Dean Lisa Key was a member of the faculty at MU Law from 1993 to 2003. She returned to the law school as Assistant Dean for Admissions, Career Development and Student Services in 2011. Dean Key has long been interested in law school admissions, the professional development of law students and legal employment. While on the faculty, she enjoyed meeting with and counseling law students on an informal basis, and values the relationships she continues to have with a large number of them. Dean Key is proud to have served as the faculty advisor to the Women's Law Association for a number of years. She also actively participated in numerous law school committees directly related to students, including the Admissions Committee, which she also chaired; the Judicial Clerkship Committee; the Standards and Readmissions Committee; the Student Disabilities Committee; and the Curriculum Committee.
In addition to teaching, Dean Key has had a wide range of legal experiences, making her particularly well-suited for counseling students about their careers. She practiced corporate and transactional law at King & Spalding, and later with a smaller, boutique firm in Atlanta. In 2003, she opened her own family law firm in Kansas City and turned it into a successful and profitable business. Dean Key has also been involved with numerous professional and charitable organizations, and has served as an officer and member of the board of directors for several of these. She credits all of these experiences, and the people she has met along the way, with her personal and professional growth, and success and fulfillment in her career. Dean Key is passionate about helping students find meaningful employment and develop their own unique path to personal and professional success and fulfillment.
Dean Key graduated with honors with a degree in social work from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and earned her JD cum laude from Northwestern University School of Law.