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Student Organizations

2017-2018 Academic Year Officers

Remember to check your organization's mailbox in Room 203.

The information on this page is updated as information about new officers becomes available (many organizations elect officers in March and April for the following academic year).

Please send updates to Martin Wisneski (martin.wisneski@washburn.edu).

All-Law-School-Students discussion list: To add or modify organization officers who can post directly to the discussion list see:


Agricultural Law Society
(updated 4/17/2017)

This organization seeks to created opportunities to educate the next generation of leaders about the necessities of an agriculture friendly society. It encourages healthy conversation about current agricultural law issues to promote the understanding of agriculture practices and laws.

  • President: Joseph Aker
  • Treasurer: Melissa Miller
  • Executive Committee: Beth Reichenberger, Don Fahrny, Rebecca Bergkamp, Curry Sexton
  • Faculty Advisor: Professor Burke Griggs

American Association of Justice (AAJ)
(updated 4/25/2016)

AAJ is a plaintiff's attorney organization focused on making students better trial attorneys. The organization is dedicated to promoting a fair justice system; the national organization has the largest trial bar.

  • President: Ashlyn Helton
  • Vice President: Valerie Desroches
  • Treasurer: Jeremy Butler
  • Secretary: Heather Davis
  • Faculty Advisor: Associate Dean Jalen Lowry

American Bar Association Family Law Quarterly

Asian American Law Students Association (AALSA)
(updated 9/28/2016)

AALSA enhances the legal education, community participation, employment opportunities, and academic achievement of Asian law students and other minorities by hosting speakers, coordinating community projects, promoting social activities, and providing study aids to members and other interested parties.

  • President: Vy Nguyen
  • Vice President: Hyemin Byun
  • Treasurer: David (Anthony) Schroeder
  • Secretary: Hira Ghumman
  • Faculty Advisor: Professor Ali Khan

Black Law Students Association (BLSA)
(updated 3/6/2017)

  • President: Cleotha Daniels
  • Vice President: Ciera McBride
  • Secretary: Kate Fechter
  • Treasurer: Tokunbo Fashanu
  • Diversity/Social Chair: Marvin Tador
  • Faculty Advisor: Professor Janet Jackson

Christian Legal Society (CLS)
(updated 3/6/2017)

  • President: Aaron Cunningham
  • Vice President: Matthew Shoger
  • Secretary: Jai Strickler
  • Treasurer: Christopher Yoder
  • Faculty Advisor: Professor David Pierce

Environmental Law Society (ELS)
(updated 2/14/2017)

  • Service Chair: Brecken Larson
  • Program Chair: Will Hartenstein
  • Communications Chair: Ben Malotte
  • Treasurer Chair: Bretton Kreifel
  • Member-at-Large: Mitch McCulley
  • Interim Faculty Advisor: Professor Burke Griggs (while Professor Myrl Duncan is on sabbatical)

Federal Bar Association
(updated 4/24/2017)

The Federal Bar Association works to strengthen the federal legal system and administration of justice by serving the interests and the needs of law students, federal practitioners, both public and private, the federal judiciary, and the public. The Washburn Law Student Division furthers the objectives of the Association, represents the Association to law students, stimulates the interest of law students in the activities of the Association, and conducts programs of interest and value to law students. Membership in the Association's Student Division also provides networking opportunities with private employers, the federal government, and clerkship opportunities with federal judges.

  • President: Justin Crawford
  • Vice President: Jim Whitaker
  • Secretary: Alex Sheppard
  • Treasurer: Gary "GC" Brown
  • Faculty Advisor: Professor Mary Ramirez

Federalist Society for Law and Public Policy Studies
(updated 4/21/2017)

This organization of conservatives and libertarians is interested in the current state of the legal order. It is founded on three principles: the state exists to preserve freedom; the separation of governmental powers is central to our Constitution; and it is emphatically the province and duty of the Judiciary to say what the law is, not what it should be. The Society seeks both to promote an awareness of these principles and to further their application through its activities.

