Mary K. Kisthardt, J.D., L.L.M.

Mary KisthardtProfessor Mary Kay Kisthardt is a graduate of Penn State and the Yale Law Schools. She teaches at the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law where her courses include Family Law, Children in the Law, Elder Law, Alternative Dispute Resolution and Mediation. She is also the faculty Co-Director of the UMKC Child and Family Services Clinic.

Professor Kisthardt drafted the Missouri Supreme Court Rule on Child Custody Mediation and has been involved in efforts to implement the rule throughout the state. In addition to her teaching responsibilities, she also acts as the Director of the Campus Mediation Service at the University of Missouri-Kansas City.

Professor Kisthardt has been the Executive Editor of the Journal of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers since 1990. She also serves as the Reporter for the AAML Best Practices Committee. As the Reporter for the AAML ALI Principles of Family Dissolution Commission she contributed to the drafting of the AAML Model Parenting Plan, the AAML Considerations in Determining Spousal Support and she co-authored ( with Joan Kelly) the AAML publication entitled, ”What Do We Tell the Children?” The Best Practices Committee’s current project focuses on a Model Cohabitation Agreement which will be introduced at the AAML Annual meeting in November, 2013.

Professor Kisthardt is also the regular family law columnist for the National Law Journal.