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Kristine S. Knaplund, J.D.
Professor of Law
Office: School of Law (SOL)
- J.D., University of California, Davis, 1977
- B.A., Oberlin College, 1974
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Professor Kristine S. Knaplund began her career in law teaching in 1983 at UCLA Law School, where she was honored with the law school's Rutter Award for Excellence in Teaching in 1991, the University-wide Harriet and Charles Luckman Distinguished Lecturer
Award in 1995, and the 1997 graduating class' Professor of the Year Award. She joined the faculty of Pepperdine University School of Law in 2002, and teaches Property, Wills and Trusts, Advanced Wills and Trusts, and the Bioethics Seminar. In 2006 she received the 1L Professor of the Year Award, and in 2008 she received the University's Howard White Award for Excellence in Teaching.
Professor Knaplund is an Academic Fellow of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel, and currently serves as chair of the Elder Law, Disability Planning and Bioethics group. She is a board member of the California Supreme Court Historical Society. She has served on the board of trustees of the Law School Admission Council, and also been active for many years on the LSAC Minority Affairs Committee and the LSAC Test Development and Research Committee. Before moving to Los Angeles, she practiced law with Queens Legal Services in New York City and with a private law firm in New York and Washington, D.C., primarily in the area of plaintiffs' Title VII employment discrimination. She has also served as a full-time volunteer attorney with the NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund in New York. She is a member of the New York bar, and also a member of the Estate Planning, Trust and Probate Section of the California bar.
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Popular PressKristine S. Knaplund, Speaker, Who Is My Mother? A Proposal to Amend U.S. Citizenship Rules for Children Born Overseas, University of Wisconsin Law School, Sixth Annual Midwest Family Law Consortium Workshop (Apr. 2013). Kristine S. Knaplund, Speaker, Genetic Material in Your Estate Plan, San Francisco Estate Planning Council and Golden Gate Law School Seminar Planning with and for Unusual Assets, San Francisco, California (Nov. 2013). Kristine S. Knaplund, Opinion Analysis: Genetic Link Not Enough For Social Security Survivors Benefits, SCOTUSBLOG, May 22, 2012. Kristine S. Knaplund, Astrue v. Capato Argument Preview: Who is a Decedent's 'Child'?, SCOTUSBLOG, Mar. 12, 2012. SSRN Kristine S. Knaplund, Astrue v. Capato Argument Recap: Old Law, New Technology, and Social Security Benefits, SCOTUSBLOG, Mar. 22, 2012. SSRN Kristine S. Knaplund, Speaker, "The Uniform Probate Code: Remaking of American Succession Law," symposium at the University of Michigan Law School sponsored by the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel, 2011. Kristine S. Knaplund, Speaker, "The New Biology: What Do Estate Planners Need to Know About Assisted Reproduction?," UCLA/CEB Estate Planning Institute, 2011. Kristine S. Knaplund, Program Chair and Moderator, "Born To Be Wild: Assisted Reproduction and Estate Planning," ABA Section on Real Property, Trusts and Estates Spring Symposia, 2011. Kristine S. Knaplund, Speaker, "Synthetic Cells, Synthetic Life, and Inheritance," Valparaiso Law School Symposium on Bioethics, Law and Synthetic Biology, sponsored by the Valparaiso Law Review, 2011. Kristine S. Knaplund, Speaker, "The Uniform Probate Code's Surprising Gender Inequities," Duke Law School Symposium, sponsored by the Duke Journal of Gender Law and Policy, 2011. Kristine S. Knaplund, "Health Care (In)forum," Pepperdine School of Law, moderator of panel discussion with Doug Bandow (Cato Institute) and Marcy Winograd (Progressive Democrats of California) on the pending health care reform in Congress, 2009. Kristine S. Knaplund, Colorado Bar Association Advanced Estate Planning Symposium, "The New Biology and Its Implications in Estate Planning", 2009. Kristine S. Knaplund, ABA Real Property, Probate, Trust and Estate Fall Leadership Meeting, Montreal, Canada, "Hot Topics in Bioethics", 2008. Kristine S. Knaplund, Women's History Network of British Columbia, "The Evolution of Women's Rights in Inheritance: Using Wills to Examine Women's Property", 2008. Kristine S. Knaplund, American College of Trust & Estate Counsel, Denver CO, "Issues of Inheritance for the Bio-tech Child of the 21st Century", 2008. Kristine S. Knaplund, Academy of California Adoption Lawyers Symposium, "Legal Issues in Posthumous Reproduction", 2008. Kristine S. Knaplund, Chapman Law School Faculty Colloquium, "The Right to Privacy and America's Aging Population", 2008. Kristine S. Knaplund, AALS Workshop for New Law Teachers, "Learning Theory in the Classroom.", 2008. Kristine S. Knaplund, Society of Trust & Estate Practitioners, "Drafting Trusts in the Bio-Medical Age", 2008. Kristine S. Knaplund, ABA Real Property, Probate and Trust Section, "Bioethics Issues in Assisted Living", 2008. Kristine S. Knaplund, American College of Trust and Estate Counsel, UCLA Law School, "The Parent Child Relationship Re-examined for the 21st Century", 2008. Kristine S. Knaplund, Association of American Law Schools Annual Meeting, Section on Donative Transfers: New Voices in Trusts and Estates, "Tax Law and Charitable Bequests", 2008. Kristine S. Knaplund, AALS Workshop for New Law Teachers, "Learning Theory in the Classroom.", 2007.