Schedule of Activities for Spring 2022 Incoming Students

Updated: January 15, 2022.

First Week PowerPoints and Videos



  • First Week Playlist (Day 1-4 videos)
  • Day 1: January 11, 2022 (length: 3:59:37)
    • 0:00:00 - Dean Preston Nicholson Introduces Dean Carla Pratt
    • 0:00:20 - Dean Carla Pratt Student Introductions
    • 0:18:20 - Dean Pratt Discusses Washburn Law History / Brown v. Board of Education
    • 1:18:25 - Dean Jalen Lowry Introduces Britani Potter
    • 1:19:16 - Britani Potter, President, Washburn Student Bar Association
    • 1:28:10 - Dean Lowry Discusses Resources Available to Law Students
    • 1:52:42 - Dean Lowry Explains Professionalism Small Groups
    • 2:02:39 - Dean John Francis "Professionalism and the Importance of Civil Discourse"
    • 2:51:45 - Dean Francis Administers Professionalism Oath
    • 2:56:26 - Jason Dinkel and David Vermooten, User Services Administrators, Technology Setup
    • 3:32:34 - Professor Thomas Sneed, Law Library Director, Introduction to the Law Library
    • 3:39:25 - Barbara Ginzburg, Library Head of Access Services, Introduction to D2L
  • Day 2: January 12, 2022 (length: 3:21:35)
    • 0:00:00 - Dean Tammy King "Planning for a Meaningful Legal Career"
    • 0:44:24 - Kathleen J. Selzler Lippert, Deputy Disciplinary Administrator and Admissions Attorney for the Kansas Supreme Court and Royetta Rodewald, Investigative Specialist, Office of the Disciplinary Administrator, "Character and Fitness for the Bar Exam"
    • 1:40:24 - Danielle M. Hall, Kansas Lawyers Assistance Program (KALAP) Services for Students
    • 2:27:40 - Kaitlin Alegria, Washburn University Foundation Law School Development Director and Karli Davis, Director of Marketing Communications
    • 2:33:53 - Dean Shawn Leisinger Discusses Centers for Excellence, Externships, Third Year Anywhere(TM), and Student Competitions
    • 3:02:15 - Professor Michelle Ewert Talks About the Law Clinic
  • Day 3: January 13, 2022 (length: 5:00:39)
    • 0:00:00 - Professor Blake Klinkner, Assistant Director of Academic Enrichment and Bar Passage, Morning Session
    • 1:55:00 - Professor Klinkner Afternoon Session
    • 3:06:50 - Academic Support Fellow Q&A: Ande Davis, Dayton Yarrow, Farhad Limonadi
    • 4:13:05 - Professor Klinkner Afternoon Session (continuation)
    • 4:33:00 - Practice Exam (including countdown timer)
    • 4:54:15 - Professor Klinkner Reviews Practice Exam Answers
  • Day 4: January 14, 2022 (length 5:48:30)
    • 0:00:00 - Professor Blake Klinkner, Assistant Director of Academic Enrichment and Bar Passage, Morning Session
    • 2:14:26 - Megan Storie, Third Year Law Student, Discusses Third Year Anywhere(TM), Serving as a Research Assistant, Mental Health, and Balancing Work, Family, and School
    • 2:53:15 - Audra Clark, Second Year J-Section Law Student and Academic Fellow, Shares Her Insights as a J-Section Student
    • 3:28:15 - Micah Tempel, Third Year Law Student and Academic Fellow, Breaks Down and Works Through a Real-Life Exam Essay Question
    • 4:59:30 - Professor Klinkner Afternoon Session Reviewing Robinson v. Lindsay with Don Simmons
    • 5:08:30 - Practice Essay Exam (including countdown timer)
    • 5:43:43 - Professor Klinkner Reviews Practice Essay Exam Answers

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 Tuesday, January 11, 2022.

NOTE: All times shown below are Central Time (CT); e.g., 7:00 p.m. CT = 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time = 6:00 p.m. Mountain Time = 5:00 p.m. Pacific Time.

Thursday, January 6, 2022 - 7:00-8:00 p.m.
"So a Family Member is Going to Law School: What to Expect, How to Help, and Your Questions Answered"

Photograph: Jalen Lowry.Jalen Lowry, Associate Dean for Student Affairs, hosts an online event for family and friends of incoming law students. A Zoom invitation will be sent to you before the meeting. If you have not received the invitation by January 5, please contact Topics discussed will include what law students will be experiencing and ways they can be supported. If you, family members, or friends were unable to attend but have questions about law school please feel free to contact Dean Lowry at

First Week Schedule

In-person or live remote attendance is required for all events unless otherwise noted. Students who have health and safety concerns may attend First Week remotely. Any student who has any symptoms of illness (a fever, cough, sore throat, exposure to Covid-19) must attend remotely during the period in which they might put others at risk.

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 of the January 11 and 12 sessions. Please contact Professor Klinkner at for options to view session recordings of the January 13 and 14 sessions.

Masks: The university policy at this time is that masks will be required for most indoor activities, regardless of a person's vaccination status. Please see and follow the Covid-19 Safety Regulations. The university will review its policy weekly and send out any updates via email. The law school is strongly encouraging the use of N95 masks due to recent information that it is much more effective than other masks in preventing transmission of the new Omicron variant.

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

If find you have other free time, feel free to go to the Memorial Union to visit the Ichabod Shop for books or the Student Services Office for your iCard at the Union. You may also want to review required readings.

