Ruth Benien has a Juris Doctorate from the University of Kansas School of Law and a B.S.J. from the University of Kansas with a major in Journalism and a minor in Personnel Administration. She has practiced law in Wyandotte County for the last (25) years and served as President of the Wyandotte County Bar Association, the Association of Woman Lawyers of Greater Kansas City and the Kansas Trial Lawyers Association. During the course of her practice she has served as a member of and conducted investigations for the local and state bar association ethics and grievance panels applying the Code of Professional Responsibility to the actions and conduct of lawyers. She has served as mediator and participant in numerous mediations and has experience developing and presenting employee training issues as evidenced by extensive seminar presentations. She is a graduate of the Wyandotte County Leadership 2000 program and has served on or worked with numerous civic and community panels and groups.