Kansas Bar Foundation
Scholarship Recipients

2017-18 School Year

Hon. Richard D. and Cindy Rogers Scholarship - $1,000

  Curry Sexton
Washburn University School of Law

An Abilene native, Sexton grew up on a farm before attending Kansas State University and obtaining degrees in Business Marketing and Business Management while serving as a captain on the football team. A third-generation Washburn Law student, Sexton is currently a 3L assuming roles as a senior staff writer on the Washburn Law Journal, a council member on Washburn’s Moot Court team, and a trial team member on the Texas Young Lawyers Association trial team. With a rural Kansas background, Sexton plans to practice in Kansas upon graduation and admission into the bar.

"I am especially humbled and honored to receive the Hon. Richard D. and Cindy Rogers Scholarship. Judge Rogers was a tremendous advocate for the state of Kansas and many people throughout. I hope to make even a margin of the impact on those around me as Judge Rogers did in his lifetime and in his career as an attorney and a judge."

Frank C. and Jeanne M. Norton Scholarship Award - $1,700

  Ryan Crowell
Washburn University School of Law

A native of Conway Springs, Crowell attended Southwestern College in Winfield and received his Bachelor of Arts in English Literature as well as minors in History, Leadership, and Criminal Justice. Crowell is currently a 1L at Washburn University School of Law. Growing up in rural Kansas, he developed a strong bond with the state and plans on practicing in Kansas following law school.

"I am extremely grateful to be this year’s recipient of the Frank C. and Jeanne M. Norton Scholarship Award. Thank you to the Kansas Bar Foundation and all others who have supported these scholarships. With the help of this scholarship, I hope to graduate law school and serve those in my community as a member of the Kansas Bar."

Case Moses & Zimmerman P.A. Law Student Scholarship - $1,100

  Brandon Fortman
Washburn University School of Law

Fortman, a 3L, is originally from Wichita, Kan., where he graduated from Wichita State University with a BA and MA in English. Fortman lives in Olathe with his wife Meghan, their three children, William 8, Mason 4, and Clara 7 months. He is currently a judicial law clerk at the Shawnee County District Court and plans on maintaining his family’s roots in northeast Kansas by practicing in the area when he completes law school.

"I am sincerely grateful for the generosity shown by the Kansas Bar Foundation in selecting me for the Case, Moses, & Zimmerman P.A. Law Student Scholarship. It provides added financial flexibility and motivation as I enter the final stage of my legal education and I am truly humbled at being the recipient of this award.

Maxine S. Thompson Memorial Scholarship - $900

Joseph Ulman
University of Kansas School of Law

A native of Sedgwick, Uhlman was a firefighter for fifteen years before enrolling in law school at KU. He is currently the Chief Justice of the Court of Parking Appeals, and a member of the Kansas Law Review. After graduation, he plans to return to the Harvey County Attorney’s Office, where he interned the last two summers.

"I am humbled to have been selected for the Maxine S. Thompson Memorial Scholarship. This scholarship reflects the support the Kansas Bar Foundation gives to Kansas law students. I hope to carry on that spirit of generosity as a part of our legal community."

Hinkle Law Firm Student Scholarship - $2,300

Teresa Offerman
Washburn University School of Law

Offerman, a 3L, is a Wichita native and earned a B.A. in Public Relations prior to attending law school. She has worked as a legal extern for the Honorable C. William Ossmann in Topeka, clerked for Hinkle Law Firm LLC, competed on Washburn's TYLA Trial Advocacy Team, and mentored 1L students as a study group leader. This summer, Offerman will work as a summer associate for McAnany, Van Cleave, & Phillips, P.A. in Kansas City.

"I am incredibly honored to be chosen as the 2018 recipient of the Hinkle Law Firm Student Scholarship. My sincere thanks and appreciation go out to the Kansas Bar Foundation for the generous award and for investing in Kansas' future lawyers. May we always proudly serve our communities and represent the Kansas Bar with utmost integrity."

The Frank M. Rice Scholarship - $3,500

  Jeff Pike
University of Kansas School of Law

A native of Shawnee, McGraw attended the University of Kansas and earned a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering. As a certified Engineer-in-Training, he was an assistant traffic engineer at Olsson Associates in Overland Park before returning to KU for law school. McGraw is currently the managing editor of the Kansas Law Review, and plans to use his engineering background in pursuit of a career in intellectual property law.

