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Law school welcomes new faculty

Thursday, September 20, 2012

The University of Kansas School of Law is pleased to introduce our new faculty for the 2012-13 academic year. They build on a team of outstanding scholars and teachers who are committed to excellence and accessibility to students.

Elizabeth A. Kronk, Associate Professor of Law
J.D., University of Michigan Law School | B.S., Cornell University

Elizabeth A. Kronk

Elizabeth Kronk’s research interests include federal Indian law, tribal law, environmental law and natural resources, and property. Her forthcoming book addresses Climate Change, Indigenous Peoples, and the Search for Legal Remedies. She has published widely in her scholarship areas, with articles appearing in the Public Land and Resources Law Review, Idaho Law Review and Pace Environmental Law Review. Kronk serves as an appellate judge for the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians Court of Appeals in Michigan and, in 2010, was selected as an Environmental Justice Young Fellow through the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars and U.S.-China Partnership for Environmental Law at Vermont Law School. She practiced environmental, Indian, and energy law with Latham & Watkins and Troutman Sanders in Washington, D.C.

“It is an honor to join the KU Law faculty and a privilege to work with KU students and the Tribal Law & Government Center. I look forward to helping students attain their goals and providing service to the larger community.”


Corey Rayburn Yung, Associate Professor of Law
J.D., University of Virginia School of Law | B.A., University of Iowa

Corey Rayburn Yung

Corey Rayburn Yung’s scholarship focuses on criminal law, sex crimes, and judicial decision-making. His articles have appeared in such leading journals as the Northwestern University Law Review, George Washington Law Review and Boston College Law Review. Yung’s scholarship has been cited by several federal courts, including the United States Supreme Court in Kennedy v. Louisiana. Regularly consulted by the media, Yung has been quoted in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Chicago Tribune and Washington Post, among other media outlets. Before entering academia, Yung served as an associate for Shearman & Sterling in New York and spent two years clerking for the Hon. Michael J. Melloy of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 8th Circuit. He regularly assists in sex crime cases and instructs practitioners regarding various criminal law issues.

“I am excited to be joining the faculty at KU Law. The combination of incredible teachers, terrific scholars, and affordable legal education at KU Law simply cannot be matched.”


Quinton D. Lucas, Visiting Assistant Professor of Law
J.D., Cornell Law School | A.B., Washington University in St. Louis

Quinton D. Lucas

Quinton Lucas joins the KU Law faculty as the school’s first Visiting Assistant Professor in over 30 years. Prior to entering academia, Lucas practiced commercial litigation with Rouse Hendricks German May in Kansas City, Mo., where he represented clients in government investigations and in trials and appeals in state and federal courts across the country. While at Rouse Hendricks, he also served as a constitutional law instructor at the Kansas State Penitentiary in Lansing, Kan. After graduating from Cornell Law School, Lucas served as a clerk to the Hon. Duane Benton of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 8th Circuit. His research interests include corporate and financial governance and regulation; corporate criminal liability and sentencing; contracts; and conflict of laws. Lucas will teach Contracts and Business Associations at KU.

“I am thrilled to be associated with the exceptional scholars, students and staff at the KU School of Law. I look forward to working with my colleagues to train students who will shape the legal profession, our community, and our country for years to come.”


Katie Cronin, Clinical Associate Professor of Law
J.D., Vanderbilt University School of Law | B.S.W., University of Missouri-Columbia

Katie Cronin

Katie Cronin 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, Cronin secured a number of significant grants totaling over $1 million.  In 2011, she also began work as a fellow for the Ladder to Leadership Program, a national initiative that aims to enhance the leadership capacity of community-based nonprofit health organizations. Cronin has articles forthcoming in Social Work and the Journal of Prevention and Intervention in the Community. She will serve as director of the Medical-Legal Partnership Clinic at KU Law.

“I look forward to helping KU Law students prepare for their professional careers by providing them with practical experience and helping them understand how a law degree can be used as a tool to promote social justice and create positive health outcomes for the underserved.”


Chelsi K. Hayden, Lecturer in Law
J.D., University of Kansas | B.A., University of Kansas

Chelsi K. Hayden

Chelsi Hayden joined the KU Law faculty as an adjunct Lawyering professor in 2011 and became a full-time lecturer in law in 2012. Before entering academia, Hayden served as chambers counsel to Judge Carlos Murguia of the U.S. District Court for the District of Kansas and as an associate in business litigation for Shook, Hardy & Bacon in Kansas City, Mo. She has extensive experience in civil and criminal law and has litigated both state and federal cases, including for the Kansas Supreme Court. Hayden is also active in the community, serving as vice president of the Kansas Land Trust and board member for the Willow Domestic Violence Center in Lawrence. At KU, she joins a talented team of faculty members who teach essential legal research and writing skills through the school’s first-year Lawyering program.  

“I received a terrific education at KU Law, which I drew on every day during a decade of challenging legal work, and I am honored to be back in academia to contribute to the education of the next generation of lawyers.”