Monday, January 10

  • This will be a free day for J.D. students.
  • LL.M. or M.S.L. students may have activities scheduled on a separate schedule provided by Professor McMillan.
  • LL.M. or M.S.L. students should direct any questions to or to the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, John Francis, at
  • Transfer students should direct any questions to the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, John Francis.

Tuesday, January 11

9:15-10:00 a.m. – Check-In – Law School, Robinson Courtroom and Bianchino Technology Center

  • 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).
  • The law school is on the northwest corner of Washburn University. Please park in the north parking lot of the law school, at 17th and MacVicar (see directions to law school), and enter in the north door.
  • Professional dress is not required, but your picture will be taken for the student directory, so you'll want to feel confident in what you're wearing.
  • Continental breakfast provided in Second Floor Lobby (outside Admissions Office).

10:00 a.m.-12:15 p.m. – Room 100

  • Welcome by Dean Preston Nicholson, Assistant Dean for Admissions, and Introduction of Dean Pratt
  • Welcome by Dean Carla D. Pratt, Dean of the Law School
    • Introduction of Students
    • The Legacy of Washburn Law and Brown v. Topeka Board of Education
      • Be sure to read the Brown opinion before Dean Pratt's presentation: she's likely to ask you a question about it!
  • Dean Jalen Lowry, Associate Dean for Student Affairs
    • Introduction of President Britani Potter and Vice President Taylor Moore, Washburn Student Bar Association (WSBA)
      • If you have any questions for WSBA, please email
      • Learn more about student organization opportunities by attending the Opportunity Fairs on February 2 and 3 over the lunch hour.
    • Brief discussion of:
    • Explanation of Professionalism Small Group Program and Introduction of Small Group Mentors

12:15-1:30 p.m.Small Group Lunch Meetings and Campus Tours – Meet in Room 100, Then Your First Small Group Meeting with your Mentor as shown below:

Professionalism Small Group Meetings
• Study rooms S and T are on the 2nd floor of the library •
• Room 125 is on the 1st floor of the library •

Also meet 1/11, 1/18,
1/25, 2/1, 2/8

Audra Clark (Room 106)

Molly Morgan (Room 119)

Peter Harrison (Room 125)

Cristina Silva (Study Room S)

Allyson Smith (Study Room T)

Also meet 1/12, 1/19,
1/26, 2/2, 2/9

Britani Potter (Study Room S)

Photograph: Audra Clark. Photograph: Molly Morgan. Photograph: Peter Harrison.Photograph: Cristina Silva. Photograph: Allyson Smith.
Audra, Molly, Peter, Cristina, Allyson

Photograph: Britani Potter.

  • 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.

1:30-2:15 p.m. – Professionalism and the Importance of Civil Discourse – Room 100

2:15 p.m. – Law Library and Laptop Set-Up and Instruction – Room 100

  • Welcome by Professor Thomas Sneed, Director of the Law Library
  • Laptop and Printer Set-Up, Explanation of D2L
    • 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.
    • Ms. Barbara Ginzburg, Head of Access Services
    • Library staff will be available after their presentation to answer individual questions.

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

Wednesday, January 12

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

9:00-9:45 a.m. – Planning for a Meaningful Career – Room 100

  • Dean Tammy King, Assistant Dean for Professional Development.

9:45-10:00 a.m. – Class photo

  • Location to be determined. Meet at Law School, Room 100.
  • A staff member will watch your belongings so you can leave them in Room 100 while we take the photo.

10:00-11:00 a.m. – Character and Fitness Qualifications for the Bar Exam – Room 100 (presenters will be via Zoom)

  • 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.
    • 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.

11:00-11:45 a.m. – Kansas Lawyers Assistance Program (KALAP) – Room 100

11:45-12:00 p.m.Room 100

  • Patrick Mikesic, Executive Director of Development and Alumni Relations–Law School

12:00-1:00 p.m. – Lunch (Provided)

1:00-1:45 p.m. – Centers, Externships, Law Clinic – Room 100

2:00-3:00 p.m.

Brown v. Board of Education National Historic Site Tour – 1515 SE Monroe, Topeka, Kansas

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.

Thursday, January 13 and Friday, January 14

9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. (Lunch Provided 12:00-1:00 p.m.) – Academic Skills – Room 100

  • Professor Blake Klinkner, Assistant Director, Academic Enrichment and Bar Passage
  • 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.

Saturday, January 15 and Sunday, January 16

  • Unscheduled Days

Check your assignments for next week. (Spring class assignments aren't posted yet, but they should be by January 16.)

Monday, January 17

  • Martin Luther King Day: No class.

Tuesday, January 18

Other Activities Throughout the Semester

Most law students are advised to not immerse themselves in other activities at the beginning of their first semester, until they find their footing and know how much time they will actually have. Of particular caution is signing any contract for commercial bar courses: it is too early for you to be making any decision about this. See:

Opportunity Fairs

  • Wednesday, February 2, 2022: Opportunity Fair – Student Organizations – 12:30-1:30 – First Floor Commons
  • Thursday, February 3, 2022: Opportunity Fair – Other Organizations – 12:30-1:30 – First Floor Commons

Student Organizations

More information about Student Organizations can be found at

Other Organizations

Information about and opportunities with university, law school, and legal community organizations.

Professional Development Office (PDO) Events

  • Orientation to Your Professional Development Office – Friday, February 11, 12:15-1:15 p.m. – Room 102 and Zoom (link will be sent via email)
  • Legal Resume and Cover Letter Workshop – Friday, February 25, 12:15-1:15 p.m. – Room 102 and Zoom (link will be sent via email)

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

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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.