“The opportunities afforded by the JL Weigand Trust are unrivaled and extremely generous.  The network of established Weigand alumni is an invaluable resource during and after law school.  I am honored to be a Weigand scholar and represent the legacy of JL Weigand.  It is because of his selflessness and planning that I will be able to pursue my dream, and I am eternally grateful.”

Liam Reilly

University of Notre Dame
Weigand Scholar: 2015, 2016, 2017

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Overland Park, KS

B.S., Civil Engineering with a minor in Spanish, Kansas State University, 2013

  • Graduated Magna Cum Laude
  • Tau Beta Pi and Chi Epsilon Honor Societies  
  • Outstanding Senior in Civil Engineering award

J.D. Candidate, Notre Dame School of Law, 2017

  • Notre Dame Journal of International and Comparative Law
  • Dean’s Circle Fellow
  • Dean’s Award:  Contracts, Civil Procedure
  • Intellectual Property and Entrepreneurship Clinic
  • Summer Intellectual Property and Technology Law Programme in London

KCRise Fund


  • Intellectual Property

Liam graduated magna cum laude from Kansas State University in December 2013 with a B.S. in Civil Engineering and a minor in Spanish. While at K-State, he was an officer in Delta Upsilon fraternity and involved in a variety of other aspects on campus. At one point, an on-campus job led to Liam cofound a small bicycle rental program for students.

At Notre Dame Law School, Liam received Dean’s Awards for the highest grade in his Contracts, Civil Procedure, and Antitrust Law classes.  Outside the classroom, Liam served as the Executive Articles Editor for the Notre Dame Journal of International & Comparative Law and joined several student organizations, including the Student Bar Association and Intellectual Property Law Society.  He also took on leadership roles to help organize the annual Fr. Mike Show and GALILEE program.  For a portion of one summer, Liam participated in Notre Dame Law School’s Summer Programme in London, where he engaged in three weeks of intensive coursework pertaining to various aspects of international intellectual property law. 

Liam was a summer associate for Lathrop & Gage LLP in Kansas City before beginning his career with the intellectual property group at Husch Blackwell LLP in Kansas City.  Liam has since transitioned to working in venture capital and is Senior Associate at KCRise Fund, where he helps to invest private capital from Kansas City and the region in local startups and foster innovation throughout Kansas and Western Missouri.

“Born and raised in Kansas, I have seen first-hand the people and values that set this great state apart from all the others.  It is with great pride that I will travel to Notre Dame to study law and return to Kansas as an attorney.  I look forward to not only being an active member of the Weigand family, but also the Kansas legal community.”