"As a Weigand Scholar, I discovered that I was now part of a network in the legal field built on integrity, perseverance, and people who treat mistakes as learning experiences rather than failure.
I grew confident in my ability to serve others as an attorney when I met Weigand Scholars who also take pride in serving their famllies and communities, both within and in addition to the practice of law. "
Originally from Sugar Creek, Missouri, Jennifer and her family moved to Olathe, Kansas, in 1999 so her sister who has profound disabilities and deafness could have better educational resources and attend Kansas School for the Deaf.
Jennifer became an advocate for her sister's social, educational and employment needs, and plans to share those skills of advocacy with those of all ability levels in her career as an attorney.
Jennifer is a graduate of the University of Kansas where she earned her Bachelor of Science in journalism, Bachelor of Arts with honors in film and media studies, and studied under an Arabic language fellowship. Before beginning her law school career at Washburn University School of Law in fall 2016, Jennifer worked as editor of the Kansas Bar Association Journal, and held writing and editing positions in the pharmaceutical industry and for a branch of the National Science Foundation.
In her first two years at Washburn Law, Jennifer has clerked with the litigation firm Kuckelman Torline Kirkland in Overland Park, and served as a judicial extern for Judge Julie Robinson, Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the District of Kansas, and Judge Nancy Moritz of the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit. She will be spending summer 2018 with Lathrop Gage in Kansas City.
Jennifer proudly accepted a judicial clerkship with Judge Robinson in the District of Kansas beginning Fall 2019.
In addition to the law and disability advocacy, Jennifer’s interests include fishing, archery, and celebrating and educating others about her rich Slovak heritage with several Czech and Slovak organizations in Kansas and Missouri.
B.S., Journalism, University of Kansas, 2015
J.D. Candidate, Washburn University School of Law, 2019