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 Clinic
  • 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.

Research Interests

Kansas practice and procedure, ethics and professionalism, family law.


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 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
  • 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