Eric Barton is a partner at Wagstaff & Cartmell LLP, with a complex litigation and trial practice with emphasis in business litigation, antitrust, intellectual property, and medical malpractice. He has tried numerous cases to juries in Mo., Kan., and Utah and has litigated in many other jurisdictions. Barton was a Rice Scholar at the KU School of Law, graduating with Order of the Coif honors in 1993 and receiving a faculty award for outstanding achievement. He then served judicial clerkships for Judge Stephen Anderson of the U.S. Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals and for Justice Fred Six of the Kansas Supreme Court before entering private practice. He teaches Trial Advocacy and has also taught Lawyering.
- Trial Advocacy
Thomas Brous is a partner at the Kansas City based law firm Stinson Morrison Hecker LLP. He serves as chair of the firm’s Employee Benefits Group and practices primarily in the areas of qualified pension and profit sharing plans and exempt organizations. He is a graduate of Northwestern University and an honor graduate of the University of Michigan Law School, where he served as an assistant editor of the Michigan Law Review. In addition, Tom served on active duty with the U.S. Army for four years as a captain in the Judge Advocate General’s Corps. Tom is listed in The Best Lawyers in America, Who’s Who in America and Missouri & Kansas Super Lawyers Magazine. Along with his faculty duties, Tom is affiliated with numerous professional and community organizations, such as, Kansas City Public Library Foundation, Divinity School Visiting Committee University of Chicago, Kansas City Repertory Theater, Metropolitan Organization to Counter Sexual Assault, Missouri Bar Association and Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association.
- Executive Compensation
- Pension and Employee Benefits Law
Bill Coates, a graduate of the University of Kansas and KU Law, has maintained a civil trial practice in state and federal courts of Kansas and Missouri for almost forty years. Restricting his practice to civil litigation, he has tried to verdict more than 100 jury trials. He has lectured locally and nationally on all aspects of trial practice and teaches annually at the National Association of Railroad Trial Counsel’s Trial Academy. He holds an “AV” rating from Martindale-Hubbell and is Master Emeritus of the O’Connor Inns of Court. In 1986, he was elected to membership in the Federation of Insurance & Corporate Counsel, a national organization whose membership is limited by invitation only to 2,000 members in the U.S. & Canada. Bill currently serves on the national executive committee of the National Association of Railroad Trial Counsel and is a former regional vice-president of that organization.
- Trial Advocacy
Crissa Cook joined Hovey Williams LLP in 2005 as a clerk while pursuing her law degree. Now an associate, her practice focuses primarily on serving clients in the fields of chemistry, biotechnology and life sciences, food sciences, and the mechanical arts. Her specialties include the preparation and prosecution of U.S. and foreign patent applications. She also helps clients manage and evaluate their IP portfolios as well as those of their competitors, including the preparation of patentability, invalidity, and infringement analyses. She also counsels clients regarding licensing, investor due diligence, and trade secret matters.
- Patent Practice
Stacey Donovan joined the Third Judicial District Public Defender’s Office as an assistant district defender after graduation from KU Law in 1997 and became the Chief District Defender in 2011. She became an adjunct professor of Trial Advocacy in 2008. As a public defender, she defends indigent adults charged with felony crimes in Kansas District Court throughout the trial process. Her caseload consists of all types of felonies, with the majority of cases being sex offenses and person crimes. She has dual B.A. degrees from Simmons College in Boston, Massachusetts and a J.D. from the University of Kansas.
- Trial Advocacy
Burke Griggs is Legal Counsel to the Division of Water Resources, Kansas Department of Agriculture. He represents the State of Kansas in federal and interstate water matters, including litigation before the U.S. Supreme Court (Kansas v. Nebraska & Colorado, No. 126 Orig.), arbitration pursuant to the Court's decrees, and the administration of Kansas' four interstate water compacts. He represents the Chief Engineer and the Division in state court and in administrative hearings, and advises the Department and other state agencies in matters of water policy and legislation. Prior to working at DWR, Mr. Griggs worked in private practice at Stevens & Brand LLP, of Lawrence.
- Oil and Gas
Marilyn Harp earned a bachelor’s in social work in 1976 and her law degree in 1979, both from KU. She immediately began working for Kansas Legal Services as a staff attorney, then rose to managing attorney and regional director. In 2006, she became executive director. In this role, she directs a statewide law firm of 45 attorneys who share her commitment to representing those who would otherwise struggle to have their voices heard. Harp and her staff at Kansas Legal Services broaden access to justice to more than 30,000 Kansans each year. She received the Kansas Bar Association’s Outstanding Service Award in 1994, 2000 and 2006. She was the recipient of the YWCA Woman of Valor Award in 2001 and was recognized as the Women’s Equality Coalition Woman of the Year in 1990.
