Photograph: Eagle statue outside law school.

Notable Alumni

Our alumni live in every state and a number of foreign countries. They work in law firms, government agencies, and the for-profit and non-profit sectors. Some are solo or group practitioners; judges; or city, county, district, state, or U.S. attorneys. Others are public defenders, legislators, educators, or administrators. Washburn Law graduates also serve as senior executives or general counsel in a wide spectrum of international corporations.

Photograph: The Honorable Kay McFarland.
Photograph: Delano Lewis.
Photograph: Congressman Dennis Moore.


Bob Dole, Republican Party candidate for President in 1996, and United States Senator from Kansas from 1969-1996.

Delano Lewis, Former CEO of the Peace Corps,
NPR, and United States Ambassador to the Republic of South Africa from 1996-2001.

Dennis Moore, United States Congressman from Kansas's 3rd District 1999-2011.

Photograph: William H. Kurtis. Photograph: The Honorable Kay McFarland.
Photograph: Judge Paul Brady. Photograph: Lillian Apodaca.

William H. Kurtis, acclaimed documentary host and producer of A&E's American Justice, Investigative Reports and Cold Case Files.

The Honorable Kay McFarland, '64, first woman Justice and Chief Justice of Kansas Supreme Court.

Judge Paul Brady, '56, first African-American federal administrative law judge in U.S. history.

Lillian Apodaca, former president of the Hispanic National Bar Association.

Photograph: The Hon. Christel Marquardt.
Photograph: Dick Hite. Photograph: Duke Dupre. Photograph: The Hon. Sam Crow.
The Honorable Christel Trolenberg Marquardt, '74, Kansas Court of Appeals and first woman president of the Kansas Bar Association. Richard C. 'Dick' Hite, '53, partner in Hite, Fanning & Honeyman L.L.P. D. Duke Dupre, '73, former vice president and general counsel of external affairs for SBC Communications The Honorable Sam A. Crow, '52, Senior U.S. District Court Judge
Photograph: Lawyer from Brown v. Board of Education case.
Washburn Law played an important part in shaping the nation’s history. Since its beginning, the law school regularly admitted women and ethnic minority students, making it a pioneer in equality. The school also played an important role during the earliest moments of the Civil Rights movement. In 1953, law school alumni found themselves on both sides of Brown v. Board of Education, the landmark civil rights case that would forever change the nation.