Jan Sheldon retires after 44 years at KU

Jan Sheldon, L’77, has advocated for people with disabilities and at-risk youth for more than four decades through research, teaching and service. Sheldon retired in December after a 44-year tenure at the University of Kansas. “It’s been a wonderful career,” Sheldon said. “I couldn’t have asked for anything better than being able to teach. I’ve had so many incredible students …

Judge retires after 27 years on the bench

Kansas Court of Appeals Judge Steve Leben, L’82, retired his judicial robes and gavel on June 26. Leben’s judicial career spanned 27 years. Most recently, he served as a judge on the Kansas Court of Appeals for the past 13 years. Previously, he was a district judge at the Johnson County District Court for 14 years. Prior to his judicial …

Ellen Sward to retire after 36 years at KU Law

After 36 years at the University of Kansas School of Law, professor Ellen Sward is retiring after the spring semester. “I like it here. I like the students, my colleagues on the faculty, the University and Lawrence. I just didn’t see any reason why I should leave,” Sward said. “I was happy here.” Sward concluded her teaching career on April …

Chief Justice Lawton Nuss to retire after 17 years on the Kansas Supreme Court

Kansas Supreme Court Chief Justice Lawton Nuss, L’82, has dedicated his career to providing justice for Kansans. After serving on the Kansas Supreme Court for 17 years, he is retiring on Dec. 17. Nuss was sworn in as a Kansas Supreme Court Justice on Oct. 17, 2002. He began performing chief justice duties on Jan. 29, 2010, when former Chief …

John Peck will retire after 41 years at KU Law

What does Professor John Peck enjoy about teaching law? “Almost everything,” he said. “I get to be with smart, challenging young people and wonderful colleagues. I have the freedom to conduct legal research and writing on any issue I’m interested in. I’ve been afforded many opportunities to travel both in the U.S. and to foreign countries.” Peck, L’74, will retire …

Mike Kautsch to retire after 40 years at KU

After four decades at KU, media law professor Mike Kautsch is retiring after the spring semester. Kautsch who has focused on First Amendment protection for newspapers and other media, is a former journalist and former dean of the journalism school.   “I truly have enjoyed the University of Kansas,” Kautsch said. “It’s been a fabulous institution.” After Kautsch retires from …