- Elder Law
B. J. Hickert is a partner at Newbery Ungerer & Hickert LLP in Topeka. He received an undergraduate degree from Benedictine College, a J.D. from the University of Kansas School of Law, and an LL.M. in Taxation from the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law. Before joining the firm in 1997, Hickert litigated business disputes for 15 years, including five years as a senior attorney in the FDIC Professional Liability Section. He has been elected a fellow of The American College of Trust and Estate Counsel. He focuses his legal practice in the areas of business and estate planning, probate, trust administration, and tax disputes. In addition to his active legal practice, Hickert serves as an adjunct professor at the Washburn University School of Law, where he teaches Estate and Gift Tax, and is a frequent lecturer for professional and community organizations.
- Estate Planning: Principles
Specializing in the areas of corporate law and taxation, Bruce R. Hopkins’ emphasis is on nonprofit organizations. His clients include charitable and educational organizations, associations, colleges, universities, hospitals, other health care providers, religious organizations, business and professional associations, and private foundations. Many nonprofit organizations retain him as general counsel, while others use his services as special tax and/or fundraising counsel.
- Nonprofit and Tax-Exempt Organizations
Mark Johnson concentrates in the areas of communications, media, and employment relations. He is one of the three founders of SNR Denton's Kansas City office, Mr. Johnson is a member of the firm’s Technology, Media and Telecommunications and Public Policy and Regulation practices. He has been listed in every edition of The Best Lawyers in America since 1997, and has been selected by that publication in two areas: Public Utility Law and First Amendment Law.
- Elections and Campaign Finance
Erica Landsberg is an honors graduate of Yale University and the University of Chicago Law School. She served on the University of Chicago Law Review, interned at the Office of the United States Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois, and worked in the Mandel Legal Aid Clinic, where she tried an employment discrimination case before the Illinois Human Rights Department. After law school, she served as law clerk for the Hon. Paul E. Plunkett in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois and worked as an associate in commercial litigation and corporate reorganization at Sidley and Austin in Chicago. She then became Assistant General Counsel for the University of Chicago. More recently, she served as a Special Assistant Corporation Counsel for the City of Chicago, handling appeals in over 50 cases. Landsberg began teaching at the University of Kansas School of Law in 2002 with a small section of torts and has been teaching antitrust law at KU for nine years.
- Higher Education and the Law Seminar
- Antitrust Law
John Nitcher is partner at Riling, Burkhead & Nitcher in Lawrence, and focuses his practice on auto accidents, divorce, estate planning, trusts, wills and real estate. He received his B.A. and his J.D. from the University of Kansas.
- Trial Advocacy
Craig C. Reaves, CELA, is an attorney with Reaves Law Firm PC, in Kansas City, Mo. He practices law in Kansas and Missouri with major emphasis in the areas of estate planning, elder law, special needs trusts and planning for persons who have a disability. He has been an adjunct professor of law and teaches an elder law course at both the University of Kansas School of Law and the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law since 2002. Reaves was one of the first attorneys to become a Certified Elder Law Attorney (CELA) by the National Elder Law Foundation, and has continued to be certified since 1995. He is listed in Who's Who In American Law and Who’s Who in America. He has been selected for inclusion on the Kansas and Missouri Super Lawyers list for every year since 2005 and has been included in the current editions of The Best Lawyers in America since 2007.
- Introduction to Elder Law
Jennifer Schmidt is the director of the Public Policy Clinic at KU Law, and host/producer of KPTS Channel 8's "Ask your Legislator" show. She received a B.A. from Texas Christian University and a J.D. from the University of Kansas in 1994, where she served as managing editor of the Kansas Journal of Law and Public Policy.
- Public Policy Clinic
Deborah Williams is currently an associate professor for environmental science and biology at Johnson County Community College, a position she's held since 2005. At JCCC, she's received several honors, including the 2011 Distinguished Service Award, the 2010 College Scholar Award, and the 2009 NISOD Excellence in Teaching Award. She graduated from KU Law in 2004 with a certificate in natural resources and environmental law, as well as a certificate in tribal law.
- Law and Bioethics
- Health Law and Policy