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Schedule of Activities for Fall 2022 Incoming J.D. Students (Tentative)

Updated: June 27, 2022.

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 22, 2022.

In-person attendance is expected 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 not attend, and you should notify the Dean of Students so that the event can be recorded for you when possible: jalen.lowry@washburn.edu. A health and safety concern includes a fever, cough, sore throat, or exposure to Covid-19.

Covid Regulations: At this point in time, First Week and all classes are expected to be in person, and masks are not required. University policy can be found at: https://www.washburn.edu/student-life/health-safety/index.html. The university will review its policy weekly and send out any updates via email, as well as updating the site above.

Recording by Students Prohibited: Recording by students or distribution of school recordings are prohibited pursuant to Part I.A.1.h of the Washburn University School of Law Honor Code. See http://washburnlaw.edu/honorcode.


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.


Monday, July 25, 2022 – 6:00-8:00 p.m. via Zoom:
1L Section Release Party

• Learn what law school section you are in • Meet others in your section •
• Play Trivia Bingo hosted by Kelly Miyahara (former member of the Jeopardy! Clue Crew) •

The Washburn Law Office of Admissions hosts an online event for incoming first-year students to announce section assignments. After a brief introduction you will join a Zoom breakout room that corresponds with your assigned section so you can get to know other students in your section. Then, everyone attending reconvenes to play Trivia Bingo (all skill levels welcome)!
Please RSVP at: https://calendly.com/washburnlaw/section.

If you can't attend the Section Release Party your section assignment will be emailed to you.


If you are not familiar with Zoom, take this opportunity to familiarize yourself with this program. For assistance with Zoom go to: https://washburn.edu/student-life/health-safety/, 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, wi-fi, cellular data plans). Contact Professor Thomas Sneed at thomas.sneed@washburn.edu with equipment/internet concerns.


Icon: Row of books. Order Textbooks After July 25 Icon: Row of books.


Thursday, August 18, 2022 - 7:00-8:00 p.m. via Zoom:
"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 August 17, please contact admissions@washburnlaw.edu. 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 jalen.lowry@washburn.edu.


Preparation and Parking

All First Week events will be held in the Bradbury Thompson Alumni Center on campus unless otherwise noted.
Map: Law School to Bradbury Thompson Alumni Center.

The law school is on the northwest corner of Washburn University. Park in the law school north section of the north parking lot and follow the signs along the sidewalk east of the law school towards the Alumni Center. See the Washburn Campus Map (4.4 MB PDF).

First Week Schedule

Monday, August 22

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

9:00-10:15 a.m. – Check-In and Continental Breakfast

  • Incoming students are expected to check in on Monday morning, August 22, 2022, between 9:00 a.m. and 10:15 a.m. Please note that First Week activities will be held at the Bradbury Thompson Alumni Center unless otherwise noted.
  • 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). They will also receive WSBA materials from WSBA President Audriana Berry Dunn and Vice President Nicholas Smith.
  • 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.
  • Library staff and Student Ambassadors will be available for questions.
  • While you are waiting, feel free to socialize, read, visit the restrooms, visit the Washburn Bookstore in the Union directly southwest of the Alumni Center or review required readings.
  • Restrooms are in the lobby.

10:15-11:00 a.m. – Welcomes

  • Welcome by Dean Preston Nicholson, Assistant Dean for Admissions, and Introduction of Dean Jeff Jackson
  • Welcome by the Dean
  • Introduction of Students

11:00 a.m.-Noon – Welcome by Associate Dean for Student Affairs

Noon-1:30 p.m. – Box Lunches (provided) with Small Group Mentors and Campus Tours

A Section Mentors

Photograph: Devin Canfield. Photograph: Ben Gienke. Photograph: Emma Hochman. Photograph: Heather Kellum.
Devin Canfield, Ben Gienke, Emma Hochman, Heather Kellum

Photograph: Emily Lauritsen. Photograph: Derek Leiblie. Photograph: Sarah Lynch-Chaput.
Emily Lauritsen, Derek Leiblie, Sarah Lynch-Chaput

Photograph: Gabby Stein. Photograph: Andrew Stewart. Photograph: Braden Sullivan. Photograph: Gabriel Walker.
Gabby Stein, Andrew Stewart, Braden Sullivan, Gabriel Walker

B Section Mentors

Photograph: Spencer Cook. Photograph: Kiley Deain. Photograph: Cameron Edens. Photograph: Melanie Harbaugh.
Spencer Cook, Kiley Deain, Cameron Edens, Melanie Harbaugh

Photograph: Caleb Hitz. Photograph: Carissa Occhipinto. Photograph: Hannah Peterson.
Caleb Hitz, Carissa Occhipinto, Hannah Peterson

Photograph: Noelle Relph. Photograph: Meg Sparrow. Photograph: Mayda Stallbaumer. Photograph: Elisabeth Wilder.
Noelle Relph, Meg Sparrow, Mayda Stallbaumer, Elisabeth Wilder

LL.M. Mentors

Photograph: Christian Bertz. Photograph: Miaeda Hutchinson. Photograph: Nichole Smith.
Alex Bertz, Miaeda Hutchinson, Nichole Smith

1:30-2:30 p.m. – Planning for a Meaningful Career

  • Dean Tammy King, Assistant Dean for Professional Development.

