About the Director

Friends University appointed Dixie F. Madden the Willard W. Garvey Distinguished Chair in Law in September 2003. As chair, Madden serves as the Founding Director of the Garvey Institute of Law.

Dixie was born in Garden City, Kan., and graduated from Garden City High School. She earned her bachelor of science degree with a major in mathematics at Kansas State University. She entered law school at Ohio State University and graduated cum laude with her juris doctor degree.

Prior to commencing post-doctorate studies at New York University, she served as a staff attorney for the Legal Aid Society of Columbus and Assistant Attorney General for the state of Ohio, and taught in the clinical programs at Ohio State University’s Moritz College of Law and the Washburn University School of Law. She earned her post-doctorate Master of Law (LL.M.) degree in corporation/securities law from New York University.

She has practiced business law in Wichita since 1985 with the firms of Fleeson, Gooing, Coulson & Kitch L.L.C. and the Adams Jones Law Firm and continues to serve as Of Counsel with Adams Jones. She also served as dean and professor of law of Presidents College School of Law in Wichita, Kan., from 2001 until it closed in 2003. She assumed her current positions with Friends University in the fall of 2003.

Her legal experience in business matters is extensive. She has worked with clients in forming for-profit, not-for-profit and professional businesses, using C corporations, S corporations, partnerships and limited liability companies. She has assisted business clients with many types of agreements and documents, including organizational documents, buy-sell agreements, transfer restrictions, ownership transfers, employment agreements, management agreements, license agreements, lease agreements, loan agreements, security agreements and UCC filings. She also has represented clients in the sale and purchase of businesses, including conducting due diligence; preparing the asset purchase, stock purchase or merger agreement; preparing appropriate exhibits and schedules; making necessary filings; and closing the transactions.

She is also experienced in securities law, health law and employee benefits law. She has represented clients in conducting public offerings with numerous state filings, prepared private placement memoranda for private offerings, and advised clients regarding federal and state requirements for the sale and transfer of securities. In health law, she has assisted physicians and physician groups with business law matters and compliance matters involving Medicare, Medicaid, Stark II, anti-kickback, false claims, compliance plans, managed care and long-term care. She has also assisted many clients in dealing with employment issues and implementing and maintaining employee benefit plans under federal law.

She is an active member of the Wichita Bar Association, the Kansas Bar Association, the American Bar Association and the American Health Lawyers Association, and has served on numerous bar committees. She has served on the board of trustees of the Wichita Children's Home and other community organizations. She is currently on the board of the Women's Research Institute and is a member of the Downtown Rotary Club of Wichita.

"This is a wonderful opportunity and an exciting evolution in my career," Dixie said. "I will be able to use my past experiences to develop a program of legal education that fits the needs in our community and the surrounding area."