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Alumni Newsletter | November 2008

Welcome to the first issue of the Washburn Law Alumni Newsletter.

This message is being sent to keep you up-to-date on what's happening at your law school.

Next week we are hosting an inaugural event for our newest Center for Excellence: the Center for Law and Government. We have more than 175 attendees coming to campus for the Rule of Law and the Global War on Terrorism Symposium on November 13-14, 2008.

Thank you for all your support in helping shine the light on Washburn University School of Law.

Thomas J. Romig, Dean
Washburn University School of Law

Washburn Law Hosts U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces

Students had the opportunity to observe a federal hearing when the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces heard the case of United States v. Edward S. Macomber in the Robinson Courtroom and Bianchino Technology Center on October 21, 2008.

The Court visited Washburn Law as part of its Project Outreach. Washburn was invited to file and argue an amicus brief on behalf of the appellant. Washburn students Kimberly M.J. Lynch, E. Lee Oliver and Mark Coulter prepared the brief, and Mark Coulter argued on behalf of the appellant during the hearing.

Photograph: Judges of U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces.The judges, shown left to right, were Judge Stucky, Judge Baker, Chief Judge Effron, Judge Erdmann, and Judge Ryan.

Richard Hite Named Alumni Fellow

Photograph: Richard Hite.Washburn University School of Law alumnus Richard Hite, Wichita, Kansas, was honored as a Washburn University Alumni Fellow on October 10, 2008. Sponsored by the Washburn University deans and the Alumni Association, the Alumni Fellows program recognizes alumni who have distinguished themselves in their career fields.

Bar Passage Rate - July 2008

The percentage of our graduates who passed the Kansas Bar examination on their first attempt in July 2008 was 92.3%! Our passage rate was significantly higher than the state average of 89%. The first-time bar passage rate for graduates taking the Iowa Bar exam in July was 100%!

Upcoming Events

You'll Never Walk Alone: The Public and Private Life of Bob Dole, '52
Special exhibit in the Law Library through November 17, 2008

The Rule of Law and the Global War on Terrorism: Detainees, Interrogations, and Military Commissions
November 13-14, 2008

Family Law CLE
March 13, 2009

Commencement 2009
May 16, 2009

Recent Developments in the Law CLE
June 25-26, 2009

Contact Alumni Services

Washburn University
School of Law
1700 SW College Ave.
Topeka, KS 66621
Phone: (785) 670-1011
Fax: (785) 670-3249
alumni [at]