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Student Organizations

2016-2017 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 (

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 4/20/2016)

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: Joseph Aker
  • Treasurer: Beth Reichenberger
  • Executive Committee: Lindsey Debenham, Stryder Montgomery, Curry Sexton, Don Fahrny
  • Faculty Advisor: David Pierce

American Association of Justice (AAJ)
(updated 4/25/2016)

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.

  • President: Ashlyn Helton
  • Vice President: Valerie Desroches
  • Treasurer: Jeremy Butler
  • Secretary: Heather Davis
  • Faculty Advisor: Michael Kaye

American Bar Association Family Law Quarterly

American Constitution Society for Law and Public Policy (ACS)
(updated 2/17/2015)

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: Grace Lancaster
  • Vice President: Joel Mason

Asian American Law Students Association (AALSA)
(updated 9/9/2015)

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: Vy Nguyen
  • Vice President: Hyemin Byun
  • Treasurer: David (Anthony) Schroeder
  • Secretary: Hira Ghumman
  • Event Coordinator: Keving Su
  • Faculty Advisor: Professor Ali Khan

Black Law Students Association (BLSA)
(updated 4/25/2016)

  • President: Valerie Desroches
  • Vice President: Heather Davis
  • Secretary: Erin Hunn
  • Treasurer: Alex Moorhead
  • Diversity/Social Chair: Edna Reyes
  • Faculty Advisor: Professor Janet Jackson

Christian Legal Society (CLS)
(updated 11/18/2015)

  • President: Christopher Helt
  • Vice President: Frank Matande
  • Secretary: Danielle Whitmore
  • Treasurer: Matt Mantyla
  • Faculty Advisor: Professor David Pierce

Environmental Law Society (ELS)
(updated 3/2/2016)

  • General Council Member: Brecken Larson
  • General Council Member: Scott Bucy
  • General Council Member: Mitchell McCulley
  • Communications Council Member: Emily Beard
  • Treasurer Council Member: Bretton Kreifel
  • Faculty Advisor: Professor Myrl Duncan

* Excellence in Athletics

Federal Bar Association
(updated 2/19/2016)

The Federal Bar Association works to strengthen the federal legal system and administration of justice by serving the interests and the needs of law students, federal practitioners, both public and private, the federal judiciary, and the public. The Washburn Law Student Division furthers the objectives of the Association, represents the Association to law students, stimulates the interest of law students in the activities of the Association, and conducts programs of interest and value to law students. Membership in the Association's Student Division also provides networking opportunities with private employers, the federal government, and clerkship opportunities with federal judges.

  • President: Ethan McInteer
  • Vice President: Adam Teel
  • Secretary: Alyssa Oubre
  • Treasurer: Elizabeth Reichenberger
  • Faculty Advisor: Professor Mary Ramirez

Federalist Society for Law and Public Policy Studies
(updated 5/9/2016)

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: Gary "GC" Brown
  • Vice President: Alan Vester
  • Treasurer: Joseph Dempewolf
  • Secretary: Andrew Milone
  • Faculty Advisor: Professor David Pierce

* Gay-Straight Legal Alliance

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.

* Health Law Society

Hispanic American Law Students Association (HALSA)
(updated 3/22/2016)

  • President: Edna Reyes
  • Vice President: Sarah Balderas
  • Secretary: Jessica Gutierrez
  • Treasurer: Joseph Ramirez
  • Faculty Advisor: Professor Mary Ramirez

International Law Society (ILS)

J. Reuben Clark Law Society
(updated 8/5/2015)

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: Aaron Reynolds
  • Vice-President: Ryan Peterson
  • Secretary/Treasurer: Elizabeth Skym
  • Faculty Advisor: Professor John Christensen

Moot Court Council

* Native American Law Students Association

* Non-Traditional Student Group

Oil, Gas, and Energy Law Society
(updated 3/26/2016)

  • President: Maureen Hannen
  • Vice President: Kristina Branstetter
  • Treasurer: Francis Schneider
  • Secretary: Joey Dempewolf
  • Faculty Advisor: Professor David Pierce

Phi Alpha Delta (PAD)
(updated 3/10/2016)

  • Justice: Lauren Frost
  • Vice Justice: Tim Love
  • Clerk : Andrea Haddad
  • Treasurer: Abby Hoelting
  • Marshall: Amanda Fleming
  • Academic Chair: Caitlyn Berry
  • Community Service Chair: Alyssa Oubre
  • Social Chair: Libby Halsey
  • Social Chair: Kaylyn Hite
  • Faculty Advisor: Professor Alex Glashausser

* 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 10/19/2015)

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.

