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Fall 2018 Highlights

Legal Speaker Series: Prof. David Pierce, Washburn Law

Tuesday, November 13

7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Student Union Rm. 209

Join visiting professor, David Pierce of Washburn School of Law, for a discussion on Oil & Gas Law. Prof. Pierce is a nationally recognized expert on Oil & Gas Law. He will discuss his legal practice from the rural setting to working for Shell Oil Company in Houston, TX. Professor Pierce will discuss land use issues, hydraulic fracturing, induced seismicity, and other contemporary issues lawyers encounter while representing farmers, landowners, and developers.

Prof. Pierce has had a unique career in the law working as a solo general practitioner in Neodesha, KS, a City Attorney in Cherryvale, KS, in-house counsel for Shell Oil Company in Houston, TX, of-counsel for Gable & Gotwals in Tulsa, and of-counsel for Shughart Thomson & Kilroy in Kansas City, MO. Prof. Pierce currently teaches Oil & Gas Law, Advanced Oil & Gas Law, Energy Regulation, and Drafting Contracts and Conveyances at Washburn School of Law.

Legal Speaker Series: Liam Reilly, J.D.

Monday, November 5

7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Student Union Rm. 209

Join visiting attorney, Liam Reilly, for an interesting discussion on intellectual property and patent law. Liam is a member of the intellectual property team at Husch Blackwell LLP in Kansas City. His practice focuses primarily around trademarks, patents, and software licensing. Liam also has experience with matters related to data protection and e-commerce disputes.

Liam Reilly is active in both the entrepreneur and small business communities in Kansas City, regularly volunteering his time to assist organizations such as Sprint Accelerator, Plexpod, and UMKC E-scholars Program. This works serves to promote innovational thought throughout the region. Liam received a bachelor's degree in civil engineering from Kansas State University before attending Notre Dame Law School, where he was a Weigand Scholar.

This event is open to all students, but seating is limited.

Please RSVP to pre-law@ksu.edu to sign up.

Washburn Law School Dean's Reception

Tuesday, October 30, 2018

6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Wildcat Den, K-State Alumni Center

Join Dean Carla Pratt of Washburn Law School, faculty members, and young alumni for a reception at the Alumni Center. Learn more about law school, the application process, and the legal profession from actual law school graduates and professors.

Special Event - Legal Speaker Series: Professor Lumen Mulligan, KU Law

Thursday, October 25, 2018

6:00 PM - 7:00 PM 

Leadership Studies: Town Hall

With the recent confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh to the United States Supreme Court, you may wonder what to look for this term at the Supreme Court. Professor Lumen Mulligan will provide a lecture about hot topics at the Supreme court by discussing cases to look for and how to new court makeup could affect future cases.

Lumen "Lou" Mulligan joined the KU Law faculty in 2010, where he teaches predominantly civil litigation courses. Professor Mulligan has been continuously recognized for his teaching and mentoring by KU Law students. Professor Mulligan also teaches undergraduate courses within the KU Honors Program. In addition to his teaching, Professor Mulligan oversees KU Law's Medical-Legal Partnerships, which aid low-income clients, and provide law students with field placement experience, and directs KU Law's 3+3 program, LEAD.

Clean Slate Day

Tuesday, October 23, 2018

10:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Manhattan Public Library

629 Poyntz Ave.

Please join the Office of Pre-Law Advising in volunteering at Manhattan Clean Slate Day! This project is a partnership between the Riley County Bar Association and Kansas Legal Services. The Riley County District Court, the Riley County Attorney's Office, the Manhattan Municipal Court, and the Manhattan City Prosecutor's Office are assisting with offering this event. 

An expungement is the sealing of a criminal conviction. After an expungement, qualifying criminal convictions can only be discovered by certain individuals, and the conviction only has to be disclosed in certain situations. This is an important legal service because it old criminal records can be a barrier to employment, housing, and services. The event will require a number of volunteers, and that's where you can help!

If you are interested in volunteering for part or all of this event, sign up on this form. There will be a training on October 19 from 12-1 PM with lunch provided.

