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Upcoming Events


January 8
Spring 2013 Entering
Class Begins

January 15
Classes Begin


February 1
First Friday CLE
2 to 5 p.m.
Room 102

February 28
Employment and
Labor Law Symposium:
Sponsored by the
Business and
Transactional Law Center
and the Washburn
Law Journal


March 1
First Friday CLE
2 to 5 p.m.
Room 102
April 1
U.S. Supreme Court
Swearing-In Ceremony, Washington, D.C.


April 5
First Friday CLE
2 to 5 p.m.
Room 102


May 3
First Friday CLE
2 to 5 p.m.
Robinson Courtroom

Keep Washburn Law in mind as the holiday season is upon us and the tax year is coming to a close.


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Henke, '12, Elected District Magistrate Judge
Judge-elect Renee HenkeRenee Henke, May 2012 Washburn Law graduate, was elected district magistrate judge for Osborne County, Kan., and will begin her term in January 2013. Most recently, Henke worked as a law clerk for Irigonegaray & Associates, Topeka.

Professor Concannon to Receive Supreme Court's Justice Award

Professor Jim ConcannonProfessor James Concannon will receive the Kansas Supreme Court's Justice Award at a Dec. 14 ceremony at the Kansas Judicial Center. The Supreme Court presents the award as merited to recognize persons or organizations that have contributed significantly to the improvement of justice in Kansas.


The Supreme Court is honoring Concannon for his career-long service to the legal community and to the courts, in particular.


Watch the ceremony beginning at 1:30 p.m. at www.kscourts.org.


Check out the latest issue of the Business and Transactional Law Center Newsletter.  


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Professor Pierce Receives Award

Photograph: David Pierce.Professor David Pierce was presented with the 2012 Clyde O. Martz Teaching Award from the Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation on July 19, 2012. This award recognizes excellence in teaching natural resources law and fostering of a broad understanding of the law, mentoring of students, and innovative style.


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It's All in the Family

In honor of Mother's Day and Father's Day 2013, the editors of the Washburn Lawyer magazine  would like to highlight alumni who are part of a mother/daughter, father/son, mother/son or father/daughter law practice team. Please contact us at 
alumni@washburnlaw.edu or 785-670-1011 if you would allow us to tell your story.   

Haddock, '80, Named Alumni Fellow

Bradley E. Haddock, '80, Wichita, was honored as the Washburn University Alumni Fellow from the law school on Oct. 26, 2012. Sponsored by the Washburn University deans and the Alumni Association, the Alumni Fellows program recognizes alumni who have distinguished themselves in their career fields.

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Malone, '90, Appointed Chief Judge of Kansas Court of Appeals    

The Kansas Supreme Court Thomas Maloneappointed Thomas Malone, '90, as chief judge of the Kansas Court of Appeals to fill a vacancy created by the Oct. 7 death of Chief Judge Richard Greene. Judge Malone had been acting chief after Greene became ill this summer.


"Being designated chief judge of the Court of Appeals is an honor. I thank the Supreme Court for its trust and confidence in appointing me to the position," Malone said in a statement.

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  Photograph: Dean Thomas Romig.

As 2012 comes to a close, I would like to thank you for your continued support of Washburn Law, whether you visited to impart your expertise to our students, supported us financially, attended a Washburn Law event, or contacted us with your comments and ideas.


On behalf of everyone at Washburn Law, I wish you and your loved ones all the joy and happiness of the holiday season and a New Year filled with prosperity and peace. 


Image: Tom's signature. 

Tom Romig 

Dean and Professor of Law 

Employment, Labor Law Symposium
Set for Feb. 28
Washburn University School of Law's Business and Transactional Law Center and the Washburn Law Journal will present the symposium, "Employment and Labor Law in the 21st Century - Changes in the Arenas of Conflict" on Thursday, Feb. 28, 2013. The symposium will focus on the changing landscape of labor and employment law in the United States in the 21st century and beyond. The keynote speaker is Peter C. Schaumber, former Chairman and Member of the National Labor Relations Board.
The symposium will feature three panels, each with a moderator and up to four speakers, on the following topics:
  • Technology, Social Media, and Privacy Issues in Employment and Labor Law;
  • The Landscape of Private Sector Labor Law in the 21st Century; and
  • The Landscape of Public Sector Labor Law in the 21st Century.

