Laura J. Hines

Professor of Law
Primary office:
503 Green Hall

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.

Courses Taught:
  • Civil Procedure
  • Complex Litigation
  • Remedies


Representative Publications
Reconsidering the Issue Class Action," 79 University of Cincinnati Law Review (forthcoming 2011); "Mirroring or Muscling: An Examination of State Class Action Appellate Rulemaking," 58 Kansas Law Review 1027 (2010); "Driving Misjoinder: The Improper Party Problem in Removal Jurisdiction," 57 Alabama Law Review 779 (2006), with Steven S. Gensler; "Secret Settlement Restrictions and Unintended Consequences," 54 Kansas Law Review 1457 (2006), with Christopher R. Drahozal; "The Dangerous Allure of the Issue Class Action," 79 Indiana Law Journal 567 (2004); "Due Process Limitations on Punitive Damages: Why State Farm Won't Be the Last Word," 37 Akron Law Review 779 (2004); "Challenging the Issue Class Action End-Run," 52 Emory Law Journal 709 (2003); "Obstacles to Determining Punitive Damages in Class Actions," 36 Wake Forest Law Review 889 (2001).

Research Interests
Class actions, punitive damages, mass torts.

J.D., University of Michigan, 1991, Note Editor, Michigan Law Review; A.B., Brown University, 1987.

D.C. 1992, Minnesota 1991

Career History
Clerk, Chief Judge Donald P. Lay, U.S. Court of Appeals, 8th Circuit, 1991-92; Associate, Arnold & Porter, DC, 1993-97; Visiting Professor, University of Michigan, Fall 1996; Associate Professor, University of Kansas, 1998-2004; Professor, 2004-present.

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