Rebecca Mann

Contact Information

Office Phone: 316.265.7841

Assistant: Jacki Getchell

Areas of Practice:
Appellate Practice, Family law and Adoption (divorce, child custody, child support, paternity) and Municipal.

Relationship to the Firm:

Basic personal information:
Wichita Native, admitted to Kansas Bar 2007, United States District Court, District of Kansas, 2007

Tulane University School of Law, J.D. (2006)
Baker University, B.S. Business Management and double minor in German and Music (2002) magna cum laude

Judicial Clerkship:
Law Clerk for the Honorable Michael A. Guadagno, New Jersey Superior Court, Monmouth County, Family Division (2006-2007)

Professional Associations:
American Bar Association, member
Kansas Bar Association, member
Wichita Bar Association, member, president (2019-2020)
Wichita Bar Association Young Lawyer Division, president (2011-2012)
Wichita Women’s Attorney Association, member

Notable Cases

Kansas Supreme Court:  Harrison v. Tauheed, 292 Kan. 663 (2011).  In seeking custody of his son, the father contended that the mother’s religious practices and beliefs could have a negative, detrimental impact upon their son. Specifically, as a Jehovah’s Witness, the mother would deny potentially necessary medical treatment to her son if it would violate her religious beliefs. On review, the court held that, although the district judge attempted to cabin his consideration of the mother’s religion, he did not in fact categorically exclude all matters religious from his examination. Instead, while he properly excluded religious belief alone and refused to speculate about potential religiously motivated conduct in the future, he did in fact consider the ways in which current religiously motivated conduct affected the child’s best interests. That was the right approach, striking the delicate balance necessary between a parent’s constitutionally protected right to free exercise of religion and the judicial system’s responsibility to further the best interests of the child. There was no abuse of discretion for failure to apply the correct legal standard.

Civic/Social Involvements:
USTA Kansas, Executive Director
Adjunct Professor for Baker University
St. Stephens Episcopal Church, member