Photograph: Alumna meeting with student.

Honorary Life Membership

(D indicates Deceased)

  • 2017 — Dean Thomas J. Romig
  • 2016 — Cynthia Heath and The Honorable Edward Larson
  • 2015 — David J. Rebein
  • 2014 — No award given
  • 2013 — Professor Gregory J. Pease
  • 2012 — Elizabeth A. "Betty" Fischer
  • 2011 — Kathleen Gilligan Sebelius
  • 2010 — John E. Christensen
  • 2009 — Sheila Reynolds
  • 2008 — Nancy G. Maxwell
  • 2007 — William Rich
  • 2006 — Dennis R. Honabach
  • 2005 — Dr. Jerry Farley
  • 2004 — Myrl L. Duncan
  • 2003 — The Hon. Deanell Reece Tacha
  • 2002 — Dean Allen Easley
  • 2001 — Martha M. "Marty" Snyder
  • 2000 — The Hon. Wesley E. Brown
  • 1999 — Bruce Levine
  • 1998 — Louis E. Mosiman
  • 1997 — James M. Concannon
  • 1996 — No award given
  • 1995 — Charles Koch
  • 1994 — Banks McDowell (D)
  • 1993 — The Hon. Mary Briscoe
  • 1992 — Barbara King Wilson
  • 1991 — James M. Concannon
  • 1990 — No award given
  • 1989 — Robert E. Edmonds (D)
  • 1988 — The Hon. Terry Bullock
  • 1987 — Jean B. Reeves (D)
  • 1986 — David S. Dale
  • 1985 — The Hon. James MacNish
  • 1984 — Dr. John L. Green, Jr.
  • 1983 — The Hon. Richard Rogers
  • 1982 — Keith Sebelius
  • 1981 — Carl Monk
  • 1980 — Richard Foth (D)
  • 1979 — The Hon. Frank Theis (D)
  • 1978 — Alfred G. Schroeder (D)
  • 1977 — Spencer Gard (D)
  • 1976 — No award given
  • 1974 — John Fontron (D); Robert Fowls; James Ahrens (D)
  • 1973 — Arthur Stanley
  • 1972 — J. Richards Hunter (D)
  • 1971 — Christine Johnson (D); Robert Price
  • 1970 — John Howe (D); Hugh Wedell (D)
  • 1969 — Gerry Barker (D); John Henderson (D)
  • 1968 — Oscar Stauffer (D)
  • 1967 — Walter Thiele
  • 1966 — Edward Robinson (D)
  • 1965 — David Prager (D)
  • 1964 — William Treadway (D); Dr. Karl Menninger (D)
  • 1963 — Schuyler Jackson; Walter Huxman (D)
2017 Honorary Life Membership Recipient
Photograph: Thomas Romig.

Thomas J. Romig became Dean of Washburn Law in 2007 and announced recently this would be his final academic year as Dean. During his tenure, he established three joint degree programs with other schools within Washburn, expanded the summer study abroad program and an agriculture law program. The School has been recognized nationally for its legal writing program, practical training, and trial advocacy program. He graduated with honors from Santa Clara University School of Law (California). During his prestigious military career, he served four years as the 36th Judge Advocate General of the Army, supervising 9,000 personnel across 22 countries. He served as Chief of Army Civil Law and Litigation and Chief of Military Law and Operations. The Kansas Bar Association awarded Romig the Courageous Attorney Award in 2009 for his time as Judge Advocate General of the Army for positions against interrogation methods in violation of the Geneva Conventions and Uniform Code of Military Justice. His military service has earned him numerous decorations and badges.