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UMKC law school holds Pat Kelly poker tournament

Members of the UMKC Law School community brought out their poker faces Friday night at the annual Pat Kelly Poker Tournament. Students, alumni and faculty were all invited to attend the tournament, started by Pat Kelly in 2005.

Proceeds from the tournament go towards the Pat Kelly scholarship, available to law school students.

Kelly became dean of the law school in 1966 and was always passionate about finding more ways to bring law students and alumni together. He combined this desire with his love of poker, and this event was born.

Law student Irene Downs appreciated the opportunity to connect with other members of the law school outside of the classroom.

“It’s a good way for me as a student to see the strength of the law school community,” said Downs.

The tournament is in its 13th year. Alumnus Leonard Stephens, has attended the past five tournaments.

“The Pat Kelly Tournament is the best night of the year,” said Stephens. 

To honor Kelly, the winner of the tournament receives a trophy that incorporates the visor Kelly wore whenever he played. In addition to having their name immortalized on the front of the trophy, winners receive prizes that range from Royals tickets, gift cards to devices such as GoPro cameras.

The last man standing at Friday’s tournament was Professor S. Rafe Foreman.



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