Jean K. Gilles Phillips

Jean K. Gilles Phillips

Clinical Professor of Law
Director, Project for Innocence & Post-Conviction Remedies
785-864-5571
409C Green Hall

Jean Phillips joined the law school in 1996 as a supervising attorney in the Paul E. Wilson Project for Innocence and Post-Conviction Remedies, and became director in 1999. She served as director of clinical programs from 2003-2005. She received the Frederick J. Moreau award in 2003. The award is given annually to a faculty member who, in the eyes of law students, has been particularly helpful in advising and counseling students. Prior to joining the faculty, she clerked for the Hon. Robert J. Lewis of the Kansas Court of Appeals. Phillips then joined the Appellate Defender Office. During her four years as an assistant appellate defender, she spent two years working at the Defender Project assisting students in the preparation of appellate briefs. She is a 1990 graduate of the law school.

Courses Taught:
  • Criminal Practice in Kansas
  • Criminal Procedure
  • Project for Innocence & Post-Conviction Remedies

Representative Publications
"Self-Defense: What’s a Jury Got To Do With It?," 57 Kansas Law Review 1143 (2009); “The Insanity of the Mens Rea Model: Due Process and the Abolition of the Insanity Defense,” 28 Pace Law Review 455 (2008); "Federal Habeas Corpus for Trial Lawyers," 73 Journal of the Kansas Bar Association 20 (January 2004); "Who Decides: The Allocation of Powers Between the Lawyer and the Client in a Criminal Case," 71 Journal of the Kansas Bar Association 28 (October 2000); Contributing Author, Practice under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, ABA Section of Criminal Justice (Aspen Law and Business, 3rd Edition, 1993) (Supplement, 1998).

Research Interests
Fourth, Fifth, Sixth Amendments, post-conviction, ethics and criminal defense.

Education
J.D., Kansas, 1990; B.A., Augustana College, 1987.

Admitted
Kansas 1990; 10th Circuit 1996; Supreme Court 2002.

Career History
Research Attorney, Hon. Robert J. Lewis, Jr., Kansas Court of Appeals 1990-92; Assistant Appellate Defender, Appellate Defender Office, Topeka, Kansas 1992-96; Supervising Attorney, Paul E. Wilson Defender Project 1996-98; Associate Clinical Professor and Director Paul E. Wilson Defender Project since 1999.

Member
Clinical Legal Education Association; National Legal Aid and Defense Association; National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers; Kansas Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers; Kansas Bar Association; Treasurer, Board of Legal Services for Prisoners Inc.; Continuing Legal Education Commission.

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: 28 conviction reversals since 2009
  • 7,300+ alumni live in all 50 states and 18 foreign countries
  • Routinely ranked a “best value” law school
  • 12 interdisciplinary joint degrees
  • 26th nationwide for lowest debt at graduation. — U.S. News & World Report
  • 23rd nationally among public law schools. “When Lawyers Do the Grading,”
    —U.S. News & World Report
  • 70 percent of upper-level law classes have 25 or fewer students
  • 37th: for number of law graduates who are partners at nation’s largest law firms