Washburn Law Faculty Scholarship and Activities, July 2019-June 2020

Aïda M. Alaka

Professional Service

Board Member, Kansas Continuing Legal Education Commission, July 1, 2019.

Rory Bahadur


Presenter / Panelist, "Strategies for Bar Prep Success," Southeastern Association of Law Schools (SEALS) Annual Conference, Boca Raton, Florida, August 2, 2019.

Participant, "Mock Interviews for Prospective Law Students," Southeastern Association of Law Schools (SEALS) Annual Conference, Boca Raton, Florida July 31, 2019.

Plenary Presenter / Panelist, "Demonstrating How to Engage and Motivate Students," Southeastern Association of Law Schools (SEALS) Annual Conference, Boca Raton, Florida, July 30, 2019.

Invited Presenter, "West Academic, Engaged Learning Forum," Southeastern Association of Law Schools (SEALS) Annual Conference, Boca Raton, Florida, July 29, 2019.

Invited Participant, West Academic Legal Distance Learning Conference, St. Paul, Minnesota, July, 2019.

Andrea J. Boyack

Articles in Law Reviews and Other Scholarly Journals

"Responsible Devolution of Affordable Housing," 46 Fordham Urban Law Journal 1183 (2019).

Gillian Chadwick

Articles in Law Reviews and Other Scholarly Journals

"Legitimating the Transnational Family," 42 Harvard Journal of Law and Gender 257 (2019).

James M. Concannon

Chapters in Books

"Evidence," (chapter 13), Kansas Annual Survey (Kansas Bar Association, 2019).

Professional Service

Appointed Chair of the Committee on Style of the National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Laws at the concluding session of the 128th annual meeting of the Conference, in Anchorage, Alaska on July 12-17, 2019.

Linda Henry Elrod


"Uniform Family Law Arbitration Act: Adding Another Avenue to Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) for Families," 2019 ADR CLE: Updates and Outliers in Dispute Resolution, Kansas Bar Association ADR Section, Topeka, Kansas, November. 8, 2019.

"Ethical Considerations in the Digital Age," Hot Topics in Dispute Resolution, 13th Annual Fall CLE Seminar, Topeka, Kansas, September 20, 2019.

"Hearing the Voices of Children: Requiring Counsel in International Cases," Conference on Gender, Inclusivity and Protecting the 21st Century Family, sponsored by the International Centre for Family Law, Policy and Practice in association with The University of Westminster, Westminster Law School, London, July 5, 2019.

"Evolving Capacities and Weight to be Given Children’s Wishes in Custody Proceedings," Convention on the Rights of the Child Implementation Project: Article 5 Colloquium, Children’s Rights: Families, Guidance and Evolving Capacities, Robinson College, University of Cambridge, Cambridge, United Kingdom, July 16-18, 2019.

Professional Service

Invited to continue as a member of the United States Department of State Advisory Committee on Private International Law until October 22, 2021 (She was reappointed in February 2019).

Attended a Conference on Gender, Inclusivity and Protecting the 21st Century Family, sponsored by the International Centre for Family Law, Policy and Practice in association with The University of Westminster, Westminster Law School, London, July 1-6, 2019; moderated a panel of lawyers from Scotland and South Africa on “Transgendered Children" and a lawyer from Italy on "Mediation", July 4, 2019; presented a paper on "Hearing the Voices of Children: Requiring Counsel in International Cases," July 5, 2019.

Michelle Ewert

Articles in Law Reviews and Other Scholarly Journals

"Things Fall Apart (Next Door): Discriminatory Maintenance and Decreased Home Values as the Next Fair Housing Battleground," 84 Brooklyn Law Review 1141 (2019).

Other Publications

"Promoting the Public Good at Washburn Law," 88:8 Journal of the Kansas Bar Association 44 (September 2019).


"What the 😬 👍 😡 💵: Law and Emojis," Women Attorneys Association of Topeka (WAAT) CLE training, Topeka, Kansas, October 16, 2019.

Panelist, "The Ripple Effect of the Immigration Public Charge Rule," LatCrit 2019 Biennial Conference, Georgia State University, Atlanta, Georgia, October 19, 2019.

"Fair Housing Update," 2019 Kansas Housing Conference, Kansas Housing Resource Corporation, Wichita, Kansas, September 17, 2019.

John J. Francis

Professional Service

Member, Criminal Justice Reform Commission, 2019-.

