WICHITA, Kan. – Kathryn Stevenson has joined Monnat & Spurrier, Chartered as an associate attorney, focusing on research, writing and appellate work.

Stevenson is a summa cum laude graduate of the University of Denver Sturm College of Law, with a Certificate in Constitutional Rights and Remedies. She is admitted to the bars of Montana, Colorado and Kansas. She earned her bachelor’s degree with high honors from the University of Montana, Davidson Honors College, where she majored in political science and Spanish, with minors in international development and Latin American Studies.

“Since law school, Kathryn Stevenson has worked for impressive criminal defense and civil rights law firms in the Denver-Boulder area providing legal research, analysis and writing for defendants in state appeals and postconviction challenges,” said Dan Monnat. “She also contributed to a capital defense team under the umbrella of the Colorado Office of Alternate Defense Counsel, during which she conducted legal research, wrote memoranda and drafted motions for a state death penalty case. Aggressive research and exemplary legal writing always lay the groundwork for courtroom defense, and we are honored to have Kathryn join our litigation team.”

While in law school Stevenson received the Hartje Objective Writing Award for excellence in persuasive writing. She also served as a legal writing teaching assistant and staff editor of the Denver Journal of International Law and Policy.

Stevenson will be based in Lawrence, Kan., and telecommute to Monnat & Spurrier’s Wichita offices.

Founded in 1985 by litigator Dan Monnat and legal scholar Stan Spurrier, Monnat & Spurrier has built an international reputation for criminal defense and appellate defense. In addition to Monnat, Spurrier and Stevenson, the firm includes two former prosecutors and a former public defender, all noted for their work in the criminal courts: Trevor Riddle, Sal Intagliata and Robb Hunter.

See more at www.Monnat.com  

TOPEKA, Kansas – Governor Sam Brownback Wednesday has ordered all state funds to Planned Parenthood be cut.

Brownback’s office said in a news release he has directed Kansas Department of Health and Environment Secretary Susan Mosier to ensure no taxpayer money goes to Planned Parenthood through the Kansas Medicaid program.

The letter directs also to cut state funding to any other individual providers affiliated with Planned Parenthood.

Click here to read the full text of Brownback’s letter.

In a statement released by the governor office, Brownback said, “Planned Parenthood’s trafficking of baby body parts is antithetical to our belief in human dignity. No longer will we send the money of hard-working Kansas to fund an industry that disrespects life and violates the moral conscience of our people.”

Planned Parenthood of Kansas and Missouri spokesperson Elise Higgins said the governor’s decision is a “smoke-and-mirrors attempt to distract from his failed fiscal policies.”

In a news release, Laura McQuade, the organizations president and CEO, said, “We refuse to serve as the Governor’s scapegoat while Kansas faces serious funding challenges in light of his weak and ineffectual fiscal policies.  His plans to cut Medicaid to PPDM will result in a legal battle which Kansas simply cannot afford to fight.”

To view the complete Planned Parenthood news release, click here.