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.

James M. Concannon

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


"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, England, July 18, 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).

John J. Francis

Professional Service

Member, Criminal Justice Reform Commission, 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.

Marsha Griggs


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

Panelist, "Status Issues Across the Academy," Southeastern Association of Law Schools 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

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).

Carla Pratt


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.

David S. Rubenstein

Media Interviews

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