  • President: Victoria Eck
  • Vice President: Alosha Moore
  • Secretary: Sarah Balderas
  • Treasurer: Kristin Copeland
  • Pro Bono Chair: Blair Loving
  • Marketing Chairs: Whitney Bolden, Tori Chundak
  • Trip Chairs: Dane Frazier, Sarah Morrison, Katy Garner
  • Bar Revue Chairs: Neal Ward, Tim Love, Tim Laughlin
  • Faculty Advisor: Professor Joseph Mastrosimone

* 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 3/2/2016)

  • President: Martin de Boer
  • Vice Presidents: Lauren Frost and Roni Gordon-Campbell
  • Secretary: Ethan McInteer
  • Treasurer: Jacob Bielenberg
  • Faculty Advisor: Professor Joseph Mastrosimone

Tax and Estate Planning Association (TEPA)

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.

* Velocipedists

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

Veterans' Legal Association of Washburn (VLAW)
(updated 2/9/2016)

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: Suzanne Lueker
  • Vice-President: Eric Lindstrom
  • JAG Liaison: Vy Nguyen
  • Social Media Coordinator: Lauren Wright
  • Faculty Advisor: Professor Joseph McKinney

Washburn Business Law Society

* Washburn Committee on Air and Space Law (CASL)

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.

Washburn Intellectual Property Law Society (WIPLS)

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.

* Washburn Law American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU)

Washburn Law Democrats (WLD)
(updated 4/14/2016)

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

Washburn Law Republicans
(updated 9/2/2014)

  • President: J. Colin Reynolds
  • Vice-President: Daniel Smith
  • Secretary: Evan Dahl
  • Treasurer: Monica Morrey
  • Faculty Advisor: Professor David Pierce

* Washburn Law Soccer Club
(updated 2/17/2015)

Washburn Oil, Gas, and Energy Law Society
(updated 8/11/2015)

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: Stephen Stocks
  • Vice-President: Seth Jones
  • Secretary: Katie Gerth
  • Treasurer: Maureen Hannen
  • Faculty Advisor: Professor David Pierce

Washburn Student Bar Association
(updated 2/12/2016)

  • President: Collin Huerter
  • Vice-President: Andrea Haddad
  • Treasurer: Eric Lindstrom
  • Assistant Treasurer: Joey Dempewolf
  • Secretary: Abby Hoelting
  • Communications Officer: Frank Matande
  • ABA Senior Rep: Joseph Dempewolf
  • ABA Junior Rep: Donny McLellan
  • KBA Senior Rep: Joe Falls
  • KBA Junior Rep: Katie Baylie
  • Rep-at-Large: Benjamin Carmichael
  • Rep-at-Large: Vy Nguyen
  • Rep-at-Large: Frances Schneider
  • Rep-at-Large: Martin de Boer
  • Rep-at-Large: Katy Garner
  • Rep-at-Large: Ashlyn Helton
  • 1A Rep: Amy Rider
  • 1B Rep: Robert Pyatt
  • 2A Rep: Michael Blackburn
  • 2B Rep: Erica Bowden
  • 3A Rep: Justin Balbierz
  • 3B Rep: J. Colin Reynolds
  • J-Section Rep At Large: Michael Lindgren
  • Barrister's Ball Chair: Sarah Morrison
  • Interorganization Moot Court Chair: Amy Molina
  • Faculty Advisor: Associate Dean Jalen Lowry

Washburn Student Bar Association Barristers' Ball Committee
(updated 8/24/2015)

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.

  • 2015 Event Chair: Sarah Morrison
  • Faculty Advisor: Associate Dean Jalen Lowry
  • Can post to All-Students discussion list: Sarah Morrison

Washburn Student Bar Association Kuether Golf Tournament Committee
(updated 8/24/2015)

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.

Women's Legal Forum (WLF)
(updated 4/18/2016)

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: Suzanne Lueker
  • Vice President: Hannah Woofter
  • Secretary: Danielle Whitmore
  • Treasurer: Kasey Skidmore
  • Legal Community Liaison: Heather Davis
  • Special Events Coordinator: Rachel Alvey
  • Faculty Advisor: Professor Jalen Lowry