“Weigands are very eager to help each other out.  One of the great strengths of the Weigand Scholarship is the moral and motivational support that the alumni provide.  This is what sets it apart from other scholarships.  I do not receive encouraging emails and Facebook posts from KU alumni, or from those with the same KU scholarship that I have.  Alumni and scholar interaction is what makes the Weigand Scholarship unique. 

I truly enjoy meeting and talking with the Weigand scholars and alumni.  This is a testament to the quality of people selected for the Weigand scholarship – they all seem like tood people that I enjoy spending time with.  While we occasionally discuss the busyness of law school and our lives in general, I find that there is much less negativity in our conversations than what one usually finds in conversations between law students.”

Michael Hayes

University of Kansas
Weigand Scholar: 2018, 2019

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Pittsburg, KS

B.A., Philosophy, University of Dallas Constantin College of Liberal Arts, 2012

  • Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society
  • Student Government, Senator
  • NCAA Varsity Baseball 

M.A., Philosophy, University of Kansas, 2014

Ph.D. in Philosophy, University of Kansas, 2019

J.D., University of Kansas School of Law, 2019

Shook, Hardy, & Bacon LLP

After graduating, Michael began working on a Ph.D. in philosophy at the University of Kansas. He primarily focuses on well-being, medieval philosophy, and the natural law tradition of ethics. In addition to his studies, he taught undergraduate courses such as Introduction to Philosophy, Philosophical Issues in Religion, Symbolic Logic ,and Western Civilization.

In the summer of 2016, Michael added law to his studies by enrolling at the University of Kansas School of Law. He received CALI awards in Torts, Property, and Civil procedure, and received the Payne & Jones Lawyering Skills award for his 1L Open Memo. In his 2L year, Michael received a CALI award for Administrative Law.

Michael worked for Shook, Hardy & Bacon in the summers of 2017 and 2018. Now in his third year of law school, Michael is the president of the St. Thomas More Society and is the Executive Note and Comment Editor of the Kansas Law Review. He is also an intern at the United States Attorney’s Office for the District of Kansas.

Michael is also excited to announce that, after graduating law school, he will be clerking for Judge Steven Grasz on the 8th Circuit in Omaha.

Michael and his wife Erin welcomed their third child, Julia Catherine, into their home in May 2018.  Their twin two-year old daughters, Margaret and Elizabeth are very good “big sisters.” 

Michael, Erin, and their three daughters currently live in Omaha, Nebraska.

I am constantly impressed by how much the Weigand scholars and alumni support each other. They are quick to ask how you’re doing—academically, professionally, and personally—and provide moral and motivation support that really makes a difference.