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Washburn Law News June 2012
Upcoming Events


June 13-15
KBA Annual Meeting and Joint Judicial Conference, Overland Park Sheraton
June 14
Alumni Awards Luncheon Overland Park Convention Center
12:05 p.m.

June 21-22
Selected Topics and Miscellany 2012 CLE, Washburn University School of Law, Online and in Room 102. 


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What's on your summer reading list? I'd like to recommend a book that may transport you back to your law school years.


The Ideal Place ... for the Establishment of a Great Law School by Professor and former Dean James Concannon will debut mid-June. Professor Concannon's detailed account of Washburn Law's history includes recollections of devoted professors and staff, and of students and friends covering both turmoil and triumph of the law school's storied history.


History of Washburn Law book coverHistorical photographs, some published for the first time, are woven throughout the 683-page book. Also included is a detailed index for quick reference. Historical photos, including those in the book, can be viewed here.


Whether you love history, Washburn Law, or both, Professor Concannon's book is a must read this summer. Look for ordering information soon at the Washburn Law online store.    



Best regards,

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Tom Romig 

Dean and Professor of Law   

Admissions employees to retire in June
Photograph: Karla Whitaker.
Karla Whitaker

Washburn Law Director of Admissions Karla Whitaker will retire this summer after more than eight years in that position. During her tenure, Karla has directed a national recruiting effort on behalf of the law school. She has taken the time to personally contact prospective students, giving them a first taste of the student-centered atmosphere they will experience at Washburn Law. 


Sandy Knipp
Sandy Knipp

Sandy Knipp, admissions assistant, will also retire this summer after seven-plus years in that position. Sandy is often the first contact prospective students have with Washburn Law. She has provided a professional and friendly environment, which has encouraged students to take the next step in attending Washburn Law.


We wish Karla and Sandy prosperous travels ahead and thank them for their commitment to Washburn Law.

Register for the June 14 Washburn Law Alumni Association Awards Luncheon, held in conjunction with the KBA
Annual Meeting and Joint Judicial Conference
Register by June 1 for the Washburn Law Alumni Association Awards Recognition Luncheon on Thursday, June 14, from 12:05 to 1:20 p.m. at the the Overland Park Convention Center. We will honor the following individuals:

Honorary Life Membership

Elizabeth A. Fischer


Distinguished Service

Carol Gilliam Green, 1981

David E. Pierce, 1977


Lifetime Achievement

The Honorable J. Patrick Brazil, 1962

The Honorable Dale E. Saffels, 1949

The Honorable Edward R. Sloan, 1906

The Honorable William A. Smith, 1914

The Honorable H. George Templar, 1927


If you have already made a reservation with the KBA to attend the luncheon you do not need to make a reservation through the Washburn University School of Law Alumni Association office.

Upcoming CLE: Selected Topics and Miscellany 2012

Washburn University School of Law will present on June 21 and 22 an outstanding two-day lineup of programs that focus on selected legal topics. Attendees may participate online or in person.


Topics include:

  • Recent Developments in Contract Law, Labor and Unemployment Law, Property Law, and U. S. Supreme Court Cases
  • Business Associations Law
  • Legal Writing Concepts and Issues
  • New Estate Planning Issues and Ideas 
  • Bankruptcy and Uniform Commercial Code Updates
  • Ethics of Ex Parte Communications

Each presenter will share insight and knowledge of his or her particular area of expertise. The sessions will include a presentation on the specific topic, including a review of updated cases and issues, and time will be allotted for attendees to ask questions. Two hours of ethics will be presented on Friday. For more information and to register, visit the event website.

Parting Shot: Congratulations Class of 2012!

2012 graduates

Class Actions


The Reno County Bar Association honored John H. Shaffer, '54, Hutchinson, Kan., in November. Shaffer served in the Coast Guard during World War II.



Michael R. McNeil, '65, Roswell, Ga., is an associate broker with Remax Around Atlanta and was recently granted the status of realtor emeritus by the National Association of Realtors. He also received the prestigious Crystal Phoenix Award by the Atlanta Board of Realtors.  



H. David Starkey, '74, Topeka, is the city attorney for Topeka. An Army veteran, Starkey previously practiced law in Colby, Kan., and was chief legal counsel for the Department of Agriculture.



The Honorable Glenn R. Braun, '81, Hays, Kan., was appointed as a judge to the 23rd District Court in Kansas by Gov. Sam Brownback. Judge Braun is a partner in Glassman, Bird, Braun & Schwartz, where he has practiced law for 30 years. 


Dr. Alice E. Perry, '84, Springfield, Mass., a 20-year prosecutor for Massachusetts superior courts, will serve as program director of the new bachelor's degree program in criminal justice at Elms College.



Ryland F, Mahathey, '95, Boynton Beach, Fla., has joined the Florida-based law firm of Broad and Cassel in the firm's Boca Raton office as Of Counsel in the Estate Planning and Trusts Practice Group.


Brian R. Sherwood, '90, Garden City, Kan., deputy county attorney in Finney County, Kan., announced his candidacy for Finney County attorney.



John A. Farley, '01, and Razmi M. Tahirkheli, '01, both of Osawatomie, Kan., have opened the Law Offices of Razmi Tahirkheli and John Farley, LLC at 560 Main St. Tahirkheli will work full time in the office, while Farley will work part time, balancing cases with his current position as an attorney for the Osawatomie State Hospital.



Darin L. McCollum,'10, Saint Louis, Mo., is an associate with Armstrong Teasdale LLP where he concentrates on the preparation and prosecution of U.S. and international patent applications in the mechanical arts. He is admitted to practice in Missouri and Kansas and is a member of the American Intellectual Property Law Association.


Sean P. Bartholick, '12, Sugar City, Idaho, is law clerk for the Honorable Gregory W. Moeller, district court judge, Seventh Judicial District, Madison County, Idaho.  


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In Memoriam


William L. Parker, Jr., '57, Ocala, Fla., on April 16, 2012. 

Colonel Stephen R. Bloss, '60, Castle Rock, Colo., on April 29, 2012, at age 75.  

The Honorable Thomas L. Toepfer, '75, Hays, Kan., on April 30, 2012, at age 61.




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