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
Rana Lehr-Lehnardt, a visiting associate professor, focuses her work and research on international human rights issues, with an emphasis on family law under sharia (Islamic law), general women’s rights and issues of freedom of religion and belief.
Professor Lehr-Lehnardt earned her master of laws (LL.M.) from Columbia Law School, with an emphasis in international human rights law. She graduated magna cum laude from the J. Reuben Clark Law School at Brigham Young University, where she was editor-in-chief of the Journal of Public Law. While obtaining her law degree, Professor Lehr-Lehnardt was the recipient of the National Association of Women Lawyers Award (2002) for motivation, tenacity, academic achievement, and contributing “to the advancement of women in society.”
Professor Lehr-Lehnardt was the legal adviser and coordinator for the Program on Freedom of Religion and Belief at the American Civil Liberties Union. She was also a researcher for the Oslo Coalition on Freedom of Religion and Belief, where she edited an online anthology of tolerance stories to be used in classrooms. Professor Lehr-Lehnardt’s human rights experiences are diverse, ranging from creating a domestic violence program with a Bosnian NGO to promoting the family in United Nations documents.
Areas of expertise
Human rights, freedom of religion, Islamic law
Professor Levit teaches Defamation & Privacy, Employment Discrimination, Gender & Justice, Jurisprudence, and Torts, and is a faculty advisor to the UMKC Law Review. She is also a member of UMKC’s Women’s and Gender Studies faculty. She has previously taught courses in Criminal Law and Constitutional Law.
The students have voted Professor Levit the Law School’s Outstanding Professor of the Year five times (most recently in 2013 and 2015). She has received the Daniel L. Brenner Faculty Publishing Award (three times), the Elmer P. Pierson Faculty Teaching Award (three times), and the campus N.T. Veatch Award for Distinguished Research and Creative Activity. In 1998 she was named the Law School’s first Daniel L. Brenner Scholar. In 2000 she was awarded a UKC Trustees Faculty Fellowship. In 2001, she received the title of Edward D. Ellison Professor of Law. In 2004 she was the UMKC campus nominee for the University of Missouri’s Presidential Teaching Award. In 2012, she received the Missouri Governor’s Award for Teaching Excellence. The University of Missouri awarded her a Curators’ Professorship in 2005. She is one of 26 law professors in the country who is profiled in the book by Dean Michael Hunter Schwartz et al., What the Best Law Teachers Do, recently published by Harvard University Press.
Professor Levit’s scholarship is principally in the areas of employment discrimination, legal pedagogy, constitutional law, jurisprudence, torts, and feminist legal theory. Her book with Doug Linder, The Happy Lawyer: Making a Good Life in the Law, was published by Oxford University Press in 2010. Their sequel, The Good Lawyer: Seeking Quality in the Practice of Law, was published by Oxford in 2015. She has also written books about feminist legal theory, Feminist Legal Theory: A Primer (NYU Press 2d ed. 2016) (co-authored with Rob Verchick, with an introduction by Martha Minow), jurisprudence, Jurisprudence—Classical and Contemporary: From Natural Law to Postmodernism (West Group 2002) (co-authored with Robert L. Hayman, Jr., and Richard Delgado), and sex segregation, feminism, and masculinity, The Gender Line: Men, Women, and the Law (NYU Press 1998). She was the editor of the Kansas Criminal Defense Manual and is presently the editorial associate of the Journal of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers. Her articles have appeared in the California Law Review, the Fordham Law Review, the George Washington University Law Review, the Georgetown Law Journal, the Hofstra Law Review, the Notre Dame Law Review, the Ohio State Law Journal, the UCLA Law Review, the University of Colorado Law Review, and the Wisconsin Law Review, among other places.
A former Chair of the AALS Section on Women in Legal Education, in 2016, she was elected President of the Southeastern Association of Law Schools. She served as Interim Associate Dean for Faculty at UMKC Law School in 2015-17 and was appointed Associate Dean for Faculty in 2018.
