Schedule of Activities for Spring 2020 Incoming Students

Following is the tentative schedule of classes and activities for first-year law students during their initial week at Washburn Law. While modifications may occur to this schedule, note that your first classes meet Thursday through Friday. Attendance is required for all events unless otherwise noted.

Updated: January 16, 2020 (8:10 p.m.).

Tuesday, January 14

8:30-9:30 a.m.
1L Check-In - Please enter the law school through the north doors; the check-in process begins in Robinson Courtroom and ends in the law school library.

  • Incoming first-year law students may check in at any time during this period to receive section assignments, a Washburn Law shirt, and registration packet.
  • Students will have their Washburn Law directory photos taken during check-in.
  • Connect Laptop to Wireless Network / Setup Law School Printers, then enjoy continental breakfast courtesy of the library.
  • If you find you have extra time you may want to
    • Visit the Ichabod Shop at the lower level southeast corner of Memorial Union (leave law school through East door on second floor and follow the sidewalk east to the first building). Please note that once you receive your section assignment, it is important to obtain your textbooks soon. The university's Ichabod Shop generally carries sufficient copies of textbooks, but it does not guarantee this.
    • Visit the Ichabod Service Center on the second level of Memorial Union and get your iCard. You will need to bring government-issued ID and sit for a photo at the office. Your iCard can be used as a cash card and will be necessary to enter the law school after hours.
    • Review required readings.

9:30-11:30 a.m. – Room 327

  • Welcome by Preston Nicholson, Assistant Dean for Admissions
  • Introduction by Professor Thomas Sneed, Director of Law Library
    • CALI (Computer-Assisted Legal Instruction); LexisNexis Digital Library
  • Introduction of Law School Web-based Student Handbook
  • D2L Registration and explanation of future Assignments on D2L
  • LexisNexis Registration (30 minutes) (Barbara Ginzburg, Law Library, Head of Access Services)
  • Westlaw Registration and explanation of TWEN for future Assignments (30 minutes) (Barbara Ginzburg)

10:00-11:00 a.m. – For Family and Friends of Incoming Law Students – Robinson Courtroom

  • Jalen Lowry, Associate Dean for Student Affairs discusses what your law students will be experiencing, ways that you can support them, and answers your questions.

11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. – Introduction of Students – Room 327

  • Introduction of Washburn Student Bar Association (WSBA) President Harry Schwartz
  • Introduction of Professionalism Group Program and Leaders and how they will help you with the Six Strengths Necessary for a Fulfilling Career
    • Leaders: Matt Collett, Kelsie Howard, Crystal Moe, Daniel Sloan, and Taylon Sumners.
  • Leaders will lead you to lunch and a first meeting. After lunch, Leaders will lead you on a tour that will include 1L classrooms at the Law School for the following week (Rooms 100, 102, 114, 119, 120, 327, and Room 150 in the Law Clinic). Leaders will show you the Student Services Office (where you can obtain your ID card), the Cafeteria, the Ichabod Shop (bookstore), the Student One Stop location (for Financial Aid and Business issues), Health Services, the Counseling Center, and the Food Pantry.
  • Please contact Donna McMurry at before Wednesday, January 8, 2020 if you have special dietary needs, or if you want to specify that you would prefer roast beef, turkey, ham, or vegetarian sandwiches.

1:30-3:30 p.m. – Law School Essentials - Room 327

  • Jalen Lowry, Associate Dean for Student Affairs
  • Safety:
    • Chris Enos, Washburn University Chief of Police
  • Health (begin approximately 1:40 p.m.):
    • Ms. Tiffany McManis, Director of Health Services
    • Ms. Crystal Leming, Director of Counseling Services
    • Ms. Danielle Hall, Executive Director, Kansas Lawyers Assistance Program (KALAP)
    • Ms. Molly Steffes-Herman, Campus Advocate
  • Wealth (begin approximately 2:00 p.m.):
    • Financial Aid Fundamentals
      • Ms. Jamie McEwen, Financial Literacy Coordinator
    • Emergency Loan Program and Food Pantry
  • Career (begin approximately 2:30 p.m.):
    • Tammy King, Assistant Dean for Professional Development (PDO)
    • Ms. Cindy Moyer, Administrative Specialist, PDO
  • Life-Long Wellness Habits of Successful and Fulfilled Attorneys (begin approximately 3:00 p.m.):
    • Mr. Kyler Wineinger, 3L, President, Washburn Association for Law Student Health (WALSH)
    • Ms. Whitney Casement '12, Senior Associate Attorney, Goodell Stratton Edmonds & Palmer LLP

Wednesday, January 15

Wear your Washburn Law Shirt for Class Photo! (Distributed at Tuesday check-in)

8:15-8:45 a.m. – Coffee and light breakfast, courtesy of your Alumni Office - First Floor Commons

9:00-10:00 a.m. – Professionalism and the Honor Code – Room 327

10:00-11:00 a.m. – Character and Fitness Requirements for the Bar - Room 327

  • Jalen Lowry, Associate Dean for Student Affairs
  • Mr. Jake Gregg, 3L
  • Ms. Gayle B. Larkin, Admissions Attorney for the Kansas Supreme Court
  • Mr. Barry Garrison, Admissions Administrator for the Kansas Supreme Court
  • IMPORTANT: Your signature showing attendance is required and will be kept in your permanent file.

