John C. Peck

Connell Teaching Professor of Law
Primary office:
301 Green Hall

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.

Courses Taught:
  • Contracts
  • Family Law
  • Land Transactions
  • Water Law


Representative Publications
“Legal Responses to Drought in Kansas,” 62 Kan. L. Rev. 1141 (2014); “Comparative Water Law and Management: The Yellow River Basin in Western China and the State of Kansas In the Western United States,” XVIII Kan. J. Law & Pub. Pol. 428 (with Burke W. Griggs & Xue Yupeng)​ (2009); “Land Description Errors: Recognition, Avoidance, and Consequences,” Rocky Mt. Min. L. Foundation J. 253 (with Christopher L. Steadham)​ (2009); “Groundwater Law and Management:  The Asia (IWMI)-Kansas Program,” 41 Creighton L. Rev. 315 (with Burke W. Griggs) (2008); "Groundwater Management in Kansas: A Brief History and Assessment," 15 Kansas Journal of Law & Public Policy 441 (2006); "Property Rights in Groundwater - Some Lessons from the Kansas Experience," 12 Kansas Journal of Law & Public Policy 493 (2003); "Title and Related Considerations in Conveying Kansas Water Rights," 66 Journal of Kansas Bar Association 38 (Nov. 1997); "Loss of Water Rights for Non-Use," 43 Kansas Law Review 801 (with C. Owen) (1995); "Liability of Engineers for Structural Design Errors: State of the Art Considerations in Defining the Standard of Care," 30 Villanova Law Review 403 (with Wyatt A. Hoch) (1985)

Research Interests
Water law, comparative water law, family law, real estate.

J.D., Kansas, 1974, Articles Editor, University of Kansas Law Review; B.S., Kansas State University, 1968.

Kansas 1974

Career History
Partner, Everett, Seaton & Peck, Manhattan, Kansas 1974-78; Professor, Kansas since 1978; Visiting Professor, University of Vienna Law School, Austria, spring 1992; Robert A. Schroeder Teaching Fellow 1993-96; Special Counsel, Foulston & Siefkin, LLP since 1996; Connell Teaching Professor since 1999.

Order of the Coif; Kansas Bar Association; American Bar Association; American Water Resources Association.

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