“I am honored to be a member of the Weigand Family.  JL’s generosity has made it possible for me to pursue my dreams of a legal career and I will forever be grateful.  I look forward to returning to Kansas and paying forward the incredible gift that I have been given.”

John Shaughnessy

University of Notre Dame
Weigand Scholar: 2024

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Cimarron, KS


B.S., General Engineering
Benedictine College, 2015

B.S., Mechanical Engineering
University of North Dakota, 2015
Cum Laude

M.S. Engineering Management
University of Kansas, 2021

J.D. Candidate, University of Notre Dame Law School, 2026

John Shaughnessy was born in Axtell, Kansas and raised in Cimarron, Kansas.  He is a fifth generation Kansan who cares deeply for the state and its citizens.  After completing law school, he plans to return to Kansas to practice law. 

John’s path to law has been unconventional.  John graduated from Benedictine College in 2015 with a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering.  Following graduation, he worked in industry for eight years before enrolling at Notre Dame Law School in the fall of 2023.  John’s work experience includes time as a manufacturing engineering contractor at GE Transportation and as a senior project manager leading integrated technology projects at both Garmin and Ingersoll Rand.  In addition to his engineering degree John also has a master’s in engineering management from the University of Kansas.

Kansas has been my family’s home since the state was settled.  I am grateful for the ability to remain in Kansas and look forward to using my legal education to serve the people of this great state.”