2:30-3:15 p.m. – Law School Services/KALAP

3:30 p.m. – Law Library and Laptop Set-Up and Instruction – Law School, Room 102

  • 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.

Tuesday, August 23

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

8:15-9:00 a.m. – Continental Breakfast and Discussion of Upper-Level Opportunities (optional) – Bradbury Thompson Alumni Center

9:00-9:30 a.m. – Class photo

  • A staff member will watch your belongings so you can leave them in Bradbury Thompson 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.
    Photograph: Class photo of incoming Washburn Law students.

9:30-10:15 a.m. – Professionalism and the Honor Code (Academic Section)

  • Dean Emily Grant, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs

10:15-11:15 a.m. – Character and Fitness Qualifications for the Bar Exam

  • 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 individual questions for Ms. Lippert after today, you may call her at (785) 435-8218 or email her at lippertk@kscourts.org.
    • 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.

11:15 a.m.-Noon – Professionalism and the Honor Code (Non-Academic Section)

  • Dean Jalen Lowry, Associate Dean for Student Affairs

Noon-1:30 p.m. – Pizza (provided) and Meet with Your Small Groups

1:30-2:30 p.m. – Cross-Cultural Competency for Lawyers: ABA Standard 303

2:30-3:30 p.m. – Belonging

  • Dean Emily Grant, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs

Wednesday, August 24 AND Thursday, August 25

9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. (Lunch Provided 12:00-1:00 p.m.) – Academic Skills – Bradbury Thompson Alumni Center

  • Professor Marsha Griggs, 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.
  • 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).

Friday, August 26

Both of the following Friday events are open to ALL students (1L, 2L, 3L, LL.M., M.S.L.) and their families.
The Field Day is open to ALL students, faculty, and staff, and to any of their family members who wish to attend.

11:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Brown v. Board of Education National Historic Park Tour1515 SE Monroe, Topeka, Kansas

  • You should plan on about an hour to self-tour.

Directions: The National Historic Park 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 Park'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 Park: jalen.lowry@washburn.edu.

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.


12:30-3:30 p.m. – WSBA Field Day – Lake Shawnee, Tinman Circle, Reynolds Lodge (optional) (see below for maps and directions)

Food, drink, and games with 2Ls and 3Ls and faculty and staff: get to know your law school community!

  • Join WSBA for food, beverages, games, music, and celebration of the start of the semester!
  • Reynolds Lodge is the primary location for this event (food, beverages). In addition, shelters 4 and 5 near the northeast end of Tinman Circle will be available (beverages).
  • Restrooms available at Reynolds Lodge and shelter 4.
  • Parking available all around Tinman Circle.
  • Maps:
  • Directions:
    • From Law School to Reynolds Lodge (Google Map via SW Washburn Avenue, SW/SE 29th Street, and SE Croco Road; about 20 minute drive)
    • From Brown v. Board Park to Reynolds Lodge (Google Map via SE 17th Street, SE Adams Street, SE 29th Street, and SE Croco Road; about 15 minute drive)

Below on map: D = Shelter 4; E = Shelter 5.
Map: Tinman Circle area at Lake Shawnee (Topeka, Kansas), showing Reynolds Lodge and nearby shelters.

Photograph: Reynolds Lodge exterior at Lake Shawnee in Topeka, Kansas.

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 29
(assignments may not be posted until August 26).

Saturday, August 27 and Sunday, August 28

  • Unscheduled Days

Monday, August 29

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: https://washburnlaw.edu/policies/barpreprepresentatives.html.

Professional Development Office (PDO) Events

  • TBD

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 Opportunity Fairs on Wednesday, September 21 and Thursday, September 22 in the First Floor Commons of the Law School.

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

Wednesday, September 21

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

Thursday, September 22

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

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

Short URL for this page:
https://washburnlaw.edu/firstweekschedule

Important Dates
  • July 25: Section Release Party (Zoom) (6:00-8:00 p.m.)
  • August 18: Family & Friends: What to Expect, How to Help, and Your Questions Answered About Law School (Zoom) (7:00-8:00 p.m.)
  • August 22: Direct Deposit Financial Aid Refunds Available
  • August 22: First Week Begins for Entering Students (9:00 a.m.)
  • August 26: WSBA Welcome Back Field Day (12:30-3:30 p.m.)
  • August 29: Regular Classes Begin
  • September 9: Tuition Payment Deadline
  • September 21: Student Organizations Opportunity Fair (12:30-1:30 p.m.)
  • September 22: Non-Student Organizations Opportunity Fair (12:30-1:30 p.m.)
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: d2l.washburn.edu.

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

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