Photograph: Incoming law students taking professionalism oath..

Small Groups and Mentoring Program

1Ls meet in small groups during their first five weeks at Washburn Law with their trained and heavily-vetted upper-class Mentor. The focus of group discussion and activity is the professionalism skills that faculty and legal employers have found critical to law school and career success. Some groups meet voluntarily for longer than five weeks into the semester; in all groups, the Mentors are readily available to their group members throughout the entire first semester. LL.M, M.S.L., Transfer, and Visiting students are also assigned a Mentor to help them with the transition to Washburn and answer questions.

Meet the Spring 2022 Mentors

Group Mentors serve as support and role models to first-semester 1Ls, leading small groups of 3-6 students for at least the first five weeks of their semester.

(Mentors who have served previously are bolded.)

Photograph: Audra Clark. Photograph: Peter Harrison. Photograph: Molly Morgan.

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

LL.M. / M.S.L. / Upper-class Transfer

Photograph: Britani Potter.
Britani Potter

2022 Spring Mentors and Group Members (and Faculty Advisors)

  • Audra Clark (Section B)
    Faculty Advisor: Professor David Rubenstein
    • Isaac Booth
    • Carolyn Gonzales
    • Joseph Massey
  • Peter Harrison (Section A)
    Faculty Advisor: Professor Freddy Sourgens
    • Joe Adams
    • Rasha Allaf
    • Riya Baral
    • Devon Heninger
    • Paul Littlebear
  • Molly Morgan (Section A)
    Faculty Advisor: Professor Emily Grant
    • Chantel Duncan
    • Alexis Feldkamp
    • Zachary Green
    • Andrew Knapp
    • Samuel Morgan
  • Britani Potter (LL.M./Upper-class Transfer)
    Faculty Advisor: Professor Lori McMillan
    • Nnenna Nwafor-Orizu
    • Devendra Shrestha
    • Sydney Walsh
  • Cristina Silva (Section B)
    Faculty Advisor: Professor Emily Grant
    • Harry Heistand
    • Hunter Mussetter
    • Nicholas Vanhee
  • Allyson Smith (Section B)
    Faculty Advisor: Professor David Rubenstein
    • Caley Brand
    • Nicolas Cruz
    • Donjayi Simmons

How Mentors Help

The Mentors:

  • Provide social support for law students beginning their first semester at Washburn
  • Provide specific information regarding:
  • In addition, 1L Mentors (and LL.M and M.S.L. Mentors as advised by the LL.M Director):
    • Provide role modeling to students forming their professional identity
    • Provide and discuss information that strengthens Washburn University School of Law's Six Core Strengths of:
      • Wellness
      • Competency
      • Communication
      • Leadership
      • Strategy
      • Ethics
    • Provide specific information, assignments, and feedback regarding:
      • Creating realistic law school schedules; short and long-term planning; deciding whether to take reduced loads; efficiency and competency tools and techniques
      • Honor Code; continuing duty to disclose from law school admissions applications; bar character and fitness investigations; Honor Code quiz
      • Detailed email etiquette desired by faculty and legal employers; email assignment
      • Social media; networking; legal hierarchy and custom; effective lawyering skills

Mentor Qualifications

Each fall, the Associate Dean for Student Affairs invites approximately four J-Section upper-class students to be Mentors to the incoming spring 1Ls; each spring, the Associate Dean for Student Affairs invites approximately 20 upper-class students to be Mentors for the incoming fall 1Ls. Mentors are also assigned to LL.M, M.S.L., Visiting, and Transfer students. Invitations are based on the following criteria:

  • A cumulative GPA of at least 3.0 (usually higher);
  • Excellent Honor Code record
  • Excellent reputation for professionalism
  • Recommendation and approval by:
    • The student's LARW professors
    • The Associate Dean for Academic Affairs
    • The Associate Dean for Student Affairs

Mentors are also often initially recommended by other deans, faculty members, and students. Mentors are chosen not only on the basis of their academic qualifications and stellar background of professionalism, but also on their reputation for collegiality and concern for their fellow-students. Mentors must pass a comprehensive background check. 1L Mentors must also complete intensive training.

Photograph: Spring 2022 Washburn Law small group mentors.|

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