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Alumni Newsletter | November 2009

It has been an event-filled fall at Washburn University School of Law. Last month, the Washburn Law Clinic was featured in the Topeka Capital-Journal. The Dean's Circle event on October 10 was a great success. Later in the month, Daryl Craft, '77, hosted an alumni and admissions reception at his home in Lawrence, and nearly 50 alumni attended the event. The Wichita event at Yia Yia Eurobistro had a great turnout with more than 100 people in attendance.

Also in October, Washburn Law hosted a symposium on Oil and Gas Jurisprudence II. We also welcomed the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims to the Robinson Courtroom, and Chief Justice Robert E. Davis spoke to law students.

I invite you to read more about these events in this issue of the Alumni Newsletter.

Thomas J. Romig
Dean and Professor of Law
Washburn University School of Law

U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims

Photograph: Chief Judge Greene.The Center for Law and Government and the Center for Excellence in Advocacy hosted the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims on September 29, 2009.

The panel of three judges - Chief Judge William P. Greene Jr. (left), Judge Bruce E. Kasold, and Judge Robert N. Davis - heard oral arguments in the case of Hickson v. Shinseki. Students were able to listen to the argument and ask questions of the judges afterward.

Oil & Gas Jurisprudence II: A Symposium

Photograph: Oil & Gas.The Business and Transactional Law Center and theWashburn Law Journal sponsored "The Future Course of Oil and Gas Jurisprudence II" on October 2-3, 2009. The symposium followed the format of a 1994 event which also explored the discipline of "Oil and Gas Law" and was held at Washburn Law.

Chief Justice Robert E. Davis Speaks to Law Students

Kansas Supreme Court Chief Justice Robert E. Davis spoke to students on the topic of "Lawyer, Counselor, and Advocate: Cultivating Professional Excellence through Service" on September 30.

Chief Justice Davis' talk was sponsored by the J. Ruben Clark Law Society and the Center for Law and Government.

Fall 2009 Incoming Class

Photograph: Washburn Law Class of 2012.

Washburn Law welcomed an impressive class of 151 students this fall. Applications were up 25% over the previous year. Thanks to the generosity of our alumni, Washburn Law implemented a scholarship strategy that targets specific students with larger scholarships. The use of these scholarships improved our competitive position, which allowed us to increase our LSAT scores by two points over last year.

Upcoming Events

Kansas City Alumni and Admissions Holiday Reception
» December 2, 5:30-7:30 p.m., Husch Blackwell Sanders LLP, Kansas City, MO

University Commencement Ceremony
» December 11, 6:30 p.m., Lee Area, Petro Allied Health Center

Government Legal Careers Forum and CLE
» March 2, 2010

Board of Governors Meeting
» March 6, 2010

CFLC Practitioner in Residence: Frank Cervone
» March 11-12, 2010

Children and Family Law Center CLE
» March 12, 2010

Kuether Golf Tournament
» April 3, 2010

Contact Alumni Services

Washburn University
School of Law
1700 SW College Ave.
Topeka, KS 66621
Phone: (785) 670-1011
Fax: (785) 670-3249
alumni [at]