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Student Organizations

2014-2015 Academic Year Officers

Remember to check your organization's mailbox in Room 203.

Note: Organizations identified with an asterisk ( * ) are inactive.

The information on this page is updated as information about new officers becomes available (many organizations elect officers in March and April for the following academic year).

Please send updates to Martin Wisneski (martin.wisneski@washburn.edu).

All-Law-School-Students discussion list: To add or modify organization officers who can post directly to the discussion list see:


* Action Sports of Washburn
(approved 2/15/2012)

This social organization will facilitate activities such as kite boarding, surfing, snow boarding, etc.

Agricultural Law Society
(updated 3/10/2014)

This organization seeks to created opportunities to educate the next generation of leaders about the necessities of an agriculture friendly society. It encourages healthy conversation about current agriculatural law issues to promote the understanding of agriculture practices and laws.

  • President: Tucker Stewart
  • Treasurer: Benjamin Busboom
  • Executive Committee: Jara Settles, JanLee Rowlett, Tomas Ellis, Christopher Staley, David Thompson, Kate Wary
  • Faculty Advisor: David Pierce
  • Can post to All-Students discussion list:

American Association of Justice (AAJ)
(approved 2/8/2012)

AAJ is a plaintiff's attorney organization focused on making students better trial attorneys. The organization is dedicated to promoting a fair justice system; the national orgization has the largest trial bar.

  • Officer elections pending.

American Bar Association Family Law Quarterly

  • See the Quarterly's website for information about the editorial board.
  • Can post to All-Students discussion list:

American Constitution Society for Law and Public Policy (ACS)
(updated 4/11/2013)

The Society is a progressive legal organizations designed to ensure that fundamental principles of human dignity, individual rights and liberties, genuine equality, and access to justice enjoy their rightful, central place in American law. The national organization, founded in 2001, is a network of lawyers, law students, scholars, judges, policymakers and other concerned individuals. ACS is a non-partisan, non-profit educational organization.

  • President: Joel Mason
  • Vice President: Grace Lancaster
  • Faculty Advisors: Bill Rich
  • Can post to All-Students discussion list:

Asian American Law Student Association (AALSA)
(updated 9/4/2013)

AALSA enhances the legal education, community participation, employment opportunities, and academic achievement of Asian law students and other minorities by hosting speakers, coordinating community projects, promoting social activities, and providing study aids to members and other interested parties.

  • President: Nhu Nguyen
  • Vice President: Iasha Chaudhry
  • Treasurer: Adeel Syed
  • Secretary: Alex Gentry
  • Faculty Advisor: Professor Ali Khan
  • Can post to All-Students discussion list:

Black Law Student Association (BLSA)
(updated 10/13/2013)

  • President: Hiwot Berihun
  • Vice President: Isabella Gichiri
  • Secretary: Cecilia Nuby
  • Treasurer: Phillip Strozier
  • Faculty Advisor: Professor Janet Jackson
  • Can post to All-Students discussion list:

Christian Legal Society (CLS)
(updated 8/4/2013)

  • President: Michael Duenes
  • Vice-President: Jaci Kelly
  • Secretary/Treasurer: Cecilia Nuby
  • Faculty Advisor: Professor David Pierce
  • Can post to All-Students discussion list:

Environmental Law Society (ELS)
(updated 10/13/2013)

  • President: Lynne Laseter
  • Vice President:
  • Secretary:
  • Treasurer: Ben Bowman
  • Faculty Advisor: Professor Myrl Duncan
  • Can post to All-Students discussion list:

* Excellence in Athletics

Federalist Society for Law and Public Policy Studies
(updated 7/29/2013)

This organization of conservatives and libertarians is interested in the current state of the legal order. It is founded on three principles: the state exists to preserve freedom; the separation of governmental powers is central to our Constitution; and it is emphatically the province and duty of the Judiciary to say what the law is, not what it should be. The Society seeks both to promote an awareness of these principles and to further their application through its activities.

  • President: David Thompson
  • Vice President: Chris Phillippy
  • Secretary: Tony Ford
  • Faculty Advisor: Professor David Pierce
  • Can post to All-Students discussion list:

Gay-Straight Legal Alliance
(updated 5/17/2012)

The purpose of the Gay-Straight Legal Alliance is to respond to sexual orientation and gender identity legal issues. The organization promotes awareness and education regarding the legal system's treatment of lesbians, gays, bisexuals and gender-variant people. In addition, its members are committed to building a safe and tolerant society that respects diversity and offers gays, lesbians, bisexuals and gender-variant people equal protection under the law. The group also serves as a support system for gay, lesbian, bisexual and gender-variant students and their allies. The meetings are open to all law students who believe in equal rights and fair treatment.

