“I am so delighted to be a part of the J.L. Weigand Jr. Trust. From the outside looking in, I was in awe of the Weigand Family and the quality of lawyer and person what comprises it. I feel incredibly grateful and blessed to now be a part of that Family — an honor and privilege I do not take lightly.”


Jessica Steffen

University of Kansas
Weigand Scholar: 2023

Hometown:
Hutchinson, KS

Education:

B.A. in Ethics, Politics, and Economics, Yale University, 2020

  • Senior thesis, titled Voting with Your Faith: The Role of Christianity in Modern American Politics and Economics, nominated for the William H. Orrick Prize

J.D. Candidate, University of Kansas School of Law, 2023

Jessica Steffen was born and raised in Hutchinson, Kansas. She attended Buhler High School and went on to play NCAA Division I basketball at and receive a B.A. in Ethics, Politics, and Economics from Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut. 

While at Yale, Jessica was a member of William F. Buckley, Jr. Program and the Pi Beta Phi sorority. She was and remains the president of the OX Secret Society for the Yale College class of 2020. Jessica’s senior thesis, titled Voting with Your Faith: The Role of Christianity in Modern American Politics and Economics, was nominated for the William H. Orrick Prize (to be awarded to the thesis that best integrates the three disciplines of ethics, politics, and economics). In an effort to give back to the Yale community, Jessica currently and voluntarily interviews promising Yale applicants from the Kansas City-metro area for the Yale Admissions Office.

After internship experiences on Capitol Hill and in the intelligence community, Jessica decided to come home and attend law school at the University of Kansas School of Law as a Rice Scholar. In her time at KU Law, Jessica has earned CALI awards in Lawyering II, Constitutional Law, Remedies, and Media and the First Amendment. Other awards include the Jack E. Dalton Legal Writing Award, Best Respondent’s Brief and Second Best Oralist at the Evans National Moot Court Competition on Constitutional Law, and the Shook, Hardy & Bacon Advocacy Award. Jessica was also inducted into Phi Kappa Phi in the first semester of her 2L year. As a now rising 3L, Jessica serves as a Comment Editor for the Kansas Law Review, is on Moot Court Council, and is a member of the Federalist Society, Women in Law and the Christian Legal Society. 

Jessica is spending her 2L summer at Shook, Hardy & Bacon in Kansas City, Missouri. After graduation, she will clerk on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit in Columbus, Ohio for Judge Eric Murphy. After a one-year stint in Columbus, Jessica will then clerk for another year on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit in Dallas, Texas for Judge James Ho. 


“My central Kansas community gave so much to me growing up. Since then, it has been a mission of mine to give back. Because the J.L. Weigand Jr. Trust has precisely this same mission, it has been such a blessing to join the Weigand Family and contribute to the Kansas legal community as best I can. “