"Growing up in the heart of Kansas, I would not be where I am today without countless Kansans investing in me along the way. The Frank M. Rice Scholarship goes beyond financial assistance and helps demonstrate I am committed to staying in Kansas and serving those who have helped make my success possible. I would like to thank the Kansas Bar Foundation and its donors for this tremendous honor."

The John E. Shamberg Memorial Law Student Scholarship - $1,250

  Audrey Koehler
Washburn University School of Law

Koehler is a 2L at Washburn University School of Law. After growing up in Wichita, Koehler attended Wichita State University where she earned a B.A. in Sociology with minors in Psychology and Criminal Justice. Prior to starting at Washburn, Koehler worked at COMCARE of Sedgwick County as a Crisis Case Manager. Koehler is a member of the Washburn Law Journal and works as a research assistant for a professor. After graduation, Koehler would like to return to Wichita to use her advocacy skills to improve her community.

"I am honored to be selected as this year’s recipient of the John E. Shamberg Memorial Law Student Scholarship. This scholarship allows me to focus on my studies and to better prepare to be an effective advocate for others. I am so thankful for this opportunity and for donors that make law school possible for students like me."

Capitol Federal Foundation Diversity Scholarship - $1,000

Deborah Barnes Jones
Washburn University School of Law

Barnes Jones, a 3L, came to Washburn via a first career as a British diplomat and marriage to an American husband with roots in Topeka. A non-traditional JD candidate, she appreciates the opportunities she has had to experience different work places, including an externship with the Customer Protection Division of the office of the Kansas Attorney General and with the Honorable Steven L. Hornbaker in Junction City. She also worked for the KBA Lawyer Referral Service and interned with the Office of the State Bank Commissioner. She will be working with Federico Consulting for the 2018 State Legislative Session.

"I was intrigued by the premise of the Capitol Federal Foundation Diversity Scholarship, which gives the recipient the chance to participate in the KBA Diversity Committee and to contribute an article to the KBA Journal. Before I came to Washburn, diversity for me was something to be “managed” in the international teams I worked with. Since starting my studies, I have seen how my own diversity has led to both benefits and challenges for me and my new legal community. I am delighted to be a recipient of this scholarship. This is a wonderful affirmation of my aspiration to work in and contribute to the Kansas legal community and gives me an immediate and practical way to do that."

The Justice Alex M. Fromme Memorial Scholarship Award - $900

  Mackenzie Maki
Washburn University School of Law

A Wichita native, Maki received her Bachelors of Science in biology in 2014 from Wichita State prior to attending Washburn University School of Law. She is currently an intern for the Shawnee County District Attorney's Office helping prosecute traffic and other misdemeanors. Before this position, she worked for the Kansas Bureau of Investigation as a legal extern. Maki recently married fellow law student Brock Baxter and they will graduate in May 2018. She intends to return to Wichita this fall to work as an associate for Hite, Fanning & Honeyman L.L.P. As the mother of a four-year-old, she values public safety and the legal process.

"I sincerely thank the Kansas Bar Foundation for choosing me as the recipient of The Justice Alex M. Fromme Memorial Scholarship Award. This financial aid helps me and my family prioritize our legal studies and gain experience and understanding in a variety of law-related positions. The Kansas Bar Foundation's generosity and commitment to the education of legal scholars in the state empowers us to excel and serve the community proudly."

Lathrop & Gage Scholarship Award - $1,900

  Jennifer Salva
Washburn University School of Law

Originally from Sugar Creek, Mo., Salva and her family moved to Olathe in 1999 so her sister—who has profound disabilities and deafness—could have better educational resources and attend Kansas School for the Deaf. Salva became an advocate for her sister’s social, educational and employment needs, and plans to share those skills in her career as an attorney. Salva is a graduate of the University of Kansas, a 2L at Washburn University School of Law and former editor of the Kansas Bar Association Journal. She has enjoyed her federal judicial externships and recently secured a position as a term clerk for Judge Julie Robinson (U.S. District Court for the District of Kansas) for 2018-19. She will spend this summer with Lathrop Gage in Kansas City.

"Kansas Bar Foundation scholarships are incredible opportunities that truly make a difference in Kansas students' lives. These scholarships ease the financial strain of law school while getting students excited about being active members of the Kansas Bar Foundation during our careers. I am so proud to be among the Kansas students selected for this honor."