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Weigand Scholars

"As a descendent of generations of Kansans, I am truly blessed and honored to join the Weigand Trust family. I thank J.L. Weigand, Jr. for his magnanimity in forming a legal legacy, which will benefit our home state of Kansas for years to come."

Matt Schippers graduated with Highest Distinction and Phi Beta Kappa recognition from the University of Kansas, where he earned Bachelor of Science degrees in Accounting and Business Administration in 2008. He was also awarded a Delta Sigma Pi Scholarship Key for earning a 4.0 GPA in Business Administration. While at KU, Matt was involved as President of the Beta Alpha Psi Honors Accounting Organization, a liturgical organist at the St. Lawrence Catholic Campus Center, a clerical assistant at the Kansas Geological Survey, and an academic tutor for the Kansas Algebra Program.   

In 2008, Matt accepted full-time employment as a corporate accountant with Koch Industries, Inc. During his five years at Koch, Matt completed projects in financial, derivative, and tax accounting roles. After completing the CPA exam in 2011, he was awarded the Chartered Global Management Accountant designation by the American Institute of CPAs in 2012. During his time in Wichita, Matt also served as a liturgical musician and piano accompanist for youth ensembles at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church.

During Matt's 1L year at KU School of Law, he received a CALI Award for top grade in Lawyering Skills II and wrote the top brief in his small section.  Outside the classroom, Matt joined the Kansas Bar Association as a student member, volunteered at Hilltop Child Development Center on campus, and completed a 2014 summer internship with the Tax department of Koch Ag & Energy Solutions, LLC. 

During his 2L year, Matt was a Staff Member for Kansas Law Review and a Research Assistant to Dean Stephen Mazza. Matt also served as President of the St. Thomas More Society and Treasurer of KU’s Green Chapter of Phi Alpha Delta. His case brief of Bross Trucking, Inc. v. Commissioner, T.C. Memo. 2014-107, was published in the October 2014 issue of the Journal of Accountancy. In addition, during the 2014 tax season, Matt served KU Law’s Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Program as 2L coordinator, and will lead the program during his 3L year. 

In 2015, Matt received the Justice Alex M. Fromme Memorial Scholarship Award from the Kansas Bar Foundation for academic merit. For employment, Matt is a summer associate at Hinkle Law Firm LLC and Triplett, Woolf, & Garretson, LLC in Wichita.

During his 3L year, Matt will serve as an Articles Editor for Kansas Law Review, where his Comment will be published in Volume 64.  As a Shook, Hardy & Bacon Scholar, he will also lead a weekly Contracts study group for 1L students.  Matt plans to complete KU’s Certificates in Tax Law and Business and Commercial Law.  

Matt spent the summer 2015 as a clerk for Wichita firms Triplett, Woolf & Garretson LLC and Hinkle Law Firm LLC.  He accepted post-graduate employment with Triplett, Woolf & Garretson, LLC in Wichita.  Matthew will relocate to New York to participate in the LL.M in Taxation program at NYU Law School.  Following a year in New York City, Matthew will return to his roots to become an associate at Triplett, Woolf & Garretson LLC in Wichita.  Matthew graduated in the top ten ercent of his class at KU Law.  During his final semester in law school, he was awarded the UMB Bank Excellence in Estate Planning Award and the Robert E. Edmunds Prize in Corporate and Securities Law.  


"Over and above its financial assistance, the J.L. Weigand Trust offers unparalleled professional benefits for its scholars, who share a passion for the study of law and for the state of Kansas."

Matthew Schippers

University of Kansas
Weigand Scholar: 2014, 2016

Hometown:
Wichita, KS

Education:
B.S., Accounting and Business Administration, University of Kansas, 2008

  • Graduated with Highest Distinction, Phi Beta Kappa National Honor Society, University Honors Program
  • Concentration in Psychology
  • Delta Sigma Pi Scholarship Key Award, Honor Roll
  • Phi Kappa Phi National Honor Society, Beta Gamma Sigma Business Honor Society, National Society of Collegiate Scholars
  • Summerfield Scholar

J.D. Candidate, University of Kansas School of Law, 2016

  • CALI Excellence for the Future Awards for Highest Grade: Corporate Finance, Lawyering Skills II (top brief in small section)
  • Kansas Law Review, Articles Editor, Volume 64; Staff Member, Volume 63
  • Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Program
  • Kansas Bar Foundation Justice Alex M. Fromme Memorial Scholarship Award
  • Tax Law Certificate, Business and Commercial Law Certificate

Professional Associations:

  • Student Member of Kansas Bar Association 
  • Certified Public Accountant (active Kansas license)
  • Chartered Global Management Accountant
  • American Institute of Certified Public Accountants
  • Kansas Society of Certified Public Accountants

Publications:

  • The Debt versus Equity Debacle:  A Proposal for Federal Tax Treatment of Corporate Cash Advances, Thin Capitalization, & the Debt-to-Equity Ratio, 64 U. Kan. L. Rev. __ (forthcoming 2015)
  • Goodwill Not Distributed to Sole Shareholder, J. of Accountancy, Oct. 2014, at 63, available in Journal of Accountancy, Oct 2014