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Last updated: 11/25/2019
Mr. Dennis D. Depew
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Kansas Attorney General's Office
Deputy Attorney General-Chief of Civil Litigation
120 SW 10th Ave.,
2nd Floor
66612-1597  United States
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785 368-8426 (Phone)
785 291-3707 (Fax)
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  Administrative Law, Appellate Practice, General Civil Practice, Litigation (General Civil Practice)
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Neodesha High School 1976, Independence Community College, Associate of Arts 1978, University of Kansas, Bachelor of Science, Business Administration 1980, University of Kansas School of Law, Juris Doctor 1983.

Currently Deputy Attorney General-Chief of Civil Litigation Division effective May, 2015

Administrative Partner-Depew Law Firm, 1983-May, 2015. I practiced with my brother in our family law firm founded by our father in 1953. Although I had a general practice, my primary practice areas were all aspects of Family Law, Estate Planning, Real Estate, Corporate, Municipal and Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR). My ADR practice areas include, mediation, arbitration, Domestic Case Management, Special Master, and Dispute Resolution Conference services.

Social/Volunteer Organizations
Leadership Kansas, Class of 1995 & Life Member of Leadership Kansas Alumni Association
Co-Founder & President of Neodesha Alumni Assn. Scholarship Fund
Co-Founder & past Director of Neodesha Educational Foundation
Trustee & Secretary of Philip D. Griffith Family Foundation
Managing Trustee of Reece Charitable Trust, 2005-present
Neodesha Chamber of Commerce Director, 1989-1995 & Past President
Cub Scout Pack 30 Cubmaster, 2001-2007
Neodesha United Methodist Church member & have served on numerous committees over the years
Neodesha Lions Club member & past treasurer
Secretary & board member of Neodesha Community Foundation
Neodesha Economic Development Board Member
Life member of Kansas Alumni Association
Kansas Honors Program County Coordinator for over 20 years
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Member, Wilson County, SEK, 31st Judicial District, Kansas Bar Association, American Bar Association
Appointed by Kansas Supreme Court to Kansas Board of Discipline of Attorneys, 1999-2014.
Elected to Kansas Bar Association (KBA) Board of Governors in 2005
Elected Secretary/Treasurer of KBA in 2010
Elected Vice-President of KBA in 2011
Elected President-Elect of KBA in 2012
President of KBA in June, 2013
Past President of KBA in June, 2014
Member, Kansas Bar Foundation Board of Trustees, June, 2015
President of KBA Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) Section 2004-2005
Chairman of KBA Appellate Selection Committee
Member of ADR Section Executive Committee since 2000
Member of KBA Family Law and Real Estate, Probate & Trust Sections
Member of KBA Nominating Committee
Member of KBA CLE Committee
Member of KBA Annual Meeting Planning Committee
Member of KBA Ethics Advisory Committee
Member of KBA/KBF Interest on Lawyer Trust Account (IOLTA) Grant Committee
Member of KBA Case Management Committee
Member of KBA Diversity Committee
State ADR Committee Rep. for 31st Judicial District
KBA Domestic Mediation Training, 1993
KBA Civil Mediation Training, 1995
KBA Negotiation & Settlement Strategies Training, 1997
Basic & Advanced Domestic Case Management Training, 2000
Case Management Best Practices Training, 2010
Presenter at Washburn Case Management Conference in 2011 & 2014
Kansas Supreme Court Approved Mediator, 1997-Present
Approved Domestic Case Manager in 11th, 14th & 31st Judicial Districts
Approved for and conduct Dispute Resolution Conferences services in 13th Judicial District
Appointed by several judges in several judicial districts as a Guardian Ad-Litem for children in a number of cases
Appointed by Judge Lorentz to Professional Negligence Screening Panel to act as Chairman in several 31st Judicial District cases
Appointed by several judges as Special Master in numerous cases in 14th Judicial District-Ranging from domestic to Oil & Gas and corporate disputes
Approved CLE presenter on topic of practical Ethics for attorneys
Kansas Bar Foundation (KBF) Fellow Silver
Former Assistant Neodesha City Attorney
Former City Attorney of Buffalo, Kansas

Nominated by 31st Judicial District Judicial Nominating Commission for District Judge Position-2005

Nominated by Kansas Supreme Court Nominating Commission
For Kansas Court of Appeals Position-2012
Finalist for Kansas Court of Appeals, 2015

Unified School District 461 School Board member 1985-1999, 2009-present. Vice President 4 years, President 4 years
Member of Kansas Association of School Boards (KASB) Board of Directors,1995-1999. Region 3 Regional V.P.
Elected President-Elect of KASB in 2011
President of KASB 2012-2013
Past-President of KASB 2013-2014
Member of National School Boards Association Federal Relations Network, 1996-1999, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014. This consists of traveling to Washington, D.C. each year to lobby Kansas Senators & Representatives on public education matters. Also have testified before Kansas legislative committees on public education issues as a member of KASB’s Governmental Relations Network
Past speaker at KASB conventions & seminars on School Law and Negotiations issues
Member of KASB School Finance Committee, 2010
Former member of Kansas School Attorneys Association & past member of its Board of Directors
KASB-KASA Model Superintendent’s Contract Committee
Kansas Education Excellence Grant Selection Committee, 1999
Kansas Teacher of the Year Selection Committee, 1998-2001
USD 461 Volunteer of the Year Award, 2000
Member of North Lawn School Site Council 2006-2009