Practice LSAT

Saturday, October 20, 2018

8:30 AM - 1:00 PM

Wildcat Chamber, K-State Student Union

There will be a Practice LSAT on Saturday morning, October 20, 2018, in the Wildcat Chamber (formerly Little Theatre) of the K-State Student Union. The cost is $15.00 due at registration.

Pre-register in 215 Fairchild Hall no later than 12:00 Noon on Friday, October 12, 2018.  You must pre-pay at the time you register.  If the response for this test is insufficient, it will be cancelled so please register timely. 
  
The practice test will be treated as a real LSAT. With that being said, arrive at the test a little early to get signed in.  Bring a photo ID, an analogue watch, #2 pencils and an eraser to the test.  No mechanical pencils, hats, or hoods are permitted.  Please let the office know if you need a certain test or if you have taken many prior tests.

Please email pre-law@ksu.edu with any questions.

Personal Statement Workshop I

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Student Union Rm. 209

Tracey Lee, Pre-Law Office, and Jim Hohenbary, Nationally Competitive Scholarships, will host a workshop for all students to improve their personal statements. We will provide a short program about how to make the most of your two pages, but the majority of the workshop will be devoted to developing your ideas and cultivating your story. You must come prepared to discuss your experiences and workshop your writing with other students.

  • Bring a draft of your personal statement (no matter how rough). If you haven't finished writing, bring a list of your legal experiences, anecdotes about how your thoughts about the law has evolved, and a plan of what you want to convey to your law schools.
  • The goal of this session is to provide you the tools to complete or improve your draft. There will be a follow-up workshop at which you can bring a second draft to workshop with other students.

Legal Speaker Series: Elsbeth Magilton, J.D.

Monday, October 15

7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Student Union Rm. 209

Join visiting attorney Elsbeth Magilton, Executive Director of the Space, Cyber, and Telecommunications law program at the University of Nebraska College of Law, as she discusses her career in international space law. Elsbeth's current research focus areas include commercial space law and policy, cybersecurity and innovative technologies, and national security. Find her most recent legal article, "Ready Party One: The History and Developing Role of Online Dispute Resolution Technology From VoIP to Virtual Reality," published in the Penn State Arbitration Law Review, Fall 2018.

Elsbeth Magilton is a member of both the Nebraska Bar Association and the National Women in Aerospace organization. She also hosts the U.S. State Department Visiting Leaders Program, focused on Women in Stem, Cybersecurity, and National Security, annually. Elsbeth is the Nebraska College of Law's principal investigator for projects serving the U.S. Strategic Command's University Affiliated Research Center - the only such center in the Department of Defense to include a law school in their research partnerships.

Washburn Rural Legal Speaker: Shawn Leisinger

Tuesday, October 9, 2018

7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Student Union Rm. 209

Come hear from Professor Shawn Leisinger of Washburn Law School as he discusses ethical issues in rural practice and career options for lawyers in rural areas. Special focus will be given to discussion of the variety of traditional and non-traditional roles that lawyers can take on in rural areas and will then more broadly move to discussion of the broader ethical and moral obligations for attorneys in rural practice settings. 

Shawn Leisinger is the Executive Director of the Centers for Excellence. The Centers are focused in the areas of Advocacy, Business and Transactional Law, Children and Family Law, International and Comparative Law, Law and Government, and Oil and Gas Law. Shawn oversees development of the Center's programming and the actual events and activities of the Centers throughout the year.

Kansas Supreme Court Guest Lecture

Monday, September 24

1:30 PM - 2:20 PM

K-State Student Union Rm. 227

Join Supreme Court Justice Marla Luckert and Chief Judge Kim Cudney of the 12th Judicial District for a guest lecture on Monday, September 24th from 1:30-2:20 PM in Union Room 227. Justice Luckert and Judge Cudney will be taking over Constitutional Law I for the day to impart real-world knowledge and experience on K-State Students!

Kansas Supreme Court Visits Manhattan, KS

Monday, September 24

6:00 PM, Manhattan High School Auditorium

2100 Poyntz Avenue

The Kansas Supreme Court will hear two cases in a special session at Manhattan High School as part of its ongoing outreach to familiarize Kansans with the high court, its work, and the overall role of Kansas judiciary. This will mark the Supreme Court's first visit to Manhattan in the court's 157-year history. The court will be in session from 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM on Monday, September 24, in the high school auditorium. After the session concludes, the justices will greet the public in an informal reception outside the auditorium.

