Schedule of Activities for Fall 2021 Incoming Students

Information for LL.M. and M.S.L. Students.

Updated: September 24, 2021, 8:15 p.m.

Following is the schedule of classes and activities for first-year law students during their initial weeks at Washburn Law. While modifications may occur to this schedule, note that your First Day of law school will continue to be Monday, August 23.

In-person or live remote attendance is required for all events unless otherwise noted. If you find that you are experiencing a health and safety concern at any time during First Week, you should attend remotely. A health and safety concern includes a fever, cough, sore throat, exposure to Covid-19, or simply a desire not to risk the chance of exposure to Covid-19.

If you find at any time during First Week that you feel too ill even to attend remotely, please contact Dean Lowry at for options to view session recordings.

Masks: The university has announced that masks will be required for most indoor activities, regardless of a person's vaccination status. See

The full regulations and exceptions are outlined at the university's Covid webpage. See

The university will review its policy weekly and send out any updates via email, as well as updating the site above.

Please see also "Current Covid Information" near the top of the First Week Overview.

NOTE: All times shown below are Central Time (CT); e.g., 7:30 p.m. CT = 8:30 p.m. Eastern Time = 6:30 p.m. Mountain Time = 5:30 p.m. Pacific Time.

If you are not familiar with Zoom, take this opportunity to familiarize yourself with this program. For assistance with Zoom go to:, select "Technology Support Links," then click the link below "Zoom Training." Register for access to Zoom if you have not done so already. Test your equipment (Zoom works on desktop computers, laptops, tablets, and smart phones) and internet access (cable, wifi, cellular data plans). Contact Professor Thomas Sneed at with equipment/internet concerns.

Friday, August 20, 2021 – 7:30-8:30 p.m.
Professionalism Group Reveal and First Meeting

Session is required, but will be recorded for those who have a conflict.

Meet your upper-class Mentor and group members, and then attend small break-out sessions with your group. This will be a Zoom meeting in advance of First Week. A Zoom invitation will be sent to you approximately mid-August. If you have not received the invitation please contact

Monday, August 23

All Monday/Tuesday in-person events for First Week
will be held in Washburn Rooms A/B in Memorial Union.

Wednesday/Thursday Academic Skills Program
will be held in Rooms 102/114 at the Law School.

Preparation and Parking

The law school is on the northwest corner of Washburn University. Park in the law school north parking lot and follow the signs along the sidewalk east of the law school towards Memorial Union. Walk east and then turn right at the end of the Union and follow the signs to the entrance to Washburn Rooms A/B. See map on the Overview page.


* Remote students do not need to attend sessions marked with an asterisk.

Breaks are NOT noted on the schedule, but will be provided throughout the day as needed.

* 8:30-9:45 a.m. – 1L Check-In and Continental Breakfast – Washburn Rooms A/B (second floor of Memorial Union).

Incoming students are expected to check in on Monday morning, August 23, 2021, between 8:30 a.m. and 9:45 a.m. Please note that First Week activities will be held in the Memorial Union, Washburn Rooms A/B. Please enter Memorial Union through the southeast entrance; go up one flight of stairs (or take the elevator up one flight); and then turn left to enter Washburn Rooms A/B.

  • Students will check in, have their photos taken for the Washburn University School of Law Directory, and receive their registration packet and Washburn Law t-shirt (latter courtesy of Washburn Law Alumni Association).
  • Library staff and Student Ambassadors will be available for questions.
  • While you are waiting, feel free to socialize, read, visit the restrooms, or review required readings. Restrooms are outside the Lobby and additional restrooms are on the floor below.

9:45 a.m.

  • Welcome and Introduction of Dean Pratt by Dean Preston Nicholson, Assistant Dean for Admissions

10:00 a.m. – Welcome by the Dean

10:15 a.m. – Law Library and Laptop Set-Up and Instruction

  • Welcome by Professor Thomas Sneed, Director of the Law Library
  • * Laptop Set-Up
    • Mr. Jason Dinkel, User Services Administrator
    • Mr. David Vermooten, User Services Administrator
    • Mr. Dinkel and Mr. Vermooten will be available after their presentation to answer individual questions.

