Raj Bhala, an Indian-American, joined the KU Law faculty in 2003 as the Rice Distinguished Professor, the highest university-level professorship at KU. He received the 2011 Woodyard International Educator Award, a university-wide award granted to one faculty member for outstanding contributions to internationalization efforts, the 2010 Moreau Award for advising and counseling students, and a 2008 Kemper Award for Teaching Excellence. He has worked in 28 countries and played in another 19 countries.
Bhala is a member of England's Royal Society for Asian Affairs, the Council on Foreign Relations, the American Law Institute, the Fellowship of Catholic Scholars, and the All India Law Teacher's Congress. The Indian Society of International Law has conferred on him Life Membership.
Bhala's scholarly reputation in international trade is global, based in part on a sustained, prolific publication record. That record includes a treatise, “Modern GATT Law,” now in its two-volume second edition, and “International Trade Law,” a two-volume textbook in its forthcoming fourth edition. Both books are widely acclaimed for their substance and style. That record also includes more than three dozen provocative articles, including eight major pieces on the Doha Round of multilateral trade negotiations, several works on poor countries, and a trilogy on stare decisis. Bhala's articles have appeared in The International Lawyer, the most widely circulated international law review, five times.
Bhala's energy and enthusiasm extend to Islamic Law. He is the first non-Muslim American law professor to write a comprehensive textbook in the field, "Understanding Islamic Law Shari'a)." This highly praised, widely used work covers in an accessible manner the religion, history and law of Islam. Bhala is honored and humbled to teach Islamic Law to United States Special Operations Forces at the Command and General Staff College of Fort Leavenworth, Kan.
Bhala's eagerness to pioneer new fields in the American legal academy extends to India. He is under contract to write the first textbook on the business laws of modern India.
Bhala practiced international banking law at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, which twice granted him the President's Award for Excellence. At the New York Fed, he represented the United States in international wire transfer negotiations at the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL), dealt with legal issues in the largest financial market in the world (foreign exchange) and was actively involved in international banking law enforcement, including the infamous scandal involving the Bank of Credit and Commerce International (BCCI). His UNCITRAL work earned him a Letter of Commendation from the State Department.
Bhala is an International Legal Consultant for The Al Ammari Law Firm, in association with Blake, Cassels & Graydon LL.P., Bahrain and Saudi Arabia. He also has consulted for international organizations, the U.S. and foreign governments, and Cheniere Energy and other private sector entities.
Bhala joined KU from George Washington, where he held the Patricia Roberts Harris Research Professorship, before which he began his teaching career at William & Mary.
Bhala is a summa cum laude graduate of Duke, where he was an Angier B. Duke Scholar. The British government awarded him a Marshall Scholarship, and he earned master's degrees from both the London School of Economics and Oxford in economics and management, respectively. He obtained his law degree with honors from Harvard.
- Advanced International Trade Law
- International Trade Law
- Islamic Law (Shari'a)
- Public International Law
- International Banking Law
- International Business Transactions
- Law and Business in India
Elizabeth Cateforis joined the law school in 1999 as a supervising attorney in the Paul E. Wilson Project for Innocence and Post-Conviction Remedies. Prior to joining the faculty, she was an assistant appellate defender at the Kansas Appellate Defender Office for the five years following her graduation from law school. She received her bachelor's degree from Smith College and her law degree from the University of Kansas.
- Advanced Criminal Procedure
- Capital Punishment
- Project for Innocence & Post-Conviction Remedies
Katie Cronin joined the KU Law faculty as clinical associate professor and director of the Medical-Legal Partnership Clinic in August 2012. She has an extensive background in legal aid, having previously served as the director of medical-legal partnerships for Legal Aid of Western Missouri and as an AmeriCorps member for the Legal Assistance Foundation of Metropolitan Chicago. As project director for medical-legal partnerships at Legal Aid of Western Missouri, she secured a number of significant grants totaling over $1 million. In 2012, she completed a fellowship with the Ladder to Leadership Program, a national Robert Wood Johnson Foundation initiative that aims to enhance the leadership capacity of community-based nonprofit health organizations. Cronin received a J.D. from Vanderbilt University and a B.S.W. with honors from the University of Missouri-Columbia.
- Medical-Legal Partnership Clinic
- Human Trafficking Law and Policy Seminar
Michael Davis is an honor graduate of Kansas State University and the University of Michigan Law School, where he served as an editor on the Michigan Law Review. He joined the KU law faculty in 1971. An outstanding teacher, he received the Immel Award for Teaching Excellence in 1991 and was named Centennial Teaching Professor of Law in 1997. In addition to his faculty duties, Davis served as University General Counsel for six years and Dean of the school for nine. He was also Interim Dean from July 2005 to July 2006. He has been involved in many aspects of the practice both regionally and nationally, and has served as Chair of the American Bar Association Standards and Accreditation Committees. Davis has been Of Counsel to the Kansas City firm of Stinson Morrison Hecker from 1989-2009.
- Government Regulation of Land Development
- Religion and the State
A graduate of Harvard University Law School, Phillip DeLaTorre joined the KU law faculty in 1980 following private law practice in Kansas City, Mo. His teaching and scholarship focus on intellectual property, property, and oil and gas law. He has a strong interest in civil rights issues and serves as on the Kansas Human Rights Commission and on the Kansas Advisory Commission to the U.S. commission on Civil Rights. He has been a visiting professor at the University of Texas School of Law, the University of San Diego School of Law, and the University of Iowa College of Law.
