Sandra Craig McKenzie

Professor Emeritus of Law
Primary office:
785-864-9229
414C Green Hall


A magna cum laude graduate of the University of New Mexico School of Law, Sandra McKenzie joined the KU Law faculty in 1979 and retired in 2015. She served as a law clerk to the Hon. Oliver Seth of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit and spent four years in private practice doing tax and estate planning work in Albuquerque before beginning her career in law teaching. McKenzie was a dedicated and highly regarded teacher, known for her accessibility to students. She taught Alternative Dispute Resolution, Local Government Law, Property, and Elder Law. Her expertise in Kansas local government law made her a frequent speaker and a regular participant in programs and publications of the Kansas Bar Association. She served as the law school's ombudsman.

Education

J.D., B.A., University of New Mexico, 1974, 1971, New Mexico Law Review

Teaching

Admitted

New Mexico 1974

Career History

Clerk, Hon. Oliver Seth, U.S. Court of Appeals, 10th Circuit 1974-75; Private practice, Schlenker, Parker, Payne & Wellborn, Albuquerque 1975-76; Schlenker, Craig & Lebeck, Albuquerque 1977-79; Associate Professor, Kansas 1979-84; Professor since 1984.

Research

Local government, dispute resolution, elder law

Memberships

Phi Beta Kappa; Phi Kappa Phi; Order of the Coif

Selected Publications

The Property Tax and Local Government Property chapters in Kansas Local Government Handbook, Kansas Bar Association (1991;1994 supp.)

Local Government Law in Annual Survey of Kansas Law 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998 and 1999, Kansas Bar Association (1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2001, 2002)

"Home Rule in a Nutshell," 48 Kansas Law Review 1005 (2000)

"Survey of Kansas Law: Taxation," 41 Kansas Law Review 727 (1993)

"Storytelling: A Different Voice for Legal Education," 41 Kansas Law Review 251 (1992)

"Paul Wilson: Kansas Lawyer," 37 Kansas Law Review 1 (1988)


Top 25 among public law schools — Business Insider
KU’s Project for Innocence: 2 wrongfully convicted citizens serving life sentences freed in 2015
7,700+ alumni in all 50 states, D.C., 3 U.S. territories, and 20 foreign countries
91 percent overall employment rate for Class of 2015 – top 23.3 percent nationally
23rd in the nation for most-improved employment rates
One-third of full-time faculty have written casebooks and treatises
25th nationwide for lowest debt at graduation
21st: “Best Schools for Practical Training”
77 percent of upper-level law classes have 25 or fewer students
National Champions: 2016 National Native American Law Students Association Moot Court Competition
#19 moot court program in the nation
#17 “best value” law school in the nation — National Jurist Magazine
KU Today