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Office of General Counsel

Kansas State University
111 Anderson Hall
919 Mid-Campus Drive North
Manhattan, KS  66506

785-532-5730
785-532-5603-fax
attys@k-state.edu

Attorneys

Cheryl G. Strecker

General Counsel

Cheryl G. StreckerCheryl Strecker is General Counsel for Kansas State University, where she has worked as in-house counsel and litigation attorney since 1993. She earned her law degree from Cornell Law School in 1987, and worked for a private firm in Chicago and later as in-house counsel for the Illinois Department of Corrections before joining the legal team at K-State.

She earned her B.A. in Interdisciplinary Social Science at K-State in 1984, graduating with honors. She was elected to Phi Beta Kappa and spent a year in Germany on a study-abroad scholarship. Her connections with K-State also include growing up in Manhattan with a parent on the mathematics faculty.


Peter J. Paukstelis

Associate General Counsel

Peter J. PaukstelisPete Paukstelis joined K-State's legal staff in 2008. He was born and grew up in Manhattan, Kansas. Both of his parents were part of K-State's chemistry department, and his mother (Maria) continues to teach chemistry at K-State after more than forty years.

He attended the University of Kansas, where he was Phi Beta Kappa and received degrees in philosophy and biology. He then attended The University of Michigan Law School. He worked for large law firms in Kansas City and Los Angeles before returning to Manhattan to open his own solo law practice in 2002.

Pete was elected to the Manhattan-Ogden Board of Education twice, in 2005 and 2009. He served as Board President during the 2008-2009 school year.


Maureen A. Redeker

Assistant General Counsel

Maureen RedekerMaureen Redeker became a member of the Office of General Counsel in 2013. At Maryville University of Saint Louis, she earned a B.A. in psychology, a B.S. in business administration, and was a four-year letter winner on the varsity women’s basketball team. She attended law school at Florida State University College of Law, where she participated in moot court and The Florida State Law Review. She also spent a semester studying international law in Rotterdam, Netherlands.

Maureen's experience includes working as an attorney both in government and private practice. She has worked for the U.S. Army at Fort Riley, a large international law firm in Kansas City, and as a judicial clerk to Judge John Lungstrum of the U.S. District Court for the District of Kansas.


Robert C. Large

Assistant General Counsel

Peter J. PaukstelisRobert Large joined the Office of General Counsel in 2016. He earned a bachelor's degree in Finance and Political Science and a Juris Doctorate from Florida State University. As an undergraduate, Robert was an active member of the Florida State University Marching Chiefs. During law school, he served as a student attorney with the Children's Advocacy Center and participated in a summer international law program in Beijing, China.

Before joining the Office of General Counsel, Robert served as Chief Counsel for the Kansas Department of Agriculture and as a civilian attorney for the U.S. Army at Fort Riley. Prior to moving to Kansas, Robert served as an Assistant General Counsel for the Florida Department of Education. Robert's wife, Karen, is a faculty member in the K-State School of Music, Theatre, and Dance.


Paralegal Staff

Amy L. McLemoreAmy L. McLemore

Amy joined the General Counsel's office in October 2007. She attended Kansas State University where she earned a B.S. in Human Development and Family Studies, emphasizing in Pre-Law. She has over 20 years of legal experience.

Nancy KruseNancy A. Kruse

Nancy joined the General Counsel's office in August 1985. She attended Wichita State University where she earned an A.A. in Paralegal Studies. She has over 30 years of legal experience.

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