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Michael, a native of Pittsburg, KS, graduated summa cum laude from the University of Dallas in 2012 with a bachelor's degree in Philosophy. In addition to playing varsity baseball, Michael participated in the PRAXIS internship program, where he was a research and hospitality assistant at the Dallas Institute for Humanities and Culture.

After graduating, Michael began working on a Ph.D. in philosophy at the University of Kansas. He primarily focuses on well-being, medieval philosophy, and the natural law tradition of ethics. In addition to his studies, he taught undergraduate courses such as Introduction to Philosophy, Philosophical Issues in Religion, and Western Civilization. He also served as a teaching assistant for the St. Lawrence Institute for Faith and Culture's Humanitas liberal arts program. He received his M.A. in philosophy in 2014, and in the fall of 2016, he passed his oral comprehensive exam with honors.
In the summer of 2016, Michael added law to his studies by enrolling at the University of Kansas School of Law. He received CALI awards in Torts, Property, and Civil procedure, and received the Payne & Jones Lawyering Skills award for his 1L Open Memo. As the 1L representative for the St. Thomas More Society, Michael organized an event focused on the intersection of faith and the legal profession, which brought together people from KU Law, other graduate students, undergraduates, and the members of the wider community. In the summer of 2017, Michael will work as a summer associate at Shook, Hardy & Bacon in Kansas City, Missouri.
Michael is the proud father of twin girls, Margaret and Elizabeth, who were born in August 2016 (only three days before the fall semester began!). His wife Erin teaches Foundations of Medicine at the Blue Valley Center for Advanced Professional Studies. They are active members of their church, and live in Overland Park, Kansas. 
"There's a reason that I came back to Kansas after going to school in Texas. It's my home state, I'm proud of it, and I want to help others recognize what makes it great. The Weigand Trust has done so much to strengthen the legal community of Kansas, and for that reason I'm proud to be part of the Weigand family."

Michael Hayes

University of Kansas
Weigand Scholar: 2018

Pittsburg, KS

B.A., Philosophy, University of Dallas Constantin College of Liberal Arts, 2012

  • Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society
  • Student Government, Senator
  • NCAA Varsity Baseball 

M.A., Philosophy, University of Kansas, 2014

Ph.D. in Philosophy Candidate, University of Kansas, 2019

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