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As any business person knows, it pays to have a grasp of legal issues, no matter how large or small the business. Matthew Madden spent much of his professional career helping his students to understand business law before retiring this year as professor emeritus of legal studies.
Mr. Madden’s entry into higher education at the university followed the completion of his Juris Doctorate from the University of Missouri-Kansas City in 1970. He also earned a Master of Laws degree from UMKC, and completed his bachelor’s degree at the University of Kansas.
He began his career as an assistant professor, and achieved full professor status in 1983. During his tenure, he juggled a load full of course work with participation in carious campus groups. He was a member of the Ad Hoc Committee to Develop Procedures for Dismissal of Tenured Faculty, and within the Harmon College of Business and Professional Studies, he served on the Scholarship Committee and Promotion and Tenure Committee. He was involved at the departmental level in the Peer Evaluation Review Committee and was sponsor of the Association of Legal Students.
Mr. Madden’s service to the community and state included work as a case mediator for the Associate Circuit Court, Johnson County, and providing no charge legal consultation to students and religious entities.
He is a member of the American Bar Association, Missouri Bar Association, and Kansas City Bar Association.