Message from Dean Jackson

Hello, Washburn Law Alumni and Community,

As you have likely already heard, we recently experienced a tremendous loss. On Saturday, June 17, former dean, and long-serving faculty member Jim Concannon passed away. Jim dedicated 50 years of his life to serving Washburn University School of Law. His continued commitment to legal education was unparalleled. As a colleague, mentee, and even former student of Jim's, I can attest to the fact that he beneficially touched the lives of countless students, strengthening the fraternity of Washburn School of Law in the process. His legacy will live on in the generations of lawyers he taught as well as in the history of the school he so greatly championed. He was the true moral compass for Washburn Law and will be missed. An opportunity is being planned for all of us to celebrate Jim's legacy and share our favorite Concannon stories, stay tuned.

Here at the law school, we are especially saddened that Jim will not be here in person as we celebrate the opening of our new home. The ribbon cutting and dedication of the new building is a mere three weeks away, I sincerely hope you will join us in celebrating the future of our school, including the James Concannon Dean's Suite, which was made possible by the generosity of an anonymous donor, former student, and close friend of Jim's.

The new law school building contains a number of important features made possible by generous gifts from our alumni. A group of alumni came together to fund a mural honoring the Washburn lawyers who lead the historic Brown v. Board case. Two alumni each made contributions to create separate state-of-the-art appellate and trial courtrooms. Contributions by additional alumni provided an impressive student commons area and many of our high-tech classrooms, as well as many other features that will greatly contribute to the learning environment of the school. I hope you will join us at the new building on July 21, at 3:00 p.m. for this once-in-a-lifetime celebration.

It's a bittersweet time as we reflect on the exceptional life and career of a man who literally wrote the book on Washburn Law while looking ahead to our bright future. We will always do our best to keep you informed, and I welcome you to reach out with any questions. I will always stand by my statement: this is your law school. I am always happy to hear from you.



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