- Sports Law
- Trusts and Estates
Melanie DeRousse serves as both a clinical associate professor and director of KU Law’s Douglas County Legal Aid Clinic. The clinic’s educational focus is to engage law students in real-world, client-centered practice where, under the guidance of supervising attorneys, they can develop their lawyering skills, substantive area expertise, and ability to engage in the critical self-reflection that will be essential to their development as ethical, diligent members of the profession. DeRousse’s responsibilities as director are to refine, develop and promote the clinic’s educational focus, to seek out funding and relationships that will assist in the clinic’s mission, and to teach student-attorneys the art of competent, client-centered lawyering with an emphasis on access to justice.
DeRousse’s scholarly interests focus on the intersection of state and family, particularly in the context of poverty, public health and child welfare. She draws upon her experience in practice as well as her work before law school implementing a diversion and rehabilitation program for pre-adjudicated juvenile status offenders in Florida and South Carolina. She is a graduate of the Washington University in St. Louis School of Law, where she competed on the national trial advocacy team and participated in a top-ranked civil justice clinic. Before joining the KU Law faculty, DeRousse was an attorney at Legal Services of Eastern Missouri Inc., where she focused her civil practice on the legal needs of survivors of intimate partner violence. DeRousse was a frequent presenter and panelist at Missouri Bar CLE programs and community education events. She also clerked for the Hon. Kathianne Knaup Crane at the Missouri Court of Appeals, Eastern District. She joined the KU Law faculty in 2015.
- Legal Aid Clinic
Martin B. Dickinson was named the Robert A. Schroeder Distinguished Professor of Law in 1986. He is a nationally recognized authority in estate planning and taxation and a co-author of standard publications in those fields. He joined the KU law faculty in 1967 and served as dean from 1971 to 1980. Highly respected as a teacher and mentor, Dickinson received the Immel Award for Teaching Excellence in 1997; the Moreau Student Counseling Award in 1988, 1995, 1997 and 2009; the Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching in 1988; and a Kemper Fellowship for Teaching Excellence in 2002. The Kansas Bar Association has conferred the President's Award for Outstanding Service and the Phil Lewis Medal of Distinction on Dickinson. He holds a bachelor's degree from the University of Kansas, a master's degree from Stanford University, and a law degree from the University of Michigan, where he was Editor-in-Chief of the Michigan Law Review. He has received the ALI-ABA Harrison Tweed Award for excellence in continuing legal education. Dickinson is a Fellow of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel, the American College of Tax Counsel, and the American Bar Foundation.
- Estate Planning
Chris Drahozal is an internationally known scholar whose writing focuses on the law and economics of dispute resolution, particularly arbitration. Drahozal is the author of multiple books and numerous articles on commercial arbitration. He has given presentations on the subject in Europe, Asia, Canada, and the United States, and has testified before Congress and state legislatures on arbitration matters as well. He is serving as an Associate Reporter for the ALI's Restatement of the Law, The U.S. Law of International Commercial Arbitration, and as a Special Advisor to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, assisting with its study of arbitration clauses in consumer financial services contracts. Drahozal also is a well-respected teacher and received the Immel Award for Teaching Excellence in 2004. Prior to coming to KU, Professor Drahozal practiced law with Sidley & Austin in Washington, D.C., and served as a law clerk for Chief Judge Charles Clark of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, Justice Byron R. White of the United States Supreme Court, and Judge George H. Aldrich of the Iran-United States Claims Tribunal in The Hague, The Netherlands.
- Commercial Arbitration
- Commercial Law
Chelsi Hayden joined the KU Law faculty as an adjunct lawyering professor in 2011 and became a professor in the Lawyering Skills Program in 2012. Before entering academia, Hayden served as chambers counsel to Judge Carlos Murguia of the U.S. District Court for the District of Kansas and as an associate in business litigation for Shook, Hardy & Bacon in Kansas City, Mo. She has extensive experience in both civil and criminal law and has litigated both state and federal cases, including for the Kansas Supreme Court. Hayden is also active in the community, serving as president of the Kansas Land Trust and board member for The Willow Domestic Violence Center in Lawrence.
- Lawyering Skills
John Head holds both an English law degree from Oxford University and a J.D. from the University of Virginia. Before joining the KU law faculty, he was in private practice in Washington, D.C., and served as legal counsel to the Asian Development Bank and to the International Monetary Fund. He has taught law in several countries in Europe and Asia and occasionally undertakes overseas assignments there and elsewhere involving international financial law, international organizations, and international legal training. He has served as the Paul Hastings Visiting Professor at the University of Hong Kong and has held two Fulbright Fellowships – to Beijing in 1994 (Renmin University of China) and to the University of Trento in 2009 as part of the Fulbright Distinguished Chairs Awards Program.
Head has been recognized as an outstanding teacher by being awarded the Schroeder Teaching Fellowship and the W.T. Kemper Fellowship for Teaching Excellence. He also has received the Provost's Award for Leadership in International Education, the Immel Award for Teaching Excellence, the Dean Frederick J. Moreau Award, the Graduate Mentor of the Year Award and the Michael P. Malone International Leadership Award. He was named the Robert W. Wagstaff Distinguished Professor in 2010. He coaches two of the school's successful international law moot court teams and serves as co-sponsor of the International Law Society. His scholarly books and articles focus mainly on international and comparative law, with emphasis on the legal aspects of international business, international environmental protection and international economic relations. He has also authored or co-authored several books on Chinese law. His current research projects revolve around international agricultural law and policy.
- Comparative Law
- International Commerce and Investment
- International Economic Law
- Public International Law
Webb Hecker is one of the law school's most well-respected teachers. He was the Robert A. Schroeder Teaching Fellow from 1990 to 1993 and received the Immel Award for Teaching Excellence in 1996, the W.T. Kemper Fellowship for Teaching Excellence in 2000, and the Moreau Award for commitment to advising students in 2008. A recognized authority on corporations, partnerships and limited liability companies, Hecker is an active member of the business law section of the American and Kansas bar associations. He holds law degrees from Wayne State University and Harvard University and, prior to joining the KU Law faculty, practiced business law with the Detroit firm of Miller, Canfield, Paddock & Stone.