  • Executive Committee: Kesar Sharma-Crawford, Kelsey DeLong, Ben Bowman, John "Bo" Turney
  • Faculty Advisor: Professor Nancy Maxwell
  • Can post to All-Students discussion list:

Gentlemen's Legal Forum
(updated 3/3/2011)

Modern society often lacks the chivalry, manners, and style of the past. The goal of Gentlemen's Legal Forum is to restore the "lost art" of gentlemanly and professional conduct to law school and the legal community as a whole. In addition, we endeavor to create a place for open discussion on topics ranging from cigars to Supreme Court decisions.

  • Officers: Ty Patton, Mike Rost
  • Faculty Advisor: Adjunct Professor Mark Burghart
  • Can post to All-Students discussion list: Ty Patton

* Health Law Society

Hispanic American Law Student Association (HALSA)
(updated 4/8/2013)

  • President: Norah Avellan
  • Vice President: Joseph Astrab
  • Treasurer: Jennifer Ouellette
  • Secretary: Kaitlyn Alegria
  • Event Coordinator: Juan Pablo Gordillo
  • Event Coordinator: Jorge De Hoyos
  • Faculty Advisor: Professor Mary Ramirez
  • Can post to All-Students discussion list:

International Law Society (ILS)
(updated 9/5/2013)

  • President: Megan Williams
  • Vice President: Mike Fessinger
  • Secretary: Megan Townsley
  • Treasurer: Norah Avellan
  • Faculty Advisor: Professor Craig Martin
  • Can post to All-Students discussion list:

J. Reuben Clark Law Society
(updated 5/14/2013)

This organization offers a forum of activities that promote professionalism and sound ethics in the law school environment. The Society also seeks to instill in its members the importance of family, religion, and morals within the future practice of law.

  • President: Benjamin Lamb
  • Vice-President: Jason McIlrath
  • Secretary/Treasurer: Dave Groth
  • Faculty Advisor: Professor John Christensen
  • Can post to All-Students discussion list:

Moot Court Council
(updated 12/20/2013)

  • President: Joshua Conway
  • Vice President: John (Bo) Turney
  • Secretary: Joe Laski
  • Faculty Advisor: Professor Jeffrey Jackson
  • Can post to All-Students discussion list:

* Native American Law Student Association

Non-Traditional Student Group
(updated 11/6/2013)

  • President: Jane Peiffer-Salladay
  • Vice President:Kara Daniel
  • Secretary: Wes Weber
  • Treasurer: [vacant]
  • WSBA Liaison: Adeel Syed
  • Faculty Advisor: Associate Dean Jalen Lowry

Phi Alpha Delta (PAD)
(updated 4/17/2014)

  • Justice: Nate Jiwanlal
  • Vice Justice: Allison Wood
  • Clerk: Jessica Gallagher
  • Treasurer: Daniel Smith
  • Marshall: Hank Driskell
  • Alumni Liaison: Aaron Boswell
  • Faculty Advisor: Professor Alex Glashausser
  • Can post to All-Students discussion list:

* Phi Delta Phi International Legal Fraternity

The Phi Delta Phi fraternity, among the oldest legal fraternities in North America, was established in 1869 for the purpose of promoting a higher standard of professional ethics. The Landon Inn at Washburn Law places its emphasis on academics and ethics.

Pro Bono Society (formerly Equal Justice Works)
(updated 1/21/2014)

This organization focuses on all aspects of public interest law. Its goal is to provide access to the legal system, as well as representation, for those normally without the funds to do so. As an organization we have sponsored forums on controversial topics such as gun control and the death penalty. We have sponsored a coat and winter clothing drive for the Topeka Rescue mission. Along with our national organization, we have participated in local and national internships, fellowships, and even help seek out job opportunities.

