Washburn University School of Law, Topeka Bar Association and the judges of the Kansas Third Judicial District are sponsoring Law Day 2019 at Washburn Law on May 1. The day will include a Continuing Legal Education Course (CLE) in the Robinson Courtroom from 12:30 to 5 p.m. and a free public program from 6 to 8 p.m.
The theme for Law Day 2019 is “Free Speech, Free Press, Free Society,” with a focus on these cornerstones of representative government and a call to understand and protect these rights to ensure, as the U.S. Constitution proposes, “the blessings of liberty for ourselves and our posterity.”
The free CLE, “Free Speech Free Press Free Society” includes “Overview of the 1st Amendment,” Bill Rich, Washburn University School of Law professor; “Overview of the Kansas Open Meetings and Kansas Open Records Acts,” Cheryl Whelan, Kansas Office of Administrative Hearings director; “Practical and Ethical Considerations for Lawyers and Courts,” Penny Moylan, ’95, Kansas Disciplinary Administrator's Office; “Student Protests and School Media,” Eric Weslander, ’10, Stevens & Brand, LLP; and “Free Speech in the Workplace,” Joseph Mastrosimone, Washburn University School of Law associate dean for academic affairs and professor.
The free public program, “Free Press versus Fake News,” features an overview of the First Amendment by Professor Rich and a panel discussion that includes: moderator Eric Turner, ’11, Foulston Siefkin LLP associate; Ron Keefover, Kansas Sunshine Coalition president; Steve Fry, WIBW-TV courthouse reporter; Dr. Bob Beatty, Washburn University Department of Political Science chair and professor and Jim McLean, KCUR 89.3 editor and reporter and KCUR’s Kansas News Service managing director.
For more information, see http://tba26.wildapricot.org/event-3359186.