You are free for the rest of the morning once your tech set-up and questions are resolved.

* 11:30-1:00 p.m. – Box Lunches (provided).

1:00-3:00 p.m. – Professional Development, Resources, and Wellness

3:00-4:30 p.m.Small Group Meetings and Campus Tours

  • Remote students will take part in the Small Group Meeting via Zoom. Your Mentor will provide the Zoom link.
  • Campus Tours will be in-person only.

Tuesday, August 24

Wear your Washburn Law t-shirt today for the class photo! (t-shirt distributed at Monday check-in)

* 8:45-9:15 a.m. – Class photo

  • Meet at Washburn Rooms A/B in Memorial Union.
  • A staff member will watch your belongings so you can leave them in Washburn A/B while we take the photo.
  • It is anticipated that the photo will be outdoors on the steps of White Concert Hall and that students will be posed similar to what is shown below in the photo.
  • We hope that everyone can participate in the incoming student class photo but understand if you have concerns about social distancing. We will try to include students who cannot participate by including them as part of a montage compiled from directory photos.
    Photograph: Class photo of incoming Washburn Law students.

9:15-10:00 a.m. – Professionalism and the Importance of Civil Discourse

10:00-11:00 a.m. – Character and Fitness Qualifications for the Bar Exam

  • PowerPoint from Ms. Lippert's August 24, 2021 presentation (560 KB PDF).
  • Ms. Kathleen J. Selzler Lippert, Deputy Disciplinary Administrator and Admissions Attorney for the Kansas Supreme Court will present important information about the Character and Fitness investigations required for licensure. Ms. Lippert will be joined by Ms. Royetta Rodewald, Investigative Specialist, Office of the Disciplinary Administrator, and Mr. Barry L. Garrison, Admissions Administrator, Kansas Supreme Court.
  • Ms. Lippert will be available after her presentation for group questions. After group questions are done, she will be available for individual questions in a private area. If you have questions for Ms. Lippert after today, you may email her at
  • If you discover after the presentation that you have any matters that you need to report to the law school, please call Donna McMurry at (785) 670-1662 and set up a meeting with Dean Lowry.

If you have no individual questions for Ms. Lippert you are free to leave for the morning after the group questions.

* 11:30-1:00 p.m. – Box Lunches (provided).

1:00-2:30 p.m. – The Legacy of Washburn Law and Brown v. Topeka Board of Education

  • Dean Carla Pratt
  • Doll Study video referenced during Dean Pratt's presentation (9 minutes, 12 seconds)
  • Be sure to read the Brown opinion before Dean Pratt's presentation: she's likely to ask you a question about it!

2:30-4:00 p.m. – Financial Aid for Graduate Students

  • Mr. Drew Beets, Financial Literacy Coordinator and Law School Liaison, Washburn Financial Aid Office
  • Mr. Beets will be available for general questions after his presentation, and for individual private questions after that. Students are free to leave after his presentation if they have no questions. If you have any questions concerning financial aid at a later date, please contact Mr. Beets at or (785) 670-2767.

Wednesday and Thursday, August 25 and August 26

9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. (Boxed lunches provided for students attending in person.)

Academic Skills Program

  • Review required readings
  • This intensive program will introduce students to many of the basic skills and processes they need to succeed in law school. Students will begin the study of case law during the program and the process of learning how to extract critical information from case readings. Students will also be exposed to law school fact patterns and the mechanics of answering law school examination questions. These skills are not explicitly taught in the traditional legal education model, but the program represents Washburn's commitment to cutting-edge legal pedagogy that is supported by modern educational research.
  • The Academic Skills Program is required for all J.D., M.S.L., and LL.M students. It is optional for Transfer and Visiting students (but highly encouraged for those who will not yet be starting their third year).

