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June 4, 1998


Three area lawyers are to be recognized for years of membership in the Kansas Bar Assn.

The Kansas Bar Assn. is honoring nearly 70 lawyers and judges for 50 or 60 years of membership.

Robert S. Hill, Ottawa, and George V. Allen and Charles C. Rankin, both of Lawrence, are among the members that will be honored at the High Notes luncheon on June 11 during the Kansas Bar Assn.'s 116th Annual Meeting and Bench-Bar Conference June 10-12 in Overland Park.

The luncheon is at noon at the Double Tree Hotel.

Hill, a Kansas University graduate, has been a member of the bar for 50 years, but not a practicing lawyer.

``I'm principally a banker,'' he said. ``I'm the chairman of the board of the Kansas State Bank. ...Once a lawyer, always a lawyer, they say.''

Hill began practicing law in February of 1948, but for personal reasons went into the family banking business.

``I did a few probate cases, now and then,'' he said, adding that he kept his legal education current.

Both Allen and Rankin will be honored for having been members of the association for 60 years.

``I first started practicing law in 1943, here in Lawrence,'' Allen said. Allen had his own practice, representing mostly insurance companies. He is now retired.

``About 20 years ago, I started cutting back,'' he said. ``I farm now.''

Rankin was a judge, had his own practice and served as a colonel in the Army.

``I was admitted to the bar in June of 1938,'' he said. He was drafted during World War II, and later came back to practice in Lawrence.

``I was a probate and county judge for a while,'' he said, adding he also served as a juvenile judge in Douglas County.

He commanded the Eighth Division of the Judges Advocate General, covering Kansas, Oklahoma, Missouri, Colorado, Nebraska and Iowa.

Rankin is retired now.

``I keep meaning to get back to it, but I never do,'' he said.

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