TWG Attorney and Member Amy Cline braced the cold again this year to raise money for the Salvation Army. Amy has served on the Wichita Salvation Army Homeless Services Advisory Council as a Board Member since 2008. Attorney Cline, pictured with her children Ethan and Olivia on a particularly cold day last December, also personally collected donations for the Salvation Army in front of the Cabela’s store this last year. For more information about how Amy came by her passion to help the homeless as a young lawyer in Wichita, see her feature story in the Wichita Bar Association January 2017 Bar-o-meter.
TWG Attorney/Member Jeff Dahlgren recently presented the proceeds from the Charity Golf Tournament held on September 26, 2016 for the benefit of the Carmelite Nuns Monastery. This year’s tournament, with over 70 participants, was held at the Willowbend Golf Club in Wichita and raised $12,660 for the benefit of the local monastery. Jeff has chaired this fundraising effort for four years. The monastery is located at 7445 North Woodlawn. Attorney Dahlgren, pictured with Jerry Cornejo, presented the proceeds to Mary DeGraffenreid, who accepted the check on behalf of the Friends of the Carmelite Nuns.
Service as a Tribal Court Judge brings both insight and empathy to TWG Family Law Attorney Paula Langworthy.
As a TWG Family Law Attorney, Paula understands the unique and personal nature of each case. When emotions run high (and they do), Paula starts by listening, which is a skill she honed as a judge and uses every day at TWG. Paula believes careful “listening” brings a clarity and insight that frequently provides a sense of direction and value to her Family Law clients.
In July 2011, Paula took a hiatus from TWG to serve as Chief Judge of the Oglala Lakota Sioux Tribal Court on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota. As Chief Judge, Paula oversaw the entire judicial system for the tribe. She presided over many cases, including domestic cases, Indian Child Welfare Act cases, civil disputes, personal injury cases, and criminal cases. In fact, Paula presided over the first criminal jury trial for the tribe in recent history.
Today, while a TWG Family Law Attorney, Paula continues to serve the Oglala Lakota Sioux Tribe as a Special Administrative Law Judge, presiding over election disputes, business license disputes, and housing authority disputes, as well as impeachment, removal and other proceedings. She also now serves the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe, in addition to the Oglala Lakota Sioux Tribe, as a Special Judge presiding over cases in which sitting judges have a conflict of interest or lack of expertise to preside over a case. This service has brought Paula a full realization of her heritage and the deep satisfaction of helping others.
As a judge, Paula presides over disputes within the tribe, tribal members, and tribal groups and organizations. She works specifically to assure all parties understand their legal rights while she maintains objectivity towards the outcome. Not all parties in a Tribal Court are represented by counsel. In most cases, parties are represented by non-lawyer lay advocates. These situations demand a combination of tribal custom and traditions with tribal law in order to find win-win solutions that prevent future disputes. In cases where that is not possible, Judge Langworthy must meld tribal custom and traditions with tribal law and federal law to decide the case.
The value of Paula’s service to the tribes is of inestimable benefit to her Family Law clients. Her counsel comes with firsthand knowledge of what may be relevant to a judge. Many times the clarity that comes with listening can shape a judge’s decision.
Whether a litigant encountering Paula Langworthy as an attorney or judge, you should know she brings her genuine desire to help others with a unique experience that can shape outcomes, as well as understanding of the process.
You can reach Paula Langworthy via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
TWG attorney J.T. Klaus again donned his lederhosen to preside over Newman University’s Party on the Plaza-Oktoberfest as the emcee for a fourth year. More than 460 people attended Newman’s premier fundraiser for student scholarships. Newman University holds its annual fundraiser on Founders Plaza and raises more than $125,000 each year for student scholarships, with a new record for donations expected for this year. Since 2011, “Oktoberfest” has been the theme, and it continues to grow in popularity.
J.T. Klaus serves on the Newman University Board of Trustees and serves as Chair of the Trustee & Bylaws Committee.
Read more about the event and watch the video recap at http://news.newmanu.edu/party-plaza-2016-rewind
This year Triplett Woolf Garretson (TWG) is celebrating our 30th year as a Law Firm. In reflecting on our law practice, we felt our brand could be improved to reflect all TWG had become. We have grown both in size and practice areas and have embraced technology to make our firm more efficient. More significantly, we wanted our brand to represent our combined knowledge and the team effort that continually innovates solutions for our clients.
In developing the new look we explored many options, but kept coming back to the simple idea that it is the TWG people and experience coming together that really benefit our clients with forward thinking solutions. We hope you agree that our new, stronger identity is a proper reflection of our evolution.
As part of our new branding, TWG has launched a new website to make it easier for clients and potential clients to find an appropriate attorney for their specific needs, as well as gain a better understanding of TWG as a law firm.
Our site focuses on how clients want to engage online with TWG, either by attorney or practice area. In some cases, clients want additional information regarding a specific attorney. The new site makes it easier to find the information you need about an attorney faster and then make direct contact with that attorney. In other cases, our clients search practice areas looking for an attorney who has experience in their area of need. The new site has expanded the list of practice descriptions and incorporates more common search terms making it easier for clients to find exactly who and what they are looking for at TWG. Finally, we then “linked” it all together to make it easy to use, whether on your tablet, at your desk or on your smart phone.
The new TWG site also serves as a resource for clients, as TWG attorneys have a platform to communicate firm news and changing legislation that may impact you, your business or your community.twgfirm.com