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Alumni Newsletter | February 2010

The spring semester is underway, and we are excited to welcome 27 new first-year students plus four foreign exchange students from Maastrict University. This January class has the strongest credentials of any incoming class at Washburn Law.

We are preparing for a number of events this semester at the law school and across the country. The Alumni Association recently hosted an Alumni and Admissions Reception in Tampa, Florida, and the Phoenix, Arizona, reception is scheduled for February 23.

Our Centers for Excellence are also gearing up for the semester with presenters coming in to speak to students. We will also be hosting two CLE's in March.

I am very pleased to announce Reggie Robinson as the inaugural Director of the Center for Law and Government. His extensive understanding of government at the national and state levels and his strong academic background make him the perfect person to lead the development of the Center.

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

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

Spring 2010 Incoming Class

Photograph: Spring 2010 Incoming Class.

Washburn Law welcomed a talented and diverse group of 27 new students plus four foreign exchange students from Maastricht University in the Netherlands on January 6. These students join our fall class, which numbered 151 students.

Reginald Robinson Announced as Director of Center for Law and Government

Photograph: Reginald Robinson.Washburn University School of Law is pleased to announce Reginald L. Robinson as the inaugural Director for its Center for Law and Government.

Robinson will be responsible for development of the Center for Law and Government, which was recently launched as a way for Washburn Law to refocus its ability to provide graduates expanded opportunities for public service.

"He is an absolutely perfect fit for what we envision for the Center for Law and Government," said Dean Thomas J. Romig. "His knowledge of government at the federal, state, and local levels and his past teaching experience are exactly what we had in mind when we established this Center."

Third Annual Government Legal Careers Forum

Photograph: Participants at the 2008 Government Legal Careers Forum.The Government Legal Careers Forum brings together legal professionals working in a variety of government positions to visit with each other and Washburn Law students about pursuing a career in the government. Both practicing attorneys and professionals who use their legal education in a non-practice setting are encouraged to participate in this event.

Government representatives attending the Forum also are invited to attend a complimentary hour of continuing legal education immediately prior to the Forum.

Registration for this event is free; however, please pre-register by February 26.

Ensuring Children's Voices Are Heard

Photograph: Washburn Law Class of 2012.

Washburn Law will once again cooperate with the Kansas Association of Counsel for Children to host a CLE on March 12.

The topic for this year's seminar is "Ensuring Children's Voices Are Heard." Registrations are due by Friday, March 5.

The keynote speaker Frank P. Cervone will also serve as the Children and Family Law Center's Spring 2010 Distinguished Practitioner in Residence.

U.S. Supreme Court Swearing-In Ceremony

Photograph: Washburn Law Class of 2012.Please join fellow Washburn Law alumni from around the country on Monday, May 24, in Washington, D.C., for our 4th biennial special admission to the Bar of the U.S. Supreme Court Swearing-In Ceremony.

The day begins early when we enter the Supreme Court as a group and are escorted to a reception room for a continental breakfast. Those being sworn in may have one guest accompany them inside the courtroom. Other guests are invited to remain in our reception room during the ceremony.

Following the ceremony, we will return to our reception area for brief conversation and photos with a few of the Justices. During our event in April 2008, Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Anthony Kennedy joined us.

We welcome you, your family, and friends to participate in this memorable experience.

Upcoming Events
Alumni and Admissions Reception, Phoenix, AZ
 » February 23
Government Legal Careers Forum and CLE
 » March 2
Admitted Student Day
 » March 5
Board of Governors Meeting
 » March 6
CFLC Practitioner in Residence: Frank Cervone
 » March 11-12
Ensuring Children's Voices Are Heard CLE
 » March 12
Kansas Court of Appeals
 » March 23-24
Foulston Siefkin Lecture: Prof. William N. Eskridge, Jr., Yale Law School
 » March 26
Blue Tie Soirée
 » April 1
Kuether Golf Tournament
 » April 3
Tax Law Colloquium
 » April 23
 » May 15
U.S. Supreme Court Swearing-in Ceremony
 » May 24
Kansas Bar Association Annual Meeting, Wichita, KS
 » June 10-12
Recent Developments in the Law CLE
 » June 24-25


Contact Alumni Services

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