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Washburn Law News January 2012
Upcoming Events
February 21
Springfield, Mo., Area Alumni Reception 

February 22-24
Practioners in Residence:
J. Brent  Hooker and
John M. Collins, '91
Sponsored by the Business and Transactional Law Center


March 3
Alumni Association Board
of Governors Meeting, Law School

March 9
Foulston Siefkin Lecture: Professor Monroe H. Freedman, Hofstra Law
Sponsored by the Washburn Law Journal

March 16
Children's Voices in Abduction and Relocation CLE, Bradbury Thompson Alumni Center
Sponsored by the Children and Family Law Center

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Dear ,


We're off to great start in 2012 at Washburn Law, thanks to the continuing support of our alumni and friends. 


We've planned important upcoming CLEs, Center events, and student Lunch & Learns with many of you volunteering as speakers and experts in the various fields of law you represent. Thank you for sharing your knowledge with our students and attendees. Our alumni involvement is one of the reasons Washburn Law is known for graduating students who are prepared to practice law from day one.


I am pleased that Washburn Law continues to be recognized nationally for its outstanding legal education and excellent programs. 


I look forward to seeing many of you in the New Year.


Best regards,

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Tom Romig 

Dean and Professor of Law   

Editorial: Law school earns recognition
National Jurist Magazine CoverWashburn University School of Law is one of 20 law schools recognized by National Jurist as "Top Law Schools for Government Jobs." Washburn Law was also among the top 20 law schools in the country for the percent of graduates employed as prosecutors and public defenders.

A January 23, 2012, editorial in the Topeka Capital-Journal touts this recognition as bringing "national attention to Washburn University and Topeka and shouldn't go unmentioned."

Welcome Spring 2012 Students


J Section Students Spring 2012Classes are underway with a new group of law students taking advantage of our Spring Start program. An enthusiastic and bright group of 31 students from 23 undergraduate schools, 12 states and The Netherlands comprise the Spring 2012 starting class. 

Washburn Law Hosts Chilean Law Professors

Chilean and WULaw professors Four Chilean law professors visited Washburn University School of Law January 22-27 as part of a two-week immersion into American law school teaching methods.


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Class Actions


Gary R. Terrill, '79, Shawnee, Kan., has joined the Kansas Department of Labor, Topeka, as a member of the Workers Compensation Board.



The Hon. Bryce A. Abbott, '83, Wichita, received the "Service to Consumers" award by the National Alliance on Mental Illness of Kansas at its 2011 annual convention.



Shane T. McCall, '91, Smith Center, Kan., is president of The Kansas Bankers Association Trust Division and member of the organization's board of directors.



Carolyn L. Payne, '05, Louisville, Ky., was promoted to associate general counsel at Farm Credit Services of Mid-America in Louisville.



Carol Longnecker-SchmidtCarol Longenecker Schmidt, '11, Newton, Kan., was selected as the 2011 recipient of the Kansas Association for Justice Raymond Spring Award. This award is bestowed upon the Washburn Law Clinic intern who has demonstrated the highest commitment to providing legal services to clients in need. 


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 Parting Shot


Tim Belsan with U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder
Tim Belsan, '09, right, joins his coworkers in the Office of Immigration Litigation-District Court Section for a photograph with U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder (center). From left to right: Erin Brizius, Derry Riedel, Holder, Sarah Wilson, and Belsan.


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