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Weigand Scholars

"I am honored to join such an elite and unique group of legal scholars. Through the generosity of Mr. Weigand and the Trust, scholars have the opportunity to not only network with the best and brightest in Kansas, but to focus their attention on becoming the strongest attorneys possible. I will be forever indebted to Mr. Weigand and the Trust for their support and look forward to the amazing journey on which I am about to embark."

Taylor Concannon joined the Weigand family during her second year of law school.  Consistently ranking in the top ten percent of her class, she graduated cum laude from Washburn University School of Law in 2014.  Taylor is currently employed at Husch Blackwell LLP in Kansas City where she is a member of the commercial litigation practice group.  She is licensed to practice in the trial and appellate courts of Missouri.    

During her time at Washburn Law, Taylor was a member of the Washburn Law Journal and served as the Comments Editor for Volume 53.  Her Comment, “Don’t Throw the Baby Out with the Bathwater: Taking the Seventh Circuit’s Decision in EEOC v. United Airlines, Inc. Too Far,” was published in Issue 3 of Volume 52.  Outside of school, Taylor informally mentored several law students.  She served as student ambassador, a structured study group leader, and was very active in the Washburn Student Bar Association.  Taylor also represented the law school at several political, fundraising, and recruitment events and worked as a research assistant for multiple professors. 

Throughout law school, Taylor worked for Pinegar, Smith & Associates as a lobbyist, monitoring and reporting on relevant legislative meetings, conducting legislative research, and tracking bills through the legislative process.  In the summers, Taylor worked as a summer associate at Foulston Siefkin LLP in Wichita, Kansas, (2012, 2013) and Husch Blackwell LLP in Kansas City, Missouri (2013).  During her final year of law school, Taylor completed a judicial externship with the Honorable Nancy Moritz on the Kansas Supreme Court, where she gained  valuable legal research and writing experience as well as exposure to judicial and courtroom procedures. 

During her four years at Kansas State University, Taylor was actively involved in campus organizations.  She was a member of the Student Governing Association, Student Foundation, and Student Alumni Board.  She was also a member of the Blue Key Senior Honorary, where she served as a leadership consultant for K-State organizations and facilitated educational workshops for the Kansas Presidential Lecture Series.  As a member of Blue Key, Taylor co-chaired K-State’s 34th Annual High School Leadership Conference and led a semester-long leadership development course.  Taylor served as the Vice President of Membership Development for the Pi Beta Phi Sorority and was actively involved in The Ali Kemp Educational Foundation Self-Defense Program.  In each of the 2009, 2010, and 2011 Kansas Legislative Sessions, Taylor served as a legislative assistant to Senate President Steve Morris and interned for Senator Pat Roberts in Washington, D.C. during the summer of 2010. 

With a heart for service, Taylor has also dedicated a great amount of her time to a number of philanthropic and service initiatives, including the Champions Are Readers Literacy Program, Court Appointed Special Advocates, St. Jude’s Up Til Dawn Fundraiser, Relay for Life, It’s a Kid’s Christmas, Operation Breakthrough, and the K-State Proud Campaign.  As she settles into the Kansas City area she hopes to continue this involvement.  

"It is the people within the state of Kansas that make it so unique and a truly special place to live and work. As so aptly demonstrated by Mr. Weigand and the Trust, Kansas instills within its residents the ideals of honesty, integrity, and compassion. I feel so fortunate to have been raised in Kansas and look forward to pursuing a future career in the state that has shaped me into the individual I am today."

Taylor Concannon

Washburn University
Weigand Scholar: 2013, 2014

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Hometown:
Hugoton, KS

Education:
B.S., Political Science, Kansas State University, 2010

  • Graduated summa cum laude
  • Kansas State University Leadership Scholar
  • McKelvie Scholar
  • Bork Leadership Scholar
  • St. Louis Alumnae Club of Pi Beta Phi Region Five Outstanding Sophomore
  • Blue Key and Order of Omega

J.D. Washburn University School of Law, 2014

  • Graduated cum laude
  • Washburn Law Journal, Comments Editor 2013-2014, Staff Writer 2011-2012
  • Washburn Student Bar Association
  • Judicial Extern to the Honorable Nancy Moritz

Employer:
Husch Blackwell

Publications:

  • A Primer on the WARN Act, Labor and Employment Committee Newsletter (American Bankruptcy Institute, Alexandria, Va.), Sept. 2013.
  • Comment, Don’t Throw the Baby Out with the Bathwater: Taking the Seventh Circuit’s Decision in EEOC v. United Airlines, Inc. Too Far, 52 Washburn L.J. 613 (2013).
  • FMLA Arithmetic: Two Conditions Equals One Serious Health Condition, 19 No. 4 Kan. Emp. L. Letter 6 (2012).