- Business Associations
- Contract Drafting
- Mergers and Acquisitions
Laura Hines teaches Civil Procedure, Complex Litigation, and Remedies. Her scholarship examines the intersection of procedure and tort law, with a particular focus on aggregate litigation. Hines’s articles have appeared in the George Washington Law Review, Emory Law Journal, Wake Forest Law Review, Indiana Law Journal, and other leading publications. She has consulted or testified as an expert on class certification law in several mass tort class action cases. Before joining KU, Hines was a litigation associate at the Washington, D.C., offices of Arnold & Porter, and clerked for Chief Justice Donald P. Lay of the United States Court of Appeals for the 8th Circuit. She is a graduate of Brown University and the University of Michigan Law School, where she served as a note editor on the Michigan Law Review.
- Civil Procedure
- Complex Litigation
Virginia Harper Ho is a KU Docking Faculty Scholar and has been a member of the KU Law faculty since 2010.
Her research focuses on the intersections of law and governance from a comparative perspective. She has written recently on shareholder activism, comparative corporate governance, Chinese labor law reform, and corporate social responsibility, and her work has been published by the Vanderbilt and Columbia international law journals, the Journal of Corporation Law, the Columbia Journal of Asian Law and University of California-Berkeley's Institute for East Asian Studies. She has also presented her work in in Chinese and English at several universities in China.
Harper Ho previously taught as a visiting assistant professor at the Indiana University Maurer School of Law. She practiced corporate and securities law for over six years, advising U.S. and foreign multinationals on cross-border transactions and corporate finance matters. She also served as a law clerk for Chief Judge Robert Pratt of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Iowa and as a research fellow at the University of Iowa Center for Asian and Pacific Studies. She received her J.D. with honors from Harvard Law School, where she was awarded the 2001 Yong K. Kim Memorial Prize, was a member of Harvard’s Jessup International Moot Court Competition regional championship team and served as editor-in-chief of the Harvard Asia Quarterly and an associate editor of the Harvard International Law Journal.
- Business Organizations
- Chinese Law
- Corporate Finance
- Seminar in Corporate Social Responsibility, Sustainability and the Law
Michael Hoeflich holds degrees from Haverford College, Cambridge University, and Yale Law School. He taught at the University of Illinois from 1980-1988, was dean of the Syracuse University College of Law from 1988-1994, and was dean at the University of Kansas School of Law from 1994-2000. Hoeflich is the author or editor of 15 books and more than 115 articles. He is also a columnist for the Lawrence Journal-World. He is a fellow of the Royal Historical Society, a member of the American Antiquarian Society and the Kansas Correspondent of the Selden Society. He was awarded an honorary degree (LL.D) by Baker University in 2003.
- Law and the Arts
- Legal History
- Professional Responsibility
Mike Kautsch left his post as dean of the KU School of Journalism at the end of the 1996-1997 academic year to join the KU Law faculty and develop a program on Media, Law and Policy at the School of Law. The program includes a Media Law Clinic and Media Law course, as well as a certificate in Media, Law and Policy. Kautsch holds degrees in journalism and law from the University of Iowa, and he worked as a journalist for about 10 years before joining the KU journalism school in 1979. He has long worked with the media bar and engages in research and makes public presentations on the First Amendment and other topics related to media and the law. He testifies before Kansas legislative committees on media-related bills, participates annually in planning and presenting a national Media and the Law Seminar in Kansas City, and chairs the Media Bar Committee of the Kansas Bar Association (KBA). His honors include a number of teaching awards and an Outstanding Service Award from the KBA (1997) in recognition of his contributions to media-bar relations. His other service activities in the state include a charter membership in the Kansas Sunshine Coalition for Open Government and six years as a gubernatorial appointee to the Kansas Humanities Council board of directors. Mike has been quoted by many major news outlets, and was recently featured in a WIBW (Topeka) story on The Montgomery Family Symposium.
- Media Law
- Copyright Law and Digital Works
Pamela Keller joined the KU Law faculty in 1999 as an instructor in the Lawyering program with extensive practice experience. She graduated from the KU School of Law in 1993, Order of the Coif, and was the Note and Comment Editor of the Kansas Law Review. After serving two years as a law clerk for the Hon. John W. Lungstrum, U.S. District Court, District of Kansas, she joined Ice Miller in Indianapolis and worked for the firm for nine years. Her primary area of practice has been labor and employment law, including employment litigation, as well as advising clients in traditional labor matters and representing clients in administrative matters. She has served as director of the Lawyering Skills Program since 2006 and received the Robert A. Schroeder Teaching Fellowship in 2012.
- Judicial Clinic
- Lawyering Skills
- Moot Court
Richard Levy is a nationally and internationally known teacher and scholar in the field of American public law, including constitutional law, administrative law and legislation. He joined the KU Law faculty in 1985, having received his law degree with honors from the University of Chicago Law School. Before joining the faculty, he served as a clerk for Judge Richard Posner of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit. As a teacher, Levy emphasizes active learning and strives to integrate the development of analytical and problem-solving skills into the coverage of substantive material using a variety of innovative teaching methods. Levy is a prolific scholar with an extensive publication record in leading journals on a wide array of topics, including pioneering work applying collective action theory to federalism and leading articles on judicial review of administrative agencies. He was named the inaugural J.B. Smith Distinguished Professor of Constitutional Law in 2007. Levy has also given extensive service to the state, including work on comprehensive reform of the state's administrative procedure and child in need of care codes, as well as offering expert testimony for various legislative committees. In recognition of this service, he received the Steeples Award for Service to Kansas in 2010. Within the university, Levy has occupied various positions of leadership, including service as president of the Faculty Senate, chair of the University Judicial Board and leadership of various successful committees and task forces charged with policy reform. Levy is fluent in German and has studied in Germany and served as exchange professor at the University of Vienna.
