“I am honored to be selected as a Weigand Scholar. I have been incredibly impressed by the Weigand scholars and alumni, and am excited to be a part of a group dedicated to excellence in the Kansas legal community. I have been afforded many opportunities through the generosity of Kansans and look forward to showing my gratitude for that generosity by dedication to the Kansas community.”

Audrey Koehler

Washburn University
Weigand Scholar: 2019

Wichita, KS

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B.A., Sociology, Wichita State University, 2014

  • Graduated magna cum laude with minors in Psychology and Criminal Justice
  • Dean’s Scholar

J.D. Washburn University School of Law, 2019

  • Graduated summa cum laude with Pro Bono Honors and Certificate in Advocacy
  • Shamberg Scholar
  • Senior Articles Editor, Washburn Law Journal Vol. 58
  • John F. Kuether Memorial Law Faculty Award for Best Note
  • Max Rowinsky Trial Advocacy Award
  • Irvine E. Ungerman Award for Excellence in Clinical Practice 
  • National Order of Scribes Inductee
  • Top Papers: Legal Analysis, Research, and Writing I; Legal Analysis, Research, and Writing II (Tied); Constitutional Law II; Business Associations; Taxation of Individual Income; Employment Law; Appellate Practice

U.S. District Court


  • Exonerated, Free, and Forgotten: How States Continue to Punish the Wrongfully Convicted Through Procedural Hoops and Inadequate Compensation, 58 Washburn L.J. 493 (2019).

After growing up in Wichita, Audrey Koehler attended Wichita State University where she earned a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology with minors in Psychology and Criminal Justice. While at Wichita State, Audrey was a member of the Dean’s Scholars program, was actively involved in the Wichita State student-run newspaper, The Sunflower, and regularly volunteered at a domestic violence shelter in Wichita. After graduating magna cum laude from Wichita State, Audrey worked at COMCARE of Sedgwick County as a Crisis Case Manager for two years before starting at Washburn Law.

As a 1L, Audrey achieved Top Paper in her Legal Analysis, Research, and Writing I and II courses, and was recognized for Best Oral Argument in her section. During her 2L year, she externed for Judge Melgren in the U.S. District Court for the District of Kansas, worked as a research assistant for Professor Gillian Chadwick, and was a Junior Staff Writer for the Washburn Law Journal. Audrey’s note on compensation for exonerees was selected for publication in Vol. 58 of the Washburn Law Journal and received the John F. Kuether Memorial Law Faculty Award for Best Note. After her 2L year, Audrey worked in the Sedgwick County District Attorney’s Office, regularly appearing in court on behalf of the State of Kansas.

In her third year of law school, Audrey was the Senior Articles Editor for the Washburn Law Journal and was an intern in the Washburn Law Clinic. Audrey worked for Fleeson, Gooing, Coulson & Kitch in Wichita after graduation.

In Sept, 2020, she began a clerkship with The Honorable Eric F. Melgren in the U.S. District Court, District of Kansas.