  • President: Michael Davis
  • Vice President: Andy Bailey
  • Secretary: John Glamann
  • Treasurer: Matt Bingesser
  • Faculty Advisor: Professor Freddy Sourgens

Gay-Straight Alliance
(updated 11/10/2016)

Hispanic American Law Students Association (HALSA)
(updated 3/21/2017)

  • President: Sarah Balderas
  • Vice President: Jessica Gutierre
  • Secretary: Caitlyn Berry
  • Treasurer: Jacob Jensen
  • Faculty Advisor: Professor Mary Ramirez

International Law Society (ILS)

J. Reuben Clark Law Society
(updated 3/20/2017)

This organization offers a forum of activities that promote professionalism and sound ethics in the law school environment. The Society also seeks to instill in its members the importance of family, religion, and morals within the future practice of law.

  • President: Jacob Jensen
  • Vice-President: Ethan Thompson
  • Secretary/Treasurer: Aaron Reynolds
  • Faculty Advisor: Professor Andrea Boyack

Moot Court Council

Oil, Gas, and Energy Law Society
(updated 3/26/2016)

  • President: Maureen Hannen
  • Vice President: Kristina Branstetter
  • Treasurer: Francis Schneider
  • Secretary: Joey Dempewolf
  • Faculty Advisor: Professor David Pierce

Phi Alpha Delta (PAD)
(updated 3/15/2017)

  • Justice: Derek Schnittker
  • Vice Justice: Ethan Sellers
  • Clerk : Aaron Cunningham
  • Treasurer: Sarah Gunkel
  • Marshall: Nathan Geffre
  • Community Service Chair: Adam Tahirkheli
  • Social Chair: Luke Williams
  • Faculty Advisor: Professor Alex Glashausser

Pro Bono Society (formerly Equal Justice Works)
(updated 4/4/2017)

This organization focuses on all aspects of public interest law. Its goal is to provide access to the legal system, as well as representation, for those normally without the funds to do so. As an organization we have sponsored forums on controversial topics such as gun control and the death penalty. We have sponsored a coat and winter clothing drive for the Topeka Rescue mission. Along with our national organization, we have participated in local and national internships, fellowships, and even help seek out job opportunities.

  • President: Sarah Balderas
  • Vice President: Dom Cavicchia
  • Secretary: Luke Williams
  • Treasurer: Adam Tahirkheli
  • Volunteer Chairs: Sarah Anderson, Ashlyn Helton, Liz Duncan
  • Bar Revue Chairs: Nathan Geffre, Sarah Gunkel, Kate Fechter
  • Faculty Advisor: Professor Joseph Mastrosimone

Sports and Entertainment Law Society
(updated 3/27/2017)

Tax and Estate Planning Association (TEPA)

This organization's major function is to coordinate with the IRS' VITA program each year to prepare tax returns for individuals that cannot afford a paid preparer. In addition, TEPA each year invites guest speakers in various fields of tax law to discuss their real world experiences.

Veterans' Legal Association of Washburn (VLAW)
(updated 5/22/2017)

This organization provides any Washburn law student, staff or faculty member opportunities for involvement with military, veteran and law enforcement organizations within the scope of legal and law-enforcement careers, provides support and guidance for members, veterans and their families at the law school, and serves the community by addressing military, veteran and law-enforcement issues.

  • President: Marvin Tador
  • Vice-President: Shannon VanMatre
  • Treasurer: Will Machado
  • Secretary: Tyler Winslow
  • Community Liaison: Daniel Martin
  • Vice Community Liaison: Andy Bailey
  • Faculty Advisor: Director Shawn Leisinger

Washburn Business Law Society

Washburn Intellectual Property Law Society (WIPLS)

The Society provides a forum for students interested in patent, copyright, trademark, and trade secret law and seeks to expand awareness of intellectual property (IP) and its importance in the global marketplace and legal world.

