“I am very grateful for this opportunity. The Weigand Trust has made it possible for me to attend Notre Dame. The effects of this scholarship will extend far into my future. The generosity of Mr. J.L. Weigand is simply overwhelming.”

Amelia Yowell

University of Notre Dame
Weigand Scholar: 2009, 2010, 2011

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McPherson, KS

Bachelor of General Studies in Political Science, Minor in English
University of Kansas, 2008

  • Highest Distinction, Department Honors, KU Honors Program 
  • Harley S. Nelson Family Fund Scholarship

J.D., University of Notre Dame, 2011

  • Graduated summa cum laude
  • Executive Editor of the Notre Dame Law Review

United States Department of Justice

Practice Areas:

  • Business Torts
  • Contract Disputes
  • Creditors’ Rights
  • Insurance Defense 


Amelia graduated summa cum laude from the University of Notre Dame Law School in May 2011.  After graduation, Amelia practiced with Foulston Siefkin LLP as an associate on their commercial and complex civil litigation team for two years. 

During her time at Notre Dame, Amelia was a member of the Notre Dame Law Review and served as Executive Editor for Volume 86. She was also involved in various mentoring and academic success groups. Her student note, Race to Judgment? An Empirical Study of Scott v. Harris and Summary Judgment, was published in Issue 4, Volume 85 of the Notre Dame Law Review and won the award for best student note. 

Amelia served as a law clerk to the Honorable Mary H. Murguia of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and the Honorable Judge Julia Smith Gibbons of the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit.  She also served as the 2015-2016 Supreme Court Fellow assigned to the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts, where she advised the U.S. Advisory Committee on the Rules of Civil Procedure.

In April  2019, Amelia joined the Department of Justice, Environment and Natural Resources Division (ENRD), Appellate Section.

“Kansas has played a central role in my family’s history. I have seen the value that every individual can give to society, whether through harvesting wheat or becoming a lawyer.”