Schedule of Activities

Following is the tentative schedule of classes and activities for first-year law students during their initial week at Washburn Law. While modifications may occur to this schedule, note that your first classes meet Tuesday through Friday. Attendance is required for all events unless otherwise noted.

Updated: January 7, 2014

Save The Date

Thursday, January 22

12:05-1:05 p.m.

  • Welcome Lunch and Keynote Address - Bradbury Thompson Alumni Center (just east of law school on campus)
    • Introduction of Keynote Speaker by Dean Thomas J. Romig
    • Keynote Speaker: The Honorable David B. Debenham, Third Judicial District of Kansas, will speak on Professionalism
    • Administration of Professionalism Oath

Tuesday, January 13

9:00-9:45 a.m.
1L Check-In - Please enter the law school through the north doors; the check-in process begins in Robinson Courtroom and ends in the law school library.

  • Incoming first-year law students may check in at any time during this period to receive section assignments, a Washburn Law t-shirt, and registration packet.
  • Students will have their Washburn Law directory photos taken during check-in.
  • Continental breakfast courtesy of the library.
  • After you have completed registration, you are free until 9:45 a.m. You may want to use this time to:
    • Ask any financial aid questions of a staff member of the university Financial Aid office, temporarily at the law school this morning in the library.
    • Visit the Ichabod Shop at the lower level southeast corner of Memorial Union (leave law school through East door on second floor and follow the signs). Please note that once you receive your section assignment, it is important to obtain your textbooks soon. The university's Ichabod Shop generally carries sufficient copies of textbooks, but it does not guarantee this.
    • Visit the Student Services Office on the second level of Memorial Union and get your iCard. You will need to bring government-issued ID and sit for a photo at the office. Your iCard can be used as a cash card and will be necessary to enter the law school after hours.
    • Review required readings.

9:45-10:10 a.m.

  • Connect Laptop to Wireless Network / Setup Law School Printers – Library
    • Ms. Jewel Makda, Student Computer Services Coordinator

10:15-11:00 a.m.

  • Welcome and Introduction to Washburn Law (Dean Thomas J. Romig) – Room 120

11:00 a.m.-Noon

  • Professionalism and the Law School Honor Code – Room 120
    • Aïda Alaka, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs
    • Allison Wood, 3L (Professional Use of Social Media)

Noon-1:15 p.m.
Lunch (provided) with Study Group Leaders for Academic Success – Your Study Group Leaders will meet you in Room 120 and take you to your box lunches in Room 119 and your study area.

  • Please contact Donna McMurry at before Wednesday, January 7, 2015, if you have special dietary needs, or if you want to specify that you would prefer roast beef, turkey, ham, or vegetarian sandwiches.

1:15-2:15 p.m.

  • How to Case Brief – Room 120

2:30-4:00 p.m.

  • Westlaw, LexisNexis, and Bloomberg Registration – Room 120 – Please bring your laptop
    • 2:30-3:00 p.m. – Westlaw Registration (Ms. Marie Robb)
    • 3:00-3:30 p.m. – Bloomberg Registration (Ms. Pamela Morgan)
    • 3:30-4:00 p.m. – LexisNexis Registration (Ms. Cheryl Clark)

Wednesday, January 14

8:30-9:00 a.m.

  • Optional Continental Breakfast with the Director Shawn Leisinger of the Centers for Excellence and the Externship Program, and Professor John Francis of the Law Clinic - First Floor Commons
  • A staff member of the university Financial Aid Office will be temporarily available to answer questions this morning in Room 115 (optional). If you have questions about financial aid later in the week, please contact the Financial Aid Office at Morgan Hall 152 – Student Service Center (building east of the law school and the student union). Phone: 785-670-1151. E-mail:

9:00-11:00 a.m.

  • Constitutional Law Class (Professor Bill Rich) – Room 120

11:15 a.m.-Noon

  • Study Group Leaders will meet you in Room 120 and guide you to where you should go.

Noon-1:00 p.m. - Lunch on your own

1:15 p.m.-2:15

  • Character and Fitness Qualifications for the Bar Exam – Room 120
    • Introduction by Margann Bennett, J.D., Director of Professional Development and Pro Bono
    • Ms. Gayle B. Larkin, Admissions Attorney for the Kansas Supreme Court

      IMPORTANT: Your signature showing attendance is required and will be kept in your permanent file.

Thursday, January 15

8:30-9:00 a.m.

  • Optional Continental Breakfast courtesy of Phi Alpha Delta (PAD) - First Floor Commons

9:00-11:00 a.m.

  • Constitutional Law Class (Professor Bill Rich) – Room 120

11:15 a.m.-Noon

  • Study Group Leaders will meet you in Room 120 and guide you to where you should go.

Noon-1:00 p.m. - Lunch on your own

1:00 p.m.-2:30

  • One Thousand Days until the Bar Exam (Professor Susannah Pollvogt) – Room 120

Friday, January 16

Please wear your Washburn Law sweatshirt today for the class photo (sweatshirt distributed at Tuesday check-in).

9:00-11:00 a.m.

  • Constitutional Law Class (Professor Bill Rich) – Room 120

11:15-11:45 a.m.

  • Study Group Leaders will meet you in Room 120 and guide you to where you should go.

11:45 a.m.-12:15 p.m.

  • Lunch and Learn (pizza) sponsored by Kansas Lawyers Assistance Program (KALAP) – Room 120
    • What You Need to Know about KALAP (Ms. Brynn Mroz)

12:15-1:00 p.m.

1:15-2:30 p.m.

  • Graphic: Cover of volume 42, issue 2 of Washburn Lawyer.Brown v. Board of Education National Historic Site (1515 SE Monroe, Topeka, Kansas). The Site is about five minutes east of the law school. (See map below. Take 17th Street, on the north side of the law school, east until you reach the Site's parking lot on your left just past Monroe Street. If you need disability-accessible parking, go through the parking lot and park behind the building.) Note: It is advised that you do not wear spike heels or expensive shoes, as the path to the building is sometimes not good in bad weather. Please contact Jalen Lowry, Associate Dean for Student Affairs, if you need a ride to the Site:
    • Approximately 1:15-1:30 p.m.: Class Photo on steps of Brown v. Board National Historic Site
    • Approximately 1:30-1:45 p.m.: Introduction by U.S. Park Ranger Nick Murray to the Brown cases, and the roles of Washburn lawyers in those cases.
    • Approximately 1:45-2:30 p.m.: Tour on your own (feel free to stay later if you wish!).
    • Wear your Washburn Law sweatshirt!
    See the Summer 2004 issue of Washburn Lawyer for more information about Washburn Law graduates involved in the Brown case.

Map: Washburn Law to Brown v. Board of Education National Historic Site.

Note: Faculty will have assignments for your regular classes that need to be prepared for the week beginning January 20. See first week assignments and begin preparing for next week.

Tuesday, January 20

  • Regular class schedule begins