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UMKC Law Legacy Project

UMKC’s Law Legacy Project is a collection of video interviews with alumni who have been out of the law school for fifty or more years sharing their memories before, during and after law school.

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UMKC Law Legacy Project
by UMKC School of Law Library
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Heitz talks about teaching and shaking hands with infamous serial killer Ted Bundy before he was caught.
Topic: After Law School
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Falcone talks about staying the course
Topic: After Law School
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Heitz talks about getting fired and the good that can come out of it; like father like son.
Topics: Advice to Students, After Law School
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Heitz talks about his father's path to the School of Law at UMKC.
Topic: Changes in the Practice of Law
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Heitz talks about the issues of money, social justice, and Westlaw legal resources.
Topic: After Law School
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Judge Gant talks about his pride for the law school
Topic: UMKC Proud
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Norman Besheer talks about being the first in his family to graduate from high school, the first to graduate from college and the first to graduate with a law degree. 
Topics: UMKC Law, Legacy
UMKC Law Legacy Project
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Heitz talks about how he got involved in LGBTQ and transgender rights after his time in the military.
Topic: After Law School
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Heitz talks about what courses were like during his father's time as Dean, thinking back on a few notable faculty hires.
Topic: Changes in the Practice of Law
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Heitz talks about his search for work after his military service and his lucky break at the University of Puget Sound, thanks to his experience at the law library at UMKC.
Topic: After Law School
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Heitz talks about when he met two Supreme Court Justices, Thurgood Marshall and Arthur Goldberg, and what it was like to drive them to the airport.
Topic: After Law School
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Heitz talks about his father's work and how he convinced him to take on law school.
Topic: Before law School
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Judge Mauer talks about how lawyers are often underappreciated in the community and the important role they play.
Topic: After Law School
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Judge Mauer talks about the differences and similarities of competitions, classes and the bar exam.
Topic: Memories of Law School
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Heitz talks about his coursework at the School of Law.
Topic: Memories of Law School
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Heitz talks about enlisting in the Marines, boot camp, making the cut.
Topic: After Law School
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Judge Mauer talks about the role his family played on deciding to attend law school.
Topic: Before law School
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Heitz talks about breaking away from Kansas City and his time with the American Bar Association.
Topic: After Law School
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Dean Heitz’s son talks about his father, the 3rd Dean of the UMKC Law School, and his commitment to recruiting more women into the law school.
Topic: Memories of Law School
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Heitz talks about his work at Camp Pendleton, his one prosecution case, and and his move to the Naval Justice School for teaching experience.
Topic: After Law School
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Heitz talks about his father's education and their moves around the Midwest.
Topic: Before law School
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Judge Gant talks about his pride for family and career
Topic: UMKC Proud
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Heitz talks about his relationship with his father and his childhood illnesses.
Topic: Before law School
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Judge Gant talks about a story from his Courtroom
Topic: After Law School
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Judge Gant talks about his career path
Topic: After Law School
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Judge Mauer talks about diversity, the law school building and faculty.
Topic: Memories of Law School
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Judge Mauer talks about hearing cases that involved discussion of imposing the death penalty.
Topic: After Law School
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Judge Mauer talks about his experience with the UMKC Bar Review course.
Topic: Memories of Law School
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Falcone talks about former law school faculty
Topic: Memories of Law School
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Judge Mauer talks about serving as a trial judge.
Topic: After Law School
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Heitz talks about his experiences growing up in segregated Kansas City and his later work with the NAACP and civil rights.
Topic: Before law School
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Heitz talks about how he inadvertently became the eighth circuit vice president of the American Law Student Association.
Topic: Memories of Law School
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Judge Mauer talks about one of his first big cases and the expectation it set.
Topic: After Law School
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Judge Mauer talks about the reasons he enjoyed serving as a judge.
Topic: Law Legacy Project
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Judge Gant talks about the changes in the practice of law
Topic: Changes in the Practice of Law
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Judge Gant talks about his advice to law students
Topic: Advice to Students
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A son talks about his father’s efforts to lay the groundwork for a new UMKC SOL building. If at first you don’t succeed — try, try again.
Topic: Changes in the Practice of Law
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Judge Gant talks about his involvement and interest in politics
Topic: After Law School
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Heitz talks about McCarthy era investigations into the backgrounds of law students and how he was originally labeled unfit to take the Missouri Bar.
Topic: Memories of Law School
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DeWitt talks about moving to Kansas City and dreaming of a career in law
Topic: Before law School
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Judge Mauer talks about a memorable case he heard dealing with an insurance claim.
Topic: After Law School
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Falcone talks about his accomplishments
Topic: UMKC Proud
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Judge Mauer talks about growing up in Kansas City, serving in the US Navy, and attending law school.
Topic: Before law School
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Judge Mauer talks about attending law school on the G.I. Bill.
Topic: Memories of Law School
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Judge Mauer talks about the focus on theory in law school.
Topic: After Law School
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Judge Mauer talks about the importance of being prepared for classes and what happens if you’re not.
Topic: Advice to Students
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Heitz talks about his father’s struggle with the FBI over personnel records of law school employees.
Topic: Before law School
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Judge Mauer talks about how changes to law practice have impacted current attorneys.
Topic: Changes in the Practice of Law
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Judge Gant talks about his first day of law school
Topic: Memories of Law School
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Judge Gant talks about his undergrad years
Topic: Before law School
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Judge Mauer talks about the technological and cultural changes to law practice.
Topic: Changes in the Practice of Law
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Falcone talks about keeping an open mind
Topic: Before law School
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Falcone talks about the desirability of a law degree.
Topic: Advice to Students
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Falcone talks about what influenced him to attend law school
Topic: Before law School
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Judge Mauer talks about taking the bar and how UMKC’s bar pass reputation has improved.
Topic: Memories of Law School
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Falcone talks about finding valuable mentors
Topic: Before law School
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Heitz talks about his experience in the Marines in the 1970's and how the military treated the issue of LGBTQ rights.
Topic: After Law School
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Judge Gant talks about his activities during law school
Topic: Memories of Law School
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Judge Mauer talks about having a career plan and knowing the rules of the court.
Topic: Advice to Students
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DeWitt talks about his retirement from law practice
Topic: After Law School
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Norman Besheer talks about his mentor and idol while he was attending Law School
Topic: Before law School
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DeWitt talks about starting his law career
Topic: After Law School
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DeWitt gives back to the law school in the form of a scholarship
Topic: After Law School
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Judge Mauer talks about the classes he took while in law school
Topic: Memories of Law School
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Norman Besheer shares some valuable advice with students interested in attending law school
Topic: Advice to Students
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DeWitt talks about participating in Moot Court
Topic: Memories of Law School
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Judge Gant talks about the changes in the practice of law
Topic: Changes in the Practice of Law
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Judge Mauer talks about the challenges new attorneys face in comparison to his own experiences after law school.
Topic: Changes in the Practice of Law
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Falcone talks about changes affecting law practice today
Topic: Changes in the Practice of Law
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DeWitt talks about a surprise witness
Topic: After Law School
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Judge Gant talks about his law school memories
Topic: Memories of Law School
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DeWitt talks about military service after law school
Topic: After Law School
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DeWitt talks advice to current students
Topic: Advice to Students
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Dewitt talks about his efforts to start intercollegiate athletics at UMKC
Topic: Memories of Law School
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DeWitt talks about how law practice has changed over the last 60 years
Topic: Changes in the Practice of Law