Five individuals were honored for their dedication to the law school and legal profession at the All-Class Reunion and Dean’s Award Reception on November 1, 2013.
Decade Award – Athena Dickson, ‘03
The Decade Award is presented to an alumnus who has made an outstanding contribution to the profession within their first 10 years of practice. Athena Dickson is a partner at the law firm of Siro Smith and Dickson, P.C. She serves as the current president for the Young Lawyers Section of the KCMBA and as President-Elect of the Association of Women Lawyers. Dickson has been recognized as a Super Lawyer: Up and Coming Lawyer for 2011-2012, Missouri Lawyers Weekly Up and Coming Lawyer of 2012 and as Best of the Bar 2009-2012.
Lifetime Achievement Award – Gene Voigts, ‘64
The Lifetime Achievement Award is presented to the alumnus who has achieved outstanding professional success in the legal field throughout a long career, and Gene Voigts clearly meets this standard. After graduating in 1964, Voigts was elected as a municipal judge in North Kansas City, and then as Prosecuting Attorney for Clay County. He was later appointed Chief Counsel for the Criminal Division of the Attorney General’s Office and as First Assistant Missouri Attorney General. Since 1976, he has been a partner at Shook, Hardy & Bacon L.L.P. Throughout his career, Voigts has been an advocate for and an avid supporter of UMKC School of Law and the Kansas City legal community, serving on the board and as president of the Law Foundation and remaining actively involved as an alumnus of the law school.
Pro Bono/Public Service Award – Dana Outlaw, ‘03
The Pro Bono/Public Service Award is awarded to an alumnus who has made an outstanding contribution to the public welfare through the legal profession. Dana Outlaw has practiced family law at the law office of Dana M. Outlaw, LLC since graduating from UMKC in 2003. She has worked with Hope House, a domestic violence shelter in Jackson County, representing victims of domestic violence in dissolution, paternity, custody, modification and order of protection from 2007-2009. In addition, Outlaw serves as a Special Master presiding over contesting hearings concerning temporary child support, maintenance, expenses and attorney fees, and has been asked to speak at CLEs about guardian ad litem training, domestic violence and teen dating violence.
Pat Kelly Service Award – William Prugh, ‘69
The Pat Kelly Service Award honors the alumnus who has provided exemplary service to the UMKC Law Foundation. Bill Prugh is a senior partner at the Polsinelli law firm and practices tax law. He is the immediate past president of the UMKC Law Foundation and has served on various committees for the law school since 1992. He formerly received the UMKC School of Law Practitioner of the Year Award in 2004. He has been named a “Best Lawyer” in Kansas City, Missouri as well as “Lawyer of the Year” in 2012 – 2013, and he was selected for inclusion in “The Best Lawyers in America,” 2007-2014.
Presidents’ Award – Bob Murray & The Bar Plan
This year, the Law Foundation is pleased to honor a longtime friend and supporter, Bob Murray. While the Foundation can usually count on its great alumni for support, it also benefits significantly from the support of the legal and business communities. Bob Murray and the Bar Plan have consistently supported the Law Foundation as the lead sponsor of the Bob Downs Scholarship Golf Tournament, one of the organization’s most successful fundraising events. Murray, however, is more than just a sponsor. He often attends steering committee meetings and plays in the tournament each year. The Foundation is glad to have him as a part of its extended family and is excited to present him with the Presidents’ Award.