Washburn Law Democrats (WLD)
(updated 3/22/2017)

This organization pursues liberty, justice, and freedom for all, regardless of race, religion, or sex, through support of the Democratic Party and its ideas, ideals, and candidates.

Washburn Law Journal

* Washburn Law Republicans
(updated 4/3/2017)

  • President: Matt Bingesser
  • Vice-President: Jacob Cantwell
  • Secretary: Lauren Moon
  • Treasurer: Matthew Shoger
  • Social Chair: Monet Straub
  • Faculty Advisor: Professor David Pierce

Washburn Oil, Gas, and Energy Law Society
(updated 8/11/2015)

This organization promotes the study of the law governing development of oil, gas, and other minerals, energy regulation, water rights, environmental law associated with the development of mineral and energy resources, and the regulation of the use of public lands. Visit their Facebook group.

  • President: Maureen Hannen
  • Vice-President: Kristina Branstetter
  • Secretary: Joey Dempewolf
  • Treasurer: Francis Schneider
  • Faculty Advisor: Professor David Pierce

Washburn Student Bar Association
(updated 2/28/2017)
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  • President: Abigail Hoelting
  • Vice-President: Sarah Morrison
  • Treasurer: Robert Pyatt
  • Assistant Treasurer: Jessica Barranco
  • Secretary: Katy Garner
  • Communications Officer: Stephanie Ellis
  • ABA Senior Rep: Megan Bucher
  • ABA Junior Rep: None
  • KBA Senior Rep: Katie Baylie
  • KBA Junior Rep: Jordan Raye
  • Rep-at-Large: Ben Cohen
  • Rep-at-Large: Hayden Ballard
  • Rep-at-Large: Jake Miller
  • Rep-at-Large: Matt Bingesser
  • Rep-at-Large: Ian Sharma Crawford
  • Rep-at-Large: Amy Rider
  • 1A Rep: Codie Webster
  • 1B Rep: Kenna Bideau
  • 2A Rep: Deborah Barnes-Jones
  • 2B Rep: Ashlyn Helton
  • 3A Rep: Neal Ward
  • 3B Rep: Erin Zoglmann
  • J-Section Rep At Large: Rebecca Schmitdlein
  • Barrister's Ball Chair: Sarah Anderson
  • Faculty Advisor: Associate Dean Jalen Lowry

Washburn Student Bar Association Barristers' Ball Committee
(updated 7/15/2016)

The annual Barristers' Ball and Charity Auction, sponsored by the Washburn Student Bar Association, is a charity event that raises money for donation to local non-profit organizations. The Committee solicits donations for auction from area businesses, faculty, and other donors; members also plan ball festivities such as the theme, location, caterer, and music. The ball and auction provide an evening for students, faculty, staff, and alumni to socialize over dinner and dancing. Past recipients of proceeds include Court Appointed Special Advocates for Children (CASA) (Topeka), Kansas Legal Services (Topeka), the School of Equestrian Arts (Lecompton, Kansas), the Capper Foundation, the Topeka Community Cycle Project (TCCP), YWCA Center for Safety and Empowerment, Topeka Literacy Council, and Kids Voting Kansas.

  • 2017 Event Chair: Sarah Anderson
  • Faculty Advisor: Associate Dean Jalen Lowry
  • Can post to All-Students discussion list: Sarah Morrison

Women's Legal Forum (WLF)
(updated 4/7/2017)

This organization promotes awareness of women's issues in the law, provides law students with access to professionals in the area, endorses community outreach, and encourages women to become involved and stay involved in the law.

  • President: Caitlyn Berry
  • Vice President: Alex Sheppard
  • Secretary: Ashlyn Helton
  • Treasurer: Stephanie Ellis
  • Special Events Coordinator/WAAT Liaison: Jessica Barranco
  • Faculty Advisor: Associate Dean Jalen Lowry

* If an organization's name is identified with an asterisk, it is currently inactive but students expect to renew the organization within the year.