Photograph: Ronald Wurtz.

Ronald E. Wurtz

Visiting Assistant Professor of Law
B.A., Washburn University, 1970
J.D., Washburn University, 1973
Contact Information:
Clinic Room 162

Ronald E. Wurtz is a Greenleaf, Kansas native. He received a bachelor's and juris doctor degrees from Washburn University. Early in his career, Professor Wurtz served as a Shawnee County Assistant District Attorney. He was the Chief Public Defender in Shawnee County from 1979 to 1994 and then Chief of the Death Penalty Defense Unit of the Kansas State Public Defender System until 1998. He served as an Assistant Federal Public Defender, First Assistant, and Acting Federal Defender for the District of Kansas from 1998 until his retirement in 2013.

Professor Wurtz served as a U.S. Air Force Judge Advocate, retiring in 1997 after 22 years of active and reserve service. He has previously been an adjunct professor at Washburn Law, a mentor to law students and a supporter of the law school. He gave the commencement address to Washburn Law graduates in 1995 and has been a judge for the Mock Trial Regional Tournament at Washburn University.

Professor Wurtz received the Kansas Bar Association Outstanding Service Award for his many contributions to the KBA and the legal profession: presenting CLEs on Kansas Criminal Sentencing Guidelines; elected president of the Criminal Law Section, which is comprised of lawyers specializing in this area of the law; and involvement with the comparison of Kansas and Federal Guidelines and how they are applied to specific cases.

Professor Wurtz has been admitted as a fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers. This accomplished group recognizes excellence in trial lawyers and membership is by invitation only to persons who have distinguished themselves in trial practice for at least 15 years and who are recognized leaders in their local communities. The college looks for lawyers who are considered by other lawyers and judges to be the best in their states or provinces, lawyers whose ethical and moral standards are the highest, and lawyers who share the intangible quality of collegiality.

Teaching Responsibilities
  • Law Clinic
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