Alex Glashausser

Chapters in Books

"Law School of Rock" in The Media Method: Teaching Law with Popular Culture (edited by Christine A. Corcos). (Carolina Academic Press 2019).

Emily Grant


"Giving Effective Feedback on Legal Writing," The Kansas Women Attorneys Association's 30th Annual Conference, CLE presentation, Lindsborg, Kansas, July 18, 2019.

Burke W. Griggs

Articles in Law Reviews and Other Scholarly Journals

"Interstate Litigation, State Reaction, and Federalism in the Age of Groundwater," 65 Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Institute Proceedings 26-1 (2019).

"Water: Practical Challenges and Legal Rights to Acquire and Recycle Water for Hydraulic Fracturing," 56 Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation Journal 69-109 (2019).

Books and Monographs

Petroglyphs of the Kansas Smoky Hills (with Rex Buchanan and Joshua Svaty) (University Press of Kansas, 2019).

Marsha Griggs

Articles in Law Reviews and Other Scholarly Journals

"Building a Better Bar Exam," 7 Texas A&M Law Review 1 (2019).

Other Publications

Law School Academic Support Blog (contributing editor, 2019-2020)


"Building a Better Bar Exam," plenary session on The Changing Architecture of Legal Education: Building a Bridge to the Bar and Beyond, Central States Law Schools Association Annual Scholarship Conference, University of Toledo College of Law, Toledo, Ohio, September 21, 2019.

"Should Michigan Adopt the UBE," Michigan Board of Law Examiners (BLE), Lansing, Michigan, September 12, 2019.

"Self-Regulated Learning Strategies for Doctrinal Professors and Academic Support Programs," Southeastern Association of Law Schools (SEALS) Annual Conference, Boca Raton, Florida, August 2, 2019.

Panelist, "Status Issues Across the Academy," Southeastern Association of Law Schools (SEALS) Annual Conference, Boca Raton, Florida, July 31, 2019.

"Building a Better Bar Exam," Study Commission on the Future of the Indiana Bar Examination, Indianapolis, Indiana, July 11, 2019.

Jeffrey D. Jackson

Books and Monographs

Interactive Citation Workbook for ALWD Guide to Legal Citation, 2019 Edition (LexisNexis, 2019).

Chapters in Books

"Classical Rational Basis and the Right to Be Free of Arbitrary Legislation," in Is the Rational Basis Test Unconstitutional? (Constitutional Discourse Series, Georgetown Center for the Constitution, 2019).

Other Publications

"Warrantless Blood Tests and Unconscious Drivers – What United States v. Mitchell Does (and Doesn’t) Say," Washburn Law Journal Blog, September 10, 2019.

Media Engagement

Interviewed, "DACA vs. SCOTUS Case Could Cost Kansas Almost $2 Billion," KSNW-TV, November 12, 2019.

Quoted, "Supreme Court Takes Up Murder Case of Kansas Father who Killed his Wife, Daughters," KSNT News, October 7, 2019.

Quoted, "US Supreme Court to Review Kansas' Lack of Insanity Defense," StarTribune, October 6, 2019.

Patricia L. Judd


"TRIPS and the Role of Intellectual Property Rights in Developing Countries," Innovation, Justice, and Globalization Conference, Harvard Law School, Cambridge, Massachusetts, September 27, 2019.

Blake A. Klinkner

Other Publications

"Facial Recognition Technology, Biometric Identifiers, and Standing to Litigate Invasions of Digital Privacy", 42:6 Wyoming Lawyer 44 (October 2019).

Craig Martin

Opinions/Editorials and Blog Articles

"Questions on Legality of Israeli Strikes in Iraq and Lebanon," Just Security, September 9, 2019.

"The Danger in Abe's Constitutional Amendment Proposal," The Japan Times, August 5, 2019.

Media Engagement

Interviewed and quoted, "Attack on Saudi Oil Facilities Highlights Danger of 'Kamikaze' Drones," CBC News, September 18, 2019.


"Why a Torture Debate?," Westminster College, Fulton, Missouri, October 30, 2019.

"Atmospheric Intervention: Climate Change and the Jus ad Bellum Regime," Asian Society of International Law Biennial Conference, Manila, Philippines, August 22, 2019.

"Analysis of Juliana v. United States," 2019 Kansas Environmental Conference, Manhattan, Kansas, August 15, 2019.

Joseph P. Mastrosimone


"As the Pendulum Swings: An Update on the Trump NLRB," Kansas Bar Association, 2019 Employment Law CLE, Topeka, Kansas, November 21, 2019.

