Photograph: Composite of students at various first week activities.

Schedule of Activities for Fall 2020 Incoming Students (Tentative)

Following is the tentative schedule of classes and activities for first-year law students during their initial weeks at Washburn Law. While modifications may occur to this schedule, note that your first classes meet Wednesday and Thursday, August 19 and August 20. Please plan on full days.

In-person or live remote attendance is required for all events unless otherwise noted. If you are requesting remote attendance, please let us know at https://washburnlaw.edu/classattendancesurvey. You may change your mind at any time regarding your preference; just take the survey again and change your answer. If you find that you are experiencing a health and safety concern at any time during First Week, you may attend remotely even though you did not indicate that preference earlier. A health and safety concern includes a fever, cough, sore throat, exposure to Covid-19, or simply a desire not to risk the chance of exposure to Covid-19.

If you find at any time during First Week that you feel too ill even to attend remotely, please contact Dean Lowry for options to view session recordings at jalen.lowry@washburn.edu.

Updated: July 8, 2020.

Monday, July 20 (optional)

7:30-9:00 p.m. – "So a Family Member is Going to Law School: What to Expect, How to Help, and Your Questions Answered" – Online

Photograph: Jalen Lowry.Jalen Lowry, Associate Dean for Student Affairs, hosts an online event for family and friends of incoming law students. Topics discussed will include what your law students will be experiencing and ways that you can support them. Dean Lowry, current students and their family members, and law school faculty and staff will be available to answer your questions. Incoming students: your invitation with Zoom ID and password was emailed to you on Monday, July 6.

Monday, August 17

8:15-11:00 a.m. – 1L Check-In – Washburn Rooms A/B (second floor of Memorial Union).

  • Incoming first-year law students may check in at any time during this period to receive section assignments, a Washburn Law t-shirt, and registration packet.
  • Students will have their Washburn Law directory photos taken during check-in.
  • Continental breakfast courtesy of the library.
  • Library staff and Student Ambassadors will be available for questions.
  • Socialize at your tables or review required readings.

11:00-11:30 a.m. – Washburn Rooms A/B (Memorial Union)

11:30-11:50 a.m. – Welcome and Introduction to Washburn Law – Washburn Rooms A/B

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

11:50-1:30 p.m. – Introduction of WSBA President Victoria Toothaker, and Introduction of Professionalism Group Program and Leaders – Washburn A/B (Memorial Union)

  • Leaders: Emily Arida; Zachary Bealer; Andrew Davis; Kristen Egger; Thomas Henry; Kelsie Howard; Paige Hungate; Tyler Laudick; Belinda McCaskey; Lizzy McEntire; Taylor Murray; Rachel Schwein; Tyler Schwein; Desi Smith; Micah Tempel; Skyler Urban.
  • Leaders will lead you to lunch (provided) and a first meeting at various locations on campus.
  • Please contact Donna McMurry at donna.mcmurry@washburn.edu by Friday, August 7, 2020, if you have special dietary needs; if you want to specify that you would prefer roast beef, turkey, ham, or vegetarian sandwiches; and if you want to specify a preference for coffee, tea, or orange juice.

1:30-4:30 p.m. – Law School Essentials – Washburn Rooms A/B (Memorial)

  • Jo Hunt, Associate Dean for Administration
  • Chris Enos, Chief of Washburn University Police Department
  • Ms. Jamie McEwen, Financial Literacy Coordinator and Washburn Law Student Liaison
  • Planning for a Meaningful Career

Tuesday, August 18

8:30-9:00 a.m. – Coffee and light breakfast, courtesy of your Alumni Office – Washburn Rooms A/B (Memorial Union)

9:00-10:15 a.m. – Washburn Rooms A/B (Memorial Union)

  • Ms. Tiffany McManis, Director of Health Services
  • Ms. Crystal Leming, Director of Counseling Services
  • Ms. Molly Steffes-Herman, Victim Advocate
  • Representative from Kansas Lawyers Assistance Program (KALAP)
  • Jalen Lowry, Associate Dean for Student Affairs
    • Emergency Loan Program and Food Pantry
    • Continuing Duty of Disclosure, Admissions Application

10:15-11:15 a.m. – Character and Fitness Qualifications for the Bar Exam – Washburn Rooms A/B (Memorial Union)

  • Introduction by Dean Lowry
  • Ms. Gayle B. Larkin, Admissions Attorney for the Kansas Supreme Court
  • IMPORTANT: Your signature showing attendance is required and will be kept in your permanent file.

