Photograph: Tonya Kowalski.

Tonya Kowalski

Professor of Law
B.A., Political Science, University of Florida, 1992
J.D., Duke University School of Law, 1995
Contact Information:
785.670.1668
Room 310
"At Washburn Law, passionate and caring teachers help students to govern their own learning so that they quickly can become self-sufficient professionals with excellent, independent, critical judgment. I truly am fortunate to be teaching here, where faculty and students support each other and work together in a largely collaborative environment. I am also lucky to be teaching what I love to do the most. Legal reasoning and writing are the heart and soul of the law. One way to turn these difficult tasks into a powerful and satisfying experience is to tap into our students' tremendous personal creativity and desire to make a difference in the world. My goal is to work with students to demonstrate how much creative potential they can unleash through analysis and writing, so that they can find joy in their new profession while using their skills to solve human problems."
  • Professor Kowalski is a contributing faculty member in the Institute for Law Teaching and Learning, co-hosted at Washburn Law.
  • Before joining Washburn Law, Professor Kowalski was a Visiting Assistant Clinical Professor in the Indian Legal Clinic at the Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law at Arizona State University.
  • Professor Kowalski spent several years litigating commercial, domestic, and appellate cases in Oregon and Washington as well as the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. She also worked   as a legal writing consultant.
  • During law school, she was a member of the Duke Law Journal and a co-director of the Domestic Violence Advocacy Project.
  • Her writing affiliations include membership in the Association of Legal Writing Directors, The Legal Writing Institute, and Scribes: The American Society of Legal Writers.

Professor Kowalski teaches in the law school's Legal Analysis, Research, and Writing Program.

Teaching Responsibilities
  • Legal Analysis, Research, and Writing
  • Legal Writing for Clerkships and Externships
  • Tribal Law and Government
  • International Law of Indigenous Peoples
Support Staff
Penny Fell
785.670.1669
Room 301
Library Faculty Liaison