Sandra Craig McKenzie

Professor of Law and Director, Elder Law Program
Primary office:
414C Green Hall

A magna cum laude graduate of the University of New Mexico School of Law, Sandra McKenzie joined the KU Law faculty in 1979. She served as a law clerk to the Hon. Oliver Seth of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit and spent four years in private practice doing tax and estate planning work in Albuquerque before beginning her career in law teaching. McKenzie is a dedicated and highly regarded teacher, known for her accessibility to students. She currently teaches Alternative Dispute Resolution, Local Government Law, Property, and Elder Law. Her expertise in Kansas local government law has made her a frequent speaker and a regular participant in programs and publications of the Kansas Bar Association. She serves as the law school's ombudsman.

Courses Taught:
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • Elder Law
  • Local Government
  • Property

Representative Publications
The Property Tax and Local Government Property chapters in Kansas Local Government Handbook, Kansas Bar Association (1991;1994 supp.); Local Government Law in Annual Survey of Kansas Law 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998 and 1999, Kansas Bar Association (1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2001, 2002); "Home Rule in a Nutshell," 48 Kansas Law Review 1005 (2000); "Survey of Kansas Law: Taxation," 41 Kansas Law Review 727 (1993); "Storytelling: A Different Voice for Legal Education," 41 Kansas Law Review 251 (1992); "Paul Wilson: Kansas Lawyer," 37 Kansas Law Review 1 (1988).

Research Interests
Local government, dispute resolution, elder law.

J.D., B.A., University of New Mexico, 1974, 1971, New Mexico Law Review.

New Mexico 1974

Career History
Clerk, Hon. Oliver Seth, U.S. Court of Appeals, 10th Circuit 1974-75; Private practice, Schlenker, Parker, Payne & Wellborn, Albuquerque 1975-76; Schlenker, Craig & Lebeck, Albuquerque 1977-79; Associate Professor, Kansas 1979-84; Professor since 1984.

Phi Beta Kappa; Phi Kappa Phi; Order of the Coif.

Why KU
  • One-third of full-time faculty have written casebooks used at U.S. law schools
  • 2 KU law faculty were U.S. Supreme Court clerks
  • KU’s Project for Innocence: 33 conviction reversals since 2009
  • 7,300+ alumni live in all 50 states and 18 foreign countries
  • #18 “best value” law school in the nation — National Jurist Magazine
  • 12 interdisciplinary joint degrees
  • 27th nationwide for lowest debt at graduation. — U.S. News & World Report
  • 70 percent of upper-level law classes have 25 or fewer students
  • Nearly 800 employment interviews at law school, 2012-13
  • Top 25% for number of 2013 grads hired by the nation’s largest law firms
  • 20th: for number of law alumni promoted to partner at the 250 largest law firms