2013-2014 Student Ambassadors

Washburn Law Student Ambassadors are active in the recruiting of prospective students, providing tours of the law school, and assisting the Admissions Office in a variety of special events.

Photograph: Washburn Law student ambassadors for the 2013-2014 academic year.

Our Student Ambassadors are happy to talk with you about their experiences at Washburn Law.

Photograph: Jeffrey Akin.Jeff Akin — 2L
Undergraduate School: Wichita State University
Undergraduate Major: Sociology
Hometown/State: Wichita, Kansas

"Washburn Law has been everything I could have asked for. After just one year of law school I have learned more than I ever could have imagined. Washburn has surrounded me with the practical settings, experienced faculty and social atmosphere that has allowed me to learn at the highest level all while building relationships that will long out last the three years of law school."

Photograph: Jaclyn Cannaday.Jaclyn Cannaday — 3L
Undergraduate School: Schreiner University
Undergraduate Major: Political Science
Hometown/State: Paris, Texas

"Washburn offers a truly holistic law school experience-- you get to make connections with real, hard-working peers; you get to hone your own mind through thought-provoking, practical studies; you get to learn from a wide variety of legal talents in the classroom and in real-world work opportunities; and you get to live in a capital city, hub of the state's legal processes, to be in on the action from day one!"

Photograph: Tabitha Chapman.Tabitha Chapman — 2L
Undergraduate School: Georgia Southern University
Undergraduate Major: Political Science
Hometown/State: Atlanta, Georgia

"The decision to enter law school is a nerve-racking experience and mine was no exception. But I knew Washburn was the right school for me when I visited and immediately felt at home. We are much more than a legal community and educational institution; we are a tight-knit family that supports and encourages each other's personal and professional growth. I believe this is what makes Washburn so unique."

Photograph: Jorge De Hoyos.Jorge De Hoyos — 1L (January starter)
Undergraduate School: Wichita State University
Undergraduate Major: Marketing
Hometown/State: Wichita, Kansas

"I am so proud to be at the Washburn School of Law. Whether it's the incredibly supportive faculty, or the friendships I share with my fellow classmates, I've never felt so at home while pursuing my education. I think anyone considering a legal education should take a hard look at this incredible program."

Photograph: David Derochick.David Derochick — 3L
Undergraduate School: United States Military Academy
Undergraduate Major: German and Comparative Politics
Hometown/State: Barkhamsted, Connecticut

"My experience at Washburn Law has been great.  The collegial atmosphere is evident in the interactions between students, professors, and staff members.  Each member of the faculty is accessible, knowledgeable, and committed to each student's education.  I am confident that my time here has set me up for success in the legal profession."

Photograph: Dylan Dinkla.Dylan Dinkla — 2L
Undergraduate School: Simpson College
Undergraduate Major: History
Hometown/State: Guthrie Center, Iowa

"Washburn Law has certainly been the right choice for me.  The professors treat us more as colleagues than students, which fosters an environment of camaraderie.  That environment further presents itself among the students themselves.  We are not rigidly competing; we are helping and supporting each other.  I cannot imagine attending another school.  Washburn Law has become a second home to me."

Photograph: Jason Eslinger.Jason Eslinger — 2L (January starter)
Undergraduate School: Missouri Western State University
Undergraduate Major: Criminal Justice
Hometown/State: Saint Joseph, Missouri

"Going to Washburn Law has been a great experience for my family and me. Originally from Northwest Missouri and then moving to California for the last 10 years, it has really been great to move back to a great area to pursue my law degree. The Professors here are more than willing to offer any assistance after class and most if not all have an open door policy to stop by anytime with questions or concerns. The small class sizes allow everyone a chance to communicate and learn. This has truly been a rewarding experience and the faculty and staff at Washburn Law have tremendously helped with this."

Photograph: Ashley Green.Ashley Green — 2L
Undergraduate School: University of Texas at Austin
Undergraduate Major: English
Hometown/State: Houston, Texas

"Washburn University School of Law has become my home away from home. Being a female, minority, and an out of state student from Houston, Texas I originally imagined law school would be an extra challenge, but the faculty and students at Washburn Law have always embraced me with warm welcomes. I am confident that I am gaining an invaluable experience at Washburn Law. I couldn't imagine calling another place my second home."

Photograph: Ethan Hausmann.Ethan Hausmann — 3L
Undergraduate School: Benedictine College
Undergraduate Major: Physical Education
Hometown/State: Atchison, Kansas

"The personal, practical and affordable legal education I have received at Washburn University School of Law has adequately equipped me with all the necessary skills to effectively practice law. Washburn has created and harbored a vibrant learning community, and it has been very exciting and beneficial to be a part of it. My experience here has been very rewarding, and I am very happy with my decision to attend Washburn."

Photograph: Courtney Kelley.Courtney Kelley — 2L
Undergraduate School: University of Colorado at Boulder
Undergraduate Major: Economics
Hometown/State: Boulder, Colorado

"I decided to attend Washburn Law the same day I attended the open-house. The students, faculty, and staff seemed genuinely proud to be learning, teaching, and working at Washburn. After spending the day with current students, I was convinced Washburn fit my criteria for a law school. The generous amount of attention given to prospective and admitted students is not just for show; that same level of attention is given to every student throughout their entire time at Washburn. Still to this day, something will happen, inside or outside of school, that reinforces how I made the right choice to attend Washburn."

