Professor of Law
Law College Building
648 N. Shaw Lane Rm 366
East Lansing, MI 48824-1300
J.D., cum laude, Harvard Law School, 1985; Ph.D. University of North Carolina, 1980; M.A. University of North Carolina, 1972; B.A., summa cum laude, University of Houston, 1969
Curriculum Vitae (PDF)
Massachusetts; Eleventh Circuit; Southern District of New York; New York
Professor Kuykendall has a scholarly interest in the relationship between legal definitions of marriage and the evolving common usage of the word. She also writes in the area of corporate law and has co-chaired MSU Law's concentration in the area. She helped revise the Michigan Nonprofit Corporation Act and has been the reporter of the Michigan Business Corporation Act. She has planned Michigan State Law Review symposia, including "Business Law and Narrative" in September 2009, and "Modernizing Marriage through E-Marriage" in November 2010. She has published extensively in law reviews and leading blogs.
Prior to her law career, Professor Kuykendall conducted civil justice research in an office attached to the U.S. Office of the Attorney General at the Department of Justice in Washington, D.C. She served as Mid-Atlantic Regional Director for the National Center for State Courts, and was the first woman and first non-lawyer in the country to hold the position. Upon receiving her Juris Doctor degree, Professor Kuykendall clerked for the Honorable Joseph W. Hatchett of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit. She then spent six years as an associate in the New York City firm of Debevoise & Plimpton, practicing in the area of corporate finance.