Adjunct Faculty

Adjunct Faculty

Matt All is a fifth-generation native Kansan with degrees from from the University of Kansas and Yale Law School. After working in private legal practice in Kansas City and Lawrence, he spent eight years in state government, first as Assistant Insurance Commissioner, and then as Chief Counsel to Governor Kathleen Sebelius. In January 2007, he left state government to begin work at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas. Today, he serves Blue Cross as General Counsel and Vice President, Public Policy and Human Development. His responsibilities include legal counsel, legislative and regulatory issues, human resources, leadership development, corporate communications, and corporate governance. He has served on the adjunct faculty at KU since 2002, teaching both insurance law and Indian gaming law. He is chairman of the Kansas Bar Association Insurance Law Section, and serves on the Kansas Bar Association Commission on Professionalism.

Courses Taught:
  • Insurance

 

Adjunct Faculty

Russ Brien (Iowa Tribe of Kansas and Nebraska) owns Brien Law LLC. His practice almost exclusively involves working with tribes and tribal business enterprises on a variety of issues, with an emphasis on economic development, gaming, infrastructure and doing business in Indian country. Outside of his law practice, Russ works with the Falmouth Institute as a trainer and speaker. He provides tribal leader training on a variety of topics including federal Indian law, tribal economic development, land consolidation, estate planning in Indian country, protection of tribal records, ethics for tribal leaders, negotiation, and tribal constitutions and bylaws. A former partner in the corporate finance group of a large Kansas City based firm, Russ has a broad background in business, securities, finance and municipal law. He is listed in the Best Lawyers in America for Structured Finance Law. He has taught at the University of Kansas School of Law since 2007.

Courses Taught:
  • Indian Gaming

David J. Brown is managing partner and The Law Office of David J. Brown LC in Lawrence. He began his professional career as an award-winning reporter and editor, working for 10 years in the field before attending Albany Law School in New York and then moving to Lawrence. He taught for one semester at KU's William Allen White School of Journalism, then went to work as a research attorney first for the Kansas Court of Appeals and later for then-Chief Judge Mary Beck Briscoe. He held that post until August 1992, when he opened The Law Office of David J. Brown. Since that time, Brown has held various legal leadership roles in the community and has been an involved board member and advisor for nonprofit organizations working to better life in Douglas County. He has written and lectured extensively on the areas of privacy, family law, and ethics. Brown aims to meet the legal needs of traditional and nontraditional families by addressing issues of premarital and cohabitation agreements, adoption, separation or divorce, child custody, estate planning, wills and trusts, and family business concerns.

Courses Taught:
  • Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Questioning (LGBTQ) Seminar

 

Marc Erickson is a partner at Wagstaff & Cartmell, LLP whose civil trial practice emphasizes the areas of medical malpractice, complex business litigation and personal injury. Marc has successfully tried numerous cases to verdict in Missouri and Kansas. He has repeatedly been included in the Kansas City Business Journal “Best of Bar” and the Missouri & Kansas Super Lawyers. In 2008, Marc was also selected by Ingram’s Magazine as one of the 40 Under 40 leaders in business, government and community in Kansas City. He is a 2012 inductee into the International Society of Barristers, an international honor society of trial attorneys. Marc was a Rice Scholar at the University of Kansas School of Law.

Courses Taught:
  • Trial Advocacy

Robert W. Fairchild is the chief judge of the Seventh Judicial District, Douglas County, Kansas. After graduating from the University of Kansas School of Law in 1973 he entered the private practice of law in Lawrence. He practiced law for 23 years and handled a wide variety of cases. He served as County Counselor for Douglas County, Kansas, for approximately 10 years. In 1996 he was appointed as a district judge for the 7th Judicial District and was appointed chief judge in 2002.

Courses Taught:
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution

Julia practices in the areas of civil litigation, complex commercial litigation, antitrust, banking, and construction law, representing clients in the state and federal courts of Kansas and Missouri. She is a 2008 graduate of the University of Kansas School of Law, where she served as Managing Editor of the Kansas Law Review and on the Moot Court Council.

Courses Taught:
  • Commercial Law: Secured Transactions

 

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harpm@klsinc.org

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.

Courses Taught:
  • Elder Law Externship

 

Brandon Henry is a partner at Wagstaff & Cartmell LLP whose practice is devoted entirely to litigation. Henry has extensive jury trial experience, which includes cases with multi-million dollar damage claims in multiple state and federal jurisdictions. Henry focuses his practice on the areas of professional liability, product liability, explosion and electrocution cases, trucking litigation, personal injury, wrongful death and commercial and business litigation.

