The J.L. Weigand, Jr.
Notre Dame Legal Education

Welcome from the Director

Since its inception in 2004, the J.L. Weigand, Jr. Notre Dame Legal Education Trust has provided support in a variety of ways to the best Kansas law students.  Today, we’re fortunate to have a rich treasure chest of alumni leading the way in developing a family-like network of excellence and opportunities.

Each year, we strive to add value to what our organization offers, for the betterment of our scholars and, ultimately, the citizens of Kansas.  After reviewing this site, I think you’ll agree that it’s exciting to see what happens when you bring the best legal minds in Kansas together! 

Claudette Glenn

Current Scholars

Ellie Augustine, 1L, Notre Dame

“Words cannot explain my gratitude to Mr. Weigand. Through his generosity, I am able to attain to not only one but two of my greatest dreams: to attend law school at Notre Dame, and to return to my beloved home state of Kansas. I am grateful beyond measure.”

Joseph Bryden, 3L, Kansas University

I am extremely proud to be a Weigand Scholar. The caliber of my fellow scholars is incredible and I feel very lucky to join such an impressive network. The Weigand Trust has left an incredible impact on the state of Kansas and I look forward to furthering the vision of J.L. Weigand in law school and beyond.”

Leah Cerretti, 2L, Washburn University

“As a Wichita State alum and former Jabara Scholar, being named a recipient of the J.L. Weigand Trust Scholarship has once again bolstered my love of the Wichita community. I am elated to become a member of such a prestigious network of scholars. I hope to honor J.L.’s legacy by serving Kansans with integrity and competence.”

Courtney Klaus, 2L, Notre Dame

“I am forever indebted to the hard work and generosity of Mr. J.L. Weigand. The Weigand Trust has opened the door to new opportunities that will allow me to make a difference in my community down the road. I am honored to be a part of his legacy.”

Lizzie McEntire, 3L, Washburn University

“I am incredibly honored to have been selected as a Weigand Scholar.  The opportunities created by the J.L. Weigand Trust are incredible and continue beyond graduation.  I hope I can carry on J.L. Weigand’s mission at Washburn Law and in my career.  We are all deeply indebted to J.L. Weigand for his generosity and support of the Kansas legal community.”

Lauren Page, 2L, University of Kansas

​“I am both grateful and proud to be a part of the Weigand Family. I am glad to be named a Weigand Trust Scholar and become a member of such a high-caliber group ​of individuals. I love Kansas and all the Kansans​ who have made me who I am today. I look ​forward to giving back to the state that has served me so well and honoring J.L’s legacy both ​during my time at KU and in my legal practice.”​ 

John Ralston, 3L, Washburn University

Becoming a Weigand Scholar opens the doors to serving the Kansas legal community. Beyond the confines of law school, I can now connect with lawyers across the state, each one acting as a paragon of their profession. It excites me to realize that I will have the chance to practice embodying the values of the Trust alongside them someday.”

Courtney Ress, 3L, Washburn University

“In joining this family, I affirm my commitment to serving my fellow Kansans through my future career as an attorney.  I have been so impressed with the tight-knit network of legal scholars, and I am honored to be accepted into their ranks.  I believe that this wonderful community of scholars and alumni is key to the success of a state justice system that works together for the benefit of all Kansans.  I could not be more grateful for the opportunity to participate in this effort as a Weigand scholar!”

Olivia Rogers, 2L, Notre Dame

“The Weigand trust is an unparalleled resource and community. I am honored to be a Weigand scholar and hope to represent the trust well in all I do. It’s because of the generosity and forethought of J.L. Weigand that I am able to become the type of lawyer I aim to be. I’m forever grateful.”

Bernadette Shaughnessy, 1L,
Notre Dame

“I am honored to be a member of the Weigand Family. The Weigand Trust is not only empowering me to pursue my dreams but elevating them in the process. I look forward to paying forward the gifts I have received and truly making a difference with my life and my legal career.”

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