She received her B.A. with highest honors from Bates College, and her J.D. from the University of Kansas, where she was an editor on the Law Review. She was the recipient of a number of academic honors, including Order of the Coif, Phi Beta Kappa, Phi Kappa Phi, and the West Award for Scholarship. After graduation, Professor Levit clerked for federal district judge Frank Theis, and worked on the Dalkon Shield multidistrict litigation. During this time, she volunteered at the Sedgwick County Public Defender Office. Prior to joining the UMKC faculty, she was a trial attorney with Stinson, Mag & Fizzell. She has been a member of the American Civil Liberties Union Legal Panel and an Assistant Special Master for the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Missouri, and has engaged in pro bono criminal and death penalty representation.
Professor Levit enjoys distance running and sprint triathlons. She and her late husband Tim Geary have two children, Aaron and Dylan Elizabeth, and a blue weimaraner named Niko.
Areas of expertise
Constitutional law, torts, employment, privacy
Biannually, Professor Levit and Professor Rostron compile a list of article submission guidelines for law journals. This list is then distributed through SSRN.
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You may also view the list by visiting Professor Rostron’s submission information page.
Doug Linder received his J.D. from Stanford Law School. His undergraduate education was at Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, Minnesota, where he majored in mathematics. He has been a visiting professor of law at Indiana University, Hamline University and the University of Iowa. He has also been honored as a distinguished scholar-in-residence at the University of Tulsa Law School.
Professor Linder is the co-author of The Happy Lawyer: Making a Good Life in the Law (Oxford University Press, 2010) and the author to The Good Lawyer: Seeking Quality in the Practice of Law (Oxford University, 2013). In addition, he has published numerous articles and book chapters in the fields of constitutional law, famous trials, environmental law and communications law. Professor Linder’s Famous Trials website (the Web’s largest and most-visited collection of original essays, images and primary documents pertaining to great trials) and his Exploring Constitutional Law website (an extensive collection of notes, cases, and historical materials relating to the Constitution) have been ongoing projects since 1990s. Professor Linder is a lecturer for the Teaching (“Great Courses”) Company. His lecture series include “Great Trials in World History” (2017) and “Liberty on Trial: Stories Behind Legal Battles That Defined Freedom in America” (forthcoming release, late 2019).
Professor Linder is former member of the Minnesota Bar and has practiced in the areas of environmental law and communications law.
Professor Linder teaches the courses Constitutional Law, The Jury: Practice and Perspectives, Seminar in Famous Trials, The Quest for a Satisfying Career in Law, and First Amendment Law.
Areas of expertise
Constitutional law, First Amendment, famous trials, the legal profession
Professor Tony Luppino teaches or co-teaches business, entrepreneurship, and tax courses, including several interdisciplinary entrepreneurship courses relating to for-profit, social and civic entrepreneurship, and entrepreneurial practice of law. He also serves as the Law School’s Director of Entrepreneurship Programs and a Senior Fellow with UMKC’s cross-campus Regnier Institute for Entrepreneurship & Innovation. In 2017, he was named the inaugural recipient of the University of Missouri System Entrepreneurship Educator of the Year Award.
Prof. Luppino’s scholarship and conference presentations focus primarily on legal and policy issues significantly affecting entrepreneurs, and on entrepreneurship education. He was the principal organizer of the Law & Entrepreneurship Special Interest Group of the United States Association for Small Business and Entrepreneurship (USASBE), and has served for several years as lead editor of the Entrepreneurship Law (EshipLaw) website (http://www.EshipLaw.org) powered by the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation. As outgrowths of his work in urban innovation and civic entrepreneurship through the interdisciplinary Law, Technology & Public Policy course, he has become one of UMKC’s principal contacts with the MetroLab Network, and a founder and leader of the Legal Technology Laboratory (see http://www.thelegaltechlab.com).
Before joining the faculty on a full-time basis in 2001, Prof. Luppino practiced law with firms in Boston and in the Kansas City region. His practice included a wide variety of business, tax planning, and transactional work, involving multiple disciplines within the law. He received his A.B. from Dartmouth College in 1979. In 1982, he received his J.D. from Stanford Law School where he served as an associate editor of the Stanford Law Review. While in private practice in Boston early in his practice career, he earned his LL.M. degree in Taxation from Boston University, and in 1986 was articles editor of the Boston University Journal of Tax Law.
Areas of expertise
Business organizations and planning, entrepreneurship, securities regulation, taxation
A struggling Spanish guitar and didgeridoo playing former naval officer, Tim Lynch joined the faculty as an associate professor in summer 2011.
Prior to joining the faculty, Professor Lynch taught as a visiting assistant professor at the Indiana University Maurer School of Law. His scholarship is principally in the areas of international capital markets and international trade. He teaches the courses International Trade Law and Finance, International Business Transactions, Conflicts of Law, and International Environmental Law.
Tim received his JD from Harvard Law School, his MBA from Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business and his BA from the University of Chicago, where he majored in Arabic and Islamic studies and spent much of his time training and captaining the university’s rowing team.
Prior to entering academia, Professor Lynch was an associate attorney at Coudert Brothers in New York largely representing institutions in international investment transactions and development projects. After living in Japan for several years, and then living out of a pickup truck while traveling around North America for a year, he became the executive manager for the Public Works Department of the Emirate of Abu Dhabi, where he managed the construction of several grand-scale public works projects.
When he is not struggling with the guitar or the didge, Professor Lynch devotes far too much time and money learning how to turn wood and playing with his three young boys.
Areas of expertise
Private international law, public international law, international capital markets
Ann Marie Marciarille is a professor of law specializing in health care law. Her research interests are in health care regulation and finance with a particular interest in health care reform proposals, large and small. Before joining UMKC, she had a long career as health law attorney, including 10 years as a health care antitrust prosecutor for the California Attorney General’s office and several years as a legal services attorney specializing in health care matters.
Professor Marciarille is a summa cum laude graduate of Amherst College and a cum laude graduate of Harvard Law School, where her studies were focused on public interest representation. She also holds a Masters in Theology, specializing in ethics, from Harvard Divinity School.
She has published articles on Medicare reform, Medicaid reform, pharmaceutical pricing, health care finance reform, public health, and health care provider quality issues. Professor Marciarille taught Health Law, Health Care Reform, Elder Law, Disability Law, and Public Health Law at the University of California, Hastings College of the Law, Boalt Hall/Berkeley Law School and Pacific McGeorge School of Law before coming to the UMKC School of Law where she currently teaches Health Law, Health Care Regulation, Organization and Finance, Antitrust, and Civil Procedure.
She is married to Brad DeLong, professor of economics at the University of California at Berkeley. She and her husband have two adult children. She enjoys family; travel; exploring small towns, villages, and ghost towns; and the charm of old houses.
Professor Marciarille currently teaches Health Law, Health Care Regulation, Organization and Finance, Antitrust, and Civil Procedure.
Danielle Merrick has been the associate staff director of the Entrepreneurial Legal Services Clinic since 2004. Professor Merrick earned her bachelor of social welfare from the University of Kansas and her J.D. and LL.M. in Taxation from UMKC.
Previously, she was employed with American Century Investments in the Tax Department and worked on individual and corporate tax forms. She was also involved with the launching of the state of Kansas’ 529 plan.
Areas of expertise
Taxation, business formation
Rodney Miller joined the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law in 2019. He teaches courses in Lawyering Skills and Advanced Legal Writing.
Professor Miller received his B.A. in English Language and Literature from the University of Michigan in 1995. He graduated magna cum laude from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law in 2005, where he served as Lead Executive Editor of the University of Pittsburgh Law Review.
Professor Miller comes to UMKC with fifteen years of experience as a legal professional. His formative legal experience began in the Chicago office of Sidley Austin LLP, where he defended pharmaceutical manufacturers in product liability litigation. He also practiced for boutique law firms in Evansville, Indiana, and here in Kansas City, where he handled insurance defense and construction law matters.
In addition to practice, Professor Miller taught legal research and writing at Loyola University New Orleans College of Law and torts and evidence at Atlanta’s John Marshall Law School. During that time, he published articles in the Oklahoma Law Review and the Catholic University Law Review.
Before joining UMKC, Professor Miller spent three years with Mosaic Life Care, a health system based in St. Joseph, Missouri, where he worked first in the legal department, and later as Director of Compliance.