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"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."

After growing up in Wichita, Audrey Koehler attended Wichita State University where she earned a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology with minors in Psychology and Criminal Justice. While at Wichita State, Audrey was a member of the Dean’s Scholars program, was actively involved in the Wichita State sPlay Videotudent-run newspaper, The Sunflower, and regularly volunteered at a domestic violence shelter in Wichita. After graduating magna cum laude from Wichita State, Audrey worked at COMCARE of Sedgwick County as a Crisis Case Manager for two years before starting at Washburn Law.

As a 1L, Audrey achieved Top Paper in her Legal Analysis, Research, and Writing I and II courses, and was recognized for Best Oral Argument in her section. During her 2L year, she externed for Judge Melgren in the U.S. District Court for the District of Kansas, worked as a research assistant for Professor Gillian Chadwick, and was a Junior Staff Writer for the Washburn Law Journal. Audrey’s note on compensation for exonerees was selected for publication in Vol. 58 of the Washburn Law Journal and received the John F. Kuether Memorial Law Faculty Award for Best Note. After her 2L year, Audrey worked in the Sedgwick County District Attorney’s Office, regularly appearing in court on behalf of the State of Kansas.

Now in her third year of law school, Audrey is the Senior Articles Editor for the Washburn Law Journal and has accepted post-graduation employment with Fleeson, Gooing, Coulson & Kitch in Wichita.

Audrey Koehler

Washburn University
Weigand Scholar: 2019

Wichita, KS

B.A., Sociology, Wichita State University, 2014

  • Graduated magna cum laude with minors in Psychology and Criminal Justice
  • Dean’s Scholar

J.D. Candidate, Washburn University School of Law, 2019

  • Shamberg Scholar
  • Senior Articles Editor, Washburn Law Journal Vol. 58
  • John F. Kuether Memorial Law Faculty Award for Best Note
  • Max Rowinski Trial Advocacy Award
  • Irvine E. Ungerman Award for Excellence in Clinical Practice 


  • Exonerated, Free, and Forgotten: How States Continue to Punish the Wrongfully Convicted Through Procedural Hoops and Inadequate Compensation, 58 Washburn L.J. 493 (2019).