Phillip E. DeLaTorre

Professor Emeritus 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
  • Top 25 among public law schools — Business Insider
  • KU’s Project for Innocence: 2 wrongfully convicted citizens serving life sentences freed in 2015
  • 7,700+ alumni in all 50 states, D.C., 3 U.S. territories, and 20 foreign countries
  • 91 percent overall employment rate for Class of 2015 – top 23.3 percent nationally
  • 23rd in the nation for most-improved employment rates
  • One-third of full-time faculty have written casebooks and treatises
  • 25th nationwide for lowest debt at graduation
  • 21st: “Best Schools for Practical Training”
  • 77 percent of upper-level law classes have 25 or fewer students
  • National Champions: 2016 National Native American Law Students Association Moot Court Competition
  • #19 moot court program in the nation
  • #17 “best value” law school in the nation — National Jurist Magazine