1998 Distinguished Alumna
BARBARA GLESNER FINES, '73
Associate dean for faculty development and professor at the University of Missouri Kansas City, Barbara Glesner Fines,’73 focuses her work on the connection between family law and professional ethics. In addition to spearheading and contributing to the field of computer assisted legal instruction, Glesner-Fines has also donated her talents to low-income individuals and children. Her work in the Volunteer Attorney Project of Legal Aid of Western Missouri has helped low-income individuals gain the knowledge to represent themselves in divorce, custody, and paternity cases. Her volunteer work has also included representation of women incarcerated for domestic violence and immigrants.
She currently serves as a member of the Municipal Officials and Officers Ethics Commission and on the Ethics Committee for Legal Aid of Western Missouri. She is founding member of both the Kansas City Volunteer Attorneys for the Arts and the Kansas City Regional Network for Battered Immigrants.
Some of her awarded achievements include the University of Missouri Leadership Development Program Award, the Tiera Farrow Faculty Award, and the UMKC Elmer F. Pierson Award. She has also published two books. After her time at Grand Valley State University, Glesner-Fines earned her Juris Doctorate from the University of Wisconsin in 1983 and then her masters of law from Yale University of Law in 1986.
She and her husband live in Kansas City, Missouri. The couple have four children and five grandchildren.