UMKC Faculty provide national leadership in family and child law scholarship, along with opportunities for students to participate in the national scholarly community.


June Carbone - writes on a range of family law topics. Her books include From Parents to Partners: the Second Revolution in Family Law (Columbia Univ. Press 2000); Family Law (3rd ed. Aspen 2005)(with Leslie Harris and the late Lee Teitelbaum); and her forthcoming: Red Families v. Blue Families (Oxford 2009)(with Naomi Cahn).

Mary Kay Kisthardt is executive editor of the Journal of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers and the Journal of the International Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers.  He scholarship focuses on children and the use of mediation in improving family law outcomes

Barbara Glesner Fines writes at the intersection of professional responsibility and ethics. Her books Ethical Issues in Family Representation (Carolina Academic Press 2010).

Nancy Levit focuses her scholarship on the intersection of jurisprudence and science. Her books include The Gender Line: Men, Women and the Law (NYU Press 1998) and Feminist Legal Theory: A Primer (NYU Press 2006)(with Rob Verchick).

Opportunities for Student Scholarship

Students studying family law at UMKC have the opportunity to contribute to nationally recognized family law scholarship.  UMKC is the home to the prestigious Journal of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers.  Under the supervision of executive editor Professor Mary Kay Kisthardt, students research and write papers on family law topics, prepare summaries of recent scholarship in the field, and edit articles by national experts for publication in the Journal.

Symposia & Conferences

UMKC has sponsored the following symposia and conferences:

Red State-Blue State

North American Meeting of the International Society of Family Law





UMKC Child & Family Law Program

Law in Service to Children and Families

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