Plan to arrive at the auditorium early to allow time to get through a security screening. Doors will open at 6 PM.

If you can not attend in person, there will be a live stream of the event on the judicial branch homepage at www.kscourts.org under the Watch Supreme Court Live! tab.

Take time to review the docket if you would like to have a better idea of what to expect from the Supreme Court visit.

Washburn Rural Legal Speaker: Roger McEowen

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Student Union Rm. 209

Join Washburn Law professor, Roger McEowen, for an interesting discussion about agricultural law. Agriculture and other activities in rural America face increasing levels of environmental and other regulation. Rural lawyers must be knowledgeable in agricultural law to effectively represent their clients needs.

Professor Roger A. McEowen is the Kansas Farm Bureau Professor of Agricultural Law and Taxation at Washburn University School of Law in Topeka, Kansas. He is also a Tax Director, Agribusiness and Cooperatives, Midwest Region, for Clifton Larson Allen in West Des Moines, Iowa.

He received a B.S. with distinction from Purdue University in Management in 1986, an M.S. in Agricultural Economics from Iowa State University in 1990, and a J.D. from the Drake University School of Law in 1991.

Law Fair

Friday, September 7, 2018

10:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Alumni Center Banquet Room

The K-State Pre-Law Ambassadors and the Office of Pre-Law Advising are hosting a law fair on September 7, 2018, in the Alumni Center Banquet Room. The fair will begin at 10:00 AM and last until 1:00 PM. Over 50 law schools will be represented!

For the Fair, please come in casual attire.  The law schools understand that you are coming between classes but please look neat and clean; save the ripped jeans for another day.  You don’t need a resume. 

Come prepared to ask questions of the school representatives.  Ask about their certificate programs, chances to study abroad, specific areas of interest, trial teams, etc.  This is your chance to learn about the differences among the schools and find the right ones for you.

The fair is open to all students, across all majors and will be a come-and-go event. Feel free to stay for a few minutes or a few hours.   Registration is available at the door or online.

Spring 2018 Highlights

University of Nebraska One-on-One

Thursday, January 25, 2018

9:30 AM - 4:00 PM

215 Fairchild Hall

On Thursday, January 25, 2018, Tracy Warren, Assistant Dean of the University of Nebraska College of Law. This is an excellent opportunity to speak with the Assistant Dean face-to-face about the admission process, financial aid, and what the University of Nebraska has to offer! 

Pre-Law Spring Open House

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

4:00 PM - 6:00 PM

215 Fairchild Hall

The Pre-Law Ambassadors will be hosting an Open House on Tuesday, January 30. All K-State students are welcome to attend.

This will be a great opportunity to learn more about Pre-Law Advising and Pre-Law Ambassadors, network with other Pre-Law students of all ages, ask questions about how you should be preparing in your undergraduate career for law school, and meet our Pre-Law advisor, Mrs. Daralyn Gordon Arata, Esquire, if you have not already!

Snacks and refreshments will be provided as well. 

KU Law School One-on-One

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

9:30 AM – 12:00 PM, 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM

This is a reminder that you will have the chance to meet one-on-one with KU’s Dean of Admission, Steve Freedman, on Wednesday, February 7, 2018. This is an excellent opportunity to discuss your education goals, find out about programs at KU, learn about financial options, and discover how KU Law might fit into your future.

Washburn Law School One-on-One

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

9:30 AM – 12:00 PM, 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM 

On behalf of the Washburn University School of Law, I invite you to meet one-on-one with Washburn’s Director of Admissions, Preston Nicholson, to discuss your education goals and how Washburn Law might fit into your future plans. This is a wonderful opportunity to find out about programs at Washburn Law, financial options, and how to improve your chances of admission. Both admitted and prospective students are welcome!

