Photograph: Statue of eagle outside Washburn Law building.

Messages From Dean Pratt to Alumni and Friends

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

  • 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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