11:00-11:15 a.m. – Class Photo – Meet in Room 327

  • You can leave your belongings in Room 327 while you are led to best site for photo shoot (varies according to weather).

Noon-2:00 p.m. – Welcome Lunch and Tour Brown v. Board of Education National Historic Site – 1515 SE Monroe, Topeka, Kansas

Please feel free to go ahead and go through the buffet line when it is open, sit down at any seat that doesn't have a faculty or staff reservation sign (we try to have faculty and staff for you at each table, so you can start meeting us) and start eating—don't stand on ceremony. Also, please feel free to continue to eat during the remarks.

Menu: mesquite grilled chicken, barbequed brisket, cheesy potatoes, garden salad with ranch dressing, rolls, and assorted desserts. Please contact Donna McMurry at by Wednesday, January 8, 2020 if you have special dietary needs.

  • Graphic: Cover of volume 42, issue 2 of Washburn Lawyer.The Site is about five minutes east of the law school. (See and follow map below, GPS may take you on a circuitous route. Take 17th Street, on the north side of the law school, east until you reach the Site's parking lot on your left just past Monroe Street. If you need disability-accessible parking, go through the parking lot and park behind the building.) Note: Site rangers prefer you follow the sidewalks from the parking lot to the entrance rather than walk across the grass. Please contact Jalen Lowry, Associate Dean for Student Affairs, if you need a ride to the Site:
  • 12:30-12:45 p.m.: Introduction by U.S.Park Ranger Dexter Armstrong
  • 12:45 p.m.: Welcome by Washburn Law Dean Carla D. Pratt
    • Introduction of Joseph Mastrosimone, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs
    • Introduction of Jalen Lowry, Associate Dean for Student Affairs
    • Introduction of Jo Hunt, Associate Dean for Administration
    • Introduction of Shawn Leisinger, Associate Dean for Centers and External Programs
  • Remarks by Dean Pratt
  • Dean Pratt Administers Professionalism Oath
  • Tour Site on your own (feel free to stay later if you wish!).
See the Summer 2004 issue of Washburn Lawyer for more information about Washburn Law graduates involved in the Brown case.

Map: Washburn Law to Brown v. Board of Education National Historic Site.

Thursday, January 16

8:15-8:45 a.m. – First Floor Commons

  • Continental Breakfast with Associate Dean Leisinger, Centers for Excellence and Externship Program

9:00 a.m.-Noon – Room 114

  • Academic Skills (Professor Marsha Griggs)

    Review required readings.

    This intensive program will introduce students to many of the basic skills and processes they need to succeed in law school. Students will begin the study of tort law during the program and will simultaneously be taught how to read and brief cases, take notes, create outlines, and answer law school examination questions. These skills are not explicitly taught in the traditional legal education model, but the program represents Washburn's commitment to cutting-edge legal pedagogy that is supported by modern educational research.

Noon-1:00 p.m. – Lunch on your own

1:00-4:00 p.m. – Room 114

  • Academic Skills (Professor Marsha Griggs)

Friday, January 17

10:30-11:00 a.m. – First Floor Commons

11:00 a.m.-TBD – Room 114

Note: Faculty will have assignments for your regular classes that need to be prepared for the week beginning January 21. These assignments will become available sometime during the week of January 6, 2020. See first week assignments and begin preparing for next week.

Monday, January 20

  • Martin Luther King Day (offices closed; no classes)

Tuesday, January 21

Thursday, January 23

12:30-1:30 p.m. – Opportunity Fair, Day One – Law School, First Floor Commons and Rooms 100, 102, 114, 106, 115

Monday, January 27

12:30-1:30 p.m. – Opportunity Fair, Day Two – Law School, First Floor Commons and Rooms 100, 102, 114, 106, 115

  • Information about and opportunities to meet officers of Law School Student Organizations.
    • Agricultural Law Society
    • Asian American Law Students Association (AALSA)
    • Black Law Students Association (BLSA)
    • Christian Legal Society (CLS)
    • Criminal Law Society
    • Environmental Law Society (ELS)
    • Federal Bar Association (FBA)
    • Federalist Society for Law and Public Policy Studies
    • Genders & Sexualities Alliance (GSA)
    • Hispanic American Law Students Association (HALSA)
    • Interfaith Association
    • International Law Society (ILS)
    • J. Reuben Clark Law Society
    • Jessup International Law Moot Court
    • Labor and Employment Group of Washburn
    • Moot Court Council
    • Native American Law Student Association
    • Oil, Gas, and Energy Law Society
    • Phi Alpha Delta (PAD)
    • Pro Bono Society (formerly Equal Justice Works)
    • Rural Practice Organization
    • Sports and Entertainment Law Society
    • Tax and Estate Planning Association (TEPA)
    • Veterans' Legal Association of Washburn (VLAW)
    • Washburn Association for Law Student Health (WALSH)
    • Washburn Business Law Society
    • Washburn Intellectual Property Law Society (WIPLS)
    • Washburn Law Democrats (WLD)
    • Washburn Law Journal
    • Washburn Student Bar Association (WSBA)
    • Washburn Student Bar Association Barristers' Ball Committee
    • Women's Legal Forum (WLF)

Professional Development Office (PDO) Events

  • PDO Orientation: Thursday, February 27, 2020, 12:15 p.m., Room 120
  • Resume/Cover Letter Workshop: Wednesday, March 4, 2020, 12:15 p.m., Room 120

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