- Administrative Law
- Constitutional Law
Quinton Lucas joined the KU Law faculty in 2012. Prior to entering academia, he practiced commercial litigation with Rouse Hendricks German May in Kansas City, Mo., representing clients in government investigations and in trials and appeals in state and federal courts throughout the country. While at Rouse Hendricks, he also served as a constitutional law instructor at the Kansas State Penitentiary in Lansing, Kan. After law school, Lucas served as a law clerk to the Hon. Duane Benton of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 8th Circuit. He earned a J.D. from Cornell Law School and an A.B. from Washington University in St. Louis.
- Administrative Law
Stephen Mazza joined the KU Law faculty in 1998 and was named dean in April 2011. An honors graduate of the University of Alabama School of Law, he received his LL.M. from New York University School of Law where he was managing editor of the Tax Law Review. After practicing in the tax section of a large Atlanta law firm, he returned to NYU as an acting assistant professor teaching in the LL.M. tax program. Professor Mazza has expanded the number of tax offerings at KU, teaching separate courses in Taxation of Mergers and Acquisitions, Tax Procedure and Tax Policy. He also coordinates the law schools tax certificate program and VITA program. Professor Mazza is an active member of the tax section of the Kansas Bar Association and a frequent speaker on tax issues.
- Federal Income Taxation
- Federal Tax Procedure
- Professional Responsibility
- Tax Policy
Prior to joining the KU Law faculty in 1993, Stephen McAllister clerked for Justices Byron White and Clarence Thomas at the Supreme Court of the United States and Judge Richard Posner at the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit. He also was in private practice in the Washington, D.C., office of the Los Angeles law firm Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher. A respected teacher, scholar and appellate lawyer, he received the Dean Frederick J. Moreau Award in 1997, a W.T. Kemper Fellowship for Teaching Excellence in 1999 and the Steeples Award for Service to Kansans in 2008. He served as the first and only Solicitor of the State of Kansas from 1999 to 2003 and was dean of the law school from 2000 to 2005. He currently serves as the Solicitor General of Kansas, assisting the attorney general's office with constitutional litigation, including briefing, arguing and winning for Kansas the case of Kansas v. Ventris (U.S. 2009). In November 2010, the U.S. Supreme Court appointed McAllister to defend the judgment below in Bond v. United States, No. 09-1227. In that capacity, McAllister filed a merits brief, and he presented oral argument to the court on Feb. 22, 2011.
In 2013, McAllister assisted the Kansas Attorney General in Kansas v. Cheever (U.S. 2013), which Kansas won 9-0 in the Supreme Court. In October 2014 McAllister will argue for Kansas in the case of Kansas v. Nebraska and Colorado (U.S.).
Also in 2013, McAllister taught a Landmark Supreme Court Cases course with Justice Clarence Thomas through a study abroad program in Innsbruck, Austria.
- Civil Rights Actions
- Federal Constitutional Law
- State Constitutional Law
A magna cum laude graduate of the University of New Mexico School of Law, Sandra McKenzie joined the KU Law faculty in 1979. She served as a law clerk to the Hon. Oliver Seth of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit and spent four years in private practice doing tax and estate planning work in Albuquerque before beginning her career in law teaching. McKenzie is a dedicated and highly regarded teacher, known for her accessibility to students. She currently teaches Alternative Dispute Resolution, Local Government Law, Property, and Elder Law. Her expertise in Kansas local government law has made her a frequent speaker and a regular participant in programs and publications of the Kansas Bar Association. She serves as the law school's ombudsman.
- Alternative Dispute Resolution
- Elder Law
- Local Government
Lumen "Lou" Mulligan joined the KU Law faculty in 2010. He earned his J.D. magna cum laude, order of the coif, from the University of Michigan Law School. He holds a master's in philosophy from the University of Colorado and a bachelor's with honors from the University of Kansas. Prior to coming to KU Law, he served as an associate professor at Michigan State University College of Law, where the student bar association recognized him as an outstanding instructor, and was an assistant professor of business law at the University of Michigan School of Business. His legal experience includes co-founding Stowell & Mulligan PA, working as a litigation associate attorney at a large Midwestern law firm, and serving as a judicial clerk on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit. His scholarship, which predominantly focuses upon jurisdiction and procedure, is published in several prominent legal journals, including Michigan Law Review, NYU Law Review, Northwestern University Law Review, Washington University Law Review and Vanderbilt Law Review. He is also a co-author of the three-volume treatise "Kansas Law and Practice: Kansas Code of Civil Procedure Annotated." Mulligan's scholarship has been cited by the U.S. Court of Appeals, in the Harvard Law Review and in briefing to several federal courts. He is active in the Kansas Bar Association, serving on the Appellate Section Executive Committee and a member of Lawrence's local Inn of Court. Mulligan is a frequent speaker across the country and continues to work in the courts, most often in an amicus curia or pro bono capacity.
