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Student Organizations

2020-2021 Academic Year Officers

See How to Run a Student Organization, Covid-19 Edition (216 KB PDF; updated 9/16/2020).

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).

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Agricultural Law Society
(updated 9/4/2020)

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: Kristen Egger
  • Vice President: Reece Hiebert
  • Secretary: Reagan McCloud
  • Treasurer: Lindcy Knight
  • BBQ Chair: Kate Langworthy
  • 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 6/8/2020)

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: Ethan Sumida
  • Vice President: Ali Anderson
  • Treasurer: Megan Seibel
  • Secretary: William Andrew Lowe
  • Faculty Advisor: Professor Alex Glashausser

Bar Revue Organization
(updated 10/28/2019)

The purpose of the Washburn Law Bar Revue is to create a welcoming and charitable end-of-the-year send-off.

  • President: Paige E. Reese
  • Co-Vice President: Brigid Markey
  • Co-Vice President: Abby Olson
  • Faculty Advisor: Associate Dean Jalen Lowry

Black Law Students Association (BLSA)
(updated 8/5/2020)

  • President: Kristen Stinnett
  • Vice President: Shambria Dale
  • Secretary: Angelique Brown
  • Treasurer: Lindsey Ewertz
  • Diversity/Social Chair: Chris Abraham
  • Faculty Advisor: Professor Marsha Griggs

Children and Family Law Society
(updated 9/3/2020)

Christian Legal Society (CLS)
(updated 3/6/2020)

  • President: Dayton Yarrow
  • Vice President: Andrew Pringle
  • Secretary: Luke Holland
  • Treasurer: John Ralston
  • Faculty Advisor: Professor Emily Grant

Criminal Law Society
(updated 9/23/2020)

  • President: Jerry Deering
  • Vice President: Cia Huebner
  • Secretary: Daniel Beall-Hall
  • Faculty Advisor: Professor John Francis

Diversity and Inclusion Association (D.I.A.)
(updated 8/31/2020)
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  • President: Tamika Ross
  • Vice President: Emily Lauritsen
  • Secretary: Courtney Ress
  • Treasurer: Morgan Lawrence
  • Relations Officer: Ginta Bickerstaff
  • Cultural Programing Chair: Ande Davis
  • Community Chair: Megan Storie
  • Faculty Advisor: Associate Dean Jalen Lowry

Environmental Law Society (ELS)
(updated 10/8/2019)

  • President: Ivan Moya
  • Vice President: Vashia Dadiotis
  • Treasurer: Samantha Pappas
  • Community Service Coordinator: Kaitlyn Bull
  • Communications Coordinator: Sydney Brock
  • Faculty Advisor: Professor Myrl Duncan

Federal Bar Association (FBA)
(updated 5/28/2020)

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: David Braun
  • Vice President: Antonia Gonzalez
  • Secretary: Christina Brunton
  • Treasurer: Ande Davis
  • Events Coordinator: Crystal Moe
  • Faculty Advisor: Associate Dean Shawn Leisinger

Federalist Society for Law and Public Policy Studies
(updated 3/4/2019)

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: Kiefer Starbird
  • Vice President: Canyon Brock
  • Secretary: Abby Olson
  • Treasurer: David Braun
  • Faculty Advisor: Professor Randall Hodgkinson

Genders & Sexualities Alliance
(updated 5/13/2020)

  • President: Audrey Mackey
  • Vice President: Antonia Gonzalez
  • Treasurer: Ande Davis
  • Secretary: Darby VanHoutan
  • Faculty Advisor: Preston Nicholson, Assistant Dean for Admissions

Hispanic American Law Students Association (HALSA)
(updated 4/21/2020)

  • President: Pam Saenz
  • Vice President: Kelli Trujillo
  • Secretary: Luis Ortiz-Nuñez
  • Treasurer: Autumn Green
  • Social Director: Ali Andersen
  • Faculty Advisor: Professor Mary Ramirez

Interfaith Association
(updated 1/9/2019)

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
  • Faculty Advisor: Associate Dean Jalen Lowry

International Law Society (ILS)

J. Reuben Clark Law Society
(updated 9/17/2019)

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/Secretary: Benjamin Ellis
  • Vice-President/Treasurer: John Cummings
  • Faculty Advisor: Professor Andrea Boyack

Jessup International Law Moot Court

Labor and Employment Group of Washburn
(updated 5/5/2020)

Moot Court Council

Native American Law Student Association (NALSA)
(updated 4/21/2020)

  • President: Baron Hoy
  • Vice President: Zoë Levesque
  • Treasurer: Ande Davis
  • Secretary: Megan Storie
  • Public Relations Officer: Jennifer Collier
  • Faculty Advisor: Professor Tonya Kowalski

Oil, Gas, and Energy Law Society
(updated 3/6/2020)

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: Canyon Brock
  • Vice President: Justin Cleveland
  • Treasurer: Reece Hiebert
  • Secretary: Jade Morgan
  • Faculty Advisor: Professor Burke Griggs

Phi Alpha Delta (PAD)
(updated 3/25/2019)

  • Justice: Abby Olson
  • Vice Justice: Emily Arida
  • Clerk: Adam Ussher
  • Treasurer: Canyon Brock
  • Marshall: Jessica Timm
  • Social Chair: Lucas Renz
  • Faculty Advisor: Professor Alex Glashausser

Pro Bono Society (formerly Equal Justice Works)
(updated 9/3/2020)

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: Brigid Markey
  • Vice President: Jackie Hanzok
  • Treasurer: Jordan Morton
  • Secretary: Paige E. Reese
  • Advisor: Tammy King, Assistant Dean for Professional Development

Rural Practice Organization
(updated 9/4/2020)

  • President: Kristen Egger
  • Vice President: Matt Bonner
  • Secretary: Mackenzie Lewis
  • Treasurer: Courtney Ress
  • Social Chair: Erik Hageman
  • Representative-at-Large: Emily Brandt
  • Faculty Advisor: Associate Dean Shawn Leisinger

Sports and Entertainment Law Society
(updated 9/16/2020)

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 3/6/2020)

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: Joseph "Joe" Shelton
  • Vice-President: Jessica "Jessie" Freeman
  • Treasurer: Ty Buschbom
  • Secretary: Cynthia "Cia" Ferguson
  • Faculty Advisor: Associate Dean Shawn Leisinger

Washburn Association for Law Student Health
(updated 1/9/2019)

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
  • Faculty Advisor: Associate Dean Jalen Lowry

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 10/3/2019)

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 3/28/2019)

  • President: Canyon Brock
  • Vice-President: Madlaine Farmer
  • Secretary: Abby Olson
  • Treasurer: David Braun
  • Communications Officer: Tyler Pettigrew
  • Events Coordinator: Caroline Kordes
  • Faculty Advisor: Professor Jeff Jackson

Washburn Student Bar Association
(updated 9/15/2020)
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  • President: Victoria Toothaker
  • Vice-President: Desiree Smith
  • Treasurer: Paige Reese
  • Assistant Treasurer: Kiran Pooni
  • Secretary: Rheadawn Chiles
  • Communications Officer: Audriana Berry Dunn
  • ABA Senior Rep: Robert Armstrong
  • ABA Junior Rep: Tamika Ross
  • KBA Rep: Britani Potter
  • Rep-at-Large: John Baker
  • Rep-at-Large: Leah Long
  • Rep-at-Large: William Naeger
  • Rep-at-Large: Tara Jordan
  • Rep-at-Large: Hunter Hogan
  • Rep-at-Large: Lauren Kalp
  • 1A Rep: Jazsmine Peterson
  • 1B Rep: Taylor Moore
  • 2L Reps: Scott Goebel and Justin Griffin
  • 3L Rep: Phillip Tomlinson and Ethan Sumida
  • J-Section Rep At Large: Tymber Long
  • Barrister's Ball Chair: Adam Ussher
  • Barrister's Ball Assistant: Angelique Brown
  • Faculty Advisor: Associate Dean Jalen Lowry

Washburn Student Bar Association Barristers' Ball Committee
(updated 2/13/2019)

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, Kids Voting Kansas, and Boys & Girls Club of Topeka.

  • 2020 Event Chair: Adam Ussher
  • Faculty Advisor: Associate Dean Jalen Lowry
  • Can post to All-Students discussion list: Bailey Hamilton

Women's Legal Forum (WLF)
(updated 8/9/2020)

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: Morgan Lawrence
  • Vice President: Cia Ferguson
  • Secretary: Reilly Franek
  • Treasurer: Courtney Ress
  • Legal Community Liaison: Rachel Lundin
  • Events Coordinator: Kayla Clark
  • 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.

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