LL.M. Student Fall 2019 Orientation Schedule of Activities (Tentative)

Following is the tentative schedule of classes and activities for LL.M. students during the initial two weeks at Washburn Law. In the interest of planning, you should prepare yourself for full days. While modifications may occur to this schedule, attendance is required for all events unless otherwise noted.

Please bring your laptop to orientation on Wednesday, August 14.

Updated: Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Week 1: Wednesday, August 14-Friday, August 16, 2019

Wednesday, August 14

9:00-9:30 a.m. – Check-in and Continental Breakfast with LL.M. Directors, Ambassadors – Room 327

  • Room 327 is located on the third floor of the law school, across from Professor Kowalski's office.
  • Obtain a locker, if desired.

9:30-10:00 a.m. – Technology Orientation

  • Laptop setup for wireless network and printing – Room 327
  • Directory Photos – Robinson Courtroom (2nd floor)

10:00-10:30 a.m. – Welcome – Room 327

10:30 a.m.-Noon – Tours

  • Law School Tour by LL.M. Ambassadors
  • Washburn University Campus Tour (including bookstore, health services, and student wellness and recreation center (gym))
  • Obtain Washburn University Identification Card (please bring government-issued identification (passport))

Noon-12:30 p.m. – Westlaw/LexisNexis/Bloomberg Registration – Law Library Computer Lab

12:30-2:00 p.m. – Advising and Lunch

  • Advising with LL.M. Director and Registration for Classes – Room 324 (Professor McMillan's office)
  • Lunch on your own.

Thursday, August 15, 2019

9:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m. – Introduction to U.S. Legal System and Legal Methods – Room 119

12:00-2:00 p.m. – Lunch (on your own)

2:00-4:30 p.m. – Introduction to Legal Research I – Room 119

Friday, August 16, 2019

9:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m. – Introduction to Legal Research II – Room 119

12:00-2:00 p.m. – Lunch (on your own)

2:00-4:30 p.m. – Introduction to Legal Research III – Room 119

Week 2: Monday, August 19-Friday, August 23, 2019

Many of the activities during Week 2 will be held with first year J.D. students.

Before to August 20, 2019, please read the following assignments for sessions with Professor Rory Bahadur:

Professor Bahadur would like you to read and brief these five (5) cases (97 KB PDF). You should have a completed brief for each case with you on the first day of class (i.e., August 20).

Background Readings on Professionalism for August 20 and 21 (required)

Monday, August 19

9:30-11:30 a.m.
Tour of Kansas Statehouse and Supreme Court (meet at School of Law and carpool for tour)

11:30 a.m.-Noon – Welcome and Introduction to Washburn Law – Bradbury Thompson Alumni Center (leave law school through north doors and follow sidewalk east to first building along 17th street)

Noon-1:30 p.m. – Lunch (provided), Introduction of WSBA President Harry Schwartz, and Introduction of Professionalism Group Program and Leaders – Bradbury Thompson Alumni Center

  • Leaders: Emily Arida, Zach Bealer, Kaitlyn Bull, Brandon Curl, Kayla Dieker, Kristen Egger, Libby Eggleston, Elyssa Ellis, Gabriella Ferraro, Lindcy Gardner, Chris Grause, Thomas Henry, Kelsie Howard, Kate Lander, Tyler Laudick, Carissa Leffler, Nicole Phaneuf, Rachel Schwein, Tyler Schwein, Skyler Urban, and Dylan Wheeler.
  • Leaders will lead you to lunch and a first meeting. After lunch, Leaders will lead you on a tour that will include 1L classrooms at the Law School for the following week (Rooms 100, 102, 114, 119, 120, 327, and Room 150 in the Law Clinic). Leaders will show you the Student Services Office (where you can obtain your ID card), the Cafeteria, the Ichabod Shop (bookstore), the Student One Stop location (for Financial Aid and Business issues), Health Services, the Counseling Center, and the Food Pantry.
  • Please contact Donna McMurry at donna.mcmurry@washburn.edu by Friday, August 9, 2019, if you have special dietary needs, or if you want to specify that you would prefer roast beef, turkey, ham, or vegetarian sandwiches.

1:30-2:30 p.m. – Law School Essentials – Bradbury Thompson Alumni Center

  • Financial Aid for Graduate Students (approximately 1:30-2:00)
    • Ms. Jamie McEwen, Financial Literacy Coordinator
  • Taking Care of Yourself so That You Can Take Care of Your Clients (2:00-2:30)
    • Jalen Lowry, Associate Dean for Student Affairs
      • Emergency Loan Program and Food Pantry
    • Ms. Tiffany McManis, Director of Health Services
    • Ms. Crystal Leming, Director of Counseling Services
    • Ms. Molly Steffes-Herman, Victim Advocate
    • Representative from Kansas Lawyers Assistance Program (KALAP)

Tuesday, August 20

9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. (lunch on your own from noon-1:00 p.m.) – Bradbury Thompson Alumni Center

  • Academic Skills
  • Review required readings
  • This intensive program will introduce students to many of the basic skills and processes they need to succeed in law school. Students will begin the study of tort law during the program and will simultaneously learn how to read and brief cases, take notes, create outlines, and answer law school examination questions. These skills are not explicitly taught in the traditional legal education model, but the program represents Washburn's commitment to cutting-edge legal pedagogy that is supported by modern educational research.

