LL.M. Student Spring 2020 Orientation Schedule of Activities (Tentative)

Following is the tentative schedule of classes and activities for incoming LL.M. students during their initial week at Washburn Law. In the interest of planning, you should prepare yourself for full days. While modifications may occur to this schedule, attendance is required for all events unless otherwise noted.

Updated: January 9, 2020.

Preparation before arrival on Monday, January 13, 2020

In preparation for First Week you should read the following.

Background Readings on Professionalism for January 14 and January 15 (required)

Professor Griggs's Assignment for January 16 and January 17 (required)

Your assignment for the Academic Skills class is to read and brief these four cases (297 KB PDF). You should have a completed brief for each case with you on the first day of class (January 16) when you will also be assessed on your class preparation. To aid you with the case reading and briefing assignments, here is an introductory guide to case law briefing, and instruction on how to read a legal opinion (272 KB PDF).

Profile Information Form

Please complete the new student profile form prior to January 13 to help ensure our records are current.

Monday, January 13


8:45-9:00 a.m. – LL.M. Check-In – Room 327

  • Please enter the law school through the north doors; the check-in process will be in Room 327 located on the third floor of the law school, across from Professor Kowalski’s office.

8:45-9:30 a.m. – Welcome Breakfast – Room 327

9:30-10:00 a.m. – Tech Orientation – Room 327

  • Laptop set up for wireless network and printing.
  • Electronic research platform registration.

10:00-11:00 a.m. – Discussion of Academic and Cultural Differences for LL.M. Students – Room 327

  • Professor Lori McMillan
  • Associate Dean Joseph Mastrosimone
  • Associate Dean Jalen Lowry

11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. – Building and Campus Tour (begins in Room 327)

  • Law School tours by LL.M. Ambassador.
  • Washburn University Campus Tour (including bookstore, health services, and student wellness and recreation center).
  • Obtain Washburn University Identification Card (please bring government issued identification (passport))

12:00-1:00 p.m. – Lunch on Your Own

1:00-3:00 p.m. – Introduction to U.S. Legal Systems and Legal Methods – Room 119

  • Joseph Mastrosimone, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs

3:00-5:00 p.m. – Introduction to Legal Research I – Room 119

Tuesday, January 14

9:00-9:30 a.m. – Directory Photo and T-shirt Pick-up – Please enter the law school through the north doors

  • Stop in the Courtroom to have a photo taken for the law school directory.
  • Visit the Alumni Relations staff at the Law Library entrance to pick-up your Washburn Law t-shirt.

9:30-11:30 a.m. – Library

  • Welcome by Preston Nicholson, Assistant Dean for Admissions
  • Introduction by Professor Thomas Sneed, Director of Law Library
    • CALI (Computer-Assisted Legal Instruction); LexisNexis Digital Library
  • Introduction of Law School Web-based Student Handbook
  • D2L Registration and explanation of future Assignments on D2L
  • LexisNexis Registration (30 minutes) (Ms. Cheryl Clark)
  • Westlaw Registration and explanation of TWEN for future Assignments (30 minutes) (Ms. Annemarie Milton)

10:00-11:00 a.m. – For Family and Friends of Incoming Law Students – Robinson Courtroom

  • Jalen Lowry, Associate Dean for Student Affairs discusses what your law students will be experiencing, ways that you can support them, and answers your questions.

11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. – Introduction of Students – Room 327

  • Introduction of Washburn Student Bar Association (WSBA) President Harry Schwartz
  • Introduction of Professionalism Group Program and Leaders and how they will help you with the Six Strengths Necessary for a Fulfilling Career
    • Leaders: Matt Collett, Kelsie Howard, Crystal Moe, Daniel Sloan, and Taylon Sumners.
  • Leaders will lead you to lunch and a first meeting. After lunch, Leaders will lead you on a tour that will include 1L classrooms at the Law School for the following week (Rooms 100, 102, 114, 119, 120, 125, 327, and Room 150 in the Law Clinic). Leaders will show you the Student Services Office (where you can obtain your ID card), the Cafeteria, the Ichabod Shop (bookstore), the Student One Stop location (for Financial Aid and Business issues), Health Services, the Counseling Center, and the Food Pantry.
  • Please contact Donna McMurry at donna.mcmurry@washburn.edu before Wednesday, January 8, 2020 if you have special dietary needs, or if you want to specify that you would prefer roast beef, turkey, ham, or vegetarian sandwiches.

