Board of Governors
E l e c t i o n
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2018 KBA Election
Tues., April 10—Fri., May 11
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Nancy Morales Gonzalez
Nancy Morales Gonzalez is a lifelong Kansan and has been a Kansas lawyer for 16 years. She has served on the Kansas Bar Association Board of Governors for the past 9 years. She received her undergraduate degree from the University of Kansas, and her Juris Doctorate from the University of Missouri-Kansas City, where she was the managing editor of a national law journal, among other awards and endeavors. Nancy began her legal career as a judicial law clerk at the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Missouri, before joining a national law firm. In a year's sabbatical from the firm, she served as a judicial law clerk at U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit. Nancy transitioned from the firm in 2008 to enter into government service. She presently is a senior attorney representing the federal government in national litigation. In addition to her legal practice, Nancy holds leadership positions in many civic and professional organizations. She aspires to serve the lawyers of Kansas as the Secretary-Treasurer of the Kansas Bar Association.
Cheryl Whelan: Since 2012, I have had the pleasure of serving as the District Three Governor on the Kansas Bar Association (KBA) Board of Governors (BOG). For the last year, I also served on the BOG Executive Committee. With this experience, I am very aware of the challenges facing the KBA on a variety of issues including membership and finances. The KBA must address these challenges in order to remain a relevant and vibrant organization. With my second term on the BOG soon ending, I am running for the KBA Secretary-Treasurer so that I may utilize my experience and knowledge of the KBA to continue working on these issues.
For over 25 years I have been very involved with the KBA at the committee and section level. I am a long-term member of the Government Law Section, and a past president as well as a past secretary-treasurer of the section. I currently serve on the Board of Publishers, the Golf Tournament Planning Committee, the Law Related Education Committee, the Media- Bar Committee and the Nominating Committee. In the past, I served on the Commission on Professionalism, the Annual Meeting Analysis Task Force and the Annual Meeting Planning Committee for the 2014 Annual Meeting.
I also am involved in other professional and civic organizations including the Topeka Bar Association, the Women Attorneys Association of Topeka, the Kansas Women Attorneys Association and Sertoma. I am a past board member of the American Red Cross of the Capital Area.
Currently, I am an Assistant Attorney General and the Director of Open Government Training and Compliance in the Office of Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt. Additionally, I am a Judge Advocate in the Army Reserve, and was awarded the Bronze Star for a combat deployment in Iraq. After 21 years of service, I am retiring from the Army Reserve this spring. I previously served as the General Counsel for the Kansas State Department of Education and have many years of experience as an attorney with various governmental agencies including the United States Army, the State Fire Marshal's Office, the Shawnee County District Attorney's Office, and the Kansas Court of Appeals.
I earned both my Juris Doctor and Masters of Public Administration from the University of Kansas. My undergraduate degrees in political science and communication studies are from Washburn University.
KBA Delegate to the ABA House of Delegates
Christi Bright I am a graduate of the University of Kansas School of Law and have been representing clients in various areas of the law throughout the states of Kansas and Missouri for over 20 years. I am grateful to have built, alongside my husband, a very successful and prominent family law practice in Overland Park Kansas. Throughout my practice, I have dedicated a great amount of my time and efforts in serving on numerous boards, commissions, committees and task forces within the state and local bar associations. In addition to serving as one of the District 1 Board of Governors, I am also the President Elect for KBA's Family Law Section and am past co-chair of the Diversity committee. I also serve as the Board liaison to the KBF Board of Trustee's. Locally, I serve on the family law bench bar committee for the Johnson County Bar Association where we recently modified and updated local guidelines that are used and referenced all over the state by Judges and practitioners alike. We also prepare and present continuing legal education to other practitioners on relevant and current issues that are facing our profession. In addition to my service to my local and state bar associations, I also serve the ABA as a presidential appointment on the Commission for Youth at Risk. I serve in so many professional capacities because I believe that our bar is only as strong as the service that we individually provide back to it.