  • Jessica Conrow, President
  • Kristina Crawford, Vice President
  • Kaitlin Alegria, Secretary
  • Matt Moore, Pro Bono Chair
  • Grace Lancaster, Treasurer
  • Jenna Christophel, Fundraising Chair
  • Anna Mark, Fundraising Chair
  • Liz Billinger, Bar Revue Chair
  • Lonnie Hajney, Bar Revue Chair
  • Faculty Advisor: Professor Joseph Mastrosimone
  • Can post to All-Students discussion list:

* Real Estate Law Society (RELS)

This organization provides opportunities to learn about real estate law and other aspects of the real estate industry.

Sports and Entertainment Law Society
(updated 10/4/2013)

  • President: Jason Niernberger
  • Vice-President: Zak Green
  • Secretary: Hiwot Berihun
  • Treasurer: Nhu Nguyen
  • Faculty Advisor: Professor Joseph Mastrosimone
  • Can post to All-Students discussion list:

Tax and Estate Planning Association (TEPA)
(updated 4/17/2014)

This organization's major function is to coordinate with the IRS' VITA program each year to prepare tax returns for individuals that cannot afford a paid preparer. In addition, TEPA each year invites guest speakers in various fields of tax law to discuss their real world experiences.

  • President: Sara Maupin
  • Vice President: Chaz Coberly
  • Secretary: Bobby Chipman
  • Treasurer: Matthew Mcanarney
  • Student Liaison: Gavin Dykstra
  • LL.M. Liaison: Robert Patterson
  • VITA Liaison: Kate Wary
  • Alumni Liaison: Amelia Brown
  • Faculty Advisor: Professor Lori McMillan
  • Can post to All-Students discussion list: Sara Maupin

Velocipedists
(updated 10/13/2013)

This organization provides opportunities for students to get together for leisurely biking, combining exercise, recreation, and social interaction.

  • President: Jerry Johnson
  • Vice-President:
  • Secretary:
  • Treasurer: Dave Groth
  • Faculty Advisor: Professor John Christensen
  • Can post to All-Students discussion list:

Veterans' Legal Association of Washburn (VLAW)
(updated 10/13/2013)

This organization provides any Washburn law student, staff or faculty member opportunities for involvement with military, veteran and law enforcement organizations within the scope of legal and law-enforcement careers, provides support and guidance for members, veterans and their families at the law school, and serves the community by addressing military, veteran and law-enforcement issues.

  • President: Joseph LoRusso
  • Vice-President:
  • Secretary:
  • Treasurer: Jim Ruttenberg
  • VA Liaison: Chris Lyon
  • Military Liaison: Rick Ottinger
  • Faculty Advisor: Professor Joseph McKinney
  • Can post to All-Students discussion list:

Washburn Business Law Society
(updated 7/13/2013)

  • President: Christopher Gunn
  • Vice President: Mathew Mullen
  • Secretary: Benjamin Busboom
  • Treasurer: Michael Fowler

Washburn Committee on Air and Space Law (CASL)
(updated 4/21/2014)

This organization is dedicated to topics and opportunities in the aerospace law field and supports students in their pursuit of knowledge and experience in all aspects of aviation and space law while forging relationships with industry leaders and legal practitioners.

  • President: Joseph LoRusso
  • Vice President: Max Caldwell
  • Secretary: Nana Brammer
  • Treasurer: Dylan Serrault
  • Public Relations Officer: Carla Schuster
  • Events Coordinator: Jessica Gallagher
  • Space Commander: Bret Robinson
  • Faculty Advisor: Professor Joseph McKinney

Washburn Intellectual Property Law Society (WIPLS)
(updated 4/23/2014)

The Society provides a forum for students interested in patent, copyright, trademark, and trade secret law and seeks to expand awareness of intellectual property (IP) and its importance in the global marketplace and legal world.

  • President: Rick Smith
  • Vice President: Allison Wood
  • Secretary: Megan Townsley
  • Treasurer: Katie Gerth
  • Events Coordinator: Carla Schuster
  • Faculty Advisor: Professor Patricia Judd

* Washburn Law American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU)

Washburn Law Democrats (WLD)
(updated 4/11/2013)

This organization pursues liberty, justice, and freedom for all, regardless of race, religion, or sex, through support of the Democratic Party and its ideas, ideals, and candidates.

