The Foundation's board of trustees created the Weary Award in 2000 to recognize "lawyers or law firms for their exemplary service and commitment to the goals of the Kansas Bar Foundation." Weary was the initial recipient of the award—despite objections—for his decades of service to the community, the Foundation and the legal profession in Kansas.
The founders of Ethics for Good will be honored with the Robert K. Weary Award on June 20th at the Kansas Bar Foundation Dinner.
Stan came to Kansas to teach at University of Kansas School of Law in 1984 after eight years of practice in New York City with a large firm and the U. S. Attorney’s office. His primary courses were Evidence, Torts, Trial Skills, and occasionally Criminal Law. He returned to practice in Kansas City in 1993 with Stinson for six years and then sixteen years with Shook Hardy and Bacon, representing primarily professional people and businesses in disputes and trials. Stan served as head of Shook’s Business Litigation Section, was elected to its Executive Committee, and for many years directed the firm’s professional development activities. He has been semi-retired since 2015, continuing to teach intersession courses at the University of Kansas School of Law and trial skills at several national law firms, trying jury cases for long-standing clients, coaching trial lawyers, and consulting on a variety of legal and strategic issues.
In addition to serving as the managing partner at Stinson, Mark is a member of its executive committee and board of directors. He has led (or co-led) the firm since 2010, successfully steering the firm and its constituents through a period of strategic growth, including 3 mergers. In that context, as part of his view to create a fully empowered one-firm team across a multi-office platform, he successfully advocated for and implemented a distributed headquarters model.
Before being asked to assume the managing partner role, Mark served as one of the firm's leading trial lawyers, routinely handling eight and nine figure matters for key clients across the United States. In recognition of his experience and success, he was inducted as a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers while still in his 40s.
Steve Leben is in his 26th year as a judge, having served nearly 14 years as a trial judge in Johnson County and since June 2007 on the Kansas Court of Appeals. Before that, he practiced law in the Kansas City area for 11 years, handling civil litigation, administrative-agency matters, and family law. He was recognized for his national work promoting procedural justice with the 2014 William H. Rehnquist Award for Judicial Excellence, the National Center for State Courts’ highest honor for a state judge. He also teaches part-time at the University of Kansas School of Law, where he teaches two courses: Evidence (since 2018) and Legislation and Statutory Interpretation (since 2007).
In appreciation for 108 Kansas banks providing IOLTA trust accounts to Kansas Attorneys, the Kansas Bar Foundation selected three banks to recognize this year. The following banks were selected for their outstanding service and commitment in 2018 to the IOLTA program.
CoreFirst Bank & Trust is recognized as an Outstanding IOLTA bank and Partner in Justice for 2018. A Partner in Justice bank agrees to pay at least 70% of the maximum value of the Federal Funds Target Rate (with a minimum of 0.7%) on all IOLTA deposits and to waive all fees. CoreFirst Bank & Trust is the first IOLTA bank to make this commitment and their decision has resulted in a substantial increase in remittances to the KBF IOLTA program.
U.S. Bank is recognized as an Outstanding IOLTA Partner for 2018 because they aligned their Lawyer’s Trust Checking account rate tiers with their Platinum Business Money Market rate tiers. U.S. Bank made this decision to confirm that they are paying interest on Lawyer's Trust checking accounts in a manner consistent with their highest interest non-IOLTA product. The alignment ensures accuracy during times when interest rates may change. www.usbank.com
Landmark National Bank is recognized as an Outstanding IOLTA bank for their service throughout Kansas and for waiving fees on IOLTA accounts. With headquarters in Manhattan and their main office in Topeka, Landmark National Bank serves a number of attorneys with their IOLTA needs. There are 29 banks in 23 Kansas communities where “Everyone starts as a customer and leaves as a friend.” www.banklandmark.com
The 2018 IOLTA partnership with attorneys, banks and the Kansas Bar Foundation provided $114,219 in remittances. These funds are used to administrate the program and distributed to non-profits that support access to justice and law related education in Kansas.
Together, Kansas IOLTA banks, Kansas attorneys participating in IOLTA
and the Kansas Bar Foundation are making a difference!