Bill Coates, a graduate of the University of Kansas and KU Law, has maintained a civil trial practice in state and federal courts of Kansas and Missouri for almost forty years. Restricting his practice to civil litigation, he has tried to verdict more than 100 jury trials. He has lectured locally and nationally on all aspects of trial practice and teaches annually at the National Association of Railroad Trial Counsel’s Trial Academy. He holds an “AV” rating from Martindale-Hubbell and is Master Emeritus of the O’Connor Inns of Court. In 1986, he was elected to membership in the Federation of Insurance & Corporate Counsel, a national organization whose membership is limited by invitation only to 2,000 members in the U.S. & Canada. Bill currently serves on the national executive committee of the National Association of Railroad Trial Counsel and is a former regional vice-president of that organization.
- Trial Advocacy
Crissa represents large, medium and small clients across the U.S., as well as several internationally-based corporations and institutions. Her practice focuses primarily on serving clients in the fields of chemistry, biotechnology and life sciences, medicine, food sciences and the mechanical arts. Her specialties include the preparation and prosecution of U.S. and foreign patent applications. She also helps clients manage and evaluate their IP portfolios as well as those of their competitors, including the preparation of patentability, invalidity and infringement analyses. She also counsels clients regarding licensing, investor due diligence, and trade secret matters. She has been an Adjunct Faculty member since 2012.
- Patent Practice
Michael Delaney is a retired partner of Spencer Fane Britt & Browne LLP. His practice includes representation of management in traditional labor relations matters, including collective bargaining negotiations, grievances and arbitrations, union campaigns and matters before the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB).
He joined Spencer Fane in 1976 and practices with the firm's Labor and Employment Law Group, having served as practice group leader. Delaney also served two terms on the firm's executive committee.
Delaney is a frequent author and lecturer on labor relations, employment and school law topics, including wage and hour compliance, OSHA and employment discrimination issues and alternative dispute resolution procedures.
- Business Planning Seminar
- Collective Bargaining and Dispute Resolution
Stacey Donovan joined the Third Judicial District Public Defender’s Office as an assistant district defender after graduation from KU Law in 1997 and became the Chief District Defender in 2011. She became an adjunct professor of Trial Advocacy in 2008. As a public defender, she defends indigent adults charged with felony crimes in Kansas District Court throughout the trial process. Her caseload consists of all types of felonies, with the majority of cases being sex offenses and person crimes. She has dual B.A. degrees from Simmons College in Boston, Massachusetts and a J.D. from the University of Kansas.
- Trial Advocacy
Robert W. Fairchild is the chief judge of the Seventh Judicial District, Douglas County, Kansas. After graduating from the University of Kansas School of Law in 1973, he entered the private practice of law in Lawrence. He practiced law for 23 years and handled a wide variety of cases. In 1996 he was appointed district judge for the 7th Judicial District and was appointed chief judge in 2002. Since 1991 he has been an adjunct professor at the University of Kansas Law School, teaching alternative dispute resolution and criminal law. He is past chair of the Kansas Supreme Court Advisory Council on Dispute Resolution and has written several articles on alternative dispute resolution. Judge Fairchild has been both a participant in and faculty member for the Institute of Faculty Excellence in Judicial Education of the University of Memphis. He has made more than 60 presentations to lawyers and judges on a variety of topics. He has been a frequent presenter at Kansas judicial conferences and has developed a wrongful convictions program that he has presented to Kansas and Nebraska judges. That program led to his participation in programs on the topic of wrongful convictions at the University of Kansas Law School and at several community organizations.
- Alternative Dispute Resolution
Chief Judge, Seventh Judicial District, Douglas County, Kansas, 2002 - present; District Judge, Division One, Seventh Judicial District, Douglas County, Kansas, 1996 - present; Shareholder and Attorney, Riling, Burkhead, Fairchild, & Nitcher, Chtd., 1973 - 1996.
Marilyn Harp earned a bachelor’s in social work in 1976 and her law degree in 1979, both from KU. She immediately began working for Kansas Legal Services as a staff attorney, then rose to managing attorney and regional director. In 2006, she became executive director. In this role, she directs a statewide law firm of 45 attorneys who share her commitment to representing those who would otherwise struggle to have their voices heard. Harp and her staff at Kansas Legal Services broaden access to justice to more than 30,000 Kansans each year. She received the Kansas Bar Association’s Outstanding Service Award in 1994, 2000 and 2006. She was the recipient of the YWCA Woman of Valor Award in 2001 and was recognized as the Women’s Equality Coalition Woman of the Year in 1990.
- Elder Law Externship
B. J. Hickert is a partner at Newbery Ungerer & Hickert LLP in Topeka. He received an undergraduate degree from Benedictine College, a J.D. from the University of Kansas School of Law, and an LL.M. in Taxation from the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law. Before joining the firm in 1997, Hickert litigated business disputes for 15 years, including five years as a senior attorney in the FDIC Professional Liability Section. He has been elected a fellow of The American College of Trust and Estate Counsel. He focuses his legal practice in the areas of business and estate planning, probate, trust administration, and tax disputes. In addition to his active legal practice, Hickert serves as an adjunct professor at the Washburn University School of Law, where he teaches Estate and Gift Tax, and is a frequent lecturer for professional and community organizations.
