Lumen N. Mulligan

Associate Dean, Faculty
Professor of Law
Earl B. Shurtz Research Professor
Director, Shook, Hardy & Bacon Center for Excellence in Advocacy
Primary office:
404 Green Hall

Lumen "Lou" Mulligan joined the KU Law faculty in 2010. He earned his J.D. magna cum laude, order of the coif, from the University of Michigan Law School. He holds a master's in philosophy from the University of Colorado and a bachelor's with honors from the University of Kansas. Prior to coming to KU Law, he served as an associate professor at Michigan State University College of Law, where the student bar association recognized him as an outstanding instructor, and was an assistant professor of business law at the University of Michigan School of Business. His legal experience includes co-founding Stowell & Mulligan PA, working as a litigation associate attorney at a large Midwestern law firm, and serving as a judicial clerk on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit.

Mulligan's scholarship, which predominantly focuses upon jurisdiction and procedure, is published in several prominent legal journals, including Michigan Law Review, NYU Law Review, Northwestern University Law Review, Washington University Law Review and Vanderbilt Law Review. He is also a co-author of the three-volume treatise "Kansas Law and Practice: Kansas Code of Civil Procedure Annotated." Mulligan's scholarship has been cited by the U.S. Court of Appeals, in the Harvard Law Review and in briefing to several federal courts. He is active in the Kansas Bar Association, serving on the Appellate Section Executive Committee and a member of Lawrence's local Inn of Court. Mulligan is a frequent speaker across the country and continues to work in the courts, most often in an amicus curia or pro bono capacity.

Courses Taught:
  • Civil Procedure
  • Expert Witness Skills Workshop
  • Jurisdiction
  • Sales


J.D. magna cum laude, Order of the Coif, Michigan, 2002; M.A., Colorado, 1999; B.A. with honors, Kansas, 1995


Civil Procedure, Expert Witness Skills Workshop, Federal Courts, Jurisdiction


Kansas 2003

Career History

Associate, Polsinelli, Shalton & Welte PC, 2002-03; Clerk, Chief Judge Deanell Tacha, U.S. Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit, 2003-2005; Adjunct Lecturer, University of Kansas School of Law, 2003-04, Lecturer, 2005-06; Co-founder, Stowell & Mulligan, PA, 2005-06; Assistant Professor, University of Michigan Ross School of Business, 2006-2007; Associate Professor (without tenure), Michigan State University College of Law, 2009-10; Professor, University of Kansas, July 2010-present.


Jurisdiction and remedial powers of the federal courts and ethical governance of nonprofit organizations


Kansas Bar Association; American Bar Association; University of Kansas Honors Program Alumni Board

Selected Publications

"Did the Madisonian Compromise Survive Detention at Guantanamo?," 85 New York University Law Review 535 (2010)

"Federal Courts Not Federal Tribunals," 104 Northwestern University Law Review 1 (January 2010)

"A Unified Theory of 28 U.S.C. § 1331 Jurisdiction," 61 Vanderbilt Law Review 1667 (2008)

Why KU
  • Top 25 among public law schools — Business Insider
  • KU’s Project for Innocence: 2 wrongfully convicted citizens serving life sentences freed in 2015
  • 7,700+ alumni in all 50 states, D.C., 3 U.S. territories, and 20 foreign countries
  • 91 percent overall employment rate for Class of 2015 – top 23.3 percent nationally
  • 23rd in the nation for most-improved employment rates
  • One-third of full-time faculty have written casebooks and treatises
  • 25th nationwide for lowest debt at graduation
  • 21st: “Best Schools for Practical Training”
  • 77 percent of upper-level law classes have 25 or fewer students
  • National Champions: 2016 National Native American Law Students Association Moot Court Competition
  • #19 moot court program in the nation
  • #17 “best value” law school in the nation — National Jurist Magazine