.
  • Sam Mika, Cerner, Kansas City, Mo.
  • Jill Mitchell, Microsoft, Seattle

Todd Rogers, Assistant Dean for Career Services