"Public Sector Workers and the First Amendment: Protections and Limitations," Kansas Department of Administration Office of Chief Counsel, Fall 2019 CLE Seminar, Topeka, Kansas, September 20, 2019.

Lori A. McMillan

Chapters in Books

"Banking, Commercial & Contract Law," (chapter 2), Kansas Annual Survey (Kansas Bar Association, 2019) (co-authored with Creighton J. Miller, Jr.).

David E. Pierce


"Several Issues of First Impression — Hall v. Galmor: The Litigants and the Law Professor Offer Insight," The Eugene Kuntz Conference on Natural Resources Law and Policy, sponsored by the University of Oklahoma College of Law and the Oklahoma Bar Association, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, November 1, 2019.

"Exploring What the Courts Have Done to Oil & Gas Law this Year," 44th Annual KBA/WAPL Oil & Gas Conference, sponsored by the Kansas Bar Association and the Wichita Association of Petroleum Landmen, Wichita, Kansas, October 25, 2019.

"The Exercise of Professional Judgment and the Ethics of Drafting Legal Documents," 2019 Elder & Real Estate, Probate, and Trusts Conference, sponsored by the Kansas Bar Association, Manhattan, Kansas, on September 26, 2019.

Carla Pratt


Presenter, Black Pre-Law Talks session, The 15th Annual National Black Pre-Law Conference and Law Fair 2019, Columbia Law School, New York City, New York, November 8, 2019.

Panelist, "A Reflection on Civil Rights Agendas of the Past," 16th Annual Wiley A. Branton Symposium, Howard University School of Law, Washington, D.C., October 29, 2019.

Panelist, "The 1619 Project," Washburn University, Topeka, Kansas, October 7, 2019 (commemorating the arrival of the first African slaves to North America, with the landing of two slave ships at Port Comfort, Virginia).

Panelist, "Uncomfortable Conversations About Legal Education — Student Debt, Diversity, And More," American Bar Association Young Lawyers Division and Law School Transparency Symposium, American Bar Association Annual Meeting, San Francisco, California, August 8, 2019.

Mary Kreiner Ramirez

Articles in Law Reviews and Other Scholarly Journals

"Whistling Past the Graveyard: Dodd-Frank Whistleblower Programs Dodge Bullets Fighting Financial Crime," 50 Loyola University Chicago Law Journal 617 (2019).

Thomas J. Romig

Quoted, "Top Human Rights Post Goes Vacant as Trump Nominee Confronts Links to Post-9/11 Torture Program," The Washington Post, November 29, 2019.

David S. Rubenstein

Other Publications

"The Student Loan Crisis Through an Administrative Federalism Lens," Administrative & Regulatory Law News (Spring 2019).

Media Engagement

Quoted, "Private Sector Seeks to Profit by Detaining Migrant Kids," AP News, October 3, 2019.

Quoted, "Student-Loan Servicer Can’t Use Federal Law to Avoid Lawsuit over Alleged Bad Advice," MarketWatch, July 2, 2019.


Panelist, "What is Happening at the Southern Border? A Panel Discussion," Washburn University, Topeka, Kansas, September 24, 2019.

Amy Deen Westbrook

Media Engagement

Featured interview, "USMCA Seen as Boon to U.S. Dairy Producers," Midwest Messenger Kansas, September 25, 2019.

Quoted, "WeWork's Long List of Potential Conflicts Adds Questions Ahead of IPO," (requires account) The Wall Street Journal, September 6, 2019.


"Recent Developments in Agricultural Trade," Agribusiness Symposium, Hutchinson, Kansas, September 13, 2019.

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Because faculty scholarship and professional activity play such significant roles in the education of Washburn University School of Law students and development of the law, the Washburn Law faculty devotes significant effort to be recognized experts in their respective areas of work. Each year, members of the faculty at Washburn Law produce numerous articles that are published in nationally recognized law reviews, participate on programs around the world, and serve as leaders of important professional organizations. This activity connects the faculty and law school to the legal academy at large, enabling the faculty to bring information and attributes from such efforts back to the classroom to enrich the students' educational experience.

Scholarly and professional programs offered at Washburn Law also enrich the law school's intellectual community. The maintenance of an intellectual atmosphere is crucial in the legal profession — a profession of learned members. Students who participate in any of the many activities that law school offers will be better prepared for the intellectual demands of the legal profession. The combination of world-class scholars, rich scholarly programs, and a welcoming environment make studying at Washburn Law rewarding for our students and further encourages faculty scholarship.