Judge Ossmann Presides Over Swearing-In Ceremony
On January 25, 2013, the spring interns were sworn into student practice by Judge C. William Ossmann, '77, one of the newest Shawnee County district court judges, a long time supporter of the law school, and a former clinic intern.
Judge Ossmann was appointed to the bench in 2012. He served as chief litigation attorney for K DADS and SRS; as Shawnee County prosecutor; and as special assistant attorney general with the Kansas Department of Agriculture. Judge Ossmann has a bachelor's degree in mathematics from Kansas State University, a law degree from Washburn University School of Law, and a master of public administration from the University of Kansas. He was recognized with the Kansas Bar Association's Distinguished Government Service Award in 2009, and was named Kansas County & District Attorney Association's prosecutor of the year in 1990. He is active as a Master in the Sam A. Crow Inn of the American Inns of Court. He teaches for the National Institute for Trial Advocacy and is an adjunct professor at Washburn University School of Law, where he has been named adjunct of the year three times.
As a clinic intern in 1977, Judge Ossmann was the recipient of the Irvine E. Ungerman Award for Excellence in Clinical Practice. This award is earned by the clinic intern who distinguishes himself by providing highly competent representation to clients. The recipient is chosen by the clinic faculty based on many factors including proven representation in a manner which exemplifies the ideals of the legal profession - "pursuit of the learned art in the spirit of a pubic service."
During Judge Ossmann's remarks to the clinic interns, he spoke about the role as a lawyer, which he said is to not only represent people but to also help them by doing noble and heroic work. The judge challenged the new student attorneys to be prepared, be on time, keep learning, and recognize that today is the first day to establish your reputation as an attorney.
The Law Clinic is fortunate to have prominent alumni, like Judge Ossmann, who are willing to share their expertise and time with our law students.