Suzanne Valdez

Clinical Professor
Director, Criminal Prosecution Field Placement Program
Primary office:
315A Green Hall

Prior to joining the KU Law faculty in 1999, Suzanne Valdez was an attorney with Kansas Legal Services in Kansas City, Kansas. Valdez graduated from the KU School of Law in 1996. She was a member of the Kansas Journal of Law & Public Policy, a research and teaching assistant, a participant in the Legal Aid Clinic, and winner of a Foulston & Siefkin Excellence in Appellate Advocacy Award and the 1996 Walter Hiersteiner Outstanding Service Award. An outstanding teacher, Valdez was the recipient of the 2000 Immel Award for Teaching Excellence and the 2002 Moreau Award for commitment to advising students.

Courses Taught:
  • Criminal Prosecution Field Placement Program
  • Deposition Skills Workshop
  • Practice in Kansas
  • Pretrial Advocacy
  • Professional Responsibility


J.D., Kansas, 1996; B.S., Nevada-Las Vegas, 1991


Criminal Prosecution Field Placement Program, Deposition Skills Workshop, Practice in Kansas, Pretrial Advocacy, Professional Responsibility


Kansas 1996, Missouri 1997, Supreme Court of the United States 2003

Career History

Kansas Legal Services, 1996 to 1999; University of Kansas School of Law, 1999-present; Special Prosecutor, Wyandotte County District Attorney's Office, 2005-2008; Judge Pro Tem, Douglas County, Kansas, 2008.


Kansas practice and procedure, ethics and professionalism, family law


Kansas Bar Association; Kansas Crime Victims Compensation Board (Chair, 2010-present); Douglas County Bar Association; Missouri Bar Association; Judge Hugh Means American Inn of Court; Kansas CLE Commission (Chair, 2003-06); Judicial Nominating Commission for the Seventh Judicial District; Kansas Judicial Council Family Law Advisory Committee; Kansas Self-Representation Study Committee.

Selected Publications

"Ethical Concerns Regarding Fees & Billing," (Chapter 7, Kansas Ethics Handbook, 2nd Ed., 2014), Kansas Bar Association (with M.H. Hoeflich and Christopher L. Steadham). 

"How to Introduce and Qualify an Expert Witness at Trial," Kansas Bar Association Young Lawyers Forum (Winter 2012).

"Why Lawyers Conduct Discovery Depositions," Kansas Bar Association Young Lawyers Forum, (Spring 2012).

"What Every Lawyer Should Know About Victims’ Rights in Kansas," 80 Journal of the Kansas Bar Association 22 (2011).

"Addressing the Pro Se Litigant Challenge in Kansas State Courts," 78 Journal of the Kansas Bar Association 25 (2009).

"Learning Prosecution: It Begins in Law School," 6 Kansas Prosecutor 20 (2009).

"Some Recent Developments in Kansas Landlord-Tenant Law, Including Evictions," 54 Kansas Law Review 933 (2007).

"What Became of Grandma, Grandpa, and the Troxels? An Update on Grandparent Visitation Rights in Kansas" 75 Journal of the Kansas Bar Association 34 (2006).

"The Impact of Clinical Legal Education on Student Trial Practice," 51 Kansas Law Review 509 (2003).

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