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Welcome from the Director


Since its inception in 2004, the J.L. Weigand, Jr. Notre Dame Legal Education Trust has provided support in a variety of ways to the best Kansas law students.  Today, we’re fortunate to have a rich treasure chest of alumni leading the way in developing a family-like network of excellence and opportunities.

Each year, we strive to add value to what our organization offers, for the betterment of our scholars and, ultimately, the citizens of Kansas.  After reviewing this site, I think you’ll agree that it’s exciting to see what happens when you bring the best legal minds in Kansas together! 

Claudette Glenn
Director

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Current Scholars

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Molly Campbell, 3L, Notre Dame 

"I am honored to have been named a Weigand Scholar and to join such an impressive group of alumni and current students. I could not be more grateful to J.L. Weigand, Jr., and the Trust for their generosity and for making my legal education possible."

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Michael Hayes, 3L, University of Kansas

"The Weigand Scholarship has undoubtedly been one of the best parts of my 2L summer and school year.  So far, the most helpful part of the scholarship is the ability to discuss legal careers with the Weigand alumni.  They always offer their unbiased opinions and have plenty of experience to draw from.  Moreover, they also seem to care about the success - and not just professional success, but personal happiness - of the current scholars.  Because the alumni are employed in various firms and government agencies, the scholars can gain a much broader perspective on the practice of law than the could, say, from professors or from summer employment."  

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Audrey Koehler, 3L, Washburn

“I am honored to be selected as a Weigand Scholar. I have been incredibly impressed by the Weigand scholars and alumni, and am excited to be a part of a group dedicated to excellence in the Kansas legal community. I have been afforded many opportunities through the generosity of Kansans and look forward to showing my gratitude for that generosity by dedication to the Kansas community.”

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Hannah Sanchez, 2L, Notre Dame 

"In my short time as a Weigand, I have witnessed the special community that J.L.'s legacy has established.  The Weigand Trust is truly a family.  Without fail, the alumni, current scholars, and my mentors are always willing to pay it forward.  It is deeply reassuring to be able to reach out to anyone in the Weigand family who I can relate to on a personal and professional level."  

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Jennifer Salva, 3L, Washburn

"I have benefited in so many different ways during my first year as a Weigand scholar—from the network this organization provides to gain career advice and guidance, to the support and encouragement that have reaffirmed my strong desire to serve Kansans, especially those with barriers to access to justice.  I am eager to see what this year as a Weigand scholar brings, and look forward to contributing to the continued growth of the program as I build my legal career.”

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Featured Alumni

News Center

Michael Hayes adds to his alphabet soup!

Michael Hayes (3L, KU) already has a B.A. in Philosophy from the University of Dallas Constantin College of Liberal Arts, and a M.A. from the University of Kansas.  He successfully defended his doctoral dissertation in philosophy on April 23. …

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Koehler awarded Irvine E. Ungerman Award for Excellence in Clinical Practice

Audrey Koehler was awarded the Irvine E. Ungerman Award for Excellence in Clinical Practice.  The honor is awarded twice yearly to legal interns who have distinguished themselves by providing highly competent representation to clients in a manner exemplif…

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Audrey Koehler received Trial Advocacy Award

Congratulations to Audrey Koehler, 3L at Washburn! She was awarded the Max Rowinsky Trial Advocacy Award. The award recognizes an outstanding student in the Intensive Trial Advocacy course at Washburn each year.

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Amelia Yowell moves to US Department of Justice

Congratulations to Amelia Yowell (ND, 2011). She has joined the Department of Justice, Environment and Natural Resources Division (ENRD), Appellate Section.

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Weigand Scholars Announced for 2019-2020!

We're quite excited to fill the pipeline with worthy Kansas law students! The legal community has a lot to look forward to as these scholars integrate their talents and experiences into the fabric of their home state! Click here

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Klein Searles returns to Department of Labor in new role

  Laurel Klein Searles, Washburn, 2008, recently returned to the Kansas Department of Labor as the Director of Unemployment Insurance.  Searles originally joined KDOL in 2012 as an Appeals Referee and was promoted to Chief of Appeals three years later.…

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