KBA elects new secretary-treasurer and district 7 governor
Tuesday, August 5, 2014
Posted by: Beth Warrington
The Kansas Bar Association recently held elections this past July for the positions of secretary-treasurer and district 7 governor. After a close race, Gregory P. Goheen, of Kansas City, Kansas, was elected secretary-treasurer and Gary Ayers, of Wichita, was elected to serve a three-year term to District 7, which represents Sedgwick County.
Gregory Goheen is a partner at the Kansas City law firm of McAnany, VanCleave & Phillips P.A., where his practice consists primarily of civil litigation at both the appellate and trial levels in state and federal courts. He previously served as a district 1 governor, which encompassed Johnson County, and currently serves on the Kansas Bar Foundation board of trustees. Goheen serves as a member of the KBF’s Scholarship Committee, and the KBA’s Executive Committee, Board of Publishers and Federal and State Jurisdiction Committee.
He represents a number of Kansas public school districts as outside general counsel and is a past president of the Kansas Association of School Attorneys. He is also an active in numerous other professional and community organizations, including the Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association, where he has served as past president of its Federal Courts’ Advocates Section. Goheen has served on the United Way of Greater Kansas City’s Community Investment Team, as a tutor for economically disadvantaged students through the Kauffman Foundation’s Project Choice, as a mentor through the Overcoming Diversity Mentor Program sponsored by the City of Kansas City, Kansas African-American History Steering Committee, and as a board member for the KCK YMCA. He also serves on the James R. Goheen Memorial Scholarship Committee, which has provided 20 scholarships to graduating high school seniors to date.
Goheen attended college at the University of Kansas before attending law school at Southern Methodist University in Dallas.
For over 30 years, Gary Ayers has practiced in Sedgwick County with the law firm of Foulston Siefkin. He has been heavily involved with the Wichita Bar Association, including service on the Legislative Committee, quadrennial participation in the WBA Bar Show and various WBA continuing legal education seminars on topics such as antitrust issues, noncompete agreements and the Affordable Care Act. Although having an active family law practice for the past 20 years, Ayers has recently been involved as a mediator in several family law cases and has been better known for his commercial trial practice.
Ayers is a member and past board member of The Hon. Wesley E. Brown Inn of Court; a past president and board member of the East Wichita Rotary Club; and a past board member of Youth Horizons, an at-risk mentoring program, Music Theatre of Wichita and Stage One.
He received both his English and law degrees from the University of Kansas.
In addition to the elections held last month, the positions of president, president-elect and vice president were also filled.
Gerald L. "Jerry” Green, of Hutchinson, became president of the Kansas Bar Association on July 1. He received both his undergraduate and law degrees from Washburn University, where he was an editor of the Washburn Law Journal. Admitted to practice in 1976, Green has been with the law firm of Gilliland & Hayes in its Hutchinson office since 1981, where his practice is focused on civil litigation, health care law and employment law. He is a member of the KBA Diversity and Ethics Grievances committees, and Employment Law, Health Law, Insurance Law and Litigation sections; Kansas Association of Defense Counsel; Kansas Association of Health Attorneys; and a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers.
Natalie Haag, of Topeka, serves as executive vice president/general counsel for Capitol Federal Bank and the CFFN. This year she begins her term as president-elect. She has been a member of the KBA since 1985, and she received her undergraduate degree from Kansas State University in 1982 and her juris doctorate from Washburn University School of Law in 1985. Prior to joining Capitol Federal, Haag served as the associate general counsel/director of governmental affairs for the Security Benefit Corp. and also served as general counsel to the governor. Haag is a volunteer for the Topeka Swim Association, Kansas Coalition Against Sexual and Domestic Violence and the Supreme Court Nominating Commission, and she has been involved in the Kansas Women Attorneys Association, the Women Attorneys Association of Topeka and the Topeka Bar Association. She is a past recipient of the KBA Outstanding Service Award and the Security Benefit Living the Values Award for Community Service.
Stephen N. Six is a partner in the Kansas City law firm of Stueve Siegal Hanson and he has begun his term as vice president of the KBA. He is a trial lawyer who represents individuals and businesses in the prosecution of claims in commercial, antitrust, personal injury and related class action and multi-district litigation. Prior to private practice, he served as the 43rd attorney general for the state of Kansas and as a district court judge. Six is active in professional and bar organizations, having served on various KBA committees, the Bench-Bar Committee for the U.S. District Court for the District of Kansas and the board of governors of the University of Kansas School of Law, as well as being a member of the Hugh Means and Earl O’Connor Inns of Courts. He is a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation and a life member of the Johnson County Bar Foundation.