Courses Taught:
  • Trial Advocacy

 

Adjunct Faculty

Since graduating from the University of Kansas School of Law in 1979, John Hickey has been with the law firm of Lewis, Rice & Fingersh LC in Kansas City, Mo. He has practice primarily commercial real estate law with emphasis on finance, bankruptcy and construction matters. His experience includes representation of lenders, borrowers , buyers, sellers, contractors, owners, architects, developers, landlords, tenants property managers and brokers in commercial real estate transactions. Since 2007, he has taught a class in real estate finance at KU. He has been listed under real estate in Best Lawyers in America for the past 12 years.

Courses Taught:
  • Real Estate Finance

Matthew Hoy is an attorney at Stevens & Brand LLP in Lawrence, Kan., where he works with business owners and professionals as they encounter estate planning issues and business succession issues. In addition, he maintains a very substantial practice representing families and financial institutions dealing with estate administration matters such as probate, trust administration, and litigation related to those procedures.

Hoy counsels entrepreneurs and their companies in transactional matters including formation, raising capital, mergers and acquisitions, contract negotiations, and general managerial issues.

He advises business in a variety of industries, including health care, banking, energy, entertainment, real estate development, advertising, technology and life sciences, and financial services.

Courses Taught:
  • Business Planning Seminar
     
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Courses Taught:
  • Trial Advocacy
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Steve Leben has taught the Legislation class at KU Law since 2007; his course focuses on statutory interpretation. Leben's teaching is informed by regular experience interpreting statutes as an appellate judge, nearly 14 years as a trial judge, and 11 years of law practice. Leben is a nationally recognized authority on improving judicial practices to enhance procedural fairness; he coauthored a white paper on procedural fairness for the American Judges Association in 2007. Since then, Leben and his white-paper coauthor, Minnesota trial judge Kevin Burke, have made invited presentations on procedural fairness to more than 2,500 state and federal judges. Leben has published 14 law-review articles in the areas of procedural justice, administrative law, civil procedure, family law, and evidence. His scholarly publications have been cited by state and federal courts in Kansas and in more than 75 law-journal articles by other authors. Leben has edited a national publication for judges, Court Review, since 1998, and he received the Distinguished Service Award from the National Center for State Courts in 2003 for his work toward the improvement of the American judiciary. He also serves as cochair of the editorial board for the Kansas Bar Association's Annual Survey of Kansas Law.

Courses Taught:
  • Legislation and Statutory Interpretation
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Courses Taught:
  • Transactional LawMeet

Sheri McCracken is a career prosecutor at the state and federal level with 17 years of trial experience. She successfully tried ten felony jury trials as a third year law student while interning at the Miami and Johnson County District Attorney's offices and she has completed over two hundred jury trials. She is currently serving the Department of Justice as the District of Kansas Narcotics Chief, High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area Coordinator and Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force Lead Attorney. For the past 16 years, she has served as Trial Advocacy Adjunct.

Courses Taught:
  • Trial Advocacy

Dionne Scherff has a law practice dedicated to criminal defense. She started her trial attorney career as a prosecutor in the Wyandotte County District Attorney's Office then moved to the Johnson County District Attorney's Office. As a prosecutor, Scherff specialized in child abuse and sex crimes. Her current practice takes her to federal and state court on criminal matters in Kansas and Missouri. She is death penalty qualified in the state of Kansas and has enjoyed the victory of a death penalty case dismissal on the morning of jury trial. Scherff has extensive jury trial experience in both state and federal court. She also has a healthy appellate practice. She writes and argues briefs in the state of Kansas appellate courts as well as the 8th and 10th federal circuit courts. She also handles civil forfeitures relating to property seized during criminal investigations. Scherff is a frequent lecturer at Continuing Legal Education seminars. Finally, she is frequently asked to serve as a judge pro tem in Johnson County District Court.

Courses Taught:
  • Trial Advocacy

 

Courses Taught:
  • Contract Drafting

Terri D. Thomas currently serves as the Legal Department Director of the Kansas Bankers Association. In this role, she provides legal and compliance information to Kansas banks. Prior to assuming this position, she was Of Counsel with the law firm of Spencer, Fane, Britt & Browne. Specifically, she was the point person for "Bankers Choice," a financial institution consulting division of the firm, providing on-sight training and fixed-fee legal assistance to financial institutions in Kansas and Missouri. Prior to joining the firm, Terri was employed in the banking industry for over twenty-three years in various capacities. Presently, she serves as an adjunct instructor at Washburn University School of Law in Topeka, Kan., and at the University of Kansas School of Law in Lawrence, Kan., and is a frequent seminar presenter for banking associations. 

Courses Taught:
  • Banking Law

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.

Courses Taught:
  • Law and Bioethics
  • ​Health Law and Policy
  • Public Health Law

 

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