Two School of Law alumni have been awarded 2014 UMKC Alumni Association awards and will be presented with these awards at the Alumni Association’s Celebration 2014 Awards Luncheon, which is held from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. April 24 at the Swinney Gymansium. For more details about the event, click here.
Michael S. J. Albano (’68) - Bill French Alumni Service Award
While Michael Albano is known nationally for his expertise in family and matrimonial law, his hobby and passion is Roo blue and gold. For more than 45 years, Albano has been a bedrock of alumni support and advocacy for the university. He has served as president of the UMKC Alumni Association, on the board of the UMKC Law Foundation, on the UMKC Trustees Board and as chair of the UM System Alumni Alliance. He is also a fixture in the fan stands at Roo athletics events and has been a tireless advocate for UMKC in the community. In 2013, he completed his service as chairman of the UM System Alliance of Alumni Associations. Albano’s accomplished career includes service as president of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, president of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers Foundation and chairperson of the American Bar Association Family Law Section. His career accolades include the Missouri Bar President’s Award, multiple Family Lawyer of the Year awards, Best Lawyer in Kansas City and the Missouri Bar Association’s Family Law Practitioner of the Year award. He also was previously awarded a UMKC Outstanding Alumni Service award.
JIM BARTIMUS (’77) – Alumni Achievement Award: School of Law
Jim Bartimus is a partner at Bartimus, Frickleton, Robertson and Goza, PC. His practice focuses in the area of medical malpractice and pharmaceutical litigation. Bartimus has been involved in global lawsuits for the protection of litigants harmed by dangerous and harmful pharmaceutical practices. His extensive volunteer work includes serving as a board member on the Missouri Association of Trial Attorneys, the Center for Practical Bioethics and the Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association. Bartimus and his wife, Dana, have established a charitable foundation whose efforts concentrate on children’s issues. The foundation has helped fund many charities and local schools and non-profit organizations and was a major donor supporting the UMKC Law Advocacy Center, helping to position the School to become one of the top ten advocacy programs in the country. He is the recipient of numerous awards including multiple “Best of the Bar” awards, Top 50 Kansas City Super Lawyer, and an Acorn Award from the Missouri Humanities Council.