Carol M. Park
Attorney Carol Park is a native Kansan and has spent most of her life in the state. Born in Dodge City, she has been a member of the Hays community since graduating from the Washburn School of Law in 2006.
Carol always knew that she wanted to be in a helping profession, and originally considered becoming a psychologist. While in college, she took an honors course at the law school and realized that she might be able to help people even more as an attorney, working to solve problems in a concrete and practical way. Having been close to people in her own life who could have benefited from compassionate legal help, Carol wanted to provide this service to others.
Carol dedicates her practice to areas of the law that address concerns people have in everyday life: divorce, business disputes, injuries, and planning for the future of their families. She considers the best part of her work to be her interactions with clients, getting to know them and helping them through difficult times in their lives. Carol derives great satisfaction from being able to provide clients with the answers and support they need. She considers her ability to listen and offer meaningful advice to clients one of her greatest strengths.
Colleagues describe Carol as honest and reasonable, and as an excellent researcher, writer and advocate. In 2012, Carol was appointed to the Kansas Child Support Guidelines Advisory Committee and, in 2013, she was selected for the Kansas Board of Law Examiners by the Chief Justice of the Kansas Supreme Court. Carol's appointment to the Kansas Child Support Guidelines ended in 2018, but her service to the bar continues through the Board of Law Examiners, being named Chair in 2020. She has also served on a hearing panel for the Kansas Board for Discipline of Attorneys. Carol is active in a number of other professional organizations and served as the president and secretary of the Ellis County Bar Association, coordinating its annual CLE event for many years.
Carol Park is also involved in activities, both professional and personal, that improve the lives of families. She and her husband have been licensed foster parents and have first-hand experience with the foster care system in Kansas. Carol is an active member of Messiah Lutheran Church in Hays and has been involved with youth education there for many years as a Sunday School teacher, Midweek volunteer and Vacation Bible School volunteer. She is a past member of the Kansas Child Support Guidelines Advisory Committee, which works to create a framework that is fair to parents and ensures that children’s needs are met. She is involved with the Hays chapter of Mothers of Preschoolers (MOPS) and participates in many other community events with her family.
- Family Law
- Criminal Defense
- Business Law
- Contract Law
- Estate Planning
- Personal Injury
- Appellate Practice
- Washburn School of Law, Juris Doctor, 2006, with honors
- University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Bachelor of Arts, 2002, with high distinction
Admissions to Practice
Professional Memberships and Associations
- Kansas Board of Law Examiners, current member, current Chair
- Kansas Child Support Guidelines Advisory Committee, past member
- Ellis County Bar Association, Past President, current member
- Kansas Bar Association, current member
- American Bar Association, current member
- Kansas Association for Justice, past member
- Washburn Law Alumni Association, current member
- Kansas Women's Attorneys Association, current member
- University of Nebraska-Lincoln Alumni Association, current member