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Vickie Mauck- Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association

vickie-mauckVickie Mauck likes to consider herself an optimist.

“I tend to be a really positive person and turn challenges into opportunities,” she said.

Her latest challenge is the executive directorship of the Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association where she’s been since 2011.

“We are privileged to work with some of the best lawyers in the country,” she said. “The lawyers in our area are well-educated. They are smart. They are civil, and they are so incredibly generous with their time and talent and give immensely to pro bono and charitable efforts.”

The Springfield native was first exposed to the legal field while tagging along with her father on weekends at his law practice. Later, she’d even become a fill-in receptionist. He wanted another attorney in the family, but she wasn’t so sure initially.

“My response, after all those years of watching him as a child, was ‘Dad, I think it is a great way to earn a living, but I don’t want to work that hard’,” she laughed. “Ironically, after some more exposure and more life experiences and maturity, I realized I was called to the practice of law. In fact, the hard work is actually a delight.”

After graduating from law school at the University of Missouri-Kansas City in 1995, she worked in insurance defense litigation and business representations before moving in-house at Kansas City Power and Light and Great Plains Energy for several years in a number of positions.

Eventually, Mauck went back to school for an MBA degree and graduated in 2007.

“I was exposed to a wide variety of business and management topics that I really enjoyed,” she said. “So, when the opportunity became available to move into my current role, it seemed like it was the logical next step in my career.”

In addition to her work with KCMBA, she is also a founding member of the Association of Women Lawyers’ charitable foundation and a past president of the association itself. Mauck is active with the Conference of Metropolitan Bar Associations of which she is a past president and an officer with Lawyers Encouraging Academic Performance. She previously held the rank of lieutenant in the U.S. Navy Reserves.

AWL has honored her with its Woman of the Year and President’s awards and KCMBA has recognized her with its Outstanding CLE Award. Mauck is also a recipient of the LEAP President’s Award.

She believes the legal world provides an enriching career experience for those who pursue it.

“It is the greatest profession because it allows you to use both the knowledge of the law that you learn in school and throughout your practice and also your interpersonal skills to build relationships both with your clients, with the court and most importantly, with opposing counsel.”

Her nominator notes the membership growth seen by KCMBA under Mauck’s leadership as well as its service in the community.

“Her leadership skills are unsurpassed as she works to make Kansas City a better place for all,” the nominator wrote.