Petefish attorneys have long recognized the uniqueness of Lawrence, Kansas and helped to ensure the continued vitality of this community through their service to local organizations.
Recently, firm partner Terence Leibold was elected by his peers to serve as Vice-president of the Douglas County Bar Association for the 2017-18 term. Mr. Leibold previously served as Secretary. Associate Matt Donnelly volunteered to serve as the Douglas County Bar’s Continuing Legal Education coordinator, which offers educational seminars to local attorneys on a variety of topics.
And firm partner Rick Hird recently concluded his nearly decade-long tenure as a Member of the Board of the Douglas County Bar Association. Rick continues to assist, however, with many other local organizations.
It all goes back to one of the firm’s earliest members, Olin Petefish, who graduated from KU Law in 1935, practiced his entire career in Lawrence, and often represented the University of Kansas. Based on his record of service over nearly 70 years, Mr. Petefish became the namesake of The Olin Petefish Research Award in the field of Basic Sciences at KU. This award is given in recognition of research achievement in the basic sciences to an individual who may be described as having had a major and substantial impact and who has been of national and/or international interest. In 2001, his wife, Mary Ruth Petefish established the Olin K. & Mary Ruth Petefish School of Law Scholarship, which continues to assist students on the basis of financial need and academic merit. And of course there is Petefish Drive near the Dole Institute of Politics on KU’s west campus, yet another tribute to Olin Petefish’s dedication to serving the Lawrence community.
In the same spirit of giving back that Mr. Petefish valued so strongly, our attorneys continue pledging their time to the local community.