“I am honored and excited to become a member of the Weigand family. More than just a scholarship, the Trust is a tremendous opportunity to improve myself as a future attorney by joining a family of scholars and to realize Mr. Weigand’s goal of serving the Kansas legal community.”

Kendra Simmons

Washburn University
Weigand Scholar: 2013

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Salina, KS

B.A. Political Science, Baker University, 2010

  • Harter Scholar
  • National Collegiate Honors Council Conference
  • Baker University Student Activities Council
  • parMentor
  • Peer Review Board
  • Cardinal Key Honorary Society
  • Southern Political Science Association Conference
  • National Collegiate Honors Council Conference

J.D., Washburn University School of Law, 2013

  • Top Papers in Administrative Law; Civil Procedure II; Constitutional Law I (A with Distinction); Constitutional Law II (A with Distinction); Conracts I; Criminal Procedure; Employment Law (A with Distinction); Federal Courts; Legal Analysis, Research, & Writing I; Taxation of Individual Income
  • Washburn Law Journal, Technical Editor 2012-2013, Staff Writer 2010-2012

Practice Areas:

  • Civil Defense
  • Business Litigation
  • Employment


  • The End of Design-Defect Claims: The Supreme Court’s Immunization of Vaccine Manufacturers and Failure to Leave Plaintiffs a Remedy in Bruesewitz v. Wyeth LLC – Washburn Law Journal, Volume 51

Kendra maintained an excellent academic record throughout her law school and undergraduate careers.  She graduated with a 4.0 GPA from Baker University, where she earned a degree in political science after taking her research to honors and political science conferences.  While at Baker, Kendra was a member of the Alpha Chi Omega sorority and participated in many different leadership activities and honor societies while working as a University Admissions Assistant.

Kendra graduated at the top of her law school class.  After entering law school as a Delmas C. Hill Scholar, she earned several top papers each semester.  Outside of the classroom, Kendra was a member of the Washburn Law Journal and served as the Technical Editor for Volume 52.  Her Comment, “The End of Design-Defect Claims:  The Supreme Court’s Immunication of Vaccine Manufacturers and failure to Leave Plaintiffs a Remedy in Bruesewitz v. Wyeth LLC” was published in Issue 3 of Volume 51.  In addition, Kendra served on the Student Faculty Recruitment Committee and enjoyed participating in the Christian Legal Society and Federalist Society.

After working for the Social Security Administration for four summers in college, Kendra spent the summer after her first year of law school studying abroad at the University of the West Indies in Barbados and working for the Saline County Attorney.  She worked for Seigfreid Bingham after law school.  

“Kansas has and always will be my home. The Weigand Trust reflects the values of hard work and loyalty that growing up in Kansas has instilled in me. I cannot imagine a better place to live and serve the community as an attorney.”