Katie Cronin

Clinical Associate Professor of Law
Clinical Associate Professor, Department of Family Medicine, School of Medicine
Primary office:
414B Green Hall, Delp G060, KUMC

Katie Cronin joined the KU Law faculty as clinical associate professor and director of the Medical-Legal Partnership Clinic in August 2012. She has an extensive background in legal aid, having previously served as the director of medical-legal partnerships for Legal Aid of Western Missouri and as an AmeriCorps member for the Legal Assistance Foundation of Metropolitan Chicago. As project director for medical-legal partnerships at Legal Aid of Western Missouri, she secured a number of significant grants totaling over $1 million. In 2012, she completed a fellowship with the Ladder to Leadership Program, a national Robert Wood Johnson Foundation initiative that aims to enhance the leadership capacity of community-based nonprofit health organizations. Cronin received a J.D. from Vanderbilt University and a B.S.W. with honors from the University of Missouri-Columbia.

Courses Taught:
  • Medical-Legal Partnership Clinic
  • Human Trafficking Law and Policy Seminar


Representative Publications
“The Role of Advocacy in Occasioning Community and Organizational Change in a Medical-Legal Partnership,” 41 Journal of Prevention and Intervention in the Community 3 (with Kaston D. Anderson-Carpenter, Vicki L. Collie-Akers, and Jeffrey D. Colvin); “Integrating Social Workers into Medical-Legal Partnerships: Comprehensive Problem Solving for Patients” Social Work 2012 (with Jeffrey David Colvin and Brooke Nelson); “Poverty, Health and Law: Readings and Cases for Medical-Legal Partnership,” (Editorial Advisor) (Carolina Academic Press, 2011).

Selected Presentations
“Hunger, Homelessness, & Violence: Refining the Social History and Collaborating with Attorneys to Improve Patient Health,” panelist, Pediatric Hospital Medicine Conference, Kansas City, Mo. (July 31, 2011); “We Have Someone Who Can Help With That: Medical-Legal Partnerships,” Workshop for Directors of Family Medicine Residencies, Kansas City, Mo. (June 14, 2011); “Medical-Legal Partnership and the Impact on Community Health,” Healthy Indoor Environments Conference, Overland Park, Kan. (Oct. 8, 2010); “Medical-Legal Partnerships – the Lawyer is In: A Prescription for Improving Patient Health,” The Missouri Bar Judicial Conference and Annual Meeting, Jefferson City, Mo. (Sept. 30, 2010); “Legal Systems 101 for the Healthcare Provider,” panelist, Medical-Legal Partnership: Patients to Policy, 5th Annual National Summit, Baltimore, Md. (March 26, 2010).

J.D., Vanderbilt University School of Law, Junius L. Allison Legal Aid Award, Carl J. Ruskowski Clinical Legal Education Award 2005; B.S.W., University of Missouri-Columbia, magna cum laude, 2002.

Illinois 2005, Missouri 2006, Kansas 2013.

Career History
Corps Member, AmeriCorps Pro Bono Legal Corps, Legal Assistance Foundation of Metropolitan Chicago, 2006-2007; Director, Advocates for Family Health, Legal Aid of Western Missouri, 2006-2008; Director, Medical-Legal Partnerships, Legal Aid of Western Missouri, 2007-2012; Adjunct Professor, Medical-Legal Partnership Clinic, University of Kansas School of Law, Fall 2010-Spring 2012; Clinical Associate Professor and Director, Medical-Legal Partnership Clinic, University of Kansas School of Law, 2012-present.

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