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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

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Current Scholars

Joseph Bryden, 1L, University of Kansas  

"I am extremely proud to be a Weigand Scholar. The caliber of my fellow scholars is incredible and I feel very lucky to join such an impressive network. The Weigand Trust has left an incredible impact on the state of Kansas and I look forward to furthering the vision of J.L. Weigand in law school and beyond."

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Katherine Davis, 3L, Washburn

“I am incredibly proud to have been selected to be a part of the Weigand Family. I hope to represent J.L. Weigand’s legacy well in the Kansas legal community and at Washburn. I look forward to being mentored by fellow Weigand Scholars and mentoring young law students one day."

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Alisha Peters, 3L, University of Kansas 

"The J.L. Weigand Scholarship is an amazing program and I'm very honored to join the distinguished network of Weigand Scholars.  The support of the JL Weigand Trust and the Weigand community is a tremendous resource to help law students and practicing attorneys.  I am truly grateful for the opportunity to join the Weigand family and continue to be thankful for the generous support that is helping me achieve my career goals." 

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Courtney Ress, 1L, Washburn University 

"I am excited to join the Weigand family as a 1L law student!  In joining this family, I affirm my commitment to serving my fellow Kansans through my future career as an attorney.  I have been so impressed with the tight-knit network of legal scholars, and I am honored to be accepted into their ranks."  

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Emily Reed, 2L, University of Kansas 

"I am honored to be named a Weigand Scholar and to be included in such an accomplished group of individuals. I look forward to being a part of the Weigand family and playing a part in giving back to my home state."

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Hannah Sanchez, 3L, Notre Dame 

“I am honored to enter my third year at Notre Dame Law School as a Weigand Scholar. The Weigand Trust has made my legal education at Notre Dame possible, and there are no words to sufficiently convey my gratitude. I am humbled to be among the current class of scholars who maintain the spirit of J.L.’s legacy with their integrity and commitment to excellence, and I look forward to welcoming the newest scholars to the Weigand family as we come together for the betterment of Kansas’ legal field.” 

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Featured Alumni

News Center

WeigandWIRE - What's it like to be a partner?

See our newest WeigandWIRE where our 3L students Kate Davis (Washburn) and Alicia Peters (KU) talk to our alumni who have made partner!  Click on the logo below to see full newsletter.       

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Two Weigand Scholars added to ranks of Kansas partners!

Christina Pyle Engle, (Notre Dame 2011) and Joel Griffiths (KU, 2012) have both been named partner at their respective law firms! At Husch Blackwell, Christina assists clients with complex commercial disputes and class actions at both the state and feder…

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Introducing the WeigandWire!

As the Weigand network continues to grow, so has the need to keep Weigand Scholars and Alumni connected.   The WeigandWire is a triannual e-publication intended to keep the Weigand community connected and strong.  The publication will be released in Fall…

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Belsan awarded Attorney General's Award for prosecuting war criminal

Tim Belsan (Weigand Scholar 07, 08, 09 - Washburn) was awarded the Attorney General's Award for Distinguished Service, the Justice Department's second-highest award for employee performance.  This was Tim's second such award.  This 2019 recognition was ba…

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Three 3Ls, Three Schools, Three Kansas Firms!

We're pleased to announce that all three of our 3L students have accepted post graduate employment with Kansas firms!  Notre Dame - Hannah Sanchez - Shook, Hardy, & Bacon (litigation associate) KU - Alisha Peters - Stinson (corporate finance) Was…

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Bryden awarded Sibberson from Washburn School of Business

Congratulations to Joseph Dallas Bryden (Incoming 1L at KU School of Law)! At his under grad graduation, he was awarded the Sibberson Award for the Washburn School of Business. The Sibberson is awarded to the top student in each graduating school.

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