Adjunct Faculty

Adjunct Faculty

Matt All is a fifth-generation native Kansan with degrees from from the University of Kansas and Yale Law School. After working in private legal practice in Kansas City and Lawrence, he spent eight years in state government, first as Assistant Insurance Commissioner, and then as Chief Counsel to Governor Kathleen Sebelius. In January 2007, he left state government to begin work at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas. Today, he serves Blue Cross as General Counsel and Vice President, Public Policy and Human Development. His responsibilities include legal counsel, legislative and regulatory issues, human resources, leadership development, corporate communications, and corporate governance. He has served on the adjunct faculty at KU since 2002, teaching both insurance law and Indian gaming law. He is chairman of the Kansas Bar Association Insurance Law Section, and serves on the Kansas Bar Association Commission on Professionalism.

Courses Taught:
  • Insurance

 

Thomas Brous is a partner at the Kansas City based law firm Stinson Morrison Hecker LLP. He serves as chair of the firm’s Employee Benefits Group and practices primarily in the areas of qualified pension and profit sharing plans and exempt organizations. He is a graduate of Northwestern University and an honor graduate of the University of Michigan Law School, where he served as an assistant editor of the Michigan Law Review. In addition, Tom served on active duty with the U.S. Army for four years as a captain in the Judge Advocate General’s Corps. Tom is listed in The Best Lawyers in America, Who’s Who in America and Missouri & Kansas Super Lawyers Magazine. Along with his faculty duties, Tom is affiliated with numerous professional and community organizations, such as, Kansas City Public Library Foundation, Divinity School Visiting Committee University of Chicago, Kansas City Repertory Theater, Metropolitan Organization to Counter Sexual Assault, Missouri Bar Association and Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association.

Courses Taught:
  • Executive Compensation
  • Pension and Employee Benefits Law

 

David J. Brown is managing partner and The Law Office of David J. Brown LC in Lawrence. He began his professional career as an award-winning reporter and editor, working for 10 years in the field before attending Albany Law School in New York and then moving to Lawrence. He taught for one semester at KU's William Allen White School of Journalism, then went to work as a research attorney first for the Kansas Court of Appeals and later for then-Chief Judge Mary Beck Briscoe. He held that post until August 1992, when he opened The Law Office of David J. Brown. Since that time, Brown has held various legal leadership roles in the community and has been an involved board member and advisor for nonprofit organizations working to better life in Douglas County. He has written and lectured extensively on the areas of privacy, family law, and ethics. Brown aims to meet the legal needs of traditional and nontraditional families by addressing issues of premarital and cohabitation agreements, adoption, separation or divorce, child custody, estate planning, wills and trusts, and family business concerns.

Courses Taught:
  • Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Questioning (LGBTQ) Seminar

 

Christopher Burger is a trial attorney at Stevens & Brand LLP who prosecutes and defends claims, as well as counsels his clients to help keep them out of courtrooms, hearing rooms and losses. As a Kansas country lawyer, Burger handles the complex and simple, whether failed curtain wall or leaky basement foundation, uncompensated cardinal change or a home costing more than expected, a manipulated bid shopped through the demands of an owner or an arithmetic error, or any breached duty or contract resulting in economic loss, property damage or personal injury. He has been on the forefront of Kansas construction and real property law, being in the lead role in key Kansas cases concerning damages, delays, bids, defects and settlements.

Before joining Stevens & Brand in Lawrence, Burger served as an assistant attorney general under Carla Stovall, where he handled all of the state of Kansas' construction litigation and represented the state in a variety of other disputes, saving the state from tens of millions of dollars of losses and generating multiple millions in income.

Courses Taught:
  • Construction Law and Litigation

 

Michael Delaney is a retired partner of Spencer Fane Britt & Browne LLP. His practice includes representation of management in traditional labor relations matters, including collective bargaining negotiations, grievances and arbitrations, union campaigns and matters before the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB).

He joined Spencer Fane in 1976 and practices with the firm's Labor and Employment Law Group, having served as practice group leader. Delaney also served two terms on the firm's executive committee.

Delaney is a frequent author and lecturer on labor relations, employment and school law topics, including wage and hour compliance, OSHA and employment discrimination issues and alternative dispute resolution procedures.

Courses Taught:
  • Business Planning Seminar
  • Collective Bargaining and Dispute Resolution

 

Robert W. Fairchild is the chief judge of the Seventh Judicial District, Douglas County, Kansas. After graduating from the University of Kansas School of Law in 1973 he entered the private practice of law in Lawrence. He practiced law for 23 years and handled a wide variety of cases. He served as County Counselor for Douglas County, Kansas, for approximately 10 years. In 1996 he was appointed as a district judge for the 7th Judicial District and was appointed chief judge in 2002.

Courses Taught:
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution

Julia practices in the areas of civil litigation, complex commercial litigation, antitrust, banking, and construction law, representing clients in the state and federal courts of Kansas and Missouri. She is a 2008 graduate of the University of Kansas School of Law, where she served as Managing Editor of the Kansas Law Review and on the Moot Court Council.

