LAWRENCE — Constitutional law expert Stephen McAllister is the newest E.S. & Tom W. Hampton Distinguished Professor of Law. The award recognizes McAllister’s scholarship and provides support for his academic and professional endeavors.
“The Hampton chair is one of the highest honors I could hope to achieve at KU Law,” McAllister said. “Holding the Hampton chair means much to me, both because the Hamptons are a great and generous Kansas family that long has supported the law school, and because I follow Professor Emeritus Keith Meyer as holder of the chair. I have big shoes to fill and high expectations to meet as my career continues.”
A 1988 graduate of KU Law, McAllister worked in private practice in the Washington, D.C., office of Gibson Dunn & Crutcher and clerked for Justices Byron White and Clarence Thomas at the U.S. Supreme Court. He joined the faculty of his legal alma mater in 1993, receiving the Dean Frederick J. Moreau Award in 1997, a W.T. Kemper Fellowship for Teaching Excellence in 1999 and the Steeples Award for Service to Kansans in 2008. McAllister was dean of the law school from 2000 to 2005. He currently serves as Solicitor General of Kansas, a role that has taken him to the Supreme Court to argue cases on behalf of the state.
The E.S. & Tom W. Hampton Professorship was established in 1985 by the family, law firm and friends of Salina lawyers E.S. and Tom W. Hampton. E.S. Hampton was a 1929 graduate of the law school and senior partner at Salina firm Burch, Litowich and Royce. His son Tom graduated from KU Law in 1959 and joined his father’s practice. The professorship honors the Hamptons’ legacy and aims to attract and retain quality faculty at KU Law. Professor Emeritus Keith G. Meyer, an agricultural law expert, previously held the distinction.