- Civil Procedure
- Expert Witness Skills Workshop
Professor Uma Outka works at the intersection between energy law and environmental law, with a focus on renewable energy and the transition to a low-carbon electricity sector. She has been an Associate Professor at the University of Kansas School of Law since 2011, where she teaches courses in energy law, property, environmental law, and climate change law and policy. At KU Law, she is an Affiliate Faculty member of the Environmental Studies Program and the Center for Environmental Policy. Her scholarship has appeared journals including the Vanderbilt Law Review, Ecology Law Quarterly, and the Stanford Environmental Law Journal, and her chapter on Legal Regimes for Land Use, Land Use Change, and Forestry is featured in the comparative law reference volume Research Handbook on Climate Change Mitigation Law (Edward Elgar Publ. 2015). In 2013, she was the recipient of the Moreau Faculty Award, an honor bestowed on a faculty member by the entire student body. Before coming to KU Law, Professor Outka spent two years as a Visiting Scholar in Energy and Land Use Law at the Florida State University College of Law. As a faculty research partner with FSU’s Institute for Energy Systems, Economics and Sustainability (IESES), Professor Outka directed a Sustainable Energy Research Project aimed at understanding and advancing legal frameworks to support sustainable energy development. She taught Sustainable Development Law and organized a national symposium on energy and land use issues at FSU. Before entering academia, Professor Outka served as General Counsel for 1000 Friends of Florida, a non-profit advocacy organization focused on growth management, environmental conservation, and affordable housing, and worked as a litigation attorney at a large northeast law firm, Verrill Dana, LLP in Portland, Maine. She is a summa cum laude graduate of the University of Maine School of Law, and holds a Masters in Public Policy and Administration from the Muskie School of Public Service.
- Energy Law
- Environmental Law
A native Kansan, John Peck graduated from Kansas State University in 1968 with a degree in civil engineering. After working three years for the U.S. Public Health Service and the EPA in Washington, D.C., he earned his law degree from the KU School of Law. He practiced law with Everett, Seaton, Peck in Manhattan, Kan., from 1974 to 1978 and joined the law faculty in 1978. He teaches contracts, land transactions, water law, and family law, and is special counsel to Foulston Siefkin LLP in Wichita. Peck is a recognized authority on Kansas water law and a highly regarded teacher. He was named a Connell Teaching Professor of Law in 1999, and he received both the Dean Frederick J. Moreau Award and the Immel Award for Teaching Excellence in 1998. In 2004, the university awarded him a W.T. Kemper Fellowship for Teaching Excellence.
- Family Law
- Land Transactions
- Water Law
Jean Phillips joined the law school in 1996 as a supervising attorney in the Paul E. Wilson Project for Innocence and Post-Conviction Remedies, and became director in 1999. She served as director of clinical programs from 2003-2005. She received the Frederick J. Moreau award in 2003. The award is given annually to a faculty member who, in the eyes of law students, has been particularly helpful in advising and counseling students. Prior to joining the faculty, she clerked for the Hon. Robert J. Lewis of the Kansas Court of Appeals. Phillips then joined the Appellate Defender Office. During her four years as an assistant appellate defender, she spent two years working at the Defender Project assisting students in the preparation of appellate briefs. She is a 1990 graduate of the law school.
- Criminal Practice in Kansas
- Criminal Procedure
- Project for Innocence & Post-Conviction Remedies
A graduate of the University of Kansas School of Law, Dennis Prater practiced law privately in Vermont and Kansas before returning to the law school as director of the Legal Aid Clinic. An outstanding teacher, he received the Immel Award for Teaching Excellence in 1993, the Dean Frederick J. Moreau Award in 1989 and 1994, and a W.T. Kemper Fellowship for Teaching Excellence in 1998. He was named Connel Teaching Professor of Law in 1999. An authority on the law of evidence, he is the leading author of a popular evidence textbook.
- Advanced Litigation
- Practice in Kansas
Joyce Rosenberg graduated from the KU School of Law in 1996. While in law school, she served as editor-in-chief of the Kansas Law Review. She enjoyed an extensive practice in labor and employment law with several Kansas City firms. She joined the law faculty in 2005 as an instructor in the Lawyering program.
- Externship Clinic
- Lawyering Skills
- Advanced Legal Writing
Meredith Schnug serves as a clinical associate professor and associate director of the Legal Aid Clinic. The clinic provides students an opportunity to develop their lawyering skills while promoting access to justice and providing high-quality legal services to low-income clients. In her role, Schnug supervises students in their casework and co-teaches the classroom component of the clinic, with the goal of developing purpose-minded and practice-ready attorneys. Schnug’s work with students emphasizes the value of high ethical standards and professionalism, practical problem-solving skills, and collaboration with community partners to provide clients with the best representation possible.
Prior to joining the faculty, Schnug served as a senior attorney with the Legal Aid Society of Southwest Ohio, where she supervised attorneys, paralegals and law clerks, represented victims of domestic violence in family law and immigration matters, and advocated for children in abuse, neglect and dependency cases. She also coordinated and presented at several community education forums. Schnug received her law degree from the Washington University in St. Louis School of Law, where she participated in the Civil Justice Clinic. Her research interests include trauma-informed practice for attorneys and the impact of the law on families and children.
- Legal Aid Clinic
A member of the KU Law faculty since 1977, Elinor Schroeder is recognized as a leading authority in labor and employment law. She was named the Paul E. Wilson Professor of Law in 1999, a recognition of the quality of her scholarship. Schroeder is an outstanding teacher as well and a recipient of the law school's Immel Award for Teaching Excellence. In 1984, the KU Commission on the Status of Women named her the outstanding woman teacher at KU and inducted her into the University of Kansas Women's Hall of Fame. She holds both a bachelor's degree and law degree from the University of Michigan, where she was articles and book review editor of the Michigan Law Review.
- Employment Discrimination Law
- Employment Law
- Labor Law
- Disability Law
Jan Sheldon is a graduate of the University of Kansas School of Law, where she served as Articles Editor of the Kansas Law Review and was a member of Order of the Coif. She also holds a Ph.D. in developmental and child psychology. After finishing law school, Sheldon began teaching at the University of Kansas. She is currently a professor in applied behavioral sciences and director of the Edna A. Hill Child Development Center. Sheldon works closely with personnel in the juvenile justice system and has been co-director of the Truancy Prevention and Diversion Program for more than 25 years. Sheldon and her colleagues also developed a community-based program that provides residential and day services for more than 350 children and adults with developmental disabilities and autism. Sheldon has received numerous teaching and advising awards including the W.T. Kemper Fellowship for Teaching Excellence (1998), the Steeples Service to Kansas Award (2002), and the J. Michael Young Academic Advising Award (2009). She has published three books and more than 60 articles and chapters.
