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Student Organizations

2018-2019 Academic Year Officers

Remember to check your organization's mailbox in the Law Library, Room 214D (Circulation Desk).

Note: Organizations identified with an asterisk ( * ) are inactive.

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 (, Jalen Lowry (, Rebecca Alexander (

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 3/12/2018)

This organization seeks to create 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: Hayden Ballard
  • Treasurer: Abbey Horn
  • Executive Committee: Melissa Miller, Quinn Kendrick, Heather Wedel, Dakota Lamb
  • Faculty Advisor: Professor Burke Griggs

* American Association of Justice (AAJ)

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.

Asian American Law Students Association (AALSA)
(updated 5/16/2018)

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: Lillian Chin
  • Vice President: Brian Kong
  • Treasurer: Ian Sharma-Crawford
  • Secretary: Cody Smith
  • Faculty Advisor: Professor Alex Glashausser

Black Law Students Association (BLSA)
(updated 6/29/2018)

  • President: Sussana Ampem
  • Vice President: Cleotha Daniels
  • Secretary: Matt Bingesser
  • Treasurer: Ian Sharma-Crawford
  • Diversity/Social Chair: Marvin Tador
  • Faculty Advisor: Professor Marsha Griggs

Christian Legal Society (CLS)
(updated 3/8/2018)

  • President: Mathias Crook
  • Vice President: Makayzia Counts
  • Secretary: Aaron Cunningham
  • Treasurer: Ryan Crowell
  • Social Chair: Christopher Yoder
  • Faculty Advisor: Professor David Pierce

Environmental Law Society (ELS)
(updated 9/6/2018)

  • Service Chair: Ronald (R.J.) Seidel
  • Program Chair: Quinn Kendrick
  • Treasurer Chair: Ian Sharma-Crawford
  • Faculty Advisor: Professor Myrl Duncan

Federal Bar Association (FBA)
(updated 3/2/2018)

The Federal Bar Association represents the Federal legal profession as a premier bar association consisting of more than 18,000 federal lawyers, including 1,500 federal judges, who work together to promote the sound administration of justice, integrity, quality, and independence of the judiciary for the public they serve. The FBA operates nationwide through 6 career divisions, 24 substantive law sections, and hundreds of local chapters throughout the United States. Our local chapter, the Washburn University School of Law Chapter, cordially invites you to consider membership in the Federal Bar Association as part of your academic training and preparation for the practice of law in state or federal courts.

  • President: Lanna Allen
  • Vice President: Stephanie Plaschka
  • Secretary: Jacob Gayer
  • Treasurer: Charles Thomas
  • Faculty Advisor: Professor Mary Ramirez

Federalist Society for Law and Public Policy Studies
(updated 8/27/2018)

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: Matt Bingesser
  • Vice President: Cameron Bernard
  • Secretary: Reece Simpson
  • Treasurer: Claire Melero
  • Social Chair: Andy Massey
  • Faculty Advisor: Professor Randall Hodgkinson

Gay-Straight Alliance
(updated 8/24/2018)

  • President: Scottie Bowden
  • Vice President: Mallory Riley
  • Treasurer: Eli (Elizabeth) Duncan
  • Secretary: Michelle Brewer-Bunnell
  • Faculty Advisor: Preston Nicholson

Hispanic American Law Students Association (HALSA)
(updated 2/26/2018)

  • President: Andy Bailey
  • Vice President: Clarissa Harvey
  • Secretary: Madison McKay
  • Treasurer: Ian Sharma-Crawford
  • Faculty Advisor: Professor Mary Ramirez

Interfaith Association
(updated 7/1/2018)

This organization works to bring students of different religions together through interactive games and activities.

  • President: Megan Bucher
  • Vice President: David Suarez
  • Secretary/Treasurer: Jacob Cantwell

International Law Society (ILS)

J. Reuben Clark Law Society
(updated 9/17/2018)

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: John Cummings
  • Vice-President: Hayden Ballard
  • Secretary: Benjamin Ellis
  • Treasurer: Waylon Bergstrom
  • Faculty Advisor: Professor Andrea Boyack

Jessup International Law Moot Court
(updated 10/1/2017)

Labor and Employment Group of Washburn
(updated 8/27/2018)

Moot Court Council

Oil, Gas, and Energy Law Society
(updated 10/18/2018)

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: Kelcey Marsh
  • Vice President: Andy Bailey
  • Treasurer: Hayden Ballard
  • Secretary: Melissa Miller
  • Faculty Advisor: Professor Burke Griggs

Phi Alpha Delta (PAD)
(updated 4/9/2018)

  • Justice: Aaron Cunningham
  • Vice Justice: Sarah Gunkel
  • Clerk: Adam Tahirkheli
  • Treasurer: Kirstin Reynolds
  • Marshall: Philip Depew
  • Service Chair: Sarah Pride
  • Social Chair: Codie Webster
  • Intramural Chair: Aaron Greenbaum
  • Academic Chair: Rebecca Bergkamp
  • Faculty Advisor: Professor Alex Glashausser

Pro Bono Society (formerly Equal Justice Works)
(updated 8/31/2018)

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: Dom Cavicchia
  • Vice President: Kyler Wineinger
  • Secretary: Nicole Walker
  • Treasurer: Kasie VanDonge
  • Advisor: Tammy King, Director of Professional Development and Pro Bono

Rural Practice Organization
(updated 9/19/2018)

  • President: Mike Abbot
  • Vice President: Aaron Cunningham
  • Secretary: Tim Demel
  • Treasurer: Kacey Scott
  • Activies Chair: Melissa Miller
  • Executive Board: Chris Yoder, Matt Bonner, Rylee Broyles, Mackenzie Lewis, Samuel Podrebarac
  • Faculty Advisor: Associate Dean Shawn Leisinger

Sports and Entertainment Law Society
(updated 4/2/2018)

  • President: Christopher Noone
  • Vice President: Ashley Ellenz
  • Treasurer: Drake Ford
  • Secretary: Jordan Shaw
  • Community Liaison: Clarissa Harvey
  • Vice Community Liaison: Jacob Welchans
  • Faculty Advisor: Associate Dean Joseph Mastrosimone

Tax and Estate Planning Association (TEPA)

The Tax and Estate Planning Association (TEPA) is a student-run organization which aims to enhance the education of students by providing opportunities to learn about tax and estate planning law and gain practical experience. One of TEPA's major functions is to coordinate the Voluntary Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program each year. TEPA also provides opportunities for students to interact with and learn from professionals and practitioners within the tax and estate planning industries by inviting such professionals to speak at events open to the entire student body.

Veterans' Legal Association of Washburn (VLAW)
(updated 3/8/2018)

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: Tyler Winslow
  • Vice-President: Daniel Martin
  • Treasurer: Michael Wallace
  • Secretary: Andy Bailey
  • Community Liaison: Lanna Allen
  • Faculty Advisor: Associate Dean Shawn Leisinger

Washburn Association for Law Student Health
(updated 9/19/2018)

The Washburn Association for Law Student Health will actively promote the education and awareness regarding health and wellness of the law student body, mentally and physically, while creating a community for students interested in promoting health and wellness in their own lives and in the lives of their peers.

  • President and Founder: Kyler Wineinger
  • Vice President: Libby Eggleston
  • Secretary: Ali VanDoren
  • Treasurer: Mike MacPhee
  • Communications Officer: Kayla Dieker
  • 1L Chair: Charles Thomas

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 4/12/2018)

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 8/27/2018)

  • President: Matt Bingesser
  • Vice-President: Jacob Cantwell
  • Secretary: Chloe Davis
  • Treasurer: Lauren Young
  • Social Chair: Claire Melero
  • Activities Chair: Sierra Logan
  • Recruitment Chair: Jesse Nioce
  • Communications Chair: Sydney Dickson
  • Faculty Advisor: Professor Jeff Jackson

Washburn Student Bar Association
(updated 10/17/2018)
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  • President: Jake Miller
  • Vice-President: Matt Bingesser
  • Treasurer: Ian Sharma-Crawford
  • Assistant Treasurer: Charles Thomas
  • Secretary: Ashley Ellenz
  • Communications Officer: Ivan Moya
  • ABA Senior Rep: Andy Bailey
  • ABA Junior Rep: Sarah Pride
  • KBA Senior Rep: Megan Bucher
  • Rep-at-Large: RJ Seidel
  • Rep-at-Large: Reece Simpson
  • Rep-at-Large: Jessica Barranco
  • Rep-at-Large: Lillian Chin
  • Rep-at-Large: Kate Lander
  • Rep-at-Large: Cody Smith
  • 1A Rep: Logan Miller
  • 1B Rep: Tyler Pettigrew
  • 2A Rep: Spencer Bailly
  • 2B Rep: Molly Rondeau
  • 3A Rep: Scott Wenger
  • 3B Rep: Daniel Martin
  • J-Section Rep At Large: Joshua Hatchett
  • Barrister's Ball Chair: Harry Schwartz
  • 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.

  • 2018 Event Chair: Harry Schwartz
  • Faculty Advisor: Associate Dean Jalen Lowry
  • Can post to All-Students discussion list: Harry Schwartz

Women's Legal Forum (WLF)
(updated 4/2/2018)

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: Kasie VanDonge
  • Vice President: Shahnia Mirza
  • Secretary: Heather Wedel
  • Treasurer: Nicole Walker
  • WAAT Liaison: Carissa Leffler
  • Outreach Coordinator: Taylon Sumners
  • 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.