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September 2012 


Photograph: Dean Thomas Romig.

The law school building is bustling once again with new students embarking on their law school career and with students returning after summer break.


Summer at Washburn Law was anything but the proverbial "dog days." The Washburn Board of Regents approved funding for a new law school facility. You can find more information about this development in the article that follows. We will unveil detailed plans of the building, a video and 3D animation at the Dean's Circle Dinner on Sept. 22. If you're interested in attending, please visit washburnlaw.edu/alumni/giving/deanscircle.php


It hardly seems possible that summer is behind us. I hope you were able to spend some time the last few months enjoying special activities with family and friends.


Best regards,

Image: Tom's signature. 

Tom Romig 

Dean and Professor of Law

ABA President-Elect to Celebrate Constitution Day at Washburn University

Photograph: James Silkenat. James "Jim" R. Silkenat, president-elect of the American Bar Association, will speak to alumni and students as part of the university's celebration of Constitution Day on Monday, Sept. 17. Silkenat's presentation, "The Rule of Law at Home and Abroad: Why It Makes a Difference to All Parts of Society," will begin at 7 p.m. at the Bradbury Thompson Alumni Center on the Washburn campus. A reception sponsored by the Kansas Bar Association, Washburn University and the School of Law will preceed Silkenat's presentation from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at the same location. 


Washburn Law alumni and members of the legal community are invited to attend the evening events and are asked to reserve a seat by visiting washburnlaw.edu/constitutionday/.  


On Tuesday, September 18 Washburn Law will wrap up Constitution Day observances by hosting the Kansas Court of Appeals in the Robinson Courtroom to hear dockets at 9 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.  

Regents Approve Funding for New Facility
new building graphic

The Washburn University Board of Regents approved a funding proposal for a new law school building at its July 2012 meeting. 


The proposed 152,600-square-foot facility, to be located on the southeast corner of the Washburn campus, will be an investment in a 21st century learning and technology environment that will accommodate a broader, deeper legal curriculum. It will provide much-needed space for classrooms, a student commons area, collaborative work areas, courtrooms, the four Centers for Excellence, the Law Library, and the Washburn Law Clinic.


The estimated $40 million project will be financed through a $20 million fundraising effort, with an additional $10 million coming from university reserve funds and $10 million in short-term bonds.

Trust Law Issues CLE set for Sept. 28

Timothy P. O'Sullivan, a partner with Foulston Siefkin, LLP in Wichita, Kansas, will discuss trust law issues beginning at 9 a.m. on Sept. 28 in the Robinson Courtroom and Bianchino Technology Center at Washburn Law. O'Sullivan will address charitable gifting techniques, both lifetime and testamentary in nature, with a special emphasis on charitable lead trusts. The discussion will include the structuring of such gifts to achieve their desired charitable goals, while maximizing their income, gift and estate tax benefits.


Visit washburnlaw.edu/trustlawcle/ for a complete schedule and program information.

First Friday CLEs Begin Oct. 5

Washburn Law kicks off its First Friday CLE series with the inaugural session "Supreme Court Rule 115A-Limited Representation in Kansas and New Technology for the Practicing Lawyer" on Oct. 5 from 2:30 to 4:20 p.m. in Room 102 at the law school. First Friday CLEs are planned for the first Friday of each month that law school is in session. 


Our goal is to provide alumni and other practitioners with timely, interesting, and informative CLE hours at reasonable rates throughout the year. Faculty, alumni, and friends of the school will provide CLE training on a wide variety of issues and topics that they have particular expertise in or have been actively researching. We will feature a new topic each month to help busy attorneys accumulate CLE hours throughout the year.   

Welcome Class of 2015!
Photograph: Class of 2015.

Aug. 20 marked the first day for our
fall entering class.    



1Ls gather in
First-year students gather in the "pit" for conversation and camaraderie.


1Ls at Brown v Board Aug. 2012
Fall incoming students tour Brown v. Topeka Board of Education National Historic Site.
In This Issue
  • ABA President-Elect to Celebrate Constitution Day at Washburn
  • Regents Approve Funding
  • Trust Law Issues CLE set for Sept. 28
  • First Friday CLEs
  • Welcome Class of 2015!
  • Class Actions
  • In Memoriam
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    September 17

    Constitution Day 


    September 21

    7th Annual Alumni Golf Tournament and CLE 


    September 22

    Board of Governors Meeting


    Dean's Circle Dinner and Reception


    September 28
    Trust Law Issues with Tim O'Sullivan CLE


    October 5

    Supreme Court Rule 115A CLE 


    October 7

    History of Washburn Law, presented by former Dean Jim Concannon, Topeka Shawnee County Public Library, 2 p.m.


    October 26

    Alumni Fellows Luncheon


    December 4

    Alumni Holiday Reception, Kansas City


    February 28, 2013

    Labor and Employment Law Symposium


    March 9

    Board of Governors Meeting


    April 1

    U.S. Supreme Court Swearing-in Ceremony, Washington, D.C.

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    Concannon to present History of Washburn Law on Oct. 7
    Jim ConcannonFormer Washburn Law Dean Jim Concannon will present "The History of Washburn Law" at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 7 at the Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library. Concannon's book detailing the history of the first 100 years of Washburn University School of Law is now available and can be ordered from the Washburn Law online store.
    History of Washburn Law book cover 


    Ron Nelson at 2012 DCM CLE
    Ron Nelson, '81, was one of several alumni offering their expertise at the 2012 Domestic Case Management CLE in August.




    Capital Defense speakers 2012
    Professor Michael Kaye, far right, with speakers of the Capital Defense conference held in July.



    Bill Ossman sworn in
    With his brother John Ossmann holding the Bible, C. William "Bill" Ossmann, '77, took his oath of office Aug. 17 as a Shawnee County District Court judge. Bill has been a dedicated adjunct professor and ITAP volunteer for many years at Washburn Law.


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    Class Actions


    Secretary of Labor Karin Brownlee reappointed The Honorable Rebecca A. Sanders, '78, Topeka, for a four-year term as an administrative law judge for the Kansas Division of Worker's Compensation.



    J. Patrick Flanigan, '86, Overland Park, Kan., has written the action adventure novel THE 5th MIRANDA, which is available at Amazon.com. The novel tells the story of a Johnson County, Kan., lawyer whose court appointment as guardian ad litem for the only child of a militia leader places him in the case with the child's social worker. The child goes missing and the lawyer and the social worker find themselves at the mercy of two rogue police officers. The novel culminates on the Elk River in southwest Missouri.



    Ann Marie G. Steel, '99, Bronte, New South Wales, Australia, left Washington, D.C., earlier this year and her role as deputy assistant director with the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement with the Department of Homeland Security to work for Ogilvy Public Relations in Sydney Australia, specializing in issues and crisis management and strategic communications counsel.



    The law firm of Adrian & Pankratz, P.A., Newton, Kan., has announced the addition of Timothy C. Hodge, '04, as a partner and shareholder in the firm. Hodge has practiced with Adrian & Pankratz since 2003.

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    In Memoriam

    Loren H. Hohman Sr., '55, Honolulu, Hawaii, on July 19, 2012, in Topeka, at the age of 94

    Eberle A. Baldwin, '55, Bartlesville, Okla., on June 8, 2011, at the age of 85

    Wallace M. Buck Jr. '58, Topeka, on July 21, 2012, at the age of 81

    Lawrence P. Ireland, '71, Topeka, on July 24, 2012, at the age of 68

    Keith D. Hoffman '76, Abilene, Kan., on Aug. 11, 2012, at the age of 62 


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