Washburn Law Journal

  • See the Journal's website for information about the editorial board.
  • Can post to All-Students discussion list:

* Washburn Law Republicans

Washburn Law Soccer Club
(updated 4/4/2012)

  • President: Craig Hulse
  • Vice-President: John Doyle
  • Secretary: Ethan Hausmann
  • Treasurer: Josh Mortensen
  • Faculty Advisor: Professor Alex Glashausser
  • Can post to All-Students discussion list: Josh Mortenson

Washburn Oil, Gas, and Energy Law Society
(updated 4/18/2014)

This organization promotes the study of the law governing development of oil, gas, and other minerals, energy regulation, water rights, environmental law associated with the development of mineral and energy resources, and the regulation of the use of public lands. Visit their Facebook group.

  • President: Nathan Jiwanlal
  • Vice-President: Blair Loving
  • Secretary: Sara Maupin
  • Treasurer: Aaron Othmer
  • Faculty Advisor: Professor David Pierce
  • Can post to All-Students discussion list:

Washburn Student Bar Association
(updated 3/10/2014)

  • President: Tabitha Chapman
  • Vice-President: Jessica Gallagher
  • Treasurer: Michael Fowler
  • Assistant Treasurer: Stephen Stocks
  • Secretary: Sara Maupin
  • Communications Officer: Jorge De Hoyos
  • ABA Senior Rep: Ashley Rohleder
  • KBA Senior Rep: Kara Cox
  • KBA Junior Rep: Andrew Hamline
  • Rep-at-Large: Calla Sprague
  • Rep-at-Large: Taylor Concannon
  • Rep-at-Large: Christopher Staley
  • Rep-at-Large: Destiny Bounds
  • Rep-at-Large: Chris Kuckelman
  • Rep-at-Large: Bret Robinson
  • 1A Rep: Benjamin Carmichael
  • 1B Rep: Susan Bandy
  • 2A Rep: Micheala Marine
  • 2B Rep: Grace Lancaster
  • 3A Rep: Michelle Pflumm
  • 3B Rep: Jaci Kelly
  • J-Section Rep At Large: Brock Roehler
  • Barrister's Ball Chair: Kayla Roehler
  • Interorganization Moot Court Chair: Amy Molina
  • Faculty Advisor: Associate Dean Jalen Lowry
  • Can post to All-Students discussion list: Tabitha Chapman

Washburn Student Bar Association Barristers' Ball Committee
(updated 3/4/2014)

The annual Barristers' Ball and Charity Auction, sponsored by the Washburn Student Bar Association, is a charity event that raises money for donation to local non-profit organizations. The Committee solicits donations for auction from area businesses, faculty, and other donors; members also plan ball festivities such as the theme, location, caterer, and music. The ball and auction provide an evening for students, faculty, staff, and alumni to socialize over dinner and dancing. Past recipients of proceeds include Court Appointed Special Advocates for Children (CASA) (Topeka), Kansas Legal Services (Topeka), the School of Equestian Arts (Lecompton, Kansas), the Capper Foundation, the Topeka Community Cycle Project (TCCP), YWCA Center for Safety and Empowerment, Topeka Literacy Council, and Kids Voting Kansas. The 2013 Barristers' Ball will be held Saturday, November 9, 2013, at the Topeka Country Club.

  • 2014 Event Chair: Kayla Lynn Roehler
    Committee Members: Brock Roehler, Christianna N. Pruden, John Bird, Daniel Wernert, Megan Townsley
  • Faculty Advisor: Associate Dean Jalen Lowry
  • Can post to All-Students discussion list: Tabitha Chapman

Washburn Student Bar Association Kuether Golf Tournament Committee
(updated 3/4/2014)

The John F. Kuether Memorial Golf Tournament is an annual fundraiser, with net proceeds going to the Endowed Scholarship Fund, which provides scholarships to students at Washburn University School of Law. This is an opportunity for the law faculty, students, and alumni to celebrate the contributions of this beloved former professor of law.

Womens Legal Forum (WLF)
(updated 4/17/2014)

This organization promotes awareness of women's issues in the law, provides law students with access to professionals in the area, endorses community outreach, and encourages women to become involved and stay involved in the law.

  • President: Danielle Packer
  • Vice President: Destiny Bounds
  • Secretary: Meredith Hogan
  • Treasurer: Meredith Fry
  • Legal Community Liaison: Susan Bandy
  • Special Events Coordinator: Ashley Rohleder
  • Faculty Advisor: Professor Jalen Lowry
  • Can post to All-Students discussion list: