“I am humbled by the generosity of Mr. Weigand, and I am honored to join the ranks of such a talented group of students and practitioners. This tremendous scholarship will enable me to pursue a career in public service that might not have been possible under the weight of educational loans.”
University of Kansas
Weigand Scholar: 2015
J.D., University of Kansas, 2017
M.A., University of Missouri – Kansas City, 2014 (Special Education)
B.A., University of Kansas, 2011 (Political Science, Global and International Studies)
Shook, Hardy & Bacon L.L.P.
- Product Liability
- Kansas Bar Association
Not Like the Others: Applying the Fair Labor Standards Act to the Sharing Economy, 65 U. Kan. L. Rev. 145 (2016).
A native of Emporia, Kansas, Erica has a long history of academic success, leadership, and community involvement. Erica graduated from The University of Kansas with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science, and a co-major in International Studies in 2011. During her three and a half years at KU she excelled in a rigorous academic schedule and in many leadership positions, earning the Global Awareness Certificate and admission to the Sigma Alpha Lambda National Honors Society.
Erica’s practice at Shook, Hardy & Bacon L.L.P. in Kansas City is focused on complex product liability litigation with an emphasis on Engle-progeny matters. Helping to coordinate the defense of more than 4,000 plaintiffs’ smoking-and-health claims, Erica participates in multiple phases of the Florida-based litigation, including drafting motions, researching legal issues and preparing depositions.
During law school, Erica served as a judicial extern to The Hon. Julie A. Robinson, Chief District Judge of the U.S. District Court for the District of Kansas and was a volunteer with the Douglas County (Kansas) Legal Aid Clinic where she assisted clients with both civil and criminal issues.
Before becoming an attorney, Erica served as a Teach For America Corps member and was a secondary special education instructor at the African-Centered College Preparatory Academy in Kansas City, Missouri. She also created and coached a debate program for the school, and for her accomplishments was named DEBATE-Kansas City’s Newcomer of the Year.
“Having met and worked with people from all over the country, I’m proud to be from Kansas. I know so many people who have no connection whatsoever to their home communities. Being raised in a relatively small town I learned that one person can make a significant contribution to her community, and I was raised to believe that I can and should use my education, experience, and opportunities to give back to my community.”