David J. Gottlieb

Professor Emeritus of Law
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David Gottlieb, a graduate of the Georgetown University Law Center, joined the KU Law faculty in 1979. He served as director of the Paul E. Wilson Defender Project, 1979-1999, and as director of clinical programs, 1995-1999. He taught International Human Rights, Professional Responsibility, Criminal Procedure, and Refugee and Asylum Law. Gottlieb has written extensively on guideline sentencing and the death penalty. He is also nationally recognized for his leadership in clinical legal education and has served as a consultant on clinical legal education in the United States and abroad, most recently in the Ukraine, Bulgaria and Turkey. He was named a 2009 Legal Leader by the Kansas City Daily Record for his role as a legal scholar. The award honors faculty or staff at area law schools who demonstrate leadership through their work with the justice system, research or scholarship, or teaching and inspiring others. Gottlieb retired in 2014.


Representative Publications
"Criminal Trials as Culture Wars: Southern Honor and the Acquittal of Frank James," 51 Kansas Law Review 409 (2003); Practice Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines (with Bamberger, et al.) (4th ed. 2001 & supps.); Contemporary Federal Criminal Practice (with George) (2nd ed. 1992 & supp.); "The Sentencing Commission's Administrative Reforms: Two Cheers and Some Suggestions," 9 Federal Sentencing Review 71 (1996); "Drug Testing, Collective Suspicion and a Fourth Amendment out of Balance," 6 Kansas Journal of Law & Public Policy 27 (Winter 1997); "The Death Penalty in the Legislature: Some Thoughts About Money, Myth, and Morality," 37 Kansas Law Review 443 (1989).

Research Interests
Clinical legal education, international human rights, criminal procedure.

J.D., Georgetown, 1974, Georgetown Law Journal; B.A., Oberlin College, 1969.

Kansas 1979, New York 1975

Career History
Associate Appellate Attorney, Legal Aid Society, Criminal Appeal Bureau, New York City 1974-76; Associate Appellate Attorney, Legal Aid Society, Federal Defender Appeals Unit, New York City 1976-79; Associate Professor, Kansas 1979-84; Professor since 1984; Visiting Professor, American University 1989-90; Visiting Professor, California Western School of Law 1996-97 Visiting Professor, Howard University 2000-01; Director, Paul E. Wilson Defender Project 1979-99; Director of Clinical Programs, Kansas 1995-99.

Member, Sentencing Commission Practitioner Advisory Group; Courtesy Faculty, Department of Russian and East European Studies; Legal Specialist and Consultant, ABA Central and East European Law Initiative.

Why KU
  • One-third of full-time faculty have written casebooks and treatises
  • 2 KU law faculty were U.S. Supreme Court clerks
  • KU’s Project for Innocence: 34 conviction reversals since 2009
  • 7,600+ alumni in all 50 states, D.C., and 21 foreign countries
  • #18 “best value” law school in the nation — National Jurist Magazine
  • 12 interdisciplinary joint degrees
  • 20th nationwide for lowest debt at graduation. — U.S. News & World Report
  • 80 percent of upper-level law classes have 25 or fewer students
  • More than 600 employment interviews at law school, 2014-15
  • 92 percent overall employment rate for Class of 2014 – top 20 percent nationally
  • 23rd: for number of law alumni promoted to partner at nation’s largest law firms
  • #1 in Kansas and Missouri for July 2015 bar exam performance