A native of Kansas, Mrs. Katie Jo Luningham (née Baumgardner) is currently an attorney at Alston & Bird, practicing civil litigation and appellate law. She represents institutions of higher education and also defends clients in privacy & data security litigation. She previously served as a law clerk for Judge Branch on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit. Prior to clerking, Mrs. Luningham was an attorney at Husch Blackwell in Kansas City, where she specialized in higher education litigation and regulatory compliance. She was a member of the legal team that won the 2017 Education Law Association’s August Steinhilber Award for “Best Brief.” She also was a 2017 Missouri Bar Pro Bono Wall of Fame honoree for her commitment to pro bono legal service. In addition to her service as a regent, she serves on the national board of the U.S. Senate Youth Program Alumni Association.
In 2015, Mrs. Luningham earned a JD, magna cum laude, from Notre Dame Law School, where she won the NDLS First-Year Moot Court Tournament and received the Dean’s Award for Legal Writing and Law of Education. In 2015, she won a Burton Distinguished Legal Writing Award, administered by the U.S. Library of Congress. She received the J.L. Weigand Jr. Notre Dame Legal Education Trust Scholarship and was named the 2017 Alumni of the Year.
Mrs. Luningham earned a BA in University Scholars, summa cum laude with honors, from Baylor in 2011. She served as a student senator and led Baylor’s Big XII on the Hill Student Government coalition. She attended Baylor as a National Merit Scholar on a full academic scholarship.
She is married to Dr. Justin Luningham (BA ’09), a research assistant professor of biostatistics in the School of Public Health at Georgia State University. Dr. Luningham will begin as an assistant professor of biostatistics at the University of North Texas Health Science Center on September 1, 2021. The Luninghams are members of Intown Lutheran Church in Atlanta, Georgia.