Photograph: Blake Klinkner

Blake A. Klinkner

Visiting Assistant Professor of Law and Assistant Director of Academic Support and Bar Passage
B.A. (German Language and Culture), University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2003
B.A. (Political Science), University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2003
B.A. (International Relations), University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2003
Certificate in European Studies, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2003
M.A., Northern Illinois University, 2007
J.D., University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law, 2012
Contact Information:
785.670.1787
Room 306

Professor Blake A. Klinkner joined Washburn University School of Law in 2019. Prior to joining Washburn Law, Professor Klinkner represented clients throughout Wyoming, Colorado, and Utah in litigation and transactional matters. Professor Klinkner serves as Assistant Director for Academic Support and Bar Passage, and is no stranger to the bar exam – Professor Klinkner successfully passed the Utah Bar Exam in 2012, the Wyoming Bar Exam in 2013, and the Colorado Bar Exam (UBE) in 2016. Professor Klinkner also brings instructional experience to Washburn Law, having served as an Academic Support Teaching Assistant during his second year of law school, as a Legal Research & Writing Teaching Assistant during his third year of law school, and as a Graduate Instructor during his graduate studies.

Upon graduation from law school, Professor Klinkner served a 2-year clerkship with the District Court of Wyoming. Following his clerkship, Professor Klinkner served as Assistant Attorney General in the Water & Natural Resources Division of the Wyoming Attorney General's Office, where he served as counsel for a number of State of Wyoming agencies including the Wyoming Department of Agriculture and the Board of Control. Professor Klinkner also worked for the large, regional law firm of Crowley Fleck PLLP before starting his own practice. As a practicing attorney, Professor Klinkner took numerous cases through trial, including multi-week and multi-million dollar trials. Professor Klinkner also litigated a variety of cases through state and federal appellate courts. Professor Klinkner's practice focused on the areas of environmental law, natural resources law, energy law, cybersecurity and technology law, and complex commercial litigation.

Professor Klinkner earned his Juris Doctor at the University of Utah College of Law. During law school, Professor Klinkner served as Editor-in-Chief of the Utah Environmental Law Review, worked as the State Litigation Coordinator for the United States Bureau of Land Management–Utah State Office, and was selected to speak at commencement on behalf of the graduating class. Before attending law school, Professor Klinkner earned a Master of Arts in Political Science at Northern Illinois University, earning distinctions in International Relations and Comparative Politics & Government. Professor Klinkner is also a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he completed a triple major in German Language & Culture, International Relations, and Political Science, as well as a Certificate in European Studies. During his time at the University of Wisconsin, Professor Klinkner studied abroad in Germany and was selected by the graduating class to deliver the commencement speech on behalf of the graduates.

Professor Klinkner is active in bar leadership and service. Professor Klinkner is admitted to practice law in the state and federal courts of Colorado, Utah, and Wyoming, and in the United States Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit. Professor Klinkner served as President of the Wyoming State Bar Young Lawyers Section (2014-2015), and as the District Representative for Wyoming & Colorado to the American Bar Association Young Lawyers Division (2015-2017), during which time Professor Klinkner received the American Bar Association Young Lawyers Division Star of the Quarter Award. Professor Klinkner has received a number of American Bar Association Young Lawyers Division Presidential Appointments, including appointments as a Board Member to the Public Service Committee (2016-2017), Board Member of the Selection Committee for the National Outstanding Young Lawyer Award (2018-2019), Vice-Director for Affiliates Assistance (2018-2019), and Liaison to the American Bar Association Law Student Division (2018-2020). Professor Klinkner frequently publishes articles and presents lectures within the area of Law & Technology.

Support Staff
Penny Fell
785.670.1669
Room 301