Kudos! Students secure summer employment in tough market

Back in the Stone Age, when the Office of Career Services produced a monthly newsletter in paper form (the horror!), we ran a “Career Services Kudos” section in the March and April editions to applaud job-hunting successes.

We spend so much time preaching about how to conduct a job search that it seemed only fair to tip our collective Career Services caps to students who had navigated the process with grace and aplomb. The positivity of the Kudos section jived well with rising temperatures, blooming flowers and the hope instilled by the return of baseball season (unless you’re a Royals fan).

We continued the practice last year in the final five Friday e-mails of the semester.

Lest you think that the sluggish economy has resulted in no jobs for any law students anywhere, Career Services Kudos makes its triumphant return today in the form of an oh-so-cutting-edge blog posting!

It’s no secret that the economy has made securing a summer position more difficult. But many students have hung in there and obtained jobs that will allow them over the next few months to develop valuable, marketable skills.

The following list highlights just a small number of the students that we’ve observed pursuing summer work with great attitudes. It’s easy to get discouraged in this economy, but these 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!

We’ll add to this list with some new names as our 1L and 2L summer surveys continue to roll in.

Law Firms

  • David Ballew, McAnany VanCleave & Phillips, Kansas City, Kan.
  • Mike Kopit, Fisher Patterson Sayler & Smith, Topeka
  • Lee Legleiter, Arthur-Green, Manhattan
  • Ganesh Nair, Stinson Morrison Hecker, Kansas City, Mo.
  • Melissa Plunkett, Shook Hardy & Bacon, Kansas City, Mo.
  • Erik Rome, Martin Pringle, Wichita
  • Erin Slinker-Tomasic, Lathrop & Gage, Kansas City, Mo.
  • Amanda Sisney, Lathrop & Gage, Kansas City, Mo.


  • Susan Alig, Johnson County District Attorney’s Office, Olathe
  • Lydia Buster, Wichita State University Office of the General Counsel, Wichita
  • Adam Dees, Kansas Department of Agriculture, Topeka
  • Sean Foley, U.S. Attorney’s Office, Kansas City, Kan.
  • Jessica Lewicki, Department of Homeland Security, Kansas City, Mo.
  • Mallory Loudenback, Franklin County Attorney’s Office, Ottawa
  • Maury Noonan, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Kansas City, Mo.
  • Daniel Press, Judge Steve Leben, Kansas Court of Appeals, Topeka
  • Adil Saleem, Judge Ken Tapscott, Dallas County Court at Law No. 4, Dallas
  • Hannah Sandal, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Region VII, Kansas City, Kan.
  • Tom Treinen, Colorado District Court, Fort Collins, Colo.
  • Ashley Wiechman, Sedgwick County District Attorney’s Office, Wichita

Public Interest Organizations

  • Kelly Cochran, Kansas Legal Services, Lawrence/Topeka
  • Gentry Jackson, State Board of Indigent Defense Services, Junction City
  • Jatin Patel, San Diego Public Defender’s Office, San Diego
  • Jon Ruhlen, Legal Aid of Western Missouri, Kansas City, Mo.
  • Baylee Suskin, Colorado Legal Services, Denver


  • Allison Dodd, Sprint International Legal Department, Overland Park
  • Sam Mika, Qwest, Denver

Todd Rogers, assistant dean for career services