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.

  • June 30, 2023: The loss of former dean, and long-serving faculty member Jim Concannon on June 17, 2023; Ribbon cutting and dedication of the new building.
  • May 31, 2023: Successful May commencement and summer break; historic ribbon cutting for moving into the new state-of-the-art law school building is July 21, 2023.
  • April 27, 2023: Recent record breaking bar pass rate; the BARBRI bar exam preparation program; Dr. JuliAnn Mazachek as president of Washburn University; and the bright future of Washburn University.
  • March 27, 2023: Record breaking bar pass rate; BARBRI bar exam preparation program; Dr. JuliAnn Mazachek as president of Washburn University; and the bright future of Washburn University.
  • February 22, 2023: Black History Month; new scholarship established to honor Brown v. Board plaintiff Zelma Henderson; and Day of Giving donations support student scholarships and the Washburn Law Clinic.
  • January 27, 2023: New Washburn University President, JuliAnn Mazachek; moving the "Wings of Freedom" eagle statue to the new law building; and upcoming Day of Giving.
  • December 21, 2022: New bar pass program for Washburn Law students and the 2022 alumni association awards.
  • September 28, 2022: Alumni awards ceremony on October 15; bar passage; and President Farley's retirement and the search for a new Washburn University president.
  • August 30, 2022: 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.

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