“As a Wichita State alum and former Jabara Scholar, being named a recipient of the J.L. Weigand Trust Scholarship has once again bolstered my love of the Wichita community. I am elated to become a member of such a prestigious network of scholars. I hope to honor J.L.’s legacy by serving Kansans with integrity and competence.”


Leah Cerretti

Washburn University
Weigand Scholar: 2021

Hometown:
Emporia, KS

Education:
B.B.A., Entrepreneurship with a minor in Management and an emphasis in Real Estate
Wichita State University, 2010

  • Graduated with highest honors, Summa Cum Laude
  • Professor Fran Jabara Endowed Scholarship in Entrepreneurship 2007
  • Distinguished Scholarship Invitational Top 50 Scholarship 2007

J.D. Candidate, Dec. 2022
Washburn University School of Law

  • Member at Large, Washburn Student Bar Association 2020
  • Student Ambassador, Washburn University School of Law 2020, 2021
  • Dawson Scholarship
  • Case, Moses, & Zimmerman P.A. Law Student Scholarship 2021
  • ABWA Scholarship 2020, 2021

Professional:

  • Student Member, Council of Parent Attorneys & Advocates, Inc.
  • Student Member, Women Attorneys Association of Topeka
  • Student Member, Wichita Bar Association
  • Student Member, KCMO Bar Association

Leah attended high school in Emporia, Kansas graduating in December of 2006. She began college at Emporia State University in the Spring of 2007 before transferring to Wichita State University in the Fall. She was named a 2007 recipient of the Professor Fran Jabara Endowed Scholarship. She graduated from WSU in December of 2010 with a business administration degree, majoring in Entrepreneurship, minoring in marketing, and focusing in real estate.

Leah moved to Ottawa, KS, and over the course of several years had three children. She and her family returned to Emporia in the Fall of 2015. Leah worked as the office manager of a physical therapy clinic for three years. She also co-founded a real estate investment company. Leah was the managing member of that venture until she decided to apply to law school.

Leah began her law school career part-time at the University of Missouri Kansas City School of Law in the Fall of 2019. She commuted from Emporia two days a week while continuing her work as an office manager. During this semester, she decided to transfer to Washburn University School of Law to shorten the commute and attend law school full time. She began at Washburn in the Spring of 2020.

In her first year at Washburn, Leah served as a member-at-large on the Washburn Student Bar Association. Leah is an active student member of the Women Attorneys Association of Topeka. She volunteers as a court-appointed special advocate with SOS CASA of the Flint Hills. She recently completed her certification to become an education advocate for children in DCF and DOC custody in Kansas. Leah will begin a remote externship with the Special Education Advocacy Law PELE Clinic at William & Mary Law School in June 2021.