Sep 13, 2007    #139
Contact: Wandra Brooks Green

Law School celebrates 50th Anniversary of the Supreme Court appointment of Whittaker Keynote speaker Kenneth Starr speaks on “The Supreme Court Then and Now”

The University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC) School of Law can boast that the only Supreme Court justice from Missouri was one of its graduates. Charles Evans Whittaker graduated from the Kansas City University (now UMKC) in 1924.

The Law School and the Edward Smith/Bryan Cave Lecture will celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Whittaker’s appointment on Monday, Sept. 17, 5 p.m. in Pierson Auditorium, University Center, 5000 Holmes Road. The program is the opening event for Celebrate UMKC and part of the 2007 Constitution Day celebration.

Kenneth Starr, known for his role as counsel in the Whitewater investigation, is the keynote speaker. Also, he is the Duane and Kelly Roberts Dean at Pepperdine University School of Law; Professor of Law at Pepperdine; and Of Counsel at Kirkland & Ellis, LLP.

Whittaker was appointed to the Supreme Court of the United States in 1957 by President Dwight D. Eisenhower and was the only Missourian to serve on the Court. Also, Whittaker was the only Justice to have served at all three levels of the Federal Judiciary.

“As one of only six law schools in the nation to have trained both a U.S. Supreme Court Justice and a U. S. President (Harry S. Truman), we are particularly pleased to be able to offer this program to the community,” said Ellen Suni, Dean of the Law School.

No tickets are required for the program; however, reservations are needed. RSVP to or call 816-235-5739. For more information, see

The University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC), one of four University of Missouri campuses, is a public university serving more than 14,000 undergraduate, graduate and professional students. UMKC engages with the community and economy based on a three-part mission: visual and performing arts, health sciences, and urban engagement.

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