Kenneth Stohner (JD '75) was selected for inclusion in D Magazine's "Best Lawyers in Dallas" list. The publication was released in May 2013. D Magazine conducted a citywide search for the best in the legal profession, inviting qualified attorneys to nominate their peers based on reputation and legal excellence. The nominations were reviewed by the magazine's editors, alongside a panel of well-respected local lawyers, to determine the final list.
The Hon. Brad Cates (JD '80) of McLennan County Court at Law No. 2 has been elected to membership in the Fellows of the Texas Bar Foundation. Fellows of the Foundation are selected for their outstanding professional achievements and their demonstrated commitment to the improvement of the justice system throughout the state of Texas. Election is a mark of distinction and recognition of Judge Cates' contribution to the legal profession. Selection as a Fellow of the Foundation is restricted to members of the State Bar of Texas. Each year, the number of State Bar members invited to become Fellows represents just one-third of 1 percent of membership. Once nominees are selected, they must be elected by the Texas Bar Foundation Board of Trustees. Membership has grown from an initial 254 charter Fellows in 1965 to more than 7,500 Fellows throughout Texas today.
Darin Beck (JD '96), deputy director of the Kansas Law Enforcement Training Center (KLETC), has been elected the president of the Kansas Peace Officers Association. The election took place at the annual fall KPOA convention in Hutchinson, Kan. He is the first attorney to serve as president of the association in its 97-year history. Beck originally joined the KLETC staff in 1999, serving nine years as associate general counsel for the University of Kansas and assigned as legal counsel to KLETC. In 2009, he was named KLETC's deputy director. The KPOA is the oldest and largest professional law enforcement association in Kansas. It was founded in 1916 and currently has approximately 3,800 members statewide. The KPOA serves to promote personal acquaintance among peace officers in Kansas.