John Shamberg*

John Shamberg*

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John  Shamberg*

The late John Shamberg, ba '34 jd '37 honorary doctorate '84, was born July 15, 1913 in Fremont, Neb. He was raised in Hutchinson, Kan. He received his B.A. in political science from Washburn University in 1934. He earned his Juris Doctor from Washburn University School of Law in 1937. Shamberg was president of the School of Law student body.  Following law school, he clerked for the Honorable Walter A. Huxman, Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit. He was the co-founder of the law firm of Shamberg, Johnson & Bergman, Chartered founded in 1949.  Shamberg had been one of the premier civil trial attorneys in the nation and was a loyal Washburn alumnus. As president of the Washburn Law School Association he spearheaded the Kansas City region in the fundraising campaign to rebuild the School of Law after the 1966 tornado. He was one of the lead attorneys in the cases that were filed as a result of the 1981 collapse of the skywalks spanning the lobby of the Hyatt Regency hotel in Kansas City. Shamberg served as counsel on the case that abolished governmental immunity in the State of Kansas. He was special counsel to Kansas Governor Robert Docking and represented the governor's brother in the widely-publicized case against him and others on charges of conspiring to bribe the state architect to obtain the contract for the Kansas University Medical Center remodeling program. Shamberg was one of the premier civil trial attorneys in the nation with a career lasting over 60 years. He passed away July 9, 2009