- Estate Planning: Principles
Mark Johnson has been a partner in Dentons US LLP since 1994, when he helped found Dentons' Kansas City office. Prior to that he had been at Spencer Fane Britt & Browne since 1980, first as an associate and then as a partner. His practice is concentrated in the areas of communications, First Amendment and employment relations. He has been listed in every edition of The Best Lawyers in America since 1995 and has been selected by that publication in three areas: First Amendment, Public Utility and Energy. He is also listed in the Employment Law section of Chambers USA. In addition to teaching in the Law School, Mark teaches undergraduate courses on the First Amendment and privacy in KU's Journalism School and a freshman seminar in KU's Honors Program.
- Elections and Campaign Finance
Erica Landsberg is an honors graduate of Yale University and the University of Chicago Law School. She served on the University of Chicago Law Review, interned at the Office of the United States Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois, and worked in the Mandel Legal Aid Clinic, where she tried an employment discrimination case before the Illinois Human Rights Department. After law school, she served as law clerk for the Hon. Paul E. Plunkett in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois and worked as an associate in commercial litigation and corporate reorganization at Sidley and Austin in Chicago. She then became Assistant General Counsel for the University of Chicago. More recently, she served as a Special Assistant Corporation Counsel for the City of Chicago, handling appeals in over 50 cases. Landsberg began teaching at the University of Kansas School of Law in 2002 with a small section of torts and has been teaching antitrust law at KU for nine years.
- Higher Education and the Law Seminar
- Antitrust Law
John Nitcher is partner at Riling, Burkhead & Nitcher in Lawrence, and focuses his practice on auto accidents, divorce, estate planning, trusts, wills and real estate. He received his B.A. and his J.D. from the University of Kansas.
- Trial Advocacy
Craig C. Reaves, CELA, is an attorney with Reaves Law Firm PC, in Kansas City, Mo. He practices law in Kansas and Missouri with major emphasis in the areas of estate planning, elder law, special needs trusts and planning for persons who have a disability. He has been an adjunct professor of law and teaches an elder law course at both the University of Kansas School of Law and the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law since 2002. Reaves was one of the first attorneys to become a Certified Elder Law Attorney (CELA) by the National Elder Law Foundation, and has continued to be certified since 1995. He is listed in Who's Who In American Law and Who’s Who in America. He has been selected for inclusion on the Kansas and Missouri Super Lawyers list for every year since 2005 and has been included in the current editions of The Best Lawyers in America since 2007.
- Introduction to Elder Law
Jennifer Schmidt is the director of the Public Policy Clinic at KU Law, and host/producer of KPTS Channel 8's "Ask your Legislator" show. She received a B.A. from Texas Christian University and a J.D. from the University of Kansas in 1994, where she served as managing editor of the Kansas Journal of Law and Public Policy.
- Legislative Clinic
- Public Policy Clinic
Jan Sheldon is a graduate of the University of Kansas School of Law, where she served as Articles Editor of the Kansas Law Review and was a member of Order of the Coif. She also holds a Ph.D. in developmental and child psychology. After finishing law school, Sheldon began teaching at the University of Kansas. She is currently a professor in applied behavioral sciences and director of the Edna A. Hill Child Development Center. Sheldon works closely with personnel in the juvenile justice system and has been co-director of the Truancy Prevention and Diversion Program for more than 25 years. Sheldon and her colleagues also developed a community-based program that provides residential and day services for more than 350 children and adults with developmental disabilities and autism. Sheldon has received numerous teaching and advising awards including the W.T. Kemper Fellowship for Teaching Excellence (1998), the Steeples Service to Kansas Award (2002), and the J. Michael Young Academic Advising Award (2009). She has published three books and more than 60 articles and chapters.
- Alternative Dispute Resolution
- Juvenile Law
Deborah Williams is currently an associate professor for environmental science and biology at Johnson County Community College, a position she's held since 2005. At JCCC, she's received several honors, including the 2014 and 2011 Distinguished Service Award, the 2014 and 2010 College Scholar Award, the 2014 Kansas Association for Conservation and Environmental Education (KACEE) Excellence in Conservation and Environmental Education Award, the 2013 League for Innovation in the Community College Excellence Award, the 2010 Burlington Northern Santa Fe Faculty Achievement and Service Award, and the 2009 NISOD Excellence in Teaching Award. She graduated from KU Law in 2004 with a certificate in natural resources and environmental law, as well as a certificate in tribal law.
- Law and Bioethics
- Health Law and Policy
- Public Health Law
An honor graduate of the University of Iowa College of Law, Keith Meyer joined the KU Law faculty in 1969. In 1986 he was named the first E.S. and Tom W. Hampton Professor of Law in recognition of his outstanding scholarship in shaping the field of agricultural law. His work in agricultural law and commercial law is known, and highly regarded, nationally and internationally. He has been president of the American Agricultural Law Association, chair of the Association of American Law Schools Committee on Agricultural Law, an active member of the ABA Forum Committee on Lawyers and Agriculture and the American Law Institute, and editor in chief of the Journal of Agricultural Taxation and Law. Meyer is a dedicated teacher, interested in and accessible to students, and was the recipient of the law school's Dean Frederick J. Moreau Award in 1999. He retired from full-time classroom teaching in 2010.