Congratulations to our graduates!  
Strong finishes . . . a Weigand tradition! 

Bobby Chipman graduated from Washburn's dual degree program where he earned M.B.A. and J.D. simultaneously! Bobby graduated with a 3.83 g.p.a. (magna cum laude) and was 2nd in his class. He also graduated with distinction and a 4.0 g.p.a. in the MBA program. This summer, before bar studying began, Bobby studied for and passed the Regulation portion of the CPA exam. He has moved to Kansas City and is currently studying for the bar exam at UMKC School of Law. Before he begins work in the fall he plans to take the remaining three portions of the CPA exam. Bobby will join fellow Weigand Thomas Ruane at Polsinelli in the Kansas City office this fall.  

Nathaniel Martens'  J.D. was only half the celebration at his house!  On the same date as Washburn Law School's commencement, his wife, Chrissy, graduated as a Doctor of Pharmacy.  Nathaniel graduated magna cum laude, was 3rd in his class, and received the Ungermann Award for Excellence in Clinical Representation this semester.   After a summer of bar prep, Nathaniel will begin his career at Fleeson Gooing in Wichita.  Firm members and Weigand Scholars Roarke Gordon and Dan Lawrence look forward to Nathaniel's addition to their team!  

Matthew Schippers  will continue as a student.  The University of Kansas School of Law graduate will relocate to New York to participate in the LL.M in Taxation program at NYU Law School.  Following a year in New York City, Matthew will return to his roots to become an associate at Triplett, Woolf & Garretson LLC in Wichita.  Matthew graduated in the top ten percent of his class at KU Law.  This spring, he was awarded the UMB Bank Excellence in Estate Planning Award and the Robert E. Edmunds Prize in Corporation and Securities Law.  

"What advice would you give our recent graduates?"   

Katie Jo Luningham
Notre Dame, 2015   HUSCH BLACKWELL LLP.

At some point, you WILL google "famous people who failed the bar." Aft er reading that list, keep reminding yourself that Justice Cardozo, FDR, Michelle Obama, and Hillary Clinton all survived. (But try not to worry too much because you are going to pass!)
Real advice: Don't skimp on the MPT prep. 

Thomas Ruane

Regarding the Bar Exam - Don't be thrown by an odd-ball essay question. Skip it, answer the others, and come back at the end if you have time.
Afterward - Relax and enjoy the down time. Take a vacation, and if you can, go someplace you might not otherwise go. It can be hard to get away once you start practicing, especially early on, so take advantage!

Jeffrey Pyle

With Barbri, you learn everything you need to know to pass the bar in your first month. Y ou learn you already know everything you need to know in the second. 

Pace yourself and you'll do fine!

Weigand current students repeat last year's summer experiences   

Kyle, a rising 3L at Washburn, is again a summer associate at Foulston Siefkin in Wichita.  Additionally, his duties as Executive Director of the Washburn Law Journal are keeping him busy.


Erica, rising 3L at KU, returns to Shook, Hardy & Bacon in Kansas City.  Erica's team recently won the KU Law Moot Court Competition where she was named the Top Oralist by Judge Mary Beck Briscoe (10th Circuit), Judge Julie A. Robinson (District of Kansas), and Judge Caleb Stegall (Kansas Supreme Court). Her team will represent KU Law at the National Moot Court Competition in the Fall. Additionally, she will be the Editor-in-Chief for Volume 65 of the Kansas Law Review.   


Liam is back  in Kansas for the summer and returning to Lathrop & Gage in Kansas Cit y.  Liam finished his second year on a high note with an opportunity to participate in the intellectual property clinic.  This summer, he hopes to work clos ely  with the intellectual property groups at Lathrop & Gage.     When he returns to Notre Dame Law School for his final year, he will serve as the Executive Articles Editor for the Notre Dame Journal of International & Comparative Law.
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