Phillip D. Kline
Phillip D. Kline joined the School of Law in the spring of 2009. Prior to teaching at the law school, he served in Kansas as the Johnson County District Attorney where he managed over 8,500 criminal cases each year. Prior to this role he served as the Attorney General for the state of Kansas.
After completing his studies in political science and public relations, Kline earned his J.D. from the University Of Kansas School Of Law where he served as Associate Editor of the Kansas Law Review and Editor of the Kansas Criminal Justice Review.
Kline has an established record of accomplishment in public service. For eight years he served in the Kansas legislature where he authored and successfully passed tax reform, tax reduction, Kansas welfare reform, and six new victims’ rights laws. As Kansas Attorney General, he authored Kansas’ Jessica’s Law, which increased penalties on child predators; helped establish a Cyber Crimes Task Force that put over 100 Internet predators of children in prison; dramatically enhanced the criminal division of the office, leading to over 60 successful murder prosecutions; successfully argued before the United States Supreme Court; won key water case victories for Kansas; and increased the investigation and prosecution of elder abuse and Medicaid fraud.
Aside from these accomplishments, almost all media attention regarding Kline has focused on abortion. His efforts have led the national abortion industry to pour millions of dollars into Kansas to attack and vilify him. Through it all, he continued to fight to enforce Kansas law and hold all accountable under the law. His leadership, as written by columnist Bob Novak, opened a new front on the abortion wars and placed Kansas in the epicenter of the current battle over the sanctity of human life.
A successful lawyer in private practice, Kline has represented states and state agencies in large, complex civil litigation and large international interests in construction mediation, arbitration, and litigation.
Kline’s leadership was recognized by his selection as Chairman of the Republican Attorneys’ General Association, Co-Chairman of the National Violent Sexual Predator Apprehension Task Force, President of the Midwest Association of Attorneys General, Prosecutor of the Year for the National Alliance of the Mentally Ill, and Executive Committee Member of the National Association of Attorneys General.