“I am incredibly honored to have been selected as a Weigand Scholar.  The opportunities created by the J.L. Weigand Trust are incredible and continue beyond graduation.  I hope I can carry on J.L. Weigand’s mission at Washburn Law and in my career.  We are all deeply indebted to J.L. Weigand for his generosity and support of the Kansas legal community.”


Lizzy McEntire

Washburn University
Weigand Scholar: 2022

Hometown:
Lawrence, KS

Education:

B.S., Political Science, Kansas State University, 2018

  • Graduate Summa Cum Laude
  • Dean’s list all semesters
  • Royal Purple Yearbook, Staff Member – all semesters
  • Student Governing Association, Judge – 2017, 2018

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

  • Top Papers: Civil Procedure II; Collaborative Law; Criminal Procedure; Decedents’ Estates and Trusts; Family Law; Legal Analysis, Research and Writing – Fall 2019, Spring 2020; Professional Responsibility
  • 1L Professionalism Leader  
  • Washburn Law Journal, Senior Articles Editor
  • Topeka Bar Association, Student Representative
  • John E. Shamberg Memorial Law Student Scholarship Recipient
  • Energy and Mineral Foundation Scholar

Publications:

  • A Proposed Solution to the Kansas Wage Gap: Why Salary History Inquiries Perpetuate Disparate Pay Along Racial and Gender Lines will be published in Volume 61 of the Washburn Law Journal

After graduating from Lawrence High School in 2015, Lizzy McEntire attended Kansas State University in Manhattan, KS.  While at K-State, Lizzy participated in a range of activities.  Lizzy was a Judge in Student Senate, served on the Royal Purple Yearbook Staff, and was a member of Gamma Phi Beta sorority.  Lizzy earned a bachelors’ degrees in Political Science and History.  Her 4.0 Grade Point Average earned her summa cum laude honors at graduation. 

Attending Washburn Law is particularly meaningful for Lizzy, as she is the third generation of McEntires to receive their juris doctorate from Washburn Law.  Both of her parents, Jim McEntire (class of ’77) and Joann Corpstein (class of ’88) are Washburn Law graduates.  Her grandfather, Richard B. McEntire (class of ’34), was the recipient of the 2009 Washburn Law Lifetime Achievement Award.  In fact, when Lizzy’s grandfather passed away in 1958, in lieu of flowers, her grandmother requested that donations be made to the Washburn law library in her late husband’s honor.  Many of Lizzy’s relatives attended Washburn for undergrad and now are proud alumni.  Needless to say, Lizzy has been sporting blue and white for as long as she can remember and has attended more Washburn sporting events than she can count.

Washburn Law certainly did not disappoint.  Lizzy has earned many Top Papers and secured the position as Senior Articles Editor on the Washburn Law Journal. The summer after her 1L year, Lizzy had the privilege to law clerk at Koch Industries in Wichita.  During her 2L year, Lizzy was a law clerk at Sloan Law Firm in Topeka, and her Note was selected for publication.  After her 2L year, Lizzy was a Summer Associate at Husch Blackwell in Kansas City.  Lizzy plans to sit for the bar in the summer of 2022.

“I am very proud of my Kansas roots.  I am especially proud to come from a long line of Kansas attorneys.  I am very excited to finish school so that I can begin giving back to the state that has given me and my family so much.”