“It is simply an honor to join the elite individuals of this organization. The opportunities created by the Weigand Trust are phenomenal! It is such a relief to be able to focus on the excellence of education I will be receiving and not the expense. Not only will the trust enable me to pursue the legal education I desire, but will enable me to in return serve others. I am extremely grateful for this honor.”


Jennifer Horchem

Washburn University
Weigand Scholar: 2008

jhorchem@slawsoncompanies.com

Hometown:
Ransom, KS

Education:
B.A.- Music, Minor – Political Science
Emporia State University, 2006

  • Graduated summa cum laude 
  • Dwight and Ida Curry Newberg Outstanding Senior Nominee

J.D., Washburn University School of Law, 2010

  • Case, Moses, Zimmerman & Wilson P.A. Scholarship
  • Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation Scholarship
  • Natural Resources Law Certificate
  • National Order of Scribes
  • Notes Editor, Washburn Law Journal

Employer:
Slawson Exploration Company, Inc.

Publications:

  • Water Scarcity: The Need to Apply a Regulatory Takings Analysis to Partial Restrictions on Water Use [Casitas Mun. Water Dist. V. United States, 543 F.3D 1276 (Fed. Cir. 2008)], Washburn Law Journal

While attending Emporia State University, Jennifer was a member and co-chair of the Pre-Law Club. During her college career, she was a member of Phi Eta Sigma (freshman honor society), SPURS (sophomore honor society), and Phi Kappa Phi (collegiate honor society). She served as a music department accompanist and was employed by the Business Affairs Department at ESU.

Jennifer graduated Summa Cum Laude with a BA in Music and a minor in Political Science. Following graduation, she accepted a position as a graduate research assistant and completed prerequisite courses for an MBA degree.

While in law school, Jennifer earned top paper in Legal Analysis, Research and Writing I, Pubic Land Law and Top Brief in Legal Analysis, Research and Writing II. Jennifer received scholarships from Case, Moses, Zimmerman, & Wilson P.A. and the Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation.  She earned a Natural Resources Law Certificate from Washburn, and was inducted into the National Order of Scribes.

As a member of the Washburn Law Journal, her case commentary entitled, Water Scarcity: The Need to Apply a Regulatory Takings Analysis to Partial Restrictions on Water Use [Casitas Mun. Water Dist. V. United States, 543 F.3D 1276 (Fed. Cir. 2008)], was selected for publication in Volume 48, Issue 3 of the Journal.  She also served as Notes Editor for Volume 49. 

During her time in law school, Jennifer interned with or clerked for the Kansas Corporation Commission, Kansas Department of Agriculture, and the Kansas Legislative Research Department. Following graduation, Jennifer accepted a fellowship with the Kansas Legislative Research Department. 

She currently serves as the Associate General Counsel for Slawson Exploration Company, Inc., practicing in the areas of oil and gas and mineral title examination.  She is licensed to practice law in Kansas and North Dakota.


“I have had the opportunity to travel and study in different countries, but the one place that I choose to call home is Kansas. It is always a joy to be able to return to the people and values that I know and hold in high esteem.”