Courses Taught:
  • Commercial Law: Secured Transactions

 

Adjunct Faculty

Marilyn Harp earned a bachelor’s in social work in 1976 and her law degree in 1979, both from KU. She immediately began working for Kansas Legal Services as a staff attorney, then rose to managing attorney and regional director. In 2006, she became executive director. In this role, she directs a statewide law firm of 45 attorneys who share her commitment to representing those who would otherwise struggle to have their voices heard. Harp and her staff at Kansas Legal Services broaden access to justice to more than 30,000 Kansans each year. She received the Kansas Bar Association’s Outstanding Service Award in 1994, 2000 and 2006. She was the recipient of the YWCA Woman of Valor Award in 2001 and was recognized as the Women’s Equality Coalition Woman of the Year in 1990.

Courses Taught:
  • Elder Law Externship

 

Brandon Henry is a partner at Wagstaff & Cartmell LLP whose practice is devoted entirely to litigation. Henry has extensive jury trial experience, which includes cases with multi-million dollar damage claims in multiple state and federal jurisdictions. Henry focuses his practice on the areas of professional liability, product liability, explosion and electrocution cases, trucking litigation, personal injury, wrongful death and commercial and business litigation.

Courses Taught:
  • Trial Advocacy

 

Adjunct Faculty

Since graduating from the University of Kansas School of Law in 1979, John Hickey has been with the law firm of Lewis, Rice & Fingersh LC in Kansas City, Mo. He has practice primarily commercial real estate law with emphasis on finance, bankruptcy and construction matters. His experience includes representation of lenders, borrowers , buyers, sellers, contractors, owners, architects, developers, landlords, tenants property managers and brokers in commercial real estate transactions. Since 2007, he has taught a class in real estate finance at KU. He has been listed under real estate in Best Lawyers in America for the past 12 years.

Courses Taught:
  • Real Estate Finance

Matthew Hoy is an attorney at Stevens & Brand LLP in Lawrence, Kan., where he works with business owners and professionals as they encounter estate planning issues and business succession issues. In addition, he maintains a very substantial practice representing families and financial institutions dealing with estate administration matters such as probate, trust administration, and litigation related to those procedures.

Hoy counsels entrepreneurs and their companies in transactional matters including formation, raising capital, mergers and acquisitions, contract negotiations, and general managerial issues.

He advises business in a variety of industries, including health care, banking, energy, entertainment, real estate development, advertising, technology and life sciences, and financial services.

Courses Taught:
  • Business Planning Seminar
     
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Amir H. Khoury is a  Distinguished Visiting Professor at KU Law for the 2013-14 academic year. Khoury received his Ph.D. from the University of Haifa, his LL.M. from Fordham University, and his LL.B. from Hebrew University. Khoury is a senior lecturer, Faculty of Law, Tel Aviv University. He specializes in intellectual property law, and his publications in that field include 2 books, 14 U.S. law journal research papers, and a chapter in an Oxford University Press book. Khoury has lectured at conferences around the world (Northwestern, Chicago; UC Berkeley; Pisa University, Italy; Free University of Brussels; World Jurist Association in Prague) and has been  involved in USPTO programs aimed at promoting IP enforcement (in Oman, Jordan and USPTO headquarters in Alexandria, VA). He has trained judges, lawyers and patent examiners in IP matters (WIPO events and Israeli Patent Authority). Khoury also teaches at the Tel-Aviv Berkeley LL.M. program and has served as international adviser for Queen Rania Center for Entrepreneurship in Amman.  

Courses Taught:
  • Special Topics: International Regulation of Intellectual Property
  • Special Topics: Theory and Practice in Fair Dealing in Commerce and Commerce Wrongs

 

Adjunct Faculty
Courses Taught:
  • Trial Advocacy

Erica Landsberg is an honors graduate of Yale University and the University of Chicago Law School. She served on the University of Chicago Law Review, interned at the Office of the United States Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois, and worked in the Mandel Legal Aid Clinic, where she tried an employment discrimination case before the Illinois Human Rights Department. After law school, she served as law clerk for the Hon. Paul E. Plunkett in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois and worked as an associate in commercial litigation and corporate reorganization at Sidley and Austin in Chicago. She then became Assistant General Counsel for the University of Chicago. More recently, she served as a Special Assistant Corporation Counsel for the City of Chicago, handling appeals in over 50 cases. Landsberg began teaching at the University of Kansas School of Law in 2002 with a small section of torts and has been teaching antitrust law at KU for nine years.

Courses Taught:
  • Higher Education and the Law Seminar

 

Adjunct Faculty

Steve Leben has taught the Legislation class at KU Law since 2007; his course focuses on statutory interpretation. Leben's teaching is informed by regular experience interpreting statutes as an appellate judge, nearly 14 years as a trial judge, and 11 years of law practice. Leben is a nationally recognized authority on improving judicial practices to enhance procedural fairness; he coauthored a white paper on procedural fairness for the American Judges Association in 2007. Since then, Leben and his white-paper coauthor, Minnesota trial judge Kevin Burke, have made invited presentations on procedural fairness to more than 2,500 state and federal judges. Leben has published 14 law-review articles in the areas of procedural justice, administrative law, civil procedure, family law, and evidence. His scholarly publications have been cited by state and federal courts in Kansas and in more than 75 law-journal articles by other authors. Leben has edited a national publication for judges, Court Review, since 1998, and he received the Distinguished Service Award from the National Center for State Courts in 2003 for his work toward the improvement of the American judiciary. He also serves as cochair of the editorial board for the Kansas Bar Association's Annual Survey of Kansas Law.

