Associate Dean Barbara Glesner Fines receives Legal Scholar Award

Barbara Glesner Fines, Associate Dean and Rubey M. Hulen Professor of Law, was honored April 25, 2013 at the 15th Annual Women’s Justice Awards in St. Louis. Glesner Fines, who has served as a UMKC law faculty member for 27 years, received the Legal Scholar Award, which is presented to a female faculty member or administrator at a Missouri law school for her work on behalf of the justice system, through her research or scholarship or through teaching and inspiring others.

Glesner Fines has spent three decades educating students about the role of lawyers as agents of justice, and her leadership has been recognized by students, colleagues, and others in the profession. She teaches courses in family law and professional ethics, and her innovative team-based learning strategy for teaching professional responsibility earned her the designation of one of “23 Law Profs to Take Before You Die” by National Jurist Magazine.

“Because I love the profession, I am profoundly honored to be nominated for an award recognizing efforts to improve that profession’s role in providing justice,” said Glesner Fines.

In addition to her teaching responsibilities, Glesner Fines has also authored two innovative textbooks and a library of computer-assisted legal instruction programs that are used by law students across the country. Outside of the law school, Glesner Fines has a passion for serving her community to improve justice and has devoted her time and expertise to such organizations and projects as Legal Aid of Western Missouri, the Battered Women’s Justice Project, and the Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association Civility Standards Committee to name a few.

Several UMKC alumni were also named Women’s Justice Award winners. Mara H. Cohara (’01), partner at Lathrop & Gage, received the Rising Star award; Elizabeth A. Bock (’86), associate circuit judge with the Douglas County Circuit Court, and Lajuana M. Counts (’88), assistant U.S. attorney with the Western District of Missouri, both received Public Service Practitioner awards; and Jean Peters Baker (’98), prosecutor in Jackson County, received the Public Official award. Sara Hofeditz Christensen, a current UMKC student, was also honored with the Leader of Tomorrow award. The number of awardees from UMKC is not lost on Glesner Fines.

“I’m humbled to realize that many of the current and former award winners are graduates of UMKC; many who were my former students,” said Glesner Fines.

For more information about the 2013 Women’s Justice Awards, visit the Missouri Lawyers Weekly website, which includes photos from the ceremony.

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