Mary Matthews

Adjunct Faculty
Primary office:


Mary Matthews serves as career law clerk for Judge Kathryn Vratil of the U.S. District Court for the District of Kansas. Her duties include researcing and drafting proposed opinions on procedural and substantive matters in civil and criminal cases; assisting with court hearings and trials, including drafting jury instructions; and serving on numerous court committees.

Courses Taught:
  • Lawyering Skills

Education

J.D., Washburn University School of Law, 1991; M.S., Emporia State University, 1981; B.S.E., University of Kansas, 1978

Teaching

Lawyering Skills

Admitted

Kansas; United States District Court for the District of Kansas; United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit.

Career History

Career Law Clerk to Judge James K. Logan, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit, 1991-98; Adjunct Professor of Law, Washburn University School of Law, 1993, 1998-99; School Psychologist, Northeast Kansas School Districts and Special Education Cooperatives, 1982-89; Shelter Manager, SOS Crisis Services for Victims of Domestic Violence, 1987.

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