Photograph: Alumna meeting with student.

Graduate of the Last Decade

The Graduate of the Last Decade (GOLD) Award honors recent Washburn Law graduates whose performance and commitment has set an example of professionalism and demonstrated leadership in the legal field, in their community, or to the School of Law.

2018 Recipients

Photograph: Jessica Dorsey.Jessica Dorsey teaches law in the politics, psychology, law and economics program at the University of Amsterdam and is an associate fellow at the International Centre for Counter-Terrorism – The Hague, where her research concentrates mainly on foreign fighters and counterterrorism-related human rights issues. She is also a core member of the Transnational Academic Network for the Study of Armed Drones, based at the Norwegian Peace Research Institute Oslo. Previously, she was a senior legal and policy officer at Londonbased Rights Watch and a project officer in the humanitarian disarmament department of Dutch non-governmental organization PAX, where she carried out research and advocacy related to human rights, counterterrorism, and national security issues with a specific focus on the use and proliferation of armed drones as coordinator of the European Forum on Armed Drones.

In 2017, the European Parliament contracted Dorsey to publish a study outlining policy guidance for the use of armed drones for European member states. She has also previously worked as a researcher at the T.M.C. Asser Instituut, an international law research institute based in The Hague and collaborated on legal issues with the UN Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of human rights and fundamental freedoms while countering terrorism on a 2013 report on the civilian impact of armed drones. She has taught a summer program at Duke University on human rights and international humanitarian law and is the assistant editor of the international law weblog, Opinio Juris.

Photograph: Christy Campbell.Christy Campbell leads the pro bono efforts at Kansas Legal Services in the newly created statewide pro bono director role. She has worked at Kansas Legal Services since 2008, practicing in a variety of areas. She routinely encourages attorneys to partake in pro bono activities while actively taking cases from the protection from abuse docket and organizing Kansas Bar Foundation CRHA grant expungement projects. She is the most recent past-president of the Wichita Bar Association Young Lawyers Section and a past-president of the Wichita Women Attorneys Association.

She was recently elected to the Wichita Bar Association board of governors and serves on the Summer Intern Committee, Civil Law Committee, Family Law Committee, Pro Bono Committee (as chair), and Wesley E. Brown Inn of Court (associate member and secretary). She is a member of the Kansas Bar Association and is pro bono liaison of the Young Lawyer Section. She serves on the Kansas Women Attorneys Association's Conference Program Committee and Education and Awards Committee. She is a member of the American Bar Association and National Association of Pro Bono Professionals, sits on the Kansas Voluntary Organizations Active in Disasters Committee, and was recently appointed to the Access to Justice Committee. She was recognized in 2016 as a KBA Young Lawyer of the Year and received a Wichita Bar Association President's Award in 2018. She is a volunteer for the Wichita Area Sexual Assault Center SafeBar Alliance and can be seen in local theater productions both on stage and behind the curtain.

2017 Recipient

Photograph: Mark Dupree.Mark Dupree was sworn in as District Attorney of Wyandotte County, Kansas, on Jan. 9, 2017. He leads an office of 60 employees in Kansas' fourth largest county and focuses on equitably prosecuting crime, being proactive, and attacking violent crimes and crimes that affect the standard of living. Previously, he was an assistant prosecuting attorney in Jackson County (Missouri) and practiced in the firm, Dupree and Dupree, LLC, along with his wife, Shanelle Dupree, '07. Dupree speaks at numerous churches and schools and has sponsored legal clinics and shadow days. He is an associate pastor and ordained church elder, and a member of the Kansas Bar Association Board of Governors and the Kansas Legal Services Board of Directors.