Dean, College of Law - Finalist, Lumen Mulligan
Lumen “Lou" Mulligan serves as the Earl B. Shurtz Research Professor of Law at the University of Kansas Law School. Professor Mulligan began his full-time teaching career at the University of Michigan Ross School of Business, then served as associate professor at the Michigan State University College of Law.
At Kansas Law, Professor Mulligan has served as associate dean for faculty, director of the Shook Hardy & Bacon advocacy center, director of the 3+3 program, and supervisor of the medical legal partnership clinics among other duties.
He is an award-winning instructor, teaching Civil Procedure, Jurisdiction, Federal Courts, Expert Witness Skills, and Contracts.
Professor Mulligan's scholarly work is found in top law journals such as the Northwestern University Law Review, the New York University Law Review, and the UCLA Law Review. In 2017, the American Association of Law Schools Civil Procedure Section honored Professor Mulligan and his co-author's piece as “article of the year." He has also authored, or co-authored, five books and treatises on procedure and jurisdiction.
Professor Mulligan is a member of the Kansas Bar. He began his legal career as a law clerk for the Honorable Deanell Reece Tacha of the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit. He engaged in private practice in Kansas City with both a large civil defense firm and co-founded a two-person firm. He continues with a small appellate practice in addition to his academic role.
Professor Mulligan also remains actively engaged with the practicing bar, including service on the Kansas Judicial Council - Civil Rules Committee, service on the Kansas Bar Association Appellate Practice Committee, and frequent state-legislative and federal-committee testimony on procedural matters.
Professor Mulligan earned his J.D. magna cum laude, order of the coif, from the University of Michigan Law School, where he served as a member of the Michigan Law Review editorial board. He holds an M.A. in philosophy & social policy from the University of Colorado and a B.A. with honors & distinction from the University of Kansas.
Professor Mulligan lives in Lawrence, Kansas with his wife, Emily, and two daughters. In his spare time, Mulligan plays guitar (poorly) and enjoys traveling with this family.
The search advisory committee and Provost and Executive Vice President Torrey Lawrence are pleased to announce that Lumen Mulligan has been selected to interview for the dean position in the College of Law. The open session was held via zoom.