Photograph: Benjamin Lamb.Ben Lamb — 2L
Undergraduate School: University of Phoenix
Undergraduate Major: Marketing
Hometown/State: Lehi, Utah

"The professors at Washburn really care about their students, not just academically but in a personal sense as well."

Photograph: Michaela Marine.Michaela Marine — 2L
Undergraduate School: University of Tulsa
Undergraduate Major: Psychology
Hometown/State: Overland Park, Kansas

"My experience at Washburn thus far has been wonderful. The small class sizes, and dedicated staff have made all the difference in my legal education. I look forward to the next 2 years and know that Washburn will more than prepare me for any job in the legal field."

Photograph: Jason McIlrath.Jason McIlrath — 2L
Undergraduate School: University of Utah
Undergraduate Major: English
Hometown/State: Riverton, Utah

"Washburn Law is the complete package. For me, the most important aspect of attending law school was the practical experience. Washburn Law has so many programs that allow for hands-on skill building that it's nearly impossible to graduate without having a real-world working experience. In addition to the amazing learning tools of the law clinic and work placement opportunities, Washburn has phenomenal access to the people that matter. Professors are always available and willing to talk, librarians are helpful in research and writing projects and just about every faculty and staff member is willing to help in whatever way they can. Outside of a legal education, Washburn has been a great place for me and my family to meet new people and make great friends."

Photograph: Nhu Nguyen.Nhu Nguyen — 3L
Undergraduate School: Florida State University
Undergraduate Major: Foreign Lauguages
Hometown/State: Wichita, Kansas

"The Washburn Law program provides students with numerous opportunities to apply the knowledge and skills that they acquired through the courses to real life experiences. Thanks to the Washburn Law program I was able to secure myself with internships through the government and private law firms while attending law school. Through this program I have grown confident that I will be able to practice law competently."

Photograph: Allie Prester.Allie Prester — 2L
Undergraduate School: Wichita State University
Undergraduate Major: Criminal Justice
Hometown/State: Salina, Kansas

"Washburn Law really is a great place to obtain a legal education. The availability and attentiveness of the professors, the small study groups, and friendly atmosphere are just a few of the things that make the transition into law school and the learning process less overwhelming and more natural."

Photograph: Kayla Roehler.Kayla Roehler — 2L
Undergraduate School: Kansas State University
Undergraduate Major: Elementary Education
Hometown/State: Cumberland, Wisconsin

"Washburn Law was the best school I could have chosen. The faculty members have the best open door policy and are always willing to help students with activities inside and outside of law school. The educational environment is one where students are encouraged to help each other and not be as competitive. I have made true lifelong friendships with the students in my class."

Photograph: Ashley Rohleder.Ashley Rohleder — 2L
Undergraduate School: Pittsburg State University
Undergraduate Major: Political Science
Hometown/State: Gorham, Kansas

"Washburn Law is a great place for a legal education. I was drawn to Washburn for its specialized programs. After my first visit though, the community here convinced me that this is the perfect place for me. Professors are interested in helping students succeed, encouraging us to take advantage of office hours, and they are responsive to emails. Fellow students are helpful and friendly, often regarding this experience as a collaboration, rather than a competition. Between the excellent educational opportunities and the people, there is no where I would rather be."

Photograph: Chris Staley.Chris Staley — 2L
Undergraduate School: University of Missouri-Kansas City
Undergraduate Major: History
Hometown/State: Colby, Kansas

"I chose Washburn Law because from my first interaction with the school it felt like a home away from home. After visiting, I knew right away that Washburn Law was the right fit for myself because of the collegial atmosphere amongst students and between professors and students. Everyone at Washburn Law goes out of their way to make anyone feel welcome the moment they walk through the door. After becoming a part of the Washburn Law family, I knew it is a family I will forever belong to."

Photograph: Brittany Sturek.Brittany Sturek — 3L
Undergraduate School: University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Undergraduate Major: Journalism and Political Science
Hometown/State: Hartington, Nebraska

"Everything Washburn Law does centers around the students - assigning structured study groups, offering great externships and career advice, and having knowledgeable faculty who are dedicated professors of law make this student-oriented environment truly unique and gives the students incredibly valuable experience that they will use in law school and beyond."

Photograph: Adeel Syed.Adeel Syed — 2L
Undergraduate School: Newman University
Undergraduate Major: Biology
Hometown/State: Wichita, Kansas

"Washburn Law is the one place where every single person, all the deans, professors, and staff, are committed entirely to the one and only goal: my success as a law student and a future professional.  They have made available every tool one could possibly need to succeed and they continually strive to improve the entire law school experience."

Photograph: John Bo Turney — 3L
Undergraduate School: Metropolitan State University of Denver
Undergraduate Major: Government, Communication, and Technology
Hometown/State: Austin, Texas

"More than any other school I looked at, Washburn has a culture that emphasizes the balance of camaraderie with healthy competition. I feel that balance to be crucial for not only building the skills to be a successful attorney, but also to develop meaningful relationships along the way."

Photograph: Jason Zavadil.Jason Zavadil — 1L (January starter)
Undergraduate School: Emporia State University
Undergraduate Major: History
Hometown/State: Wichita, Kansas

"When I decided to go to law school, I couldn't wait.  Washburn's January start program was perfect for me.  I was able to jump right in and get started on the next phase of my life.  Smaller class sizes, and faculty that wants every student to succeed were additional bonuses."