KTK is excited to announce its 2017 Summer Law Clerk position for the first portion of the summer has been accepted by Jennifer Salva. Before starting her first year at Washburn University School of Law in fall 2016, Jennifer earned her Bachelor of Science in Journalism and Bachelor of Arts with honors in Film and Media Studies from the University of Kansas (’15). While in undergrad, Jennifer was selected for two consecutive years to receive a federally funded Foreign Language Area Studies Fellowship from the Kansas African Studies Center to study the Arabic language and culture of North Africa. After graduation, Jennifer worked as an editor for the Kansas Bar Association Journal.
Since beginning her law school career, Jennifer earned the CALI Excellence For The Future Award in Legal Analysis, Research and Writing in her first semester. The CALI Award is given to the student with the highest grade in a class, as determined by the professor, and over 100 law schools participate in the CALI Excellence for the Future Award Program. Most notably, Jennifer was also awarded a Weigand Scholarship for the 2017-2018 school year. The J.L. Weigand Trust, provider of this scholarship, was established in 2004 to actively promote excellence in legal education and encourage the most scholastically qualified students who are long term Kansas residents to remain in or return to Kansas to practice law. Students must be in the top ten percent (10%) of their class to be considered and Jennifer was one of only four final scholars selected for the upcoming school year.
In addition to her academic pursuits, Jennifer has dedicated herself to the advocacy of those with special needs, specifically the deaf community, as her younger sister has a hearing disability. Jennifer has worked with Inclusion Connections, Inc., an Olathe nonprofit that works to expand opportunities for community involvement for people with disabilities, including meaningful employment and independent living. Jennifer continues to be an activist for the social, educational, and employment needs of those with disabilities and plans to continue that work in her career as an attorney. KTK greatly looks forward to having Jennifer join the firm for the first part of this summer, after which she will be interning for Chief Judge Julie A. Robinson of the U.S. District Court for the District of Kansas.