Throughout my career, I have clerked for the Honorable W. Stephen Nixon, a Circuit Court Judge in Jackson County Missouri and given several lectures throughout Kansas and Missouri, including for continuing legal education credits, on the topics of probate, employment and housing discrimination and diversity. When I am not working, I am a passionate tennis player with a growing ambition for golf. I most enjoy spending time outdoors with my family. Most people have heard me say that I am tropical and love most things outdoors, including gardening, but this Kansas weather sends me into a light depression every winter. On weekends, I can be found serving in my church as a children's church teacher or working at one of the local outreach centers helping meet the needs of the homeless or disadvantaged. I dreamed of being at attorney when I was 8 but I never could have imagined that God would take that dream and fulfill so many others through the life that I am so richly blessed to live! I can't help but wake up each day and be thankful and ask how can I help someone else be better today!
Natalie Haag: Kansas is the best place in the country to practice law. The lawyers in our state are great advocates for their clients, for fair and impartial courts and for integrity in the legal community. I hope to represent this great group of lawyers as the KBA Delegate to the ABA House.
My 32 years of legal experience includes civil and criminal litigation, administrative law and corporate law, and I've practiced in law firms, at the State of Kansas and in both public and private corporations. Over the last 21 years, I've worked as General Counsel and Chief of Staff to Governor Graves, Director of Governmental Affairs for Security Benefit Corporation and General Counsel for Capitol Federal® Savings Bank. In these positions, I've worked extensively with legislative bodies, which has allowed me to develop and hone my lobbying skills. As your delegate, I would enjoy putting these skills to work by advocating for your positions at the ABA.
Practicing law in Arkansas City, Wichita and Topeka, I've met attorneys from across the state in a wide variety of practices. While serving on the KBA Board of Governors, as the President of the KBA, and on various KBA committees, including the Legislative Committee (former chair), 2020 Diversity Committee, and CLE Committee, I've had the opportunity to travel all over Kansas and learn about the issues that matter to our entire legal community. During my terms as KBA President-Elect and President, I also represented our state at ABA meetings, where I gained a deeper understanding of the value this organization brings to our profession. My prior experience with the ABA, combined with my knowledge of what's important to Kansas lawyers, will help me to give valuable input to the ABA House on the policies that govern the practice of law.
As your ABA delegate, I would be happy to have the opportunity to continue and expand my service to the bar. I have demonstrated my long-term commitment to our legal community through committee and board service as a member of the KBA, Topeka Bar Association, Women Attorneys Association of Topeka and Kansas Women Attorneys Association. This commitment is also reflected in my service as the Second Congressional District Representative on the Supreme Court Nominating Commission, which has allowed me to work with dedicated lawyers from across the state to select qualified candidates for our judiciary. In addition, I have the pleasure of serving my alma mater as a member of the Washburn University School of Law Business and Transactional Law Center Board of Advisors. It has been a great honor to be recognized for my professional service with the 2008 Kansas Bar Association Outstanding Service Award, 2013 Topeka Bar Association Newton Vickers Professionalism Award and the 2016 Washburn University School of Law Alumni Fellow.
My position as General Counsel of Capitol Federal® Savings Bank, while busy, allows me the flexibility to commit to studying the issues and attending the ABA and KBA meetings required to fulfill the obligations of this position. It would be my pleasure to represent the great lawyers of Kansas and advocate for your positions at the ABA. I request your vote for the position of KBA Delegate to the ABA House.
Eric Rosenblad: I have been a practicing member of the Kansas Bar since 1982 and have directed the Southeast Kansas Legal Services program since 1984. Let me share my thoughts about this election.
The work of the Kansas Bar Association and the American Bar Association has never been more important. We strive to preserve the rule of law, to maintain fair and impartial Courts, to provide vital public education on legal issues, to improve the law and resist improvident reactionary proposals, and to constantly improve our member's ability to provide high quality, effective service to our clients. As a member of the KBA Board of Governors I have appreciated the opportunity to work on these issues.
As a Fellow and Trustee of the Kansas Bar Foundation I have been impressed by the important work our members support. The Foundation provides crucial financial support to law related charities to meet critical needs. The educational projects supported by the Foundation improve understanding and respect for the law. I am pleased to be a part of supporting this work.
Kansas lawyers understand that the privilege of practicing law comes with some duties. Our training and experience has given us valuable leadership skills that are needed in our local communities. Like many of you, I have regularly volunteered my time to many civic, charitable and religious organizations, serving on boards, giving advice and counsel, and sometimes rolled up my sleeves for a good cause.
This is my vision for our profession and the values I would hold as your representative to the ABA House of Delegates. If you share this vision, I will welcome your support.