Alice A. Craig


Alice Craig has over 25 years of litigation and appellate experience.  Her current practice focuses on civil litigation defense involving transportation and premises liability.

Ms. Craig served as faculty at the University of Kansas School of Law for over a decade, teaching trial advocacy, directing the KU Law mock trial team in national competitions, and supervising the undergraduate mock trial program. Ms. Craig also led the Paul E. Wilson Project for Innocence and Post-Conviction Litigation at the University of Kansas School of Law for over 18 years, where she successfully litigated claims of actual innocence in Kansas, Missouri, and Federal Court.

Ms. Craig began her career as an Assistant Appellate Defender with the Appellate Defender’s Office in Topeka, Kansas. She went on to serve as an Assistant District Defender with the 10th Judicial District Public Defender’s Office in Olathe, Kansas, and then was the Assistant Death Penalty Defender with the Kansas Death Penalty Defense Unit.

Bar Admissions

  • Kansas, 1995
  • Missouri, 2017
  • Nebraska, 2023
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Tenth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, District of Kansas
  • U.S. District Court, District of Nebraska


Kansas City Office
1111 Main Street
Suite 700
Kansas City, MO 64105


JD: University of Kansas Law School, 1995
BBA: University of Kansas, 1990, Business Adminstration


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Career Distinctions & Honors
  • Riedy Teaching Fellowship, 2019-2021
  • Jayhawk Choice Award, 2018
  • Kansas Trial Lawyers Association Consumer Champion Award, 2017
  • Midwest Innocence Project Sean O’Brien Freedom Award, 2016
  • Topeka West High School Hall of Fame, 2016
Professional Experience
  • Faculty, University of Kansas School of Law, Lawrence, KS, 2011-present
  • Senior Attorney for Post-Conviction Litigation, Paul E. Wilson Project for Innocence and Post-Conviction Litigation, University of Kansas School of Law, Lawrence, KS, 2004-2022
  • Assistant Death Penalty Defender, Kansas Death Penalty Defense Unit, Topeka, KS, 2000-2004
  • Assistant District Defender, 10th Judicial District Public Defender Office, Olathe, KS, 1997-1999
  • Assistant Appellate Defender, Appellate Defender Office, Topeka, KS, 1995-1997
Business & Community Service
  • Advisory Committee, The Innocence Network; Ethics and Best Practices Committee, 2020-present; Conference Planning Working Group, 2019-2020
  • Member, Kansas Closed Case Task Force, Topeka, KS, 2019-2021
  • Member, Federal Prison Workshop Committee, Topeka, KS, 2015-2016
Articles & Publications // Presentations // Webinars
  • Presenter, “Implicit Bias: How Hidden Biases Are Impacting Your Practice and Methods to Counteract The Impact” Recent Developments in the Law, University of Kansas, Spring 2022
  • Presenter, “Understanding DNA and CODIS,” Kansas Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Spring 2022
  • Co-Presenter, “Wrongful Convictions: The Causes and Effects On Marginalized Communities,” Kansas Bar Association, October 2021
  • Co-Presenter, “Incarcerating the Innocent: Wrongful Convictions and the System Behind Them,” Pizza and Politics, Robert J. Dole, Institute of Politics, University of Kansas, February 2019
  • Presenter, “The Ethics of Pretrial Preparation: Raising Issues and Getting Resources,” Kansas Federal Public Defender Office, Kansas Federal Criminal Fall CLE Seminar, Wichita and Lawrence, Kansas, October 2018
  • Co-Presenter, “Taming the Beast of Actual Innocence Cases,” Innocence Conference, March 2018
  • Presenter, “Wrongful Convictions: Causes and Remedies,” KBI Forensic Science Center, September 2017
  • Presenter, “Wrongful Convictions: Causes and Remedies,” Douglas County Bar Association, December 2015
  • Presenter, “Gender Bias in Trial Advocacy,” EATS Conference-Educating Advocates, Stetson University School of Law, May 2015
  • Presenter, “Changing Legal Procedures from Fry to Daubert: New Norms For Evidence and Due Diligence,” Douglas County Bar Association, October 2014
  • Co-Presenter, “Ramifications and Complications in the Current Kansas System and Why We Struggle to Fix Them,” Defending the Mentally Ill: Competence & Involuntary Commitment, Kansas Law Center, Topeka, KS, April 2013
  • Instructor, “Critical Trial Skills for Legal Services Attorneys,” University of New Mexico Law School, Albuquerque, NM, July 2011
  • Presenter, “Search and Seizure Update,” Douglas County Criminal Bar, December 2008
  • Presenter, “Search and Seizure Update,” Douglas County Criminal Bar, December 2009
  • Contributing Author, “Kansas Criminal Law Handbook,” Kansas Bar Association, 4th Edition, Chapter 31, 2006
Professional Associations
  • National Association of Railroad Trial Counsel
  • Kansas Bar Association
  • Johnson County Bar Association
  • Douglas County Bar Association
  • Wyandotte County Bar Association
  • American Bar Association