Photograph: Aïda M. Alaka.

Aïda M. Alaka

Professor of Law
B.A., University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1981
J.D., Loyola University Chicago, 1993
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"I am pleased to be a member of the Washburn Law faculty, a national leader in developing the very best lawyering skills in our students. With its strong dedication to student success, and outstanding resources in so many areas, Washburn Law is a dynamic learning environment. Teachers of law have the opportunity to make long-lasting contributions to the legal profession by assisting students develop the skills, knowledge and perspective to be excellent members of the profession. This is particularly true in the legal analysis, research and writing courses where students not only discover the power of language in the law but also skills that are the foundation of lawyering."

Before joining Washburn Law, Professor Alaka was a lecturer at the University of Kansas, where she taught courses in legal research and writing, race discrimination law and higher education law. Prior to that, she was a partner at the Chicago law firm of Winston & Strawn, focusing on employment law counseling and litigation. Professor Alaka was also a member of the litigation practice group at Holleb & Coff and was seconded to Sears, Roebuck and Company's corporate law department, where she counseled management on employment-law issues and managed litigation.

During law school, Professor Alaka was editor-in-chief of the Loyola University Law Journal and a staff writer for the Loyola University Consumer Law Reporter. She is licensed to practice in Kansas and Illinois and has been admitted to the bar of the Northern and Central Districts of Illinois and the Eastern District of Wisconsin.

Professor Alaka joined the Washburn Law faculty in fall 2005. She has taught courses in legal writing, employment law, employment discrimination, and civil pretrial advocacy. Professor Alaka served as the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs from 2011-2017.

Professor Alaka's Justice Quote:

"What happens to a dream deferred? Does it dry up Like a raisin in the sun?... Or does it explode?" – Langston Hughes

Professor Alaka's Recommended Reading on Racial Justice:

Teaching Responsibilities
  • Employment Law
  • Employment Discrimination
  • Legal Analysis, Research, and Writing
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