Mary Kay Kisthardt

Tiera M. Farrow Faculty Scholar and Professor of Law 1-408 LAW
Phone: 816-235-2373
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Mary Kay Kisthardt received her bachelor of arts from King’s College in Pennsylvania, where she graduated summa cum laude. She received her J.D. from Penn State, where she was a member of Law Review, the Moot Court Board and the Woolsack Honor Society. She received her LL.M. from Yale University in 1985.

After graduation from law school she clerked for the Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania. She also worked for several government agencies in the state of Pennsylvania including the Departments of Education and Justice. She served as a Deputy Attorney General before entering academia in 1981. 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. Since 1990 she has served as the Executive Editor of the Journal of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers.

Professor Kisthardt teaches Family Law, Alternative Dispute Resolution, Children in the Law, Mediation, and Elder Law.


Areas of expertise

Family law, mediation, elder law