Photograph: Composite of students at various first week activities.

Revised Schedule of Activities for Spring 2021 J.D. and LL.M. Incoming Students: Covid Edition

Updated: January 10, 2021.

All of First Week and the beginning of the spring semester of classes will be held remotely, due to the dramatic increase in Covid cases. In an effort to return to in-person learning as soon as is possible, the university will conduct a weekly review of the Shawnee County Community Transmission Scorecard and determine the best time to return to in-person learning. Washburn will announce its plans to return to in-person instruction at least 10 days in advance of doing so; the next campus update regarding return to in-person instruction will be Thursday, January 14.

For those students who need a place to attend the remote sessions during First Week, Room 102 remains reserved for you. As the law school building will generally be locked during the remote-learning interval, you will need your iCard to access the building. If you have not already completed the 6 steps required of you before January 12 shown at https://washburnlaw.edu/firstweek, please do so as soon as possible.

  • The north doors to the law school will be open from 9:00-10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, January 12 so that you may pick up your iCard. Once you have your iCard, you may access the building 24/7/365.
  • If you need to pick up your iCard at a different time, please contact Jalen.lowry@washburn.edu to make arrangements.
  • Please see the rules concerning iCard and building use.

Anyone using the building must follow the Covid-19 School of Law Policies, including the mask policy and Self-Check policy. It is extremely important that you do not enter the building if you have even one Covid risk, including a fever, cough, sore throat, or exposure to someone with Covid.


  • Your First Day, Monday January 11, will be free until your first Professionalism Group meeting at 7:00 p.m. (required, see below). The meeting will be via Zoom, and Zoom details have been emailed to you. Further updates regarding the change to remote instruction will be given at this time, before the regularly-scheduled meeting begins.

Monday, January 11, 2021 – 7:00-8:00 p.m.
1L Small Group Reveal and First Meeting

Session is required. A Zoom invitation has been emailed to you.

We will start out by updating you on any changes that may have occurred over the weekend since the university decided to go to an all-remote start due to the Covid increase, and answering any questions you have.

The Professionalism Program will then be explained, you will meet your classmates, and then have your Group Reveal. You will meet with your upper-class Mentor and fellow group members in a breakout session for your first meeting of the semester.

If you are not familiar with Zoom, take this opportunity to familiarize yourself with this program. For assistance with Zoom go to: https://washburn.edu/student-life/health-safety/, select "Technology Support Links" under the Resources for Faculty/Staff heading, then click the link below "Zoom Training." Register for access to Zoom if you have not done so already. Test your equipment (Zoom works on desktop computers, laptops, tablets, and smart phones) and internet access (cable, wi-fi, cellular data plans). Contact Professor Thomas Sneed at thomas.sneed@washburn.edu with equipment/internet concerns.

Tuesday, January 12

9:00-10:00 a.m.Only for those students needing to attend the Zoom sessions in the building

  • Please park in the north parking lot of the law school, at 17th and MacVicar (see directions to law school), sometime between 9:00-10:00 a.m. and enter in the north door. You will be welcomed and given your iCard. Please contact cory.payne@washburn.edu immediately if you have not yet completed all the information necessary to receive your iCard. You will be directed to Room 102 for your full laptop setup at 10:00 a.m.

The rest of the schedule pertains to all students, whether attending remotely at home or remotely in the building.

Tuesday and Wednesday sessions will be conducted via Zoom.
Zoom details for Tuesday and Wednesday have been emailed to you.


Room 102 is available so that students can have a space in the law school building to participate in the remote class if needed. Students are not required to attend class in Room 102 and may participate from any appropriate location.

If you need a copy of either day's recording, please contact Dean Lowry at Jalen.lowry@washburn.edu.

10:00-11:00 a.m. – Computer Setup

  • Mr. David Vermooten and Mr. Jason Dinkel will instruct students remotely on how to set up Office and OneDrive.
  • For those students attending in Room 102, Mr. Vermooten and Mr. Dinkel will help them there.
  • Students may leave the session once they have been helped, until the next session at 11:00 a.m.

11:00-11:15 a.m. – Welcome

11:15 a.m.-noon – Virtual Reception

  • Faculty, staff, and current students have been given the Zoom information so that they can drop in and welcome you. Professor Sneed will host the event.

