Message from Dean Jackson

Hello, Washburn Law Alumni and Community,

It's hard to believe it's October already. Even though it feels like I just started as Interim Dean, there’s no denying that Fall is in the air. The Washburn campus is starting to show hints of the autumnal beauty that we have all come to know and appreciate. Plans are in place for the Law Alumni Awards on October 15, and I can't wait to welcome you back to celebrate our award winners.

The turn of the season means that our most recent graduates are now receiving their Bar results. Based on the reports we've received so far, we are expecting a final pass rate that will be improved over last year. I know our alumni are passionate about the success of our students and new graduates. Success on the Bar exam is extremely important to all of us here at Washburn, and we will be working hard this year to put our graduates in the best possible position to be successful. In that spirit, I am hopeful that I will be able to announce some major additions to our Bar preparation programming in the near future. As a result, I am confident that our students will be even better prepared for the Bar.

Across the larger university community, we are reflecting on the end of an era as we celebrate Dr. Farley's last week as President of Washburn University. There is no denying the impact he and Susan have made in the last 25 years. If you are in the Topeka area this Saturday, we invite you to join us in celebrating them at the Community Retirement Reception, 12-2 p.m. in the Washburn Room of the Memorial Union.

A nationwide presidential search is currently underway for the next leader of the university, with representation from all constituencies across campus. In the meantime, Marshall Meek, President of the Washburn University Alumni Association and Foundation, will be serving as Interim President of the University. I'm extremely confident that the University will be in good hands under his leadership until a new president is named. Even though there may be uncertainties across campus with an interim president and interim deans (including me!), one thing is clear: Washburn University School of Law has a bright future ahead.

As I will share in every letter, if you have questions, please reach out to me. This is your law school and I’m always happy to hear from you.



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