11:15 a.m.-1:00 p.m. – Lunch on Your Own

1:00-2:00 p.m. – Professionalism and the Honor Code – Washburn Rooms A/B (Memorial Union)

2:15-3:15 p.m. – Workshop: Cross-Racial Understanding – Washburn Rooms A/B (Memorial Union)

  • Dean Carla Pratt

Wednesday, August 19

8:15-8:45 a.m. – Practical Legal Experience Opportunities at Washburn Law – Washburn Rooms A/B (Memorial Union)

  • Shawn Leisinger, Associate Dean for Centers and External Programs, will give you a short overview of programs available to give you legal skills training and experience. Continental breakfast provided.

9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. (lunch on your own from noon-1:00 p.m.) – Washburn Rooms A/B (Memorial Union)

  • Academic Skills
  • Review required readings
  • 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.

Thursday, August 20

8:15-8:45 a.m. – Practical Legal Experience Opportunities at Washburn Law – Washburn Rooms A/B (Memorial Union)

  • Professor Gillian Chadwick, Director of the Law Clinic, will give you a short overview of programs available to give you legal skills training and experience. Continental breakfast provided.

9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. (lunch on your own from noon-1:00 p.m.) – Washburn Rooms A/B (Memorial Union)

  • Academic Skills
  • Review required readings
  • 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.

8:00-9:00 p.m. – Yoga on the Lawn with Dean Pratt (optional)

  • You are invited to join Dean Pratt tonight for Yoga on the Lawn! (Lawn northwest of the law building near the "Wings of Freedom" eagle statue.) Free yoga mat to all participants!

Friday, August 21

Welcome Lunch and Brown v. Board of Education National Historic Site Experience – 1515 SE Monroe, Topeka, Kansas

  • 11:00 a.m.-12:15 p.m. – Section A
  • 12:30-1:45 p.m. – Section B
  • Graphic: Cover of volume 42, issue 2 of Washburn Lawyer.The Site is about five minutes east of the law school. (See map below. Take 17th Street, on the north side of the law school, east until you reach the Site's parking lot on your left just past Monroe Street. If you need disability-accessible parking, go through the parking lot and park behind the building.) Note: Wear casual shoes, as we will be outside part of the time. Please contact Jalen Lowry, Associate Dean for Student Affairs, if you need a ride to the Site: jalen.lowry@washburn.edu.
  • Park Ranger Dexter Armstrong presentation about Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka.
  • Tour Site on your own.

    See the Summer 2004 issue of Washburn Lawyer for more information about Washburn Law graduates involved in the Brown case.

Map: Washburn Law to Brown v. Board of Education National Historic Site.

CONGRATULATIONS! You are done with your first week after the Brown Site—have a good weekend, but note:

  • Note: Faculty will have assignments for your regular classes that need to be prepared for the week beginning August 24. A link to the assignments will be posted here sometime during First Week, when the professors have the assignments ready.

Saturday, August 22 and Sunday, August 23

  • Unscheduled Days

Monday, August 24

Opportunity Fairs (dates/times to be announced)

Day 1

  • Information about and opportunities to meet officers of Law School Student Organizations.
  • Agricultural Law Society
  • Asian American Law Students Association (AALSA)
  • Black Law Students Association (BLSA)
  • Christian Legal Society (CLS)
  • Criminal Law Society
  • Environmental Law Society (ELS)
  • Federal Bar Association (FBA)
  • Federalist Society for Law and Public Policy Studies
  • Gay-Straight Alliance (GSA)
  • Hispanic American Law Students Association (HALSA)
  • Interfaith Association
  • International Law Society (ILS)
  • J. Reuben Clark Law Society
  • Jessup International Law Moot Court
  • Labor and Employment Group of Washburn
  • Moot Court Council
  • 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 Association for Law Student Health (WALSH)
  • Washburn Business Law Society
  • Washburn Intellectual Property Law Society (WIPLS)
  • Washburn Law Democrats (WLD)
  • Washburn Law Journal
  • Washburn Student Bar Association (WSBA)
  • Washburn Student Bar Association Barristers' Ball Committee
  • Women's Legal Forum (WLF)

Day 2

Professional Development Office (PDO) Events

To be announced.

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