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K-State Today

April 19, 2016



Rural Legal Practice Initiative presentation April 22

By Daralyn Arata

Nearly one-third of Kansas' 3 million citizens live in rural communities, yet these same rural communities are chronically underserved by the legal profession. To address the need for access to quality legal services in Kansas' rural communities, Kansas State University's Office of Pre-Law Advising and Washburn University Law School are partnering to create the Rural Legal Practice Initiative for select K-State pre-law students.

All interested K-State colleagues are invited to join Daralyn Gordon Arata, pre-law adviser; Tom Romig, dean of Washburn University School of Law and a contingent of his colleagues; and with the chief legal counsel of the Kansas Department of Agriculture, for an informational session from 2-3:30 p.m. Friday, April 22, in the K-State Student Union's Cottonwood Room. This meeting will allow for open Q-and-A. Please come and go as availability permits.

It is envisioned that K-State undergraduates will have the opportunity to benefit from a variety of enrichments, including specialized mini-seminars on such topics as water and environmental law, agriculture and rural policy, taxation, oil-and-gas law and estate planning. The Rural Legal Practice Initiative also will facilitate internships and mentoring with Washburn Law alumni who practice in every county in Kansas, and with the Kansas Department of Agriculture and other agencies.

We hope to see many of you there to learn about this dynamic new program.