Courses Taught:
  • Legislation

Harold Lowenstein, of counsel in Armstrong Teasdale’s Litigation group, previously served as a judge on the Missouri Court of Appeals, Western District. He was the last appeals judge in Missouri to be appointed by Gov. Kit Bond and was one of the longest serving appellate court judges in the state.

Much of Lowenstein’s time is spent preparing for trials and appeals. He has been an appointed Special Discovery Master in Jackson Country Circuit Court, streamlining litigation in which discovery battles are particularly contentious. He has also been designated as a guardian ad litem, representing the interests of impaired persons involved in a court proceeding.

A qualified mediator and arbitrator, Lowenstein helps clients reach creative solutions to legal matters. 

Courses Taught:
  • Special Topics: Jury Selection

 

Sheri McCracken is a career prosecutor at the state and federal level with 17 years of trial experience. She successfully tried ten felony jury trials as a third year law student while interning at the Miami and Johnson County District Attorney's offices and she has completed over two hundred jury trials. She is currently serving the Department of Justice as the District of Kansas Narcotics Chief, High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area Coordinator and Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force Lead Attorney. For the past 16 years, she has served as Trial Advocacy Adjunct.

Courses Taught:
  • Trial Advocacy

James P. O’Hara was appointed as a U.S. Magistrate Judge in April 2000. Judge O’Hara handles the pretrial aspects of civil and criminal cases and, upon consent of the parties, presides over several civil jury trials each year. From 2004 until 2010, by appointment of the Chief Justice, O’Hara served on the U.S. Judicial Conference’s Committee on Judicial Resources, which formulates personnel-related policy recommendations for the federal court system. Before his appointment to the federal bench, O’Hara was in private practice as a partner in the Kansas City-based law firm of Shughart Thomson & Kilroy (now known as Polsinelli Shughart). He primarily represented clients in commercial cases in federal and state courts in Kansas and Missouri.

Courses Taught:
  • Trial Advocacy

Dionne Scherff has a law practice dedicated to criminal defense. She started her trial attorney career as a prosecutor in the Wyandotte County District Attorney's Office then moved to the Johnson County District Attorney's Office. As a prosecutor, Scherff specialized in child abuse and sex crimes. Her current practice takes her to federal and state court on criminal matters in Kansas and Missouri. She is death penalty qualified in the state of Kansas and has enjoyed the victory of a death penalty case dismissal on the morning of jury trial. Scherff has extensive jury trial experience in both state and federal court. She also has a healthy appellate practice. She writes and argues briefs in the state of Kansas appellate courts as well as the 8th and 10th federal circuit courts. She also handles civil forfeitures relating to property seized during criminal investigations. Scherff is a frequent lecturer at Continuing Legal Education seminars. Finally, she is frequently asked to serve as a judge pro tem in Johnson County District Court.

Courses Taught:
  • Trial Advocacy

 

Jennifer Schmidt is the director of the Public Policy Clinic at KU Law, and host/producer of KPTS Channel 8's "Ask your Legislator" show. She received a B.A. from Texas Christian University and a J.D. from the University of Kansas in 1994, where she served as managing editor of the Kansas Journal of Law and Public Policy.

Courses Taught:
  • Public Policy Clinic

 

David Stevens is Associate General Counsel, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas City. Before joining Blue Cross Blue Shield of Kansas City, David was an Associate at Spencer Fane Britt and Browne LLP, and served as law clerk to the Honorable Deanell Reece Tacha, Chief Judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals, Tenth Circuit. Before law school, David had a variety of experiences in the public and private sectors. David served 2 years at the White House as Assistant to the General Counsel of the Office of Science and Technology Policy. After leaving the White House, David worked as a technology industry analyst for PricewaterhouseCoopers LLC, a business development executive at an educational technology start-up company in Chicago, and as a floor broker in the Fed Funds pit at the Chicago Board of Trade.

Courses Taught:
  • Health Law & Policy
  • Healthcare Financing & Regulation

 

Terri D. Thomas currently serves as the Legal Department Director of the Kansas Bankers Association. In this role, she provides legal and compliance information to Kansas banks. Prior to assuming this position, she was Of Counsel with the law firm of Spencer, Fane, Britt & Browne. Specifically, she was the point person for "Bankers Choice," a financial institution consulting division of the firm, providing on-sight training and fixed-fee legal assistance to financial institutions in Kansas and Missouri. Prior to joining the firm, Terri was employed in the banking industry for over twenty-three years in various capacities. Presently, she serves as an adjunct instructor at Washburn University School of Law in Topeka, Kan., and at the University of Kansas School of Law in Lawrence, Kan., and is a frequent seminar presenter for banking associations. /p>

Courses Taught:
  • Banking Law
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