1:30-3:30 p.m. – Law School Essentials - Room 327

  • Jalen Lowry, Associate Dean for Student Affairs
  • Safety:
    • Chris Enos, Washburn University Chief of Police
  • Health (begin approximately 1:40 p.m.):
    • Ms. Tiffany McManis, Director of Health Services
    • Ms. Crystal Leming, Director of Counseling Services
    • Ms. Danielle Hall, Executive Director, Kansas Lawyers Assistance Program (KALAP)
    • Ms. Molly Steffes-Herman, Campus Advocate
  • Wealth (begin approximately 2:00 p.m.):
    • Financial Aid Fundamentals
      • Ms. Jamie McEwen, Financial Literacy Coordinator
    • Emergency Loan Program and Food Pantry
  • Career (begin approximately 2:30 p.m.):
    • Tammy King, Assistant Dean for Professional Development (PDO)
    • Ms. Cindy Moyer, Administrative Specialist, PDO
  • Life-Long Wellness Habits of Successful and Fulfilled Attorneys (begin approximately 3:00 p.m.):
    • Mr. Kyler Wineinger, 3L, President, Washburn Association for Law Student Health (WALSH)
    • Ms. Whitney Casement '12, Senior Associate Attorney, Goodell Stratton Edmonds & Palmer LLP

Wednesday, January 15

Wear your Washburn Law Shirt for Class Photo! (Distributed on Tuesday)

8:15-8:45 a.m. – Coffee and light breakfast, courtesy of your Alumni Office - First Floor Commons

9:00-10:00 a.m. – Professionalism and the Honor Code – Room 327

  • Joseph Mastrosimone, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs

10:00-11:00 a.m. – Character and Fitness Requirements for the Bar - Room 327

  • Jalen Lowry, Associate Dean for Student Affairs
  • Mr. Jake Gregg, 3L
  • Ms. Gayle B. Larkin, Admissions Attorney for the Kansas Supreme Court
  • Mr. Barry Garrison, Admissions Administrator for the Kansas Supreme Court
  • IMPORTANT: Your signature showing attendance is required and will be kept in your permanent file.

11:00-11:15 a.m. – Class Photo – Meet in Room 327

  • You can leave your belongings in Room 327 while you are led to best site for photo shoot (varies according to weather).

Noon-2:00 p.m. – Welcome Lunch and Tour Brown v. Board of Education National Historic Site – 1515 SE Monroe, Topeka, Kansas

Please feel free to go ahead and go through the buffet line when it is open, sit down at any seat that doesn't have a faculty or staff reservation sign (we try to have faculty and staff for you at each table, so you can start meeting us) and start eating—don't stand on ceremony. Also, please feel free to continue to eat during the remarks.

Menu: mesquite grilled chicken, barbequed brisket, cheesy potatoes, garden salad with ranch dressing, rolls, and assorted desserts. Please contact Donna McMurry at donna.mcmurry@washburn.edu by Wednesday, January 8, 2020 if you have special dietary needs.

  • Graphic: Cover of volume 42, issue 2 of Washburn Lawyer.The Site is about five minutes east of the law school. (See and follow map below, GPS may take you on a circuitous route. 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: Site rangers prefer you follow the sidewalks from the parking lot to the entrance rather than walk across the grass. Please contact Jalen Lowry, Associate Dean for Student Affairs, if you need a ride to the Site: jalen.lowry@washburn.edu.
  • 12:30-12:45 p.m.: Introduction by U.S.Park Ranger Dexter Armstrong
  • 12:45 p.m.: Welcome by Washburn Law Dean Carla D. Pratt
    • Introduction of Joseph Mastrosimone, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs
    • Introduction of Jalen Lowry, Associate Dean for Student Affairs
    • Introduction of Jo Hunt, Associate Dean for Administration
    • Introduction of Shawn Leisinger, Associate Dean for Centers and External Programs
  • Remarks by Dean Pratt
  • Dean Pratt Administers Professionalism Oath
  • Tour Site on your own (feel free to stay later if you wish!).
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.

2:30-5:00 p.m. – Introduction to Legal Research II – Room 119

Thursday, January 16

8:15-8:45 a.m. – First Floor Commons

  • Continental Breakfast with Associate Dean Leisinger, Centers for Excellence and Externship Program

9:00 a.m.-Noon – Room 327

  • Academic Skills (Professor Marsha Griggs)

    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 be taught 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. – Room 327

  • Academic Skills (Professor Marsha Griggs)

Friday, January 17

8:15-8:45 a.m. – First Floor Commons

9:00 a.m.-Noon – Room 327

Noon-1:00 p.m. - Lunch on your own

1:00-4:00 p.m. – Room 327

  • Academic Skills (Professor Marsha Griggs)

Note: Faculty will have assignments for your regular classes that need to be prepared for the week beginning January 21. These assignments will become available sometime during the week of January 6, 2020. See first week assignments and begin preparing for next week.

Monday, January 20

  • Martin Luther King Day (offices closed; no classes)

Tuesday, January 21

  • Regular class schedule begins.

Wednesday, January 22

12:30-1:30 p.m. – Opportunity Fair, Day One – Law School, First Floor Commons

  • 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
    • Genders & Sexualities 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
    • Native American Law Student Association
    • 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)

Thursday, January 23

12:30-1:30 p.m. – Opportunity Fair, Day Two – Law School, First Floor Commons

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