Photograph: Statue of eagle outside Washburn Law building.

Messages From Dean Jackson to Alumni and Friends

See the most recent Alumni Newsletter / Message From Dean Jackson.

  • August 30, 2022: Dean Jeffrey Jackson talks about the incoming class of law students and its diversity and delay in completion of the new law building due to supply chain issues.

Previous Messages From Former Dean Carla Pratt

  • May 24, 2022: Final message from Dean Pratt discussing leaving Washburn Law, accomplishments during her four years as dean, dealing with the Covid pandemic, and how serving as the dean has been the highlight of her career.
  • April 22, 2022: Raising funds to sponsor a Ukrainian LL.M. student; in-person commencement in May; Washburn University leadership changes with the impending retirement of President Jerry Farley and the departure of JuliAnn Mazachek to be president at Midwestern State University in Texas.
  • March 23, 2022: Celebrating Linda Elrod during Women's History Month; honoring faculty who are retiring this year; Washburn Law joining the Southeastern Association of Law Schools; and Dean Pratt's move to the University of Oklahoma College of Law as the inaugural Ada Lois Sipuel Fisher Chair in Civil Rights, Race and Justice in Law.
  • February 23, 2022: Black History Month commemorations at Washburn Law; cancellation of Osaka study abroad this summer; recruitment of new faculty; visits with alumni in Arizona and Texas; and establishment of a bar preparation fund for students in need who are studying for the bar exam.
  • January 26, 2022: January incoming students; moving Barbados winter study abroad to online; upcoming faculty retirements; recruitment of new faculty; and upcoming visits with alumni.
  • November 18, 2021: Return to in-person education and activities; thankful for alumni support and for alumni hosting Third Year Anywhere(TM) students; students taking leadership roles; thankful for faculty and staff serving the needs of Washburn Law students.
  • October 25, 2021: Recruiting for the class of 2022; construction of new law school building continues; 2021 alumni award recipients; Marcos Mendoza recognized for his article; meet us at alumni events.
  • September 28, 2021: New alumni recently admitted to the bar; Washburn Law faculty commits to teaching all UBE topics; law school hosts Central States Law School Association's Annual Scholarship Conference; students now have 24/7 access to law library; restarting in-person alumni visits.
  • August 27, 2021: Fall 2021 incoming students; Third Year Anywhere(TM) placements; possible impact of Covid-19 Delta variant on January 2021 Barbados CLE Excursion [postponed until 2023]; 2023-2024 ABA site visit.
  • July 26, 2021: Strategic planning; helping recent graduates prepare for the bar examination; and enrolling students for the fall semester; Third Year Anywhere(TM) enrollment option.
  • May 26, 2021: All law school employees returning to work on June 1, 2021; commencement for classes of 2020 and 2021; no furloughs or lay-offs at Washburn during the pandemic; contractors beginning site preparation for new law school building; anticipated return of in-person events.
  • April 28, 2021: Alumni possible participation in 2022 Osaka study abroad; violence against Asian American/Pacific Islander panel; right to a fair trial and Judge Thomas Marten's participation in Free University of Tbilisi, Georgia program; class of 2020 bar exam and employment results; law school program review; and fall 2021 incoming class.
  • March 19, 2021: Faculty and staff Covid vaccinations; traveling soon to alumni events; violence against Asian Americans as a result of Covid-19, and the law school's response; upcoming events, including commencement for 2020 and 2021 graduates, retirement celebration for Tom Romig and Aida Alaka, new building groundbreaking, the Farm and Ranch Tax Seminars, and the summer alumni CLE (now being planned for Lake of the Ozarks).
  • February 17, 2021: Black History Month; honoring Elisha, Charles, and John Scott and Charles Bledsoe; commencement; on-campus interview; fall new student applications.
  • January 25, 2021: Return to in-person teaching; groundbreaking for the the new law school building and some of the building's features; admissions; CLE and alumni event in August; announcement of Linda Elrod three-year phased retirement; February 4 Washburn Day of Giving.
  • December 10, 2020: Holiday 2020 greetings; recent visits with law firms; video tribute for December graduates; AALS Trailblazer Award being presented to Marsha Griggs; January incoming class of students.
  • November 20, 2020: Thanks to all who have supported the law school during the pandemic; move back to all online classes for end of fall semester; Michael Manning's new building campaign capstone gift; expression of appreciation to all who have given; stepped up wellness efforts; and upcoming staff and alumni recognition ceremonies.
  • October 19, 2020: Ways Washburn Law has responded to mental health challenges during COVID-19; newly formed Women of Washburn Law affinity group; alumni connecting with leaders of student organizations; online alumni events; new law building progress; December 2020 graduate recognition ceremony; and thanks for providing short term employment opportunities to recent graduates.
  • September 16, 2020: Students, faculty, and staff are staying healthy; fall exams; Constitution Day; Third Year Anywhere™ pilot in spring 2021; online alumni events; next issue of Washburn Lawyer; new design of the law school building; alumni support of law students this past summer.
  • August 19, 2020: Online LSAT; alumni contributions to scholarship funds supports increased enrollment; new building gift from Sunderland Foundation; Covid-19 challenges; next issue of Washburn Lawyer features alumni who serve as judges.
  • June 16, 2020: Steps being taken to have students and staff return to the law school building; July CLE in Deadwood, South Dakota.
  • April 20, 2020: Postponement of commencement, graduates taking the bar exam during the pandemic, and how Alumni Association membership by past graduates assists current students.
  • March 30, 2020: Shift in legal education due to COVID-19, Washburn Law's jump from 132 to 107 in the U.S. News rankings, next issue of Washburn Lawyer.
  • March 17, 2020: U.S. News ranking increase, Washburn Law's COVID-19 response, appeal for upper-level student scholarship funds.
  • February 2020: New building fund raising, recent bar passage and employment rates.
  • December 2019: Holiday greetings, new law building budget, thanks to adjunct faculty and alumni mentors, Inside-Out Prison Exchange Program, thanks to Professors Concannon, Pierce, and building and recent bar.
  • October 2019: Fall 2019 incoming student credentials, online teaching, strategic planning, and academic success and bar readiness.
  • September 22, 2019: Recruiting for spring and fall 2020 classes, alumni reunion, and seeking placements abroad for Third Year Anywhere(TM) students.
  • August 12, 2019: Fall class incoming student credentials, online teaching, strategic planning, and academic success and bar readiness.

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