Associate Dean for Academic Affairs
Professor of Law
B.A., 1984, Oberlin College
M.A., 1986, University of Wisconsin-Madison
J.D., 1989, University of Wisconsin
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 Mitchell Hamline provides a wealth of opportunities for a well-rounded education in an atmosphere that integrates academic rigor with hands-on experiential learning.
Professor Katherine (Kate) Kruse, a highly regarded leader in the clinical legal education community, joined Hamline University School of Law in July 2012 as professor of law and director of clinics, coming 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 Law’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 Law marked 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.