What’s in your Briefcase?

“A turtle, a replica of the stone ones in the U.S. Supreme Court building,” said Lumen Mulligan, KU Law associate dean and professor. “Turtles represent the slow, yet steady, pace of justice.”

Mulligan has a professorship funded through private giving, the Earl B. Shurtz Research Professorship. He also oversees the Medical-Legal Partnership and directs the Shook, Hardy & Bacon Center for Excellence in Advocacy. 

“The law school would be a shell of itself without support from alumni and friends,” he said. “I’m grateful to have a professorship and for KU Law’s culture that inspires alumni to give back.” 

Mulligan loves working with students because he finds it invigorating and challenging. The Medical-Legal Partnership helps low-income patients at Lawrence Memorial Hospital and The University of Kansas Health System. For instance, a patient in an apartment with a mold issue might not get sick if she could get legal help with her living situation. This program improves patients’ lives, gives students experience and saves the hospitals money. 

The Shook, Hardy & Bacon Center enhances skills-based legal education. Firm attorneys volunteer to teach sessions, and the center sponsors symposia that often include high-profile speakers such as U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas. 

Mulligan also writes articles and books, including the three-volume Kansas Law and Practice, and serves on the U.S. Tenth Circuit Court of Appeal Criminal Justice Act Panel and several state-level committees.

“KU Law is an institution deeply worth engaging with; it is furthering the health of our democracy,” he said. “KU graduates are business leaders, supreme court justices, public defenders and elected officials.”

VALERIE GIELER