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Kate Kruse

Professor
Email: kkruse02@hamline.edu
Phone: 651-523-2472

 

BA, Oberlin College (1984)
MA, University of Wisconsin-Madison (1986)
JD, University of Wisconsin (1989)

 


Associate Dean of Experiential Education and Curriculum


Students should graduate from law school with more than just knowledge about the law. Law school should give students opportunities to develop professional judgment; to see how the law can be used to help clients solve their problems and structure their affairs; and to evaluate how systems of law achieve or frustrate social justice. The rich and diverse curriculum at Hamline provides a wealth of opportunities for a well-rounded education in an atmosphere that integrates academic rigor with hands-on experiential learning.


View Professor Kruse's research: SSRN Author page – Kate Kruse


View Professor Kruse's CV: Kate Kruse CV 


Professor Katherine (Kate) Kruse, a highly regarded leader in the clinical legal education community, joined Hamline Law in July 2012 as Professor of Law and Director of Clinics. Kruse comes to Hamline from the William S. Boyd School of Law at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, where she was Professor of Law, taught a Juvenile Justice Clinic and directed the UNLV Innocence Clinic. In 2013, she was named Hamline's first Associate Dean of Experiential Education and Curriculum.

Kruse has held leadership positions in the Clinical Legal Education Association (CLEA) and the AALS Sections on Clinical Education and Litigation. She is an Editor-in-Chief of the Clinical Law Review and has served on a wide range of professional committees and boards relating to legal education. She has published extensively about both clinical legal education and the theoretical foundation of lawyers' ethical responsibilities to clients and to society.


Kruse’s move to Hamline marks a return to the Midwest. She earned her JD from the University of Wisconsin Law School in 1989, graduating first in her class and having served as an Articles Editor on the Wisconsin Law Review. After graduation, Kruse clerked for United States District Court Judge Barbara B. Crabb, then Chief Judge for the Western District of Wisconsin. She spent eleven years teaching and practicing law at the Frank J. Remington Center, a clinical program at the University of Wisconsin Law School that provides legal assistance to state and federal prison inmates, developing specialized projects in criminal appeals, family law for prisoners, mental health law and elder law. Kruse has also been a visiting professor in the clinical programs at American University, Washington College of Law and at Fordham Law School.

 

Publications


Lessons of Love and Justice for Criminal Defence Work, 17 LEGAL ETHICS 324 (2014).
 
Legal Education and Professional Skills: Myths and Misconceptions About Theory and Practice, 45 MCGEORGE L. REV. 7 (2013).
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Getting Real About Legal Realism, New Legal Realism and Clinical Legal Education, 56 N.Y.L. SCH. L. REV. 659 (2012).
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Fidelity to Law and Moral Pluralism Premise, in LAWYERS AND FIDELITY TO LAW (W. Bradley Wendel, Princeton University Press 2010); reprinted in 90 TEX. L. REV. 657 (2012).
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The Promise of Client-Centered Professional Norms, 12 NEV. L.J. 341 (2012).
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Professional Roles and Professional Judgment: Theory and Practice in Legal Ethics, U. ST. THOMAS L.J. 250 (2011).
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The Jurisprudential Turn in Legal Ethics, 53 ARIZ. L. REV. 493 (2011).
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Engaged Client-Centered Representation and the Moral Foundations of Legal Representation, 39 HOFSTRA L. REV. 577 (2011).
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Beyond Cardboard Clients in Legal Ethics, 23 GEO J. LEGAL ETHICS 103 (2010).
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Lawyers in Character and Lawyers in Role, 10 NEV. L.J. 393 (2010).
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Forum: Philosophical Legal Ethics: Ethics, Morals and Jurisprudence, 13 LEGAL ETHICS 165 (2010). (with Alice Woolley, Bradley Wendel, William Simon, Stephen Pepper, Daniel Markovits & Tim Dare).
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LAWYERS AND CLIENTS: CRITICAL ISSUES IN INTERVIEWING AND COUNSELING (2009). (with Stephen J. Ellmann, Robert D. Dinerstein, Isabelle R. Gunning & Ann C. Shalleck).
 
In re Gault and the Promise of Systemic Reform, 75 TENN. L. REV. 287 (2008).
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The Human Dignity of Clients, 93 CORNELL L. REV. 1343 (2008) (invited review of David Luban, Legal Ethics and Human Dignity).
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Standing in Babylon, Looking Toward Zion, 6 NEV. L.J. 1323 (2006).
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Fortress in the Sand: The Plural Values of Client-Centered Representation, 12 CLINICAL L. REV. 369 (2006).
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Instituting Innocence Reform: Wisconsin's New Governance Experiment, 2006 WIS. L. REV. 645 (2006).
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Learning From Practice: What ADR Needs From a Theory of Justice, 5 NEV. L.J. 389 (2005).
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Lawyers, Justice and the Challenge of Moral Pluralism, 90 MINN. L. REV. 389 (2005).
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Lawyers Should Be Lawyers, But What Does That Mean?: A Response to Aiken & Wizner and Smith, 14 WASH. U. J. L. & POL'Y 49 (2004).
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Biting Off What They Can Chew: Strategies for Involving Law Students in Problem-Solving Beyond Individual Client Representation, 8 CLINICAL L. REV. 405 (2002).
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Race, Angst and Capital Punishment: the Burger Court's Existential Struggle, 9 SETON HALL CONSTITUTIONAL L. J. 67 (1998).
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Wisconsin Sentence Modification: A View from the Trial Court, 1989 WIS. L. REV. 441 (1989). (with Kim E. Patterson).