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Mary Kay Kisthardt

Tiera M. Farrow Faculty Scholar and Professor of Law

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Mary Kay Kisthardt received her bachelor of arts in 1975 from King’s College in Pennsylvania, where she graduated summa cum laude. She received her J.D. in 1978 from Penn State, where she was a member of Law Review and the Moot Court Board. She received her LL.M. from Yale University in 1985.

Before joining the faculty in 1985, Professor Kisthardt taught at the University of Hawaii. She also served as a consultant to the Exceptional Children Division of the Hawaii Department of Education. From 1976 to 1981, she worked for several government agencies in the state of Pennsylvania including the departments of education and justice, the Commonwealth Court and the Office of the Attorney General.

Professor Kisthardt teaches the courses Family Law, Alternative Dispute Resolution, Children in the Law, Mediation, Elder Law and the workshop in Current Issues in Family Law. She is the executive editor of the Journal of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers.

Areas of expertise

Family law, mediation. elder law






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