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Weigand Scholars

"Weigands are very eager to help each other out.  One of the great strengths of the Weigand Scholarship is the moral and motivational support that the alumni provide.  This is what sets it apart from other scholarships.  I do not receive encouraging emails and Facebook posts from KU alumni, or from those with the same KU scholarship that I have.  Alumni and scholar interaction is what makes the Weigand Scholarship unique. 

I truly enjoy meeting and talking with the Weigand scholars and alumni.  This is a testament to the quality of people selected for the Weigand scholarship - they all seem like tood people that I enjoy spending time with.  While we occasionally discuss the busyness of law school and our lives in general, I find that there is much less negativity in our conversations than what one usually finds in conversations between law students."

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.

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.

Now in his second year of law school, Michael is the president of the St. Thomas More Society and is the Executive Note and Comment Editor of the Kansas Law Review. Michael worked for Shook, Hardy & Bacon in the summer of 2017, and plans to return in the summer of 2018.

Michael is also excited to announce that, after graduating law school, he will be clerking for Judge Steven Grasz on the 8th Circuit in Omaha.

Michael and his wife Erin are expecting their third girl in May of 2018. Their twin daughters, Margaret and Elizabeth (born August 2016) are excited to be “big sisters.” Erin has also decided that this will be her last semester teaching at Blue Valley Center for Advanced Professional Studies; she is looking forward to spending time with her girls at home.

Michael and Erin are active members of Queen of the Holy Rosary Catholic Church, and live in Overland Park, Kansas. 

"style="text-align: justify;">I am constantly impressed by how much the Weigand scholars and alumni support each other. They are quick to ask how you’re doing—academically, professionally, and personally—and provide moral and motivation support that really makes a difference."

Michael Hayes

University of Kansas
Weigand Scholar: 2018, 2019

Hometown:
Pittsburg, KS

Education:
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