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Save the Date: U.S. Supreme Court Swearing-In April 1, 2013 
Members of the Washburn University School of Law Alumni Association invite you join them in Washington, D.C. this spring for an experience of a lifetime: the United States Supreme Court Swearing-In Ceremony on Monday, April 1, 2013. More details to follow on the event website.  
'Diversity Matters' Workshop Presented by LARW faculty
Second-year student Michael Fowler
Second-year student Michael Fowler demonstrated a device used for the hearing-impaired.
Washburn Law and its Legal Analysis, Research, and Writing faculty hosted presenters and attendees from across the United States for a one-day Legal Writing Institute workshop, "Student Populations: Diversity Matters," on Saturday, Dec. 1, 2012. Panels featured presentations by several second- and third-year Washburn Law students. The day concluded with a tour of the Brown v. Board of Education National Historic Site.
Application Fee Waiver Available for Referred Candidates 

As a Washburn Law graduate, you understand the value of a  Washburn Law education and our commitment to academic excellence, innovation, and diversity. We know there are many options and considerations for prospective law students and we work diligently to attract the best and brightest candidates.


To complement our recruiting efforts, please help us spread the word about Washburn Law to promising law school candidates you know. Prospective students you refer will receive a waiver of the $40 application fee for the Fall 2013 term. Please have them use the fee waiver code WULAW13 when completing the application.


Thank you for your continuing support of Washburn Law.

Open House Impresses Attendees

Washburn University School of Law held its annual admissions Director of Admissions Yolanda Ingram talks with open house guests  
open house event in November, welcoming 50 attendees from campuses across Kansas and Missouri, and as far way as Iowa and Texas. Since 2011, Washburn Law has offered in-state tuition for all Missouri residentsThose outside Kansas and Missouri qualify for in-state tuition rates after six months of residency.

Attendees toured the law school, led by our student ambassadors, after attending a mock class taught by Professor Michael Hunter Schwartz. The tour concluded with an information fair and reception held in the Bradbury Thompson Alumni Center. During the information fair, attendees learned about the Centers and international programs the law school offers. Guests interacted with faculty members and current Washburn Law students. The event was simultaneously tweeted and posted on Facebook. 

Yolanda Ingram, director of admissions, said several attendees commented that it was the best open house they had ever attended and they were glad they came.

The next law school admissions event is the admitted student event, which is scheduled for March 8, 2013.  

Class Actions


Roy H. Worthington III,'74, Lake Quivira, Kan., retired as president and general counsel of Charlson & Wilson Bonded Abstracters Inc., Manhattan, Kan., on Jan. 1, 2012.




Dale E. Bennett, '80, Westwood, Kan., was selected by his peers to serve as the Kansas Association for Justice (KsAJ) 2012-13 president-elect. As president-elect, Bennett serves in the officer corps and will assume the office of President on July 1, 2013. Bennett is with the Law Offices of Dale E. Bennett. He has been a member of KsAJ for more than 20 years.


Douglas K. Manion, '82, Vernon Rockville, Conn., has joined the Law Offices of Kahan, Kerensky & Capossela LLP as a partner where he is continuing his practice in the areas of divorce, residential real estate, criminal defense, estate planning and personal injury litigation.


David K. Holmes, '83, Alexandria,Va., is an attorney at Santos, Postal & Company PC. He previously practiced law in Wichita, Kan.


W. Thomas Stratton Jr., '84, formerly of Topeka, was named the director of the New Orleans City Council Utilities Regulatory Office. Stratton previously was chief litigation counsel for the Kansas Corporation Commission. New Orleans is one of only two U.S. cities that exercise regulatory authority over their utility companies, rather than having a state commission handle oversight.


Natalie G. Haag, '85, Topeka, was appointed as executive vice president-general counsel for Capitol Federal Savings and Capitol Federal Financial Inc. For the past nine years, she served as the associate general counsel/director of governmental affairs for Security Benefit Corporation.



Michael J. Fleming, '01, Leawood, Kan., has been selected by his peers to serve as the Kansas Association for Justice 2012-13 legislative chair. Fleming previously served as KsAJ's Legislative Chair from July 2011-June 2012. He is a member of the Wendt Goss Law Firm of Kansas City, Mo., and has practiced law in the Kansas City area for more than 10 years. 


Stefanie M. Benson-Hebberd, '06, Overland Park, Kan., has opened The Law Office of Stefanie Benson-Hebberd LLC, in Olathe, Kan. Her practice focuses on family law issues in the counties of Johnson, Wyandotte, Franklin, Leavenworth, Miami, and Linn.


Cynthia G. Waskowiak, '08, Topeka, was hired as compliance officer for Washburn University in September 2012, where she will focus on regulatory compliance, policy writing, and general higher education advising.  


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