Wednesday, August 21

9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. (lunch on your own from noon-1:00 p.m.) – Bradbury Thompson Alumni Center

  • Law School Academic Support Office and Importance of Bar Preparation
    • Professor Marsha Griggs, Director of Academic Support and Bar Passage and Professor Blake Klinkner, Visiting Assistant Professor and Assistant Director of Academic Support and Bar Passage.
  • Academic Skills
    • Professor Rory Bahadur

Thursday, August 22

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

8:30-9:00 a.m. – Coffee and light breakfast, courtesy of Alumni Office – Bradbury Thompson Alumni Center

9:00-9:15 a.m. – Class photo

  • Wear your Washburn Law t-shirt!

9:15-10:00 a.m. – Developing Your Professional Identity and Importance of Full Disclosure on Law School Application – Bradbury Thompson Alumni Center

  • Jalen Lowry, Associate Dean for Student Affairs
  • Mr. Jake Gregg, 3L

10:00-10:15 a.m. – Break

10:15-11:00 a.m. – Character and Fitness Qualifications for the Bar Exam – Bradbury Thompson Alumni Center

  • Introduction by Dean Lowry
  • 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.

11:00 a.m.-Noon – Break

Noon-1:30 p.m. – Welcome Lunch – Bradbury Thompson Alumni Center

Menu: beef brisket and smoked sausage; brown sugar baked beans; baked macaroni and cheese; green beans; garden salad with ranch dressing; dinner rolls and butter; apple cobbler; and iced tea and water. Please contact donna.mcmurry@washburn.edu about food allergies.

1:30-2:30 p.m. – Break

2:30-3:30 p.m. – Professionalism and the Honor Code – Bradbury Thompson Alumni Center

  • Joseph Mastrosimone, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs

3:30-4:30 p.m. – Life-Long Wellness Habits of Successful and Fulfilled Attorneys – Bradbury Thompson Alumni Center

  • Mr. Kyler Wineinger, 3L, President, Washburn Association for Law Student Health (WALSH)
  • Ms. Whitney Casement '12, Senior Associate Attorney, Goodell Stratton Edmonds & Palmer LLP

Friday, August 23

8:15-8:45 a.m. – Practical Legal Experience Opportunities at Washburn Law – Bradbury Thompson Alumni Center

  • Professor Gillian Chadwick of the Law Clinic; Shawn Leisinger, Associate Dean for Centers and External Programs; and Assistant Director Kaitlin Alegria, Programs and Outreach, will give you a short overview of programs available to give you legal skills training and experience. Continental breakfast provided.

8:45-9:00 a.m. – Barbados Study Abroad – Bradbury Thompson Alumni Center

  • Professor Tonya Kowalski, Director of International Legal Programs and Co-Director of the International and Comparative Law Center

9:15-9:45 a.m. – Planning for a Meaningful Career – Bradbury Thompson Alumni Center

10:00-11:00 a.m. – First Semester Law School 101 – Bradbury Thompson Alumni Center

  • Jalen Lowry, Associate Dean for Student Affairs

11:15 a.m.-12:30 p.m. – Brown v. Board of Education National Historic Site Tour and Presentation – 1515 SE Monroe, Topeka, Kansas

  • Graphic: Cover of volume 42, issue 2 of Washburn Lawyer.Please carpool - there is enough parking at the Site if each vehicle holds at least two students.

    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: jalen.lowry@washburn.edu.
    • Approximately 11:15 a.m.: Entry to Auditorium and Welcome.
      • Park Ranger Enimini Ekong presentation about Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka.
  • Tour Site on your own (feel free to stay later if you wish!).

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.

CONGRATULATIONS! You are done with your first week after the Brown Site—have a good weekend, but note:

  • Note: Faculty will have assignments for your regular classes that need to be prepared for the week beginning August 26. A link to the assignments will be posted here sometime during First Week, when the professors have the assignments ready.

Saturday, August 24 and Sunday, August 25

  • Unscheduled Days

Monday, August 26

Wednesday, August 28

12:30-1:30 p.m. – Opportunity Fair, Day One – Law School, First Floor Commons

  • Information about and opportunities to meet officers of Law School Student Organizations.
    • Agricultural Law Society
    • Asian American Law Students Association (AALSA)
    • Black Law Students Association (BLSA)
    • Christian Legal Society (CLS)
    • Criminal Law Society
    • Environmental Law Society (ELS)
    • Federal Bar Association (FBA)
    • Federalist Society for Law and Public Policy Studies
    • Gay-Straight Alliance (GSA)
    • Hispanic American Law Students Association (HALSA)
    • Interfaith Association
    • International Law Society (ILS)
    • J. Reuben Clark Law Society
    • Jessup International Law Moot Court
    • Labor and Employment Group of Washburn
    • Moot Court Council
    • Oil, Gas, and Energy Law Society
    • Phi Alpha Delta (PAD)
    • Pro Bono Society (formerly Equal Justice Works)
    • Rural Practice Organization
    • Sports and Entertainment Law Society
    • Tax and Estate Planning Association (TEPA)
    • Veterans' Legal Association of Washburn (VLAW)
    • Washburn Association for Law Student Health (WALSH)
    • Washburn Business Law Society
    • Washburn Intellectual Property Law Society (WIPLS)
    • Washburn Law Democrats (WLD)
    • Washburn Law Journal
    • Washburn Student Bar Association (WSBA)
    • Washburn Student Bar Association Barristers' Ball Committee
    • Women's Legal Forum (WLF)

Thursday, August 29

12:30-1:30 p.m. – Opportunity Fair, Day Two – Law School, First Floor Commons

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