Legal Speaker Series: Hon. Meryl D. Wilson

Monday, February 19, 2018

7:00 – 8:30 PM

Student Union, Rm. 209

The Office of Pre-Law Advising and Pre-Law Ambassadors are excited to welcome Judge Meryl D. Wilson, Chief Judge of the Riley County District Court, as the debut speaker for our new Legal Speaker Series. The Speaker Series is designed to give students at Kansas State University more exposure to the vast array of legal professions through expert speakers in diverse legal professions.

Judge Wilson is a Kansas State University alum with a history of interesting legal work, including once suing the school.   He graduated from Kansas State in 1971 with a degree in History and received his law degree from Washburn University. He was engaged in the private practice of Law before joining the bench as District Judge on April 18, 1997 and has been serving Riley County ever since.

Judge Wilson will speak to students about his own legal career, preparing for and attending law school, the path to becoming a judge and the view from the Bench.

Legal Life Hacks

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

6:30 – 8:30 P.M.

Wildcat Chamber

Do you know what rights you have when the police show up at your door? What do you do if you think your landlord is violating your lease? Would you know what to do if you are at a party and see someone being sexually assaulted?

This is a reminder that the Legal Life Hacks Panel will take place on Tuesday, February 27, 2018 at 6:30 PM
 
Time will be reserved for questions after the panelists speak. This is a great opportunity to learn from legal experts and have your questions answered. This event is free and open to the public.

We hope to see you there!

Legal Speaker Series: Mock Law Class

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

7:00 – 8:30 PM

Student Union, Rm. 209 

Have you ever wondered what a law school class is really like? Come join us and find out! A dynamic law class will be taught by Professor Lumen Mulligan of the University of Kansas School of Law on Tuesday, March 6 in Room 209 of the Student Union. We hope to see you there!

“Professor Mulligan joined the KU Law faculty in 2010, where he teaches predominantly civil litigation courses. In the ensuing years, KU Law students have recognized Mulligan for his teaching several times, including awarding him the Dean Frederick J. Moreau teaching and mentoring award. Mulligan has authored or co-authored four books and treatises on jurisdiction and procedure and often writes for the bar-association press. State and federal courts at all levels cite Mulligan's scholarship regularly.”

Prepare for class with the following readings:

Oz to Oz: Judge Paul Howard

Monday, April 9th, 2018

5:30 – 6:30 PM

Business Building, Room 1078 

The Honorable Paul Howard is a Judge on the Federal Circuit Court of Australia.  He is visiting the United States through the Fulbright Visiting Scholar Program: Fulbright Professional Scholarship. 

Judge Howard’s research centers on access to justice and the funding and administration of Federal Courts. He is the author of several scholarly works on the administration and nature of the Courts.  He will talk about the Federal systems of Australia and the USA, International Law, and the view from the bench.

This is a wonderful opportunity to meet a practicing judge from Australia and learn how two common law systems with similar roots have developed differently.

Practice LSAT

Saturday, April 14, 2018

9:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Big 12 Room, KSU Student Union

There will be a Practice LSAT on Saturday morning, April 14, 2018, in the Big 12 Room of the K-State Student UnionThe cost is $15.00 due at registration.

Pre-register in 215 Fairchild Hall no later than 12:00 Noon on Friday, April 6, 2018.  You must pre-pay at the time you register.   If the response for this test is insufficient, it will be cancelled so please register timely. 
  
Arrive at the test a little early to get signed in.  Bring a photo ID, an analogue watch, #2 pencils and an eraser to the test.  No mechanical pencils, hats, or hoods are permitted.  Please let me know if you need a certain test or if you have taken many prior tests.

This is the final practice LSAT for this academic year. 

LSAT Logic Workshops

Monday April 16, 2018 from 4:00-6:00 PM

Tuesday, April 17, 2018, from 4:00-6:00 PM

Dickens Hall 203

The Department of Philosophy has partnered with the Office of Pre-Law Advising to offer students a unique opportunity to learn how to better tackle the Law School Admissions Test (LSAT).

On Monday, April 16, 2018, from 4:00-6:00 PM, Dr. Bruce Glymour, head of the Philosophy Department, will run a session on using logic, modal reasoning, and statistical reasoning to solve LSAT Reading Comprehension and Logical Reasoning problems.

