Schedule of Activities

Following is the tentative schedule of classes and activities for first-year law students during their initial weeks at Washburn Law (see below also the welcome lunch on Thursday, August 31, and the opportunity fair on Tuesday, September 5). While modifications may occur to this schedule, note that your first classes meet Wednesday through Friday. Attendance is required for all events unless otherwise noted.

Updated: August 8, 2017.

Monday, August 21

No school: enjoy the solar eclipse! For information on safely viewing the eclipse, eclipse glasses, and where to go in Kansas (or elsewhere) to be in the path of totality, see

Tuesday, August 22

8:30-9:30 a.m.
1L Check-In - Please enter the law school through the north doors; the check-in process begins in Robinson Courtroom and ends in the law school library.

  • Incoming first-year law students may check in at any time during this period to receive section assignments, a Washburn Law shirt, and registration packet.
  • Students will have their Washburn Law directory photos taken during check-in.
  • Continental breakfast courtesy of the library.

9:30-10:30 a.m. – Laptop Configuration: please bring your laptops

If you have free time between registration and laptop configuration, or after laptop configuration and before Dean Romig's Welcome at 10:45 a.m., you may want to:

  • Rent a locker from Robert Pyatt, Treasurer of the Washburn Student Bar Association, who will be in the WSBA Office (first floor of the law school across from the Libation Station) from 8:00-10:30 a.m.
  • Visit the Ichabod Shop at the lower level southeast corner of Memorial Union (leave law school through East door on second floor and follow sidewalk to next building). Please note that once you receive your section assignment, it is important to obtain your textbooks soon. The university's Ichabod Shop generally carries sufficient copies of textbooks, but it does not guarantee this.
  • Visit the Student Services Office on the second level of Memorial Union and get your iCard. You will need to bring government-issued ID and sit for a photo at the office. Your iCard can be used as a cash card and will be necessary to enter the law school after hours. With your iCard, you may access the law school 24/7.
  • Review required readings.

10:45-Noon – Room 102

Noon-1:30 p.m. – Lunch (provided) and Tour with Study Group Leaders for Academic Support – Room 102

  • Introduction of Professor Marsha Griggs, Associate Professor of Law for Academic Support
  • Introduction of Academic Assistants: Mary Baylie, Courtney Manly, and Alex Moorhead.
  • Introduction of Study Group Leaders:
    Cameron Bernard, Kenna Bideau, Madeline Bjorklun, Scottie Bowden, Dominic Cavicchia, Timothy Demel, Jacob Dodds, Benjamin Donovan, Gabriel Greenbaum, Colin Halpin, Jeremy Koehler, Bretton Kreifel, William Machado, Taylor Mears, Daniel Oste, Blake Porter, Amy Ross, Kacey Scott, Colin Shaw, Hayley Sipes, Veronica Stirnitzke, Scott Wenger, and Tyler Winslow

    Leaders will show you the way to Bradbury Thompson for a box lunch and your first meeting. They will give you a tour after lunch that will include your classrooms at the Law School for the following week. They will show you the Student Services Office (where you get your ID card), the Cafeteria, the Ichabod Shop (bookstore), the Student One Stop location (for Financial Aid and Business issues); and Health Services (which includes the Counseling Center).
  • Please contact Donna McMurry at before Monday, August 14, 2017 if you have special dietary needs, or if you want to specify that you would prefer roast beef, turkey, ham, or vegetarian sandwiches.

1:30-2:40 p.m. – Law School Essentials – Bradbury Thompson Alumni Center

  • Jalen Lowry, Associate Dean for Student Affairs
  • Abby Hoelting, President, Washburn Student Bar Association
  • Professor Tonya Kowalski, Barbados Study Abroad
  • Kandace Mars, Director of Financial Aid
  • Introduction of and Presentation by Tammy King, Director of Professional Development and Pro Bono

2:50-4:00 p.m. – Westlaw and LexisNexis Registration – Bradbury Thompson Alumni Center
Please bring your laptop

  • Introduction by Professor Thomas Sneed, Director of Law Library
  • 3:00-3:30 p.m. - Westlaw Registration
  • 3:30-4:00 p.m. - LexisNexis Registration

4:15-5:00 p.m. – Character and Fitness Qualifications for the Bar Exam – Bradbury Thompson Alumni Center

  • Introduction by Jalen Lowry, Associate Dean for Student Affairs
  • Ms. Gayle B. Larkin, Admissions Attorney for the Kansas Supreme Court
  • Ms. Fran Angell, Attorney Admissions Administrator for the Kansas Supreme Court
  • Ms. Anne McDonald, Director, Kansas Lawyers Assistance Program (KALAP)
  • Ms. Brynn Mroz, KALAP

    IMPORTANT: Your signature showing attendance is required and will be kept in your permanent file.

5:00-5:30 p.m. (optional)

  • If you haven’t already rented a locker this morning, Robert Pyatt, Treasurer of the Washburn Student Bar Association, will be in the WSBA Office (first floor of the law school across from the Libation Station) from 5:00-5:30 p.m.

Wednesday, August 23-Thursday, August 24

9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. – Bradbury Thompson Alumni Center

  • Academic Skills (Professor Rory Bahadur)

    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.

Friday, August 25

Wear your Washburn Law t-shirt today for the class photo! (t-shirt distributed at Tuesday check-in)

9:00 a.m.-Noon – Bradbury Thompson Alumni Center

  • Academic Skills (Professor Rory Bahadur)

Noon-1:00 p.m. – Lunch (on your own)

1:00-2:00 p.m. – Professionalism and the Honor Code – Bradbury Thompson Alumni Center

  • Joseph Mastrosimone, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs)
  • Jalen Lowry, Associate Dean for Student Affairs

2:00-2:30 p.m. – Class photo – Bradbury Thompson Alumni Center

  • Wear your Washburn Law t-shirt! Meet in Bradbury. You can leave your things there while we take the photo.

2:30-3:45 p.m. – Safety on Campus (Fire, Flood, Tornado, Weapons) – Bradbury Thompson Alumni Center

  • Please bring your laptop.
  • Chris Enos, Washburn University Chief of Police

3:45-4:00 p.m. – Interpersonal Violence Prevention Program – Bradbury Thompson Alumni Center

  • Ms. Shelley Bearman, Sexual Assault Education and Prevention Coordinator
  • Ms. Molly Steffes-Herman, Victim Advocate
  • Ms. Crystal Leming, Director University Counseling Services
  • Ms. Sally Konzem, University Counselor

4:15-5:00 p.m.

  • Graphic: Cover of volume 42, issue 2 of Washburn Lawyer.Brown v. Board of Education National Historic Site Tour and Presentation (1515 SE Monroe, Topeka, Kansas).

    Please carpool - there is enough parking at the Site if each vehicle holds at least two students.

    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: It is advised that you do not wear spike heels or expensive shoes, as the path to the building is sometimes not good in bad weather. Please contact Jalen Lowry, Associate Dean for Student Affairs, if you need a ride to the Site:
    • 4:30-4:45: Welcome and brief presentation about the landmark case of Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka.
      • Mr. Enimini Ekong, Chief of Interpretation and Education, Brown Site
    • Tour Site on your own before and after the presentation.
    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.

5:30-7:30 p.m. – 1L Students and Family Picnic with Washburn Law Faculty, Staff, and Alumni (Law School, South Patio)

  • Sponsored by the Washburn University School of Law Alumni Association.

Saturday, August 26 and Sunday, August 27

  • Unscheduled Days

Monday, August 28

  • Regular class schedule begins

Thursday, August 31

12:15-1:15 p.m. – Welcome Lunch – Bradbury Thompson Alumni Center

Menu: beef brisket and smoked sausage, brown sugar baked beans, baked macaroni and cheese, garden salad with BBQ ranch dressing, dinner rolls and butter, apple cobbler, iced tea and water. Please contact Donna McMurry at by Friday, August 25, 2017 if you have special dietary needs.
  • Introduction of Keynote Speaker by Dean Thomas J. Romig
  • Keynote Address on Professionalism
  • Administration of Professionalism Oath

Tuesday, September 5

12:30-1:30 p.m. Opportunity Fair – Law School, First Floor Commons and Rooms 100, 102, 106 and 114

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