Message from Dean Pratt

Dear Alumni, Students, and Friends,

I want to start by saying congratulations to all new alumni who were recently admitted to the bar. We are so proud of you and look forward to staying engaged with you and supporting your career as lawyers.

I am proud to announce that the law faculty recently adopted a policy that commits Washburn Law to teach all topics covered on the Uniform Bar Exam. While this may seem axiomatic to some, this is a commitment that few law faculties make to their students, so I am very proud that our faculty continues to put students first in making adjustments to our curriculum.

This past week we hosted the Central States Law School Association’s Annual Scholarship Conference. Due to the ongoing pandemic, we shifted the conference to a virtual format, but thanks to the creativity of the Association’s president, Washburn Law Professor Andrea Boyack, and her executive leadership team, the conference was highly engaging and a big success. Several Washburn Law faculty members participated in the conference and presented their scholarly work including Professor Boyack and Professors Michelle Ewert, Blake Klinkner, and Amy Westbrook. The conference also provided a forum for 3L student Ande Davis to present the dissertation he is finalizing for his PhD in literature. He presented a portion of the dissertation that examines the intersection of literature and critical legal theory. If you get a chance, please be sure to share your thanks with Professor Boyack for hosting the conference and positively impacting the reputation of Washburn Law.

Our library colleagues recently added card swipe access to the library so students can now access the library 24 hours a day, seven days a week. We hope this extended access will provide support to our students who need to get away from the distractions of home and focus on academic work. Consequently, I am very excited about this additional support we are able to provide to students.

With the arrival of fall, we can now see significant progress on the construction of the new law school building. With the project proceeding on schedule, we will be meeting with the architects soon to choose the furniture for our new home for Washburn Law. We are also planning for our December Commencement ceremony where we will mark the accomplishments of our December 2021 graduates.

This semester also marks our return to in-person alumni events. Our first stop on the alumni tour is Houston where we will visit with alumni and update them on future plans for the law school. If you would like to host an alumni event in your area, please let me know. We are looking forward to the opportunity to reconnect with you in person. Until then, take good care.



Photograph: Dean Carla D. Pratt.

Carla D. Pratt

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