On Tuesday, April 17, 2018, from 4:00-6:00 PM, Dr. Graham Leach-Krouse, professor of logic, will run a session on using logic and other tricks to solve Analytical Reasoning (Logic Games) problems on the LSAT.

This is an excellent opportunity to build up the skills and strategy needed to better tackle LSAT problems and learn more about the types of problems you will encounter on the LSAT.

Fall 2017 Highlights 

Law Fair 

Friday, September 8, 2017

10:00-1:00 PM

Union Ballroom

The Kansas State University Pre-Law Ambassadors, in conjunction with the Office of Pre-Law Advising, is hosting a law fair on September 8th, 2017, in the Student Union Ballroom. The fair will begin at 10:00 AM and last until 1:00 PM. Over 50 law schools will be represented!

For the Fair, please come in casual attire.  The law schools understand that you are coming between classes but please look neat and clean; save the ripped jeans for another day.  You don’t need a resume. 

Come prepared to ask questions of the school representatives.  Ask about their certificate programs, chances to study abroad, specific areas of interest, trial teams, etc.  This is your chance to learn about the differences among the schools and find the right ones for you.

The fair is open to all students, across all majors and will be a come-and-go event. Feel free to stay for a few minutes or a few hours.   Registration is available at the door or online.

Constitution Day

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

9:00 AM-12:00 PM; 1:30 PM-3:00 PM

Forum Hall, KSU Student Union

judgesTuesday, September 19, 2017 is Kansas State University’s celebration of Constitution Day in Forum Hall, fulfilling our Federal mandate.  A three-Judge panel from the Kansas Court of Appeals led by the Hon. Melissa Taylor Standridge with Hon. Stephen D. Hill and Hon. Kim R. Schroeder will hear six (6) cases from across the state.   This is an incredible opportunity for us to see our court system in action.  The unrest in the world brings our freedoms into sharper focus and the legislative impasse in our Capitol illustrates how important it is for us as citizens to understand our system of government and be active participants.

There will be three (3) cases heard in the morning beginning at 9:00 AM and three (3) cases argued in the afternoon beginning at 1:30 PM. These are real cases argued by attorneys from all over the state.  You will be able to watch the attorneys argue their cases before the panel of Judges and have an opportunity to ask questions between cases. 

Two of our local attorneys are among those arguing in the afternoon session: William J. Bahr of Arthur-Green LLP and P. Bernard Irvine of Morrison, Frost, Olsen, Irvine & Schartz, LLP.  Mr. Irvine is an Adjunct Professor in the department of Agricultural Economics teaching Agricultural Law I.

You can stay as long as you want or just stop by to see your state Court in action. Click here to view the official flyer for the event.

Rights and Responsibilities Panel

Monday, October 30, 2017

7:00 PM-9:00 PM

Wildcat Chamber

panelDo you know your free speech rights? What about your rights on campus? Do you know what to do if a police officer stops you on your way home from Aggieville? How does the latest travel ban affect you? Why should you care about the DACA repeal? What are your responsibilities as a citizen? 

In today’s heated political climate, knowing your responsibilities as well as your rights could make the difference between a night at home and a night in jail.

Join our guest panel in a thoughtful discussion of the rights and responsibilities that go along with living in America. The panelists will discuss voting rights and responsibilities, immigration, student speech and hate speech on campus, and rights and duties associated with the police.

Our panelists are:

  • Micah Kubic: Executive Director of the Kansas ACLU
  • David Rubenstein, Esquire: Professor of Law at Washburn University School of Law
  • Cheryl Strecker, Esquire: General Council, Kansas State Universtiy
  • Jeremiah Platt, Esquire: Clark and Platt, CHTD

There will be time for discussion and questions after the panelists speak. This is a great opportunity to learn from experts and have your questions answered! 

This event is free and open to the public. Feel free to come and go as time allows. Click here to view the official flyer for this event.

Legal Guest Speaker: Patrick Carney

Thursday, November 9, 2017

9:00-10:30 AM

215 Fairchild Hall Conference Room

Join Patrick Carney, an experienced Assistant U.S. Attorney in a discussion about his interesting career, the path to law school, and becoming an AUSA. This is an excellent opportunity to hear from an expert in criminal law and have your questions answered. Seating is limited, so please RSVP.