Lua K. Yuille

Associate Professor of Law
Primary office:
414A Green Hall

Lua Yuille joined the KU Law faculty in August 2013. Prior to her arrival, she was a William H. Hastie Fellow at the University of Wisconsin School of Law and acted as visiting professor at the University of Oregon School of Law. Before entering academia, Yuille was an associate at Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP in New York, where she developed a diverse generalist practice that emphasized Latin American corporate matters and domestic mergers and acquisitions, capital markets and securities transactions. She also maintained a robust pro bono immigration litigation practice.

Yuille  received her J.D. from the Columbia University School of Law, where she was one of two undergraduate students in the nation chosen to begin law school in the Advanced Interdisciplinary Legal Education (A.I.L.E.) Program. She earned an undergraduate degree, with honors, from The Johns Hopkins University and a graduate diploma in international studies from the SAIS, Bologna Center. After law school she also served as a law clerk for Judge Dorothy W. Nelson of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit and worked as a socio-economic development lawyer in Latin America.

Courses Taught:
  • Property
  • Immigration
  • Corporate Governance

Representative Publications
“Introducing Heterdox Law and Economics,” 2 Texas A&M Law Review __ (forthcoming 2015); "Sex and the Sexy Workplace," 9 Northwestern Journal of Law & Policy 88 (2013); "'Nobody Gives a Damn About the Gypsies': The Limits of Westphalian Models for Change," 9 Oregon Review of International Law 389 (2007).

Selected Presentations
"The MisEducation of the Corporation," Annual Federal Bar Association Conference, September 5, 2014; "Corporations, Property, & Personhood," Association for Law, Property, and Society (ALPS), 5th Annual Meeting, Vancouver, B.C., May 1-3, 2014; "The Liberation of Civil Rights Law," Inaugural University of Kansas Libraries Lecture Series, April 3, 2014; "Economic Approaches to Street Gangs," Workshop for New Law Professors and Entry-Level Candidates, Duke University School of Law, Durham, NC, May 11-12, 2012; “Sex & the Sexy Workplace,” The Midwest People of Color Legal Scholarship Conference, 22nd Annual Meeting, Milwaukee, WI, April 12-15, 2012; “A Pedagogical Approach to the Problem of the Criminal Street Gang,” Association for Law, Property, and Society (ALPS), 3rd Annual Meeting, Washington, D.C., March 2-3, 2012; "Gangs, Pedagogy & Takings,” University of Wisconsin, Institute for Legal Studies, “Law and …” Workshop, Madison, WI, February 28, 2012; “Pedagogical Approaches to Hostile Environment Sexual Harassment Law,” University of Wisconsin Law School, Junior Faculty Workshop, Madison, WI, January 26, 2012; “A Property Analysis of Gang Injunctions,” Association for Law, Property, and Society (ALPS), 2nd Annual Meeting, Washington, D.C., March 4-5, 2011; “Minority Rights and Religious Claims: Challenges and Potentials of Intersectionality,” Annual Meeting of the Law & Society Association, Berlin, Germany, July 25-28, 2007; “Regional Participation in the EU: Embracing Multilevel Governance or Co-Opting Dissidence?” panelist, Oregon Review of International Law Symposium, Eugene, OR, March 16, 2007.

Research Interests
Intersection of property theory, business law, and group identity.

J.D., Columbia, 2004; B.A., Johns Hopkins, 2003.

New York (3rd Judicial Department); U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit.

Career History
Summer Associate, Associate, Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP, New York, NY, 2003, 2005-2013; Research Assistant, Professor George Bermann, Columbia Law School, New York, NY, 2004; Volunteer, Fundacion Mahatma Gandhi, Las Terrenas, Dominican Republic, 2007-2008; Associate Professor of Law, University of Kansas School of Law, Lawrence, KS, 2013-present.

Association for Law, Property, and Society; The Law and Society Association; International Law Association (American Branch); American Law and Economics Association

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