Law School, Room 102**: Professor Marsha Griggs, Director, Academic Support and Bar Passage
Law School, Room 114**: Professor Blake Klinkner, Assistant Director, Academic Support and Bar Passage

** Remote attendees will receive Zoom links for each session via email.

Wednesday, August 25

  • A-Section, LL.M, and M.S.L. Students: Room 102 with Professor Griggs
  • B-Section Students: Room 114 with Professor Klinkner

Thursday, August 26

  • A-Section, LL.M, and M.S.L. Students: Room 114 with Professor Klinkner
  • B-Section Students: Room 102 with Professor Griggs

Evening of Thursday, August 26

* 8:00-9:00 p.m. – Yoga on the Lawn with Dean Pratt (optional)

You are invited to join Dean Pratt tonight for Yoga on the Lawn!
(This event will be held at Falley Field,
Washburn's baseball stadium.
(Please bring a water bottle to stay hydrated.)
Free yoga mat to first 30 participants!
Photograph: Yoga at Yager Stadium led by Dean Carla Pratt for Washburn Law students.

Option 1 (walk): Park in the lot south of the law school building; walk along Plass Avenue to 19th Street; turn left and walk to Jewell Avenue; turn right and walk to Durrow Drive; Falley Field is on the southeast corner of the intersection.

Option 2 (drive): From 21st Street turn north on Jewell Avenue and go to the intersection of Jewell and Durrow Drive; turn right and then left into the parking lot north of Falley Field. OR From Macvicar Avenue turn east on 20th Street and park in the lot behind the KTWU building (you will see satellites); walk up sidewalk to the intersection of Jewell Avenue and Durrow Drive; Falley Field is on the southeast corner of the intersection.

Please enter the field through the gates on the left field or right field foul lines (entering through the main gate does not provide access to the infield where yoga will be held).

Map: Where to park to access Falley Field for yoga night.

Photograph: Entrance to Falley Field for yoga night.

* Friday, August 27

Brown v. Board of Education National Historic Site Tour – 1515 SE Monroe, Topeka, Kansas (see below for directions)

The Brown Site is still not allowing large group visits because of Covid, so we have arranged for Site Rangers to be on hand to answer questions during self-guided tours by you throughout the day. To ensure that too many students are not at the Site at the same time, please follow the attendance schedule below. Sign the Site's guest registry and that will be your certificate of attendance. Please PRINT your name so it is readable and include "Washburn Law" as part of the location.

  • Your attendance time is designated by the Small Group you are in (see below).
  • Note that the Mentors will not be at the Site with you.
  • You should plan on about an hour to self-tour.
  • Informal (not scheduled posed group) photographs may be taken throughout the day, so please dress appropriately.

You have no other school activities on Friday except to prepare for Monday’s classes. See assignments for first full week of classes that begin August 30 (assignments may not be posted until August 27).

Arrive between 9:00-10:30 a.m.:
Students in the Small Groups with Mentors Kaitlin Fox, Ben Gienke, Emma Hochman, and Ashley McCall.
Photograph: Kaitlin Fox. Photograph: Ben Gienke. Photograph: Emma Hochman. Photograph: Ashley Mccall.

Between 10:30 a.m.-noon:
Students in the Small Groups with Mentors Brian McKenzie, Nichole Smith, Emma Staats, and Braden Sullivan.
Photograph: Brian Mckenzie. Photograph: Nichole Smith. Photograph: Emma Staats. Photograph: Braden Sullivan.

Between noon-2:00 p.m.:
Students in the Small Groups with Mentors Katherine Sweeney, Micah Tempel, Ande Davis, Erik Hageman, Daniel Sloan, and Gabby Stein.
Photograph: Katharine Sweeney. Photograph: Micah Tempel. Photograph: Ande Davis. Photograph: Erik Hageman.
Photograph: Britani Potter. Photograph: Daniel Sloan. Photograph: Gabby Stein.

