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Washburn Law

The Stage for the Future

Washburn University School of Law has provided nearly 50 years of education in its current facility. Constructed after the 1966 tornado, the building has undergone numerous additions and renovations to improve the educational experience and program offerings for our students. After a careful review and comparison of the learning and teaching spaces in our current facility with the needs of the future, we know now is the time to move forward with a bold goal for the school — a new building.

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Washburn Law has an excellent reputation regionally and nationally for its high-quality, affordable education. In order to retain that competitive edge and provide the same legal education experience for future students, the school must have a new facility with the functionality and learning environment that is required for a 21st century curriculum.

Campaign Goal: $20 Million

  • Invest in the future by creating a 21st century learning and technology environment
  • Create interior spaces that encourage collaboration between faculty and students in teaching, studying, and research
  • Promote the levels of interaction among students and faculty that modern legal precepts demand and the modern legal environment requires


Cynthia Heath's Law Building Challenge

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On Oct. 20, 2017, Cynthia Heath, ba '71, made a $1 million pledge to match new and increased gifts to the School of Law building fund. She will match all new gifts dollar for dollar, and for increased gifts, she will match the amount of the increase.

Be a part of the challenge

Every dollar you give now will be matched by Cynthia Heath, up to the first $1 million in new and increased gifts.

  • Give online by selecting "School of Law Building Fund" in the first drop-down menu
  • Fill out the form on this PDF brochure and return to Washburn University Foundation, 1729 SW MacVicar, Topeka, KS 66604
  • For questions about making a gift to the Cynthia Heath Law Building Challenge, contact Patrick Mikesic, executive director of development and alumni relations, Law School, at 785.670.1869
A dedicated champion of the School of Law

Heath is senior advisor, executive compensation at Emerson Electric. She has served on the Washburn University Foundation Board of Trustees since 2007,as a director since 2009, and currently serves as the chair. While she received her law degree at Washington University in St. Louis, she received her undergraduate in history at Washburn, and believes now is the time to make this commitment to build a new law building. Cynthia received the Washburn University Alumni Association’s 2013 Monroe Award, was inducted into the Washburn Athletics Hall of Fame in 2013, received an Honorary Life Membership award from Washburn Law in 2016, and was named an Alumni Fellow in 2017. She is a founding member of the Washburn Women’s Venture Partners.


The Story So Far

This is a pivotal moment. The time is now to take the next bold step for the School of Law and Washburn University.


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1729 MacVicar Avenue
Topeka, KS 66604
Phone: 785.670.4483