Photograph: Alumna meeting with student.

Alumni Services and Advancement Staff

Alumni Services

Photograph: Judyanne Somers.Judyanne Somers is the Director for Alumni Services. She served as Chief of Staff for the Kansas Governor's Residence, Cedar Crest, from 2003-2010. Previously, Judyanne was the Director of Career Services, CLE, and Alumni Relations at Washburn Law and served as the first Executive Director of the Topeka Bar Association. She may be contacted at judyanne.somers [at] or (785) 670-2013.

Photograph: Cindy Stillings.Cindy Stillings is an Administrative Assistant for the School of Law. Before joining the law school in March 2009, she worked for 11 years at Topeka Collegiate School in an administrative role. Cindy received a Bachelors of Arts in Sociology and an Associates Degree in Criminal Justice, both from Washburn University. She may be contacted at cindy.stillings [at] or (785) 670-1011.


Photograph: Joel Lauer.Joel Lauer is the Director of Advancement. Prior to joining the law school in 2002, he guided the YWCA of Topeka through a $3.5 million capital campaign that benefitted the Battered Women Task Force and the Teen Pregnancy Prevention Program. He earned his Master of Arts in Communication Studies from the University of Nevada at Las Vegas, while helping coach the nationally recognized UNLV debate squad. He received his Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies and Political Science in 1995 from Washburn University. Joel may be contacted at joel.lauer [at] or (785) 670-1702.

Photograph: Cherie Bauer.Cherie Bauer is an Administrative Assistant for the School of Law. Her 20 years of experience at Washburn Law provides an important prospective to the school. Cherie received an Associates Degree from Washburn in 2002. She may be reached at cherie.bauer [at] or (785) 670-1100.