Between 2:00-3:30 p.m.:
Students in the Small Groups with Mentors Caleb Hitz, Cia Huebner, Zoe Levesque, and Farhad Limonadi.
Photograph: Caleb Hitz. Photograph: Cia Huebner. Photograph: Zoe Levesque. Photograph: Farhad Limonadi.

Between 3:30-5:00 p.m.:
Students in the Small Groups with Mentors Hollie Murphey, Noelle Relph, Mayda Stallbaumer, and Ty Stewart.
Photograph: Hollie Murphey. Photograph: Noelle Relph. Photograph: Mayda Stallbaumer. Photograph: Ty Stewart.

Directions: The Site is about five minutes east of the law school. (See map below. Take 17th Street, on the north side of the law school, east until you reach the Site's parking lot on your left just past Monroe Street. If you need disability-accessible parking, go through the parking lot and park behind the building.)

  • It is advised that you do not wear spike heels or expensive shoes, as the path to the building is sometimes not good in bad weather.

Please contact Jalen Lowry, Associate Dean for Student Affairs, if you need a ride to the Site:

Graphic: Cover of volume 42, issue 2 of Washburn Lawyer.See the Summer 2004 issue of Washburn Lawyer for more information about Washburn Law graduates involved in the Brown case.

Map: Washburn Law to Brown v. Board of Education National Historic Site.

Saturday, August 28 and Sunday, August 29

  • Unscheduled Days

Monday, August 30

* 5:00-7:00 p.m.ALL School Picnic – Law School South Patio and Surrounding Lawn

  • Join us for food, games, hula hoop competition, music, and celebration of the start of the semester!
  • ALL Students Invited (1L, 2L, 3L, LL.M., M.S.L.).
  • Faculty and Staff Invited.
  • Family members of All are Welcome.
  • Hot dogs, hamburgers, vegan hamburgers, vegan baked beans, vegetarian potato salad, chips, fruit, soft drinks, and ice water will be available to those who RSVP.
    • Photograph: Sad kid.To ensure that enough food is ordered, it is essential that you RSVP BY MONDAY, AUGUST 23, 2021 if you intend to eat. (There is nothing sadder than a kid who doesn't get a hot dog because the food ran out.)
    • You are still very welcome to attend if you forget to RSVP, just leave the food for those who did, unless an announcement is made later in the evening that there is food remaining.
  • To ensure seating space, please bring lawn chairs or a blanket, especially if you are bringing family.
  • Please feel free to bring any lawn games you would enjoy.

Professional Development Office (PDO) Events: Save the Dates

Please mark your calendar now for two very important (and mandatory) meetings with the PDO.

  • PDO Orientation – Monday, September 20, 3:30 p.m.
  • Resume Workshop – Monday, October 4, 3:30 p.m.

More information will be sent closer to the time of these events by the PDO Office.

Opportunity Fairs / Organizations

Learn about student and non-student organizations at the in-person Opportunity Fairs on September 28, 29, and 30, and via Zoom on October 1.

  • Masks are required on September 28-30 and should not be removed during the event.

Feel free to contact the organizations on your own at any time. The names of student organization officers can be found at

Tuesday, September 28

12:30-1:30 p.m.Student Organizations Opportunity Fair, Day One – Law School, First Floor Commons

  • Agricultural Law Society (Table 5)
  • Asian American Law Students Association (AALSA) (Table 11)
  • Black Law Students Association (BLSA) (Table 6)
  • Federal Bar Association (FBA) (Table 12)
  • International Law Society (ILS) (Table 7)
  • J. Reuben Clark Law Society (Table 13)
  • Native American Law Association (NALSA) (Table 1)
  • Oil, Gas, and Energy Law Society (Table 14)
  • Phi Alpha Delta (PAD) (Table 8)
  • Rainbow Bar (Table 2)
  • Tax and Estate Planning Association (TEPA) (Table 3)
  • Veterans' Legal Association of Washburn (VLAW) (Table 15)
  • Washburn Association for Law Student Health (WALSH) (Table 9)
  • Washburn Law Journal (Table 4)
  • Washburn Student Bar Association (WSBA) and WSBA Barristers' Ball (Table 10)

