Dennis D. Prater

Connell Teaching Professor of Law
Primary office:
509 Green Hall

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.

Courses Taught:
  • Advanced Litigation
  • Evidence
  • Practice in Kansas

Representative Publications
"Evidence: The Objection Method" (with Arguello, Capra, Martin & Saltzberg) (3rd Ed., Fall 2007); "Res Gestae Raises Its Ugly Head," 65 Journal of the Kansas Bar Association 24 (October 1996).

Research Interests
The law of evidence with particular focus on Kansas issues; litigation skills and training.

J.D., B.A., Kansas, 1973, 1969.

Vermont 1973; Kansas 1975.

Career History
Private practice, Downs, Rachlin & Martin, St. Johnsbury, Vt., 1973-75; General Counsel, Kansas Public Disclosure Commission, 1977-95; Private practice, Catt & Prater, Lawrence, Kan., 1976-84; Lecturer, Kansas, 1980-85; Director, Douglas County Legal Aid Society, 1985-95; Associate Professor, Kansas, 1985-90; Professor, 1990-present; Connell Teaching Professor, 1999-present.

Order of the Coif.

Why KU
  • One-third of full-time faculty have written casebooks and treatises
  • 2 KU law faculty were U.S. Supreme Court clerks
  • KU’s Project for Innocence: 34 conviction reversals since 2009
  • 7,600+ alumni in all 50 states, D.C., and 21 foreign countries
  • #18 “best value” law school in the nation — National Jurist Magazine
  • 12 interdisciplinary joint degrees
  • 20th nationwide for lowest debt at graduation. — U.S. News & World Report
  • 80 percent of upper-level law classes have 25 or fewer students
  • More than 600 employment interviews at law school, 2014-15
  • 92 percent overall employment rate for Class of 2014 – top 20 percent nationally
  • 23rd: for number of law alumni promoted to partner at nation’s largest law firms
  • #1 in Kansas and Missouri for July 2015 bar exam performance