- Associate Director, Legal Aid Clinic
- Clinical Associate Professor
Meredith Schnug serves as a clinical associate professor and associate director of the Legal Aid Clinic. The clinic provides students an opportunity to develop their lawyering skills while promoting access to justice and providing high-quality legal services to low-income clients. In her role, Schnug supervises students in their casework and co-teaches the classroom component of the clinic, with the goal of developing purpose-minded and practice-ready attorneys. Schnug’s work with students emphasizes the value of high ethical standards and professionalism, practical problem-solving skills, and collaboration with community partners to provide clients with the best representation possible. Outside of the clinic, Schnug teaches Advanced Litigation and Juvenile Law, coordinates the law school's Pro Bono program and assists with coaching the mock trial team. She was selected by the student body to receive the Frederick J. Moreau Award in 2021.
Prior to joining the faculty, Schnug served as a senior attorney with the Legal Aid Society of Southwest Ohio, where she supervised attorneys, paralegals and law clerks, represented victims of domestic violence in family law and immigration matters, and advocated for children in abuse, neglect and dependency cases. Schnug received her law degree from the Washington University in St. Louis School of Law, where she participated in the Civil Justice Clinic.
Order of the Coif
summa cum laude, Harry S. Truman Scholar (2002)
Advanced Litigation, Juvenile Law, Legal Aid Clinic, Advanced Legal Aid Clinic
Kansas 2015; Ohio 2006; District Court for the Southern District of Ohio, 2007
Senior Attorney, Legal Aid Society of Southwest Ohio, 2013-2014; Staff Attorney, Legal Aid Society of Southwest Ohio, 2006-2013.
Selected Publications —
- Schnug, M. (2020). Reflections on Pro Bono Service at KU Law. In Journal of the Kansas Bar Association (Vols. 89-DEC. J. Kan. B.A. 29).
- Schnug, M. (2019). Lawyering for the Good: Pro Bono at KU. In Journal of the Kansas Bar Association (Vols. 88-SEPT. J.Kan. B.A. 48).
- Schnug, M. (2018). Public Citizen Lawyering and Pro Bono at KU. In Journal of the Kansas Bar Association (Vols. 87-OCT J. Kan. B.A. 38).
- Schnug, M. (2018). Rising Again: Collateral Consequences and Kansas Expungement Law. In Journal of the Kansas Bar Association (Vols. 87-OCT J. Kan. B.A. 44).
- Schnug, M. (2017). KU’s Pro Bono Program: Doing Good. In Journal of the Kansas Bar Association (Vols. 86-OCT J. Kan. B.A. 35).
- Schnug, M. A., Reckman, L., Rothstein, D., & Gates, K. (2012). Meeting the Needs of Children with an Incarcerated Parent. In ABA Children’s Rights Litigation Newsletter.
Selected Presentations —
- Schnug, M. Panelist, (6/11/2021). Marginalized Women and Social Justice, Tech and Social Justice Workshop, University of Kansas Center for Digital Inclusion
- Schnug, M., Bertels, E., & Hiegert, D. (7/17/2020). Intro to Transgender Advocacy, Kansas Women Attorneys Association Lindsborg Conference.
- Schnug, M., & Campbell, C. (7/19/2019). Expungements 101: How to Run a Clean Slate Program. Kansas Women Attorneys Association Lindsborg Conference. Lindsborg, KS
- Schnug, M., & Metts, J. (5/22/2019). Incorporating Issues of Race and Diversity into the Content of our Advocacy Teaching. Educating Advocates: Teaching Advocacy Skills Conference. Stetson University College of Law
- Schnug, M., Reuter, M., Ramsey, K., Gordon, A., Keith, L., Brustin, S., ...Greenberg-Kobrin, M. (4/30/2018). Excuse Me: Teaching Interrupting Bias as a Lawyering Skill. AALS Conference on Clinical Legal Education. Chicago, IL
- Schnug, M. (1/18/2018). Clean Slate: Using Kansas Expungement Law to Address Collateral Consequences of Criminal Convictions. Douglas County Bar Association. Lawrence, KS
- Schnug, M., Cateforis, E., & Phillips, J. K. G. (10/7/2016). Implementing a Practical Model for Teaching Cross-Cultural Lawyering to Clinic Students. Midwest Regional Clinical Legal Education Conference. University of Tulsa, OK