Wednesday, September 29

12:30-1:30 p.m.Student Organizations Opportunity Fair, Day Two – Law School, First Floor Commons

  • Bar Revue Organization (Table 9)
  • Christian Legal Society (CLS) (Table 6)
  • Criminal Law Society (Table 11)
  • Diversity and Inclusion Association (D.I.A.) (Table 3)
  • Environmental Law Society (ELS) (Table 7)
  • Hispanic American Law Students Association (HALSA) (Table 5)
  • Jessup International Law Moot Court (Table 12)
  • Labor and Employment Group of Washburn (Table 13)
  • Moot Court Council (Table 4)
  • Pro Bono Society (Table 8)
  • Rural Practice Organization (Table 2)
  • Sports and Entertainment Law Society (Table 14)
  • Washburn Business Law Society (Table 1)
  • Washburn Law Democrats (WLD) (Table 15)
  • Women's Legal Forum (WLF) (Table 10)

Thursday, September 30

12:30-1:30 p.m.Non-Student Organizations Opportunity Fair – Law School, First Floor Commons

Information about and opportunities to meet representatives of university, law school, and legal community organizations. More information about this day will be provided in the September 26, 2021 WSBA Newsletter.

Friday, October 1

12:30-1:30 p.m.Organizations Wishing to "Table" Remotely via Zoom with Break-out Rooms Opportunity Fair. Zoom link was published in the September 26, 2021 WSBA Newsletter.

As of Saturday, September 25, the following organizations plan to attend the Zoom Fair:

  • American Bar Association (ABA) (in WSBA room)
  • Business and Transactional Law Center (in Centers of Excellence Room)
  • Center for Excellence in Advocacy (in Centers of Excellence Room)
  • Center for International and Comparative Law (in Centers of Excellence Room)
  • Center for Law and Government (in Centers of Excellence Room)
  • Children and Family Law Center (in Centers of Excellence Room)
  • Counseling Services (with Campus Advocate Molly Steffes-Herman)
  • Externship Programs (in Centers of Excellence Room)
  • International and Comparative Law Center (in Centers of Excellence Room)
  • Kansas Bar Association
  • Kansas Lawyers Assistance Program (KALAP)
  • Law Clinic (Professor Chadwick)
  • Oil and Gas Law Center (in Centers of Excellence Room)
  • Rural Practice Organization
  • Topeka Bar Association (TBA)
  • Topeka Bar Association Young Lawyer’s Division (in TBA Room)
  • Washburn Student Bar (WSBA)

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Important Dates
  • July 26: Section Release Party (Zoom)
  • August 2: Family & Friends: What to Expect, How to Help, and Your Questions Answered About Law School (Zoom)
  • August 20: Professionalism Group Reveal & First Meeting (Zoom)
  • August 23: Direct Deposit Financial Aid Refunds Available
  • August 23: First Week Begins for Entering Students
  • August 30: Regular Classes Begin
  • August 30: All School Picnic (RSVP)
  • September 10: Tuition Payment Deadline
D2L Tutorials

The learning management system used by Washburn University is D2L (Desire2Learn). You should not need to access D2L for First Week activities. The following tutorials will help acclimate you to D2L for your regular classes that begin on August 30:

Additional tutorials are available in your D2L account under the "Online Student Resource Center" link near the top of the page.

To access D2L at Washburn University go to:

  • Your login credentials are your Washburn email address and password.

D2L support is available 24 hours a day by calling (866) 888-1272.