Graduates of the UMKC Child and Family Law Program find fulfilling careers serving children, families and elders in a wide variety of settings.  Our graduates can be found in private law firms representing families seeking adoptions, divorce, custody, guardianships, estate planning, special needs advocacy,  and other aspects of family representations.  Other graduates work in governmental agencies and the courts: prosecuting domestic violence or child abuse, enforcing child support, or serving families as attorneys in the armed forces.  Still others serve in public interest and legal aid offices.  Meet some of our graduates...



UMKC Child & Family Law Program

Law in Service to Children and Families

University of Missouri Kansas City School of Law


Jacquelyn Bernhardt is a 2006 graduate of the UMKC School of Law family law program.  She is an attorney at Short, Borth & Thilges, LLC, a firm of six attorneys concentrating exclusively on the negotiation, settlement and trial of matrimonial and family law cases in Kansas and Missouri. 

A 2009 graduate of the family law emphasis program at UMKC, Amanda Showalter earned honors in pro bono public services and was awarded the John Speca Family Law Award.  She is an attorney for McCormick & Fracassa, where she concentrates on probate practice.  Amanda believes her experiences working with families in the domestic field have been invaluable to her ability to guide families and loved ones through the probate process.

Amanda M. Showalter

Abraham Kuhl is an attorney with the Law Office of James H. Young & Associates, LLC, a firm specializing in family law.  He graduated in 2008 and was the recipient of the Child and Family Services Clinic Outstanding Student Award, was Co-President of the Family Law Society, and served as a staff member for the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers Law Journal.

Kendall Seal is a 2008 graduate of UMKC School of Law. He is an attorney at Legal Services of Southern Missouri who advocates on behalf of adult and child victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking, and human trafficking. Kendall works with state and federal law enforcement, prosecutors, and victim advocates across a 19 county region. As a family law practitioner, Kendall speaks to community groups, attorneys, and media outlets regarding domestic violence, cyberstalking, and human trafficking.