Lesley S. Kagan Wynes

Kagan Wynes, Lesley S.

Clinical Assistant Professor of Law
Assistant Dean for Academic Affairs: Curriculum

Phone: (312) 