- Alternative Dispute Resolution
- Juvenile Law
Betsy Six joined the KU Law faculty in January 2004 as a professor in the Lawyering Skills Program. She became the Director of Academic Resources in 2010. Six graduated in 1992 from Stanford Law School, where she was a member of the Stanford Law Review. During law school, she spent six months researching international human rights issues in Geneva for the Institute Henri Dunant, a research institute affiliated with the International Red Cross. She joined the Kansas City law firm of Spencer Fane Britt & Browne after graduation. Her primary area of practice has been environmental law, with an emphasis on advising clients on compliance issues and representing them in administrative and regulatory matters.
- Academic Resources
- Lawyering Skills
A graduate of the University of Michigan Law School, Tom Stacy joined the KU Law faculty in 1986. He was a law clerk for the U.S. Court of Appeals and U.S. District Court and in private practice in Washington, D.C., before beginning his teaching career. Stacy's teaching and research focus on criminal law, constitutional law and health law. An innovative thinker, his scholarship has become highly respected.
- Conflict of Laws
- Constitutional Law
- Health Law and Policy
A graduate of Harvard University Law School, Ellen Sward joined the KU Law faculty in 1984 after private practice in Madison, Wis., and Washington, D.C. Her focus for teaching and research has been on civil procedure and particularly the civil jury. She is author of "The Decline of the Civil Jury," published by Carolina Academic Press in 2001. A highly respected teacher, Sward has been active in curriculum planning and reform. She was named a Dean James Green Fellow, 1996-1999, in recognition of her service to the law school.
- Civil Procedure
- Federal Courts
Andrew W. Torrance received his Ph.D. in Biology from Harvard University in 1997, J.D. from Harvard Law School in 2000, and Bachelor of Science from Queen’s University (Canada) in 1991. He joined the University of Kansas School of Law in 2005 as Associate Professor. In 2009 he was named a Docking Faculty Scholar, a university-wide program that honors faculty members who have distinguished themselves in their early careers, and in 2011 he was promoted to tenured Full Professor. At KU Torrance served as a member of the Faculty and University Executive Councils (2010-2013), and as the elected President of the Faculty Senate (2012-2013). Prior to his arrival at KU, Torrance taught at Harvard University as Eliot House Resident Tutor in Biology and Law (1993-2000), Tutor in Biology (1999-2005), and Hrdy Visiting Professor of Conservation Biology (2003). In addition, he has been a Fellow in Law, Innovation, and Growth at the Searle Center at Northwestern University Law School (2009-2010), a Manza Scholar at the DePaul University College of Law School (2010), a Visiting Professor at the University of Washington School of Law (2011-2012), a Visiting Distinguished Professor at the University of Toronto Faculty of Law (2014), and a Visiting Scholar in Behavioral and Policy Sciences at the MIT Sloan School of Management since 2011. In 2008, Torrance served as a policy advisor to presidential candidate Barack H. Obama on his Technology, Media, and Telecommunications Committee.
Professor Torrance teaches and conducts research in patent law, intellectual property, innovation, food and drug regulation, biotechnology law, biodiversity law, biolaw, and empirical, experimental, and big data approaches to the law. Specific research foci include open, user, and collaborative innovation, design, and legal issues surrounding genes, biotechnology, genetically-modified organisms, synthetic biology, conservation biology, and de-extinction. Torrance has given more than 100 scholarly presentations at numerous universities, research organizations, governments, and intergovernmental agencies in seven countries. His invited presentations have included a Google TechTalk at Google’s main Mountain View campus in California (posted on the Google TechTalk channel as “The Patent Game: Experiments in the Cathedral of Law”), a research talk at Microsoft Research in Seattle, two speeches at the Organization for Cooperation and Development (“OECD”) at their Paris, France, headquarters, keynote addresses for Genome Canada and the European Policy for Intellectual Property (EPIP) annual conference, and two presentations to the National Academies in Washington, D.C. Torrance has published more than 25 scholarly works. His scholarship has appeared in such journals as the Yale Journal of Law and Technology, the Stanford Technology Law Review, the Columbia Science and Technology Law Review and the Berkeley Technology Law Journal. He was commissioned in 2012 to write a report for the National Academies. Torrance and his research have been regularly featured in the media, including NPR, Forbes, the Seattle Times, the San Francisco Chronicle and Voice of Russia.
Torrance practiced biotechnology patent law at Fish & Richardson PC, the world’s largest intellectual property law firm, after working as a summer associate at both Morrison & Foerster LLC and Fish & Richardson P.C. He served as in-house patent counsel at Inverness Medical Innovations, a global biotechnology company with headquarters in Boston, and as the first in-house patent counsel at Stirling Medical Innovations, a cardiac diagnostics biotechnology company based in Scotland. He is a board member at several companies and nonprofit organizations. Torrance founded the annual Biolaw Conference, and co-founded the leading annual patent conference, PatCon.
- Intellectual Property Law
- Patent Law
- Food and Drug Law
- Biodiversity Law
Prior to joining the KU Law faculty in 1999, Suzanne Valdez was an attorney with Kansas Legal Services in Kansas City, Kan. Valdez graduated from the KU School of Law in 1996. She was a member of the Kansas Journal of Law & Public Policy, a research and teaching assistant, a participant in the Legal Aid Clinic, and winner of a Foulston & Siefkin Excellence in Appellate Advocacy Award and the 1996 Walter Hiersteiner Outstanding Service Award. An outstanding teacher, Valdez was the recipient of the 2000 Immel Award for Teaching Excellence and the 2002 Moreau Award for commitment to advising students.
