James Caplinger*

James Caplinger*

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James  Caplinger*

The late James M. Caplinger, ba '53 and juris doctor of law '53, was born in Hutchinson, Kan. in 1929.  Caplinger graduated from Greensburg High School in '47, and attended Kansas State University before coming to Washburn University in '49 in preparation to pursue a law degree. Upon receiving his degrees, Caplinger entered the U.S. Air Force as a Judge Advocate and upon an honorable discharge he returned to Greensburg to open his law office and be elected Kiowa County Attorney. In '59, Caplinger accepted the position of Kansas Securities Commissioner and later became General Counsel of the Kansas Corporation Commission. In 1961 he left the KCC opening his own law office of James M. Caplinger, Chartered, to specialize in telephone public utility law in regulations, financing and acquisitions. He was an Associate Professor of Law at Washburn in oil and gas from 1959-1960. In 2001, Caplinger was recognized in the ninth edition of Best Lawyers in America. He participated in creating the State Independent Telephone Association of Kansas in 1961 and has been Executive Vice President and General Manager. He raised three children who are all law graduates of Washburn Law School.