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Washburn Law News May 2012
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May 5
5K Law Day Run, 9 a.m. Check-in: Room 119

May 12
June 1 
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
Selected Topics and Miscellany 2012 CLE, Washburn University School of Law, Online and in Room 102. 


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Photograph: Dean Thomas Romig.

Members of the 107th graduating class are set to grasp their hard-earned diplomas in one hand and adjust their tassels with the other, recognizing fulfillment of a significant career achievement----graduation from Washburn Law.


The Certificate in Law and Government will be awarded at Washburn Law to five students who elected to concentrate their coursework in government and public policy. It's another notable milestone for Washburn Law and our students.


Despite updates in curriculum and technology throughout the years, the emotions of graduation day remain unchanged. I hope you remember fondly your graduation day at Washburn Law, including the excitement, the relief, and the gratification of achieving this prestigious goal. As you know, graduation from Washburn Law opens opportunities for an exciting and rewarding career.   


Best regards,

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Tom Romig 

Dean and Professor of Law   

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. (The CLE is being streamed using a Flash-based product. Some organizations block Flash-based products on their network.)


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, either a regular faculty member or adjunct professor, will share the insight and knowledge of his or her particular area of expertise. The sessions will include a presentation on the specific topic, generally including a review of updated cases and issues, and allow time for attendees to ask questions. Two hours of ethics will be presented on Friday, with one-hour sessions at 8 a.m. and 11 a.m. For more information and to register, visit the event website.

American Justice at Work: Rwanda Genocide Presentation


Melanie Morgan and Kurt Kerns, '91

The Washburn University School of Law Chapter of the American Association for Justice, in partnership with the Center for Excellence in Advocacy, hosted lawyers Kurt Kerns, '91, and Melanie Morgan Thursday, April 19, at the Kansas Association for Justice Center in Topeka. They shared their experiences in the first-ever prosecution in the United States related to the Rwandan genocide. 
[Read more.]

Volunteer as an ITAP Juror 

Members of the Topeka and surrounding communities are being asked to serve as jurors during Washburn University School of Law mock trials on Saturday, May 19, 2012. Washburn Law students participating in the intersession Intensive Trial Advocacy Program (ITAP) will put their skills to the test during the final mock trials. The trials will be held at the Shawnee County Courthouse (200 SE 7th St., Topeka, Kan.) from 8 a.m. to noon and 12:30 to 4:30 p.m.


At least 90 volunteers are needed to serve as jurors during the mock trials. These volunteers will have the opportunity to hear a mock criminal case, and will be asked to deliberate and decide the cases they hear. See frequently asked questions for more information and to register as a volunteer.

Class Actions


The Hon. Charles E. Andrews Jr., '72, Topeka, has retired as District Court Judge for the 3rd District (Shawnee County).  


The Hon. Thomas L. Boeding, '74, Kansas City, Kan., retired as a district court judge in Wyandotte County.  



Scott Hesse, '84, Topeka, has become associated with the law firm of Newman, Reynolds & Riffel PA.  


Susan G. Stanley Hamilton, '87, Westwood, Kan., is division counsel for telecom at Black & Veatch, Overland Park, Kan.



Danielle Noe, '94, Palm Coast, Fla., is the newly appointed assistant dean of academic affairs at the Florida Coastal School of Law in Jacksonville, Fla.    


Teri (Bowles) Schultz, '95, Aledo, Texas, was promoted to associate general counsel in the IP Legal Department at Alcon Laboratories Inc., the eye care division of Novartis.



Kristi (Simmons) Pittman, '00, Kansas City, Mo., has joined with Mark Kelly to form Kelly & Pittman PC in Liberty, Mo.  


Vincent M. Cox, '05, Topeka, has joined the law firm of Cavanaugh & Lemon. Cox's practice focuses on civil litigation, including appellate and administrative litigation, automobile accidents, construction law, landlord-tenant, personal injury, real estate, and school law.



Jennifer N. Horchem, '10, Wichita, recently joined Martin, Pringle, Oliver, Wallace & Bauer LLP in Wichita.


Charion Latresse Vaughn, '11, and Hahn H. Vu-Peck, '11, Wichita, have joined the Sedgwick County Court Trustee's Office.



[Read more Class Actions.]

In Memoriam

Kristine Kathryn Schlaman, '83, Jan. 20, Falls Church, Va., age 56

William "Bill" Patrick Higgins, '56, March 19, Wichita, age 79



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