- Criminal Prosecution Clinic
- Deposition Skills Workshop
- Practice in Kansas
- Pretrial Advocacy
- Professional Responsibility
Stephen Ware is the author of two books, more than 30 law review articles and many other publications. His writings have been cited by the Supreme Court of the United States and in at least 20 other federal and state cases. Ware's scholarly interests include judicial selection, alternative dispute resolution (arbitration, mediation, negotiation), commercial law (including bankruptcy), and private law generally. A versatile teacher, he has taught at six law schools, including Samford University's Cumberland School of Law, where he was a faculty member for 10 years before joining KU in 2003.
Ware has testified before the United States Senate and House of Representatives, state legislatures and, as an expert witness, in court. He is a frequent speaker at academic conferences, continuing legal education programs and other events. He has appeared on several television and radio stations and been quoted in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal in 2000 and 2007, USA Today, Financial Times, National Law Journal and many other news outlets. He is an elected member of the American Law Institute (ALI) and an arbitrator for the American Arbitration Association.
Elizabeth Kronk Warner joined the KU Law faculty in June 2012. Prior to her arrival at KU, Warner served on the law faculties at Texas Tech University and the University of Montana. In 2010, Warner was selected to serve as an Environmental Justice Young Fellow through the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars and U.S.-China Partnership for Environmental Law at Vermont Law School. She has also served as a visiting professor at Xiamen University in Xiamen, China, and Bahcesehir University in Istanbul, Turkey. In 2014, Warner received the Immel Award for Excellence in Teaching. Her scholarship, which focuses primarily on the intersection of Indian Law and Environmental Law, is published in several prominent journals, including the Arizona Law Review, Colorado Law Review and Columbia Journal of Environmental Law. She is also co-author of the casebook, Native American Natural Resources. In addition to teaching, Warner serves as an appellate judge for the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians Court of Appeals in Michigan. Before entering academia, Warner practiced environmental, Indian, and energy law as an associate in the Washington, D.C. offices of Latham & Watkins LLP and Troutman Sanders LLP. Warner previously served as chair of the Federal Bar Association Indian Law Section and was elected to the Association’s national board of directors in 2011. She currently serves as chairwoman of the Kansas Advisory Committee to the U.S. Civil Rights Commission. She received her J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School and a B.S. from Cornell University. Warner is a citizen of the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians.
- Federal Indian Law
- Native American Natural Resources
William Westerbeke joined the KU Law faculty in 1975 after graduation from Stanford Law School, service as a law clerk in the U.S. District Court, Central District of California, and private practice in Los Angeles. His teaching research emphasis has been on tort law, including the law of product liability. A dedicated teacher known for his accessibility to students, he received the Dean Frederick J. Moreau Award for Student Counseling in 1987, the Immel Award for Teaching Excellence in 1987, the Robert A. Schroeder Teaching Fellowship (2001-04) and a William T. Kemper Fellowship for Teaching Excellence in 2006. He was named a Dean James Green Fellow (1996-99) in recognition of his service to the law school.
- Products Liability
- Workers' Compensation
Melanie Wilson serves as both a professor and the associate dean for academic affairs. As the academic dean, she oversees the law school’s twelve joint degree programs, eight certificate programs, its academic regulations, course scheduling, the Registrar’s office and collaborates with other units in the law school on all other academic matters. Wilson is also a criminal procedure scholar. Her scholarship views the world of criminal procedure from the perspective of a former federal prosecutor and seeks to reconcile the desire of participants in the criminal justice system (particularly prosecutors, judges and police officers) to act ethically and professionally with the sometimes competing imperative that guilty defendants be swiftly and successfully prosecuted, convicted and sentenced proportionally. She is a magna cum laude graduate of the University of Georgia School of Law, where she served on the Law Review. Before turning to law teaching, Wilson served as an assistant United States attorney in Georgia for six years. Before that she spent four years as an assistant attorney general for the State of Georgia. She also clerked for Richard Freeman, United States District Court Judge, Northern District of Georgia. She joined the KU Law faculty in 2007. In 2011, Wilson sat on an expert panel at William & Mary Law School discussing U.S. v. Jones4, a Supreme Court case focusing on whether the government may attach a GPS to a car without a warrant and whether receiving information from the device is a search. As part of the U.S. Courts Landmarks series, Wilson spoke about the important Fourth Amendment case Mapp v. Ohio (1961)5. And in 2013, Wilson provided expertise on a HuffPost Live panel6 discussing warrantless wiretapping and the future of privacy and national security. She presented "The Moral Impediment to Justice: How the Multiple Occupational Identities Embedded in the Role of Prosecutor Impede Prosecutors from Complying with their Ethical Obligation to 'Do Justice'" at Chapman University School of Law's 2014 Chapman Dialogue.
- Art of Advocacy
- Criminal Law
- Criminal Procedure
Lua Yuille joined the KU Law faculty in August 2013. Prior to her arrival, she was a William H. Hastie Fellow at the University of Wisconsin School of Law and acted as visiting professor at the University of Oregon School of Law. Before entering academia, Yuille was an associate at Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP in New York, where she developed a diverse generalist practice that emphasized Latin American corporate matters and domestic mergers and acquisitions, capital markets and securities transactions. She also maintained a robust pro bono immigration litigation practice.
Yuille received her J.D. from the Columbia University School of Law, where she was one of two undergraduate students in the nation chosen to begin law school in the Advanced Interdisciplinary Legal Education (A.I.L.E.) Program. She earned an undergraduate degree, with honors, from The Johns Hopkins University and a graduate diploma in international studies from the SAIS, Bologna Center. After law school she also served as a law clerk for Judge Dorothy W. Nelson of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit and worked as a socio-economic development lawyer in Latin America.
