Professor Gillian Chadwick Joins Washburn Law Clinic

Photograph: Gillian Chadwick and Justice Carol BeierGillian Chadwick recently joined the Washburn Law faculty and was sworn in to the Kansas Bar on August 17, 2016, by Kansas Supreme Court Justice Carol Beier.

Albeit at different times, Chadwick and Beier were both members of Georgetown University Law Center’s Women’s Law and Public Policy Fellowship Program (WLPPFP). Upon learning about Chadwick accepting the teaching position at Washburn Law, WLPPFP’s executive director, Jill Morrison, connected Beier with Chadwick to assist her with networking in her new professional community.

Chadwick was drawn to Washburn Law because of the collaborative and supportive environment that she experienced when interviewing at the law school. Since arriving, she has been “incredibly welcomed” by faculty, staff, and students. During her short time in Kansas, Chadwick has felt the Midwest’s warm hospitality, along with a grounded feeling, unlike her fast-paced life in Washington, D.C. She and her husband have found the people here to be friendly, courteous, and welcoming.

Among Chadwick’s most recent notables was a quote in a New York Times story about the Orlando nightclub shooting in June, referencing the legal argument of “gay panic” and “trans panic” claimed by defendants. The article can be found at:

As an associate professor at the Washburn Law Clinic, Chadwick will focus on family, immigration, and domestic violence law. Her teaching responsibilities include the Litigation Clinic. Chadwick gained extensive legal experience in Washington, D.C., in the areas of domestic violence, domestic relations, and immigration matters, which she will be able to impart in her Clinic teaching.

“What I love about teaching in a clinic is that I am able to really focus on helping students build the skills and confidence to succeed in their careers after law school,” said Chadwick. “Washburn Law has a nationally recognized Clinical program, and I am thrilled to be a part of it.”

Chadwick’s biography and list of publications can be found at: