Yesterday, January 28, 2021, I resigned from the University of Kansas as a full-time faculty member. I will no longer be a Full Clinical Professor of Law and the Connell Teaching Chair at the KU School of Law. I have greatly valued teaching, advising, and mentoring a generation of KU Law students for the past 21 years. While at KU, I taught upper level practical skills courses, and I developed the nationally recognized Deposition Skills Workshop. I taught legal and prosecutorial ethics, and I co-authored a law school textbook titled, “Prosecutorial Ethics.” In addition to my teaching and scholarship, I served the university community in many ways, including as University Faculty Senate President, where I advocated for fair and equitable treatment of faculty, staff, and students. For faculty and staff, I spoke out on issues related to racial injustice and gender inequity. For students, I voiced the importance of addressing campus sexual assault in a trauma-informed manner.
It is unfortunate that KU refuses to make positive changes on these very important university and community issues. On behalf of the Douglas County District Attorney’s Office, I hope the KU administration will put its people first, and will collaborate with my office and other community partners on the goal of creating a safe and healthy environment for Douglas County.
As of January 11, 2021 when I took office, these are the objectives of the District Attorney’s Office:
- Promote fair and equal justice for everyone. Our policies will reflect the will of the community.
- Prevent crime by engaging in community outreach and education.
- Protect and support victims of crime and assure their voices are heard.
It takes our entire Douglas County community to create a safer environment for everyone, and we hope that KU will join us in our efforts.