Phillip E. DeLaTorre

Professor of Law
Primary office:
315C Green Hall

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.

Courses Taught:
  • Property
  • Sports Law
  • Trusts and Estates

Representative Publications
"Survey of Kansas Oil and Gas Law," 41 Kansas Law Review 691 (1993); "Recent Developments in Kansas Oil and Gas Law," 37 Kansas Law Review 907 (1989).

Research Interests
Intellectual property, oil and gas law.

J.D., Harvard, 1978; B.A., Kansas, 1975.

Missouri 1978, Kansas 1979.

Career History
Associate, Watson, Ess, Marshall & Enggas, Kansas City, Mo., 1978-80; Associate Professor, University of Kansas, 1980-85; Professor, University of Kansas, 1985-present; Visiting Professor, University of Texas, 1985-86, San Diego, 1988-89; Consortium Professor, London, Fall 1990.

Phi Beta Kappa; Pi Sigma Alpha; Lawrence Housing Authority, 1987-88; Commissioner, Kansas Human Rights Commission, 1991-present; Kansas Advisory Commission, U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, 1994-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