Photograph: Composite of students at various first week activities.

Schedule of Activities for Spring 2019 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 Wednesday through Thursday. Attendance is required for all events unless otherwise noted.

Updated: September 25, 2018.

Tuesday, January 8

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.

8:35-9:45 a.m. – Library

  • 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 Review required readings.

10:00-11:00 a.m. – Room 120

  • Introduction of Dean Pratt by Preston Nicholson, Assistant Dean for Admissions
  • Welcome and Introduction to 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
    • ntroduction of Shawn Leisinger, Associate Dean for Centers and External Programs

11:00 a.m.-Noon – Room 100

  • Professionalism and the Honor Code (Joseph Mastrosimone, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs)

Noon-1:30 p.m. – Lunch (provided) and Tour with Group Leaders for Academic Support – Room 120

  • Purpose of Small Groups and Introductions of Group Leaders (Jalen Lowry, Associate Dean for Student Affairs)
  • Your Group Leaders will meet you in Room 120 and take you to your box lunches and your meeting area. After lunch, you will take a quick tour of the classrooms you will be in next week, as well as Bradbury Thompson Alumni Center, the Union (housing the bookstore, cafeteria, snack shop, and student ID office), Morgan Hall (housing the Financial Aid Office, the Business Office, Health Services), and Kuehne Hall (housing Counseling Services).
  • Please contact Donna McMurry at before Wednesday, January 2, 2019 if you have special dietary needs, or if you want to specify that you would prefer roast beef, turkey, ham, or vegetarian sandwiches.

1:30-2:15 p.m. – Character and Fitness Requirements for the Bar - Room 120

  • Gayle Larkin, Admissions Attorney for the Kansas Supreme Court
  • Barry Garrison, Admissions Administrator for the Kansas Supreme Court
  • MPORTANT: Your signature showing attendance is required and will be kept in your permanent file.

2:30-3:00 p.m. – Financial Aid Essentials - Room 120

  • Director Kandace Mars, Director of Financial Aid

3:00-4:15 p.m. – Westlaw and LexisNexis Registration - Room 120 - Please bring your laptop

  • 3:00-3:15 p.m. - Introduction by Professor Thomas Sneed, Director of Law Library
  • 3:15-3:45 p.m. - Westlaw Registration (Ms. Annemarie Milton)
  • 3:45-4:15 p.m. - LexisNexis Registration (Ms. Cheryl Clark)

Wednesday, January 9

9:00 a.m.-Noon – Room 120

  • Academic Skills (Professor Rory Bahadur)

    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 120

  • Academic Skills (Professor Rory Bahadur)

Thursday, January 10

9:00 a.m.-Noon – Room 120

  • Academic Skills (Professor Rory Bahadur)

Noon-1:00 p.m. - Lunch on your own

1:00-4:00 p.m. – Room 120

  • Academic Skills (Professor Rory Bahadur)

Friday, January 11

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

9:15-9:45 a.m. – Room 120

  • Continental Breakfast with Professor John Francis of the Law Clinic and Assistant Director Kaitlin Alegria of the Centers for Excellence and the Externship Program

10:00-11:30 a.m. – Law School Essentials - Room 120

  • Jalen Lowry, Associate Dean for Student Affairs
    The Six Strengths Necessary for a Fulfilling Career (and how Washburn Law will help you become strong in them)
  • Introductions of:
    • Professor Tonya Kowalski, Director of International Legal Programs
    • Director Tammy King, Director of Professional Development (PDO)
    • Ms. Cindy Moyer, Administrative Specialist, PDO
    • Ms. Tiffany McManis, Director of Health Services
    • Ms. Crystal Leming, Director of Counseling Services

11:30-11:45 a.m. – Class Photo - Meet in Room 120.

  • You can leave your things in Room 120 while you are led to best site for photo shoot (varies according to weather).

Noon-3:00 p.m. - Welcome Lunch and Tour of Brown Site (five minutes from law school)

If you are able to get there earlier than noon, great. Please go ahead and go through the buffet line, 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.

  • Graphic: Cover of volume 42, issue 2 of Washburn Lawyer.Brown v. Board of Education National Historic Site (1515 SE Monroe, Topeka, Kansas). The Site is about five minutes east of the law school. (See map below. 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: It is advised that you do not wear spike heels or expensive shoes, as the path to the building is sometimes not good in bad weather. Please contact Jalen Lowry, Associate Dean for Student Affairs, if you need a ride to the Site:
  • Noon-12:45 p.m.: Lunch
    Please contact Donna McMurry at before noon on Friday, January 4, 2019 if you have special dietary needs.
  • 12:45 p.m.: Introduction by U.S. Park Ranger Enimini Ekong to the Brown cases, and the roles of Washburn lawyers in those cases.
  • 1:00-1:40 p.m.: Welcome by Dean Romig, Introduction of Keynote Speaker, and Administration of Professionalism Oath
  • Approximately 1:40-3:00 p.m.: Tour on your own.
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.

Note: Faculty will have assignments for your regular classes that need to be prepared for the week beginning January 16. These assignments will become available sometime during the week of January 7, 2019.

Tuesday, January 15

Regular class schedule begins.

12:15-1:00 p.m.

  • Opportunity Fair Showcasing LAW STUDENT ORGANIZATIONS

Wednesday, January 16

12:15-1:00 p.m.

  • Opportunity Fair Showcasing Law School and University Opportunities

Wednesday, January 16

12:15-1:00 p.m.

  • Opportunity Fair Showcasing Outside Organization Opportunities

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