Thanks for Your Support: A Message from Dean Pratt

While I reflect on my first year as dean I am compelled to say thank you again to all of you who welcomed me to the Washburn family and supported the law school in some way this year. Whether you donated your time, leveraged your professional network, or made a financial contribution, we appreciate you and your commitment to the continued success of the law school.

Photograph: LSAC Diversity Matters Award presented to Washburn Law.Our staff have also been hard at work to enhance the reputation of Washburn Law. This year our law school received the Law School Admission Council's "Diversity Matters Award" for our pipeline work aimed at making legal education accessible to people from groups that are underrepresented in our profession. Our admissions staff members lead our pipeline efforts so be sure to congratulate Preston Nicholson, Priscilla Samarripa, Cory Payne and Kaitlin Alegria for their hard work that lead to this national recognition.

This summer we added 16 more Washburn lawyers and law faculty to the roster of lawyers who are admitted to the U.S. Supreme Court.
Photograph: Alumni and Washburn Law faculty at U.S. Supreme Court swearing-in in Washington, D.C.

Other recent highlights include the building gift from the law firm of Foulston Siefkin and Professor Jeffrey Jackson's incredible work with the Intensive Trial Advocacy Program (see photos from this year's ITAP trials).

This summer we will be visiting alumni in Denver, Las Vegas, Los Angeles and Seattle so if you are near one of these cities, I hope you will join us at the alumni event that is closest to you.

As a preview to next year, we will be embarking on an in-depth strategic planning process to develop a five year strategic plan for the law school. We are calling it Vision 2025. I encourage you to get involved and attend one of our in-person or online strategic planning listening sessions. We want to hear from you as we set goals and priorities for the next five years. Of course if you are not able to participate in one of our listening sessions, you are always welcome to email, call, or visit with me on campus.

Photograph: Kathy Johnson (left) and Karla Whitaker.Finally, we say farewell to Kathy Johnson and Karla Whitaker who are retiring this summer to spend more time with family. They both have contributed so much to our Alumni and Development Office so we wish them all the best in retirement.

Carla D. Pratt
Dean and Professor of Law
Washburn University School of Law

Photograph: Dean Carla D. Pratt.

Carla D. Pratt

Dean Pratt talks about the impact education has had on her life and how law has a role in shaping higher education (3:43 minutes).
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