- Corporate Governance
Corey Rayburn Yung joined the KU Law faculty as a visiting associate professor in the Fall 2011 semester and accepted a full-time position in June 2012. Before he arrived at KU, Yung was an associate professor for the John Marshall Law School in Chicago, with research focused on criminal law, sex crimes, and judicial decision-making. Yung’s scholarship has been cited by several federal courts, including the United States Supreme Court in Kennedy v. Louisiana. Yung is regularly consulted by the media and has been quoted in the Chicago Tribune, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and Washington Post, among other news media.
Before Yung began his professorial career, he served as an associate for Shearman & Sterling in New York and spent two years clerking for the Hon. Michael J. Melloy of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 8th Circuit. As part of his work as a lawyer, Yung helped create a training program for the Liberian criminal defense bar, assisted the Office for the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda, represented a death row inmate in Florida, and directed and coordinated efforts during bribery investigations under the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act. Yung regularly assists in sex crime cases and instructs practitioners in regard to various criminal law issues. He earned a J.D. from the University of Virginia School of Law and a B.A. from the University of Iowa.
- Criminal Law
- Sex Crimes
Charles Briscoe joined the KU Law faculty in 1995 as a supervising attorney in the Legal Aid Clinic. He brought to the clinic a wealth of practice experience in prosecution, state government service and private practice. In 1999, he was named director of the clinic and began teaching Trial Advocacy, the cornerstone of the law school's trial practice program. He has a B.A. from Kansas State University and both an M.A. and J.D. from the University of Kansas. He retired in December 2012.
Robert Casad joined the faculty of the law school in 1959 and was named John H. and John M. Kane Professor of Law in 1981 in recognition of his internationally known scholarship in civil procedure, jurisdiction and conflict of laws. His work is often quoted and cited. He received the university's Balfour Jeffrey Research Achievement Award (Higuchi Prize) in 1984 and the law school's Rice Prize for Faculty Scholarship in 1977, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1988, 1989 and 1991. In 2011, the Kansas Bar Association honored Casad with its Professionalism Award, recognizing an individual who best exemplifies, represents and encourages other lawyers to follow the highest standards of the legal profession. An active member of the American Law Institute and the International Association for Procedural Law, Casad has been a frequent participant in IAPL conferences in Europe. He has been a visiting scholar/lecturer at universities in Europe, Asia, and Central America and a visiting professor at UCLA, Illinois, Hastings, Vienna, Michigan and Emory. In 1997 he retired from classroom teaching but not from research and writing.
Shelley Hickman Clark joined the KU law school in 1990 as a supervising attorney in the Douglas County Legal Aid Clinic and became director in 1995. She is an expert in the law of historic preservation. Clark was appointed associate dean and director of clinical programs in 1999. She returned to the Legal Aid Clinic in the fall of 2002. An outstanding teacher, she was winner of the 1999 Immel Award for teaching excellence. Prior to joining the law school, she clerked for the Hon. Arthur J. Stanley Jr. and the Hon. Richard D. Rogers, United States District Court, District of Kansas. She served as pardon and extradition attorney for Gov. John Carlin and as hearing officer for the Kansas Corporation Commission before entering private practice in 1985.
A graduate of the University of Michigan School of Law, George Cameron Coggins joined the KU law faculty in 1970 after practice with the San Francisco law firm of McCutchen, Doyle, Brown & Enerson. He was named the Frank Edwards Tyler Professor of Law in 1983 in recognition of his achievements in the areas of environmental law, wildlife law, national energy policy, and national public land and resources. He is a prolific scholar whose work is often cited by courts and others writing in his areas of expertise. Professor Coggins, with his co-author Charles Wilkinson, first developed a framework for the organization and study of the field of public natural resources law when they published their seminal casebook, Federal Public Land and Resources Law, in 1981. Often at the forefront of proposals to reform laws in this area, Coggins continues to generate attention and praise for his thoughtful and innovative analyses both as a conference speaker and through his numerous publications. He retired from full-time classroom teaching in 2010.
David Gottlieb, a graduate of the Georgetown University Law Center, joined the KU Law faculty in 1979. He served as director of the Paul E. Wilson Defender Project, 1979-1999, and as director of clinical programs, 1995-1999. He taught International Human Rights, Professional Responsibility, Criminal Procedure, and Refugee and Asylum Law. Gottlieb has written extensively on guideline sentencing and the death penalty. He is also nationally recognized for his leadership in clinical legal education and has served as a consultant on clinical legal education in the United States and abroad, most recently in the Ukraine, Bulgaria and Turkey. He was named a 2009 Legal Leader by the Kansas City Daily Record for his role as a legal scholar. The award honors faculty or staff at area law schools who demonstrate leadership through their work with the justice system, research or scholarship, or teaching and inspiring others. Gottlieb retired in 2014
An honor graduate of the University of Iowa College of Law, Keith Meyer joined the KU Law faculty in 1969. In 1986 he was named the first E.S. and Tom W. Hampton Professor of Law in recognition of his outstanding scholarship in shaping the field of agricultural law. His work in agricultural law and commercial law is known, and highly regarded, nationally and internationally. He has been president of the American Agricultural Law Association, chair of the Association of American Law Schools Committee on Agricultural Law, an active member of the ABA Forum Committee on Lawyers and Agriculture and the American Law Institute, and editor in chief of the Journal of Agricultural Taxation and Law. Meyer is a dedicated teacher, interested in and accessible to students, and was the recipient of the law school's Dean Frederick J. Moreau Award in 1999. He retired from full-time classroom teaching in 2010.