RoarkePicFleeson Gooing attorney Roarke R. Gordon was honored to be chosen to serve as a speaker at a recent open house hosted the J.L. Weigand Legal Education Trust.

The Weigand Trust is one of the nation’s largest legal scholarships. Its purpose is to actively promote excellence in legal education and to encourage the most scholastically qualified students who are long term Kansas residents to remain in or return to Kansas to practice law.

Weigand Scholarships are among the most generous legal scholarships in the nation and are open to Kansas residents attending the University of Kansas School of Law, Washburn University School of Law and the University of Notre Dame Law School. Roarke, who graduated from Washburn Law School in 2006, is one of 38 Wiegand Scholar alumni currently practicing in Kansas.

The open house, held March 8, 2014, at the Ambassador Hotel in Wichita, was an opportunity for Weigand Scholar alumni to reconnect, and also allowed the current scholarship semifinalists to meet and talk with the

alums, judges, potential employers, and faculty from the schools for

which the scholarship is awarded.

In his comments, Roarke spoke about the purposes and benefits of the Trust, and the impact made by the Trust and those who have received Weigand Scholarships. The featured speaker for the event was the Hon. Eric Melgren, United States District Court Judge for the District of Kansas. Also in attendance was Kansas Supreme Court Justice Nancy Moritz,

deans from the law schools involved, and numerous respected members

of the Kansas Bar.

Along with Roarke, Fleeson Gooing attorney Dan Lawrence, a 2008 graduate of Washburn Law School, is also a Weigand Scholar alumnus.