“I am honored to be a member of the Weigand Family. The Weigand Trust is not only empowering me to pursue my dreams but elevating them in the process. I look forward to paying forward the gifts I have received and truly making a difference with my life and my legal career.”

Bernadette Shaughnessy

University of Notre Dame
Weigand Scholar: 2022, 2023

Cimarron, KS

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B.A., Accounting and Finance, minors in Economics and Theology

Benedictine College, 2021

  • Graduated summa cum laude
  • Financial Executives International Scholar

J.D. Candidate, University of Notre Dame Law School, 2024

Bernadette Shaughnessy was born in Axtell, Kansas, and raised in Cimarron, Kansas. As a fifth-generation Kansan, her love for the state runs deep. After attending Notre Dame, she plans to return and serve her fellow Kansans.

Bernadette graduated summa cum laude from Benedictine College in May 2021 with majors in Accounting and Finance and minors in Economics and Theology. During her time at Benedictine, she was involved in the Gregorian Fellows Leadership Program, Hunger Coalition, and Ravens Respect Life. She also served as a volunteer income tax preparer (through VITA) and spent a semester studying abroad in Florence, Italy.

Bernadette is currently a student at Notre Dame Law School and will graduate in May 2024. She serves as treasurer for Jus Vitae, as social chair for the St. Thomas More Society, and is involved with the Religious Liberty Initiative.

Bernadette worked for the Hon. Holly L. Teeter, Judge of the U.S. District Court for the District of Kansas over the summer after her first year of law school.

“I love this state. I love the people that make it what it is. As a Kansan, I hope to use my legal education to work and advocate for its citizens.”