Recognizing students of superior character, academic achievement, and potential who plan to pursue a career in estate planning

About The Kansas City Estate Planning Symposium Prize

The prize was established at the UMKC School of Law with contributions from the Estate Planning Society of Kansas City, Inc., the Federal (now the Kansas City) Estate Planning Symposium and from the trust departments of the following banks:

Bank of America, Commerce Bank, US Bank, Midwest Trust Company and UMB Bank.

The prize is intended to encourage student participation and excellence in the study of estate planning at the UMKC School of Law.

The prize’s name was changed in 2003 from The Estate Planning Society of Kansas City Prize to The Federal Estate Planning Symposium Prize and since 2006 is now the Kansas City Estate Planning Symposium Prize.

2020 Myron E. Sildon Excellence In Estate Planning Prize Winner

Meet the 2020 Myron E. Sildon Excellence in Estate Planning Prize Winner, Rachel Zender. Rachel will be graduating in May from the University of Missouri Kansas City School of Law. In 2008 she received her bachelor’s degree in finance from the University of Iowa. Upon graduating she began her professional career in banking as a bank examiner. It eventually led to consulting and then a problem asset portfolio manager. After ten years in the banking industry Rachel decided to pursue her dream to become a lawyer. Throughout her time in law school, she served as the President of the Estate Planning Student Organization, Co-Site Coordinator of Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA), and Lead Articles Editor of the Law Review Board. She is also the mother of a six-month-old boy, Leo, who was the inspiration of her KCEPS Prize paper. After graduation Rachel is looking forward to joining the Kansas City legal community. Congratulations, Rachel!

The Kansas City Estate Planning Symposium Prizes Awards will be given for the top three finishers

First Place Award

“The Myron E. Sildon Excellence in Estate Planning”: $1,500

Second Place Award: $1,000

Third Place Award: $500

*A student who places in the Top 3 will receive an additional$1,000 by also submitting a written paper

Who Can Apply

UMKC students pursuing either a Juris Doctor or Master of Law may apply by:

  1. Submitting a written paper
  2. Participating in an externship program in relation to estate planning
  3. Being nominated by a faculty member

This award is based on merit with the following criteria:

  • Scholastic ability and attainments in estate planning related courses
  • Participation in estate planning clubs
  • Professor’s recommendation
  • GPA and the quality of the written materials
  • Employment or clerkships in the estate planning field
  • Evidence of leadership qualities
  • Sensitivity to high ethical standards
  • Superior communication skills

The Application & Selection Process

Applications must be submitted by Monday, March 30, 2020 with the following accompanying information:

  1. An official application cover sheet
  2. A resume
  3. Grade point average
  4. Estate planning course attended
  5. A summary of those academic and extracurricular achievements and honors that the applicant considers particularly relevant to assessing his or her academic and leadership potential, as well as his or her sensitivity to ethical standards; AND
  6. One of the following:
    1. A sample of the applicant’s writing on an estate planning law related subject. Students may use papers previously written for class, law review articles, or other purposes;
    2. Participation in the student externship program, with a written statement describing either a specific externship project or summarizing the student’s participation in the program;
    3. Nomination by a UMKC Law Professor of an outstanding J.D. or L.L.M. student that has shown an interest in a career in estate planning.

Candidates will be asked to interview with the Selection Committee in April 2020.  The competition will include both written materials and oral presentations to the selection committee by all applicants.

All candidates are invited to attend a luncheon in their honor hosted by the Kansas City Estate Planning Society on April 16, 2020 at the Kansas City Country Club. During the luncheon, the three award recipients will be asked to participate in a brief interview conducted by Mr. Joe Price.

All prize applicants are welcome to attend the 2020 Kansas City Estate Planning Symposium, as special guests which will be held on April 23 & 24, 2020 at the Overland Park Convention Center, Overland Park, Kansas.

Download 2020 Application

For additional information contact:

Daniel J. McCarroll
Director, Continuing Legal Education
UMKC School of Law
4825 Troost, Ste. 211
Kansas City, MO 64110
(816) 235-1648
[email protected]