Noon-1:00 p.m. – Lunch (on your own)

  • Lunch will no longer be served in the building. If you need to attend Zoom in the building, feel free to bring your own lunch and eat in Room 102 (maintaining social distancing and removing your mask only when you are seated) or, if you prefer, find a place to eat in the Commons area, the Libation Station area, or, if weather allows, outside. Masks must be worn except while eating and social distancing must be maintained.

Tours of the building and campus are cancelled until in-person classes resume.

1:00-1:20 p.m. – Welcome by the Dean

  • Welcome by Carla D. Pratt, Dean of the Law School.
  • Discussion of Wellness in Law School and Mindfulness Meditation led by Dean Pratt.

1:20-3:30 p.m. – Law School Essentials (Part 1)

  • 1:20-1:25 p.m.: Alumni Association Welcome – Karli Davis, Director of Alumni Relations.
  • 1:25-1:40 p.m.: Chris Enos, Chief of Washburn University Police Department.
  • 1:40-2:00 p.m.: Danielle Hall, Executive Director of Kansas Lawyers Assistance Program (KALAP)
  • 2:00-2:30 p.m.: Planning for a Meaningful Career – Tammy King, Assistant Dean for Professional Development.
  • 2:30-3:30 p.m.: Financial Aid, Emergency Loan Program, and Student Food Bank – Jalen Lowry, Associate Dean for Student Affairs, and Andy Fogel, Director of Financial Aid (andrew.fogel@washburn.edu).

After the Financial Aid presentation, J.D. students are free for the day.

LL.M. STUDENTS ONLY:

  • 4:00-5:00 p.m. – LL.M. Academic Planning Meeting – same Zoom link as all Tuesday/Wednesday events)
    Meet with Professor Lori McMillan and Associate Dean for Academic Affairs Joseph Mastrosimone to discuss course selection for Spring 2021 semester and relevant academic and cultural differences for LL.M. students.

Wednesday, January 13

9:00-10:15 a.m. – Law School Essentials (Part 2)

  • 9:00-9:15 a.m.: Dr. Tiffany McManis, Director of Health Services.
  • 9:15-9:20 a.m.: Jo Hunt, Associate Dean for Administration.
  • 9:20-9:35 a.m.: Shawn Leisinger, Associate Dean for Centers and External Programs.
    • Overview of programs available to give you legal skills training and experience, including Externships, Centers of Excellence, and Third Year Anywhere.
  • 9:40-10:00 a.m.: Professor Gillian Chadwick
    • Overview of programs available in Law Clinic
  • 10:00-10:05 a.m.: Washburn Student Bar Association (WSBA) President Victoria Toothaker.
  • 10:05-10:10 a.m.: Crystal Leming, Director of Counseling Services.

10:15-11:00 a.m. – Character and Fitness Qualifications for the Bar Exam

  • Dean Lowry on behalf of Ms. Gayle B. Larkin, Admissions Attorney for the Kansas Supreme Court. Dean Lowry will be available for individual questions after the presentation and during the lunch hour. You may also email questions to her at jalen.lowry@washburn.edu. Or, if you prefer, you may email Ms. Larkin at larking@kscourts.org.

11:00 a.m.-noon – Professionalism and the Honor Code

Noon-1:00 p.m. – Lunch (on your own)

  • Lunch will no longer be served in the building. If you need to attend Zoom in the building, feel free to bring your own lunch and eat in Room 102 (maintaining social distancing and removing your mask only when you are seated) or, if you prefer, find a place to eat in the Commons area, the Libation Station area, or, if weather allows, outside. Masks must be worn except while eating and social distancing must be maintained.

1:00-1:45 p.m. – Second 1L Small Group Meeting

Your Mentor will email you the Zoom link for your second small group meeting after your first meeting via Zoom held Monday, January 11.

  • Mentor David Braun
  • Mentor Cia Huebner
  • Mentor Crystal Moe
  • Mentor Daniel Sloan
  • Mentor Cari Smith

1:45-2:00 p.m.: Break.

2:00-3:00 p.m. – Workshop: Cross-Racial Understanding

  • Dean Carla Pratt
    • At the conclusion of the Workshop both J.D. and LLM Students are free for the day.

Thursday, January 14

Thursday and Friday Academic Skills classes will meet remotely via Zoom.
The Zoom information for Thursday and Friday has been emailed to you.


Room 102 is available so that students can have a space in the law school building to participate in the remote class. Students are not required to attend class in Room 102 and may participate from any appropriate location.

If you need a copy of either day's recording, please contact Professor Marsha Griggs at marsha.griggs@washburn.edu.

9:00 a.m.-Noon – Academic Skills

  • Professor Marsha Griggs, Director, Academic Support and Bar Passage.
  • Review required readings and assignment.
  • This intensive program will introduce students to many of the basic skills and processes they need to succeed in law school. Students will begin the study of tort law during the program and will simultaneously learn how to read and brief cases, take notes, create outlines, and answer law school examination questions. These skills are not explicitly taught in the traditional legal education model, but the program represents Washburn's commitment to cutting-edge legal pedagogy that is supported by modern educational research.

Noon-1:00 p.m. – Lunch (on your own)

1:00-4:00 p.m. – Academic Skills

Friday, January 15

9:00 a.m.-Noon – Academic Skills

  • Professor Marsha Griggs, Director, Academic Support and Bar Passage.
  • Review required readings and assignment.
  • This intensive program will introduce students to many of the basic skills and processes they need to succeed in law school. Students will begin the study of tort law during the program and will simultaneously learn how to read and brief cases, take notes, create outlines, and answer law school examination questions. These skills are not explicitly taught in the traditional legal education model, but the program represents Washburn's commitment to cutting-edge legal pedagogy that is supported by modern educational research.

Noon-1:00 p.m. – Lunch (on your own)

1:00-4:00 p.m. – Academic Skills

Saturday, January 16 and Sunday, January 17

  • Unscheduled Days

Check your assignments for next week. (Spring class assignments aren't posted yet, but they should be by January 16.)

Monday, January 18

  • Martin Luther King Day: No class.

Tuesday, January 19

Other Activities Throughout the Semester

Most law students are advised to not immerse themselves in other activities at the beginning of their law school career, until they find their footing and know how much time they will actually have. Of particular caution is signing any contract for commercial bar courses: it is too early for you to be making any decision about this. See: https://washburnlaw.edu/policies/barpreprepresentatives.html.

Professional Development Office (PDO) Events

Required:

  • PDO Orientation: Friday, February 19, 11:00 a.m.-noon
  • Resume/Cover Letter Workshop: Friday, March 12, 11:00 a.m.-noon

Student Organizations

In order to let you become acclimated to law school, the Washburn Student Bar Association will not be contacting you until later in the semester about opportunities to meet organization officers and learn more about the organizations, but please feel free to contact the organizations on your own at any time. The names of student organization officers can be found at https://washburnlaw.edu/organizations.

Student Organizations

  • Agricultural Law Society
  • Asian American Law Students Association (AALSA)
  • Bar Revue Organization
  • Black Law Students Association (BLSA)
  • Children and Family Law Society
  • Christian Legal Society (CLS)
  • Criminal Law Society
  • Diversity and Inclusion Association
  • Environmental Law Society (ELS)
  • Federal Bar Association (FBA)
  • Federalist Society for Law and Public Policy Studies
  • Genders & Sexualities Alliance (GSA)
  • Hispanic American Law Students Association (HALSA)
  • International Law Society (ILS)
  • J. Reuben Clark Law Society
  • Jessup International Law Moot Court
  • Labor and Employment Group of Washburn
  • Moot Court Council
  • Native American Law Association (NALSA)
  • Oil, Gas, and Energy Law Society
  • Phi Alpha Delta (PAD)
  • Pro Bono Society (formerly Equal Justice Works)
  • Rural Practice Organization
  • Sports and Entertainment Law Society
  • Tax and Estate Planning Association (TEPA)
  • Veterans' Legal Association of Washburn (VLAW)
  • Washburn Business Law Society
  • Washburn Intellectual Property Law Society (WIPLS)
  • Washburn Law Journal
  • Washburn Student Bar Association (WSBA)
  • Washburn Student Bar Association Barristers' Ball Committee
  • Women's Legal Forum (WLF)

Other Organizations

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