Professor James M. Concannon's book, "The Ideal Place ... for the Establishment of a Great Law School": History of Washburn Law School, 1903-2003, is a comprehensive history of the first 100 years of the institution. The book includes over 100 black and white photographs and images (view photographs online; a new window will open).
From the Forward by Dean Thomas J. Romig: "With eloquence and candor, former Dean James Concannon has compiled a historical piece about Washburn University School of Law that only he can deliver. ... Like an archeologist carefully excavating a significant historical site, Dean Concannon has found rare nuggets of information from peers, former students, staff members, and friends of the law school. He delves beyond the bedrock to uncover the substance of relationships and authentic accounts of the law school's storied life. ... Washburn Law's main focus always has been and always will be on its students. In its 100-plus years of educating some of the brightest and most dedicated individuals ever to write a brief or argue a case, Washburn University School of Law has maintained its core values of respect for students, emphasis on student learning, faculty collegiality and camaraderie, and providing a caring atmosphere."
James M. Concannon is a Distinguished Professor of Law at Washburn University School of Law. He joined the faculty in 1973 and served as Dean from 1988 until 2001. He is the school's second longest serving Dean and in academic year 2012–2013 will match Professor James Ahrens as the school's longest serving faculty member. Professor Concannon has written extensively in the fields of evidence and civil procedure, was a Senior Contributing Editor of Evidence in America: The Federal Rules in the States, and serves on the National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Laws.
Posted by Prof. William F. Harvey, Indiana University Law School Indianapolis on 16th Mar 2013
The "History of Washburn Law School, 1903-2003, is outstanding.Dean Jim Concannon understands history and he knows how to write it. The Washburn Law School is a great institution. It and its graduates have given much to the social order on which all of us depend. I strongly recommend this fine history to all graduates of the Law School and to any person who wants to be informed.
Posted by Charlie Masner, Washburn Law Class of 1982 on 3rd Aug 2012
Dear fellow Washburn Law School supporters:
All Washburn law students, alums,faculty, staff, administrators, and fans, who can read, should buy and read this book. I hope that is a large number, although I can understand if students may take longer to get the job done. They have a lot of reading to do already.
The book is a great read about Washburn Law School history. Professor Concannon did a good job of finding and describing the humanity in the history. It is a good story, and Professor Concannon did a good job of telling it.