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Washburn Law News April 2012
Upcoming Events


April 9-13
Annual Book Sale at the Law Library, 8:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. each day

April 11
Wichita Area Alumni Reception, 6 to 8 p.m., Wichita Botanica Gardens
Lunch & Learn
Child Support Enforcement
Presented by Melissa (Thiesing) Johnson, '99
Noon, Room 100
April 12
Mediation Perspectives CLE, 1 to 3:20 p.m., Robinson Courtroom
Blue Tie Soiree, 6 p.m.
Ramada Hotel, Topeka
April 14
April 18
Law Journal Banquet
5 p.m., Bradbury Thompson Alumni Center

May 5
5K Law Day Run, 9 a.m.
check-in: Room 119

May 12
June 13-15
KBA Annual Meeting and Joint Judicial Conference, Overland Park Sheraton
June 14
Alumni Awards Luncheon
Overland Park Convention Center

June 21-22
Recent Developments in the Law CLE, Washburn University School of Law, Room 102 


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As Washburn University gears up to celebrate its sesquicentennial, I am frequently reminded of the law school's "firsts" and how we continue to blaze new trails in legal education. For example, in its infancy the Mineral Title Examination Course is already a catalyst for creating long-lasting opportunities for Washburn law students. The newly established short course offered students the expertise of 17 former and/or current practitioners (many are alumni) recruited by Professor David Pierce. In addition, the students had the opportunity to attend the Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation's Institute on Mineral Title Examination in Westminster, Colo. Those in attendance were impressed with our students and several talked about future internships and employment opportunities.  


It's particularly satisfying when the law school community collaborates to provide unique opportunities for our students that will pay off for them in the future. Your continuing support makes this possible.


Best regards,

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Tom Romig 

Dean and Professor of Law   

Interim Director of Alumni Services Named

Judyanne SommersJudyanne Somers has been named interim director of Washburn Law Alumni Services. Prior to this appointment, she was working in the Professional Development Office as a career counselor. She will split her time between both departments.


Many alumni may know Judyanne from when she was director of Career Services, CLE, and Alumni Relations at Washburn Law. She later served as chief of staff for the Kansas Governor's Residence, Cedar Crest, from 2003-2010 and was also the first executive director of the Topeka Bar Association. Judyanne can be reached at 785-670-2013 or

CLE Program: Mediation Perspectives

This April 12 program will consider mediation approaches and processes that produce results versus those that do not (and those that potentially harm the positions of all parties).  



Part two of the program will review the program and process used by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit.


Only $49 for two hours of CLE credit! Get a couple more hours completed before the June compliance period rush.


Visit our Website for complete program information and to register for the CLE, which will be held both on campus and online. Registrations  are due by Monday, April 9. 


Law Student Recipient of Inaugural Award

The Kansas Bar Foundation recently presented third-yeWhitney Casementar Washburn Law student Whitney Casement, Topeka, with its inaugural Maxine S. Thompson Memorial scholarship award. The new scholarship will be awarded each year to a student attending a Kansas law school. The criteria of the award include academic achievement and participation in community activities, as well as a bona fide intention to practice law in Kansas.

Looking for talented new hires? 

Hire fellow Washburn Law alumni.


You know that Washburn Law grads have the practical experience needed to succeed in the profession, so if you are looking for talented candidates start your search with the help of Washburn Law. 


Post vacant positions for students and alumni to access on the Washburn Law Website by logging on to Washburn Law Career Manager. It's easy to get started. If you prefer, contact the Professional Development Office at (785) 670-1184 or by e-mail.  

Class Actions


Mark Heitz, '77, Topeka, recently retired President of Sales and Distribution at Aviva USA Corporation, was elected into the 2012 Class of Topeka's Business Hall of Fame. Heitz, who enjoyed a 35-year career in the insurance industry, turned American Investors Life into a $100 million company. AmVestors merged with AmerUs with Heitz as President. The conglomerate was later purchased by Aviva plc. 

Danielle J. Cole, '95, Atlanta, Ga., has been ranked as a leading practitioner in the 2012 edition of Chambers USA, a directory featuring client-led intelligence on America's leading lawyers for business. 
Amy J. Bipes, '98, Manhattan, Kan., received the Civilian Medal for Meritorious Service from the U.S. Army at Ft. Riley, Kan. 



Patrick J. Mitchell, '01, was named a  2012 Leading Lawyer by Cincy Magazine. He's a tax attorney in the Cincinnati office of Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP.   
Timothy R. Hurley, '08, Columbus, Ohio, was named a  2012 Leading Lawyer by Cincy Magazine. He's a bankruptcy attorney with Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP. 


[Read more Class Actions.]

In Memoriam

Donald E. Hill, '75, Feb. 26, Wichita, age 61

William E. Metcalf, '77, March 13, Topeka, age 68

William A. Taylor III, ba '68, jd '71, March 7, Winfield, age 66


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