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Weigand Scholars

"I believe that gratitude is more than a feeling. It is an action. I hope to demonstrate my gratitude for J.L. Weigand's generosity in the same manner as others have in this scholarship family."

As an undergraduate student, Jeff was consistently on the Dean's List and joined the Golden Key Honor Society. While earning his master's degree in communication at Wichita State University, Jeff worked as a Graduate Teaching Assistant, teaching public speaking for two years. He also joined Lambda Pi Eta national communication honor society. Jeff focused his research on topics that appealed to his appetite, sense of humor, or sense of fair play.

During his first summer in law school, Jeff interned for the Honorable Eric F. Melgren in the U.S. District Court, District of Kansas. He worked as a clerk at Riling, Burkhead & Nitcher during law school, and spent his second summer working in the law offices of Michael J. Studtmann. Jeff is on law review, participated in moot court and is a member of Phi Kappa Phi.  He also worked at the law school as a teaching assistant for two years, as a research assistant for Professor Stephen Ware, and worked at the legal aid clinic.

Jeff accepted post-graduate employment with the Hutchinson firm of Martindell Swearer Shaffer Ridenour.  

"The land, weather, and community in Kansas do much to remind me of my right size. Neighbors have taught me to be tolerant, respectful, and to believe you receive what you work for. If I have learned half of what they have shown, I hope I am also thought of as a neighbor."

Jeffrey Pyle

University of Kansas
Weigand Scholar: 2011, 2012, 2013


Wichita, KS

B.A., History, Wichita State University, 2005

  • Graduated magna cum laude
  • Dean's List
  • Golden Key Honor Society

M.A., Communication, Wichita State University, 2010

J.D. Candidate, University of Kansas School of Law, 2013

  • Kansas Law Review
  • Moot Court Competition
  • Phi Kappa Phi

Martindell Swearer Shaffer Ridenour LLP