A native of Kansas, Mrs. Katie Jo Luningham (née Baumgardner) currently serves as a law clerk at 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. Ms. Luningham was a member of the legal team that won the 2017 Education Law Association’s August Steinhilber Award for “Best Brief.” She was also 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 Baylor regent, Mrs. Luningham serves on the U.S. Senate Youth Program Alumni Association National Board. She is a member of Mt. Olive Lutheran Church in Overland Park, Kansas.
Mrs. Luningham earned a JD, magna cum laude, from Notre Dame Law School in 2015. In law school, she won the NDLS First-Year Moot Court Tournament and received the Dean’s Award for Legal Writing and Law of Education. She won a Burton Distinguished Legal Writing Award, administered by the U.S. Library of Congress, in 2015. 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. At Baylor, she was the external vice president of Baylor Ambassadors, an Honors Residential College Student Trustee, and a Crane Scholar. She served as a student senator and led Baylor’s Big XII on the Hill Student Government coalition. In high school, she was a National Merit Scholar and two-time Kansas debate state champion.
She is married to Justin Luningham (BA ’09), a postdoctoral fellow in the Center for Computational and Quantitative Genetics at Emory University School of Medicine and an adjunct assistant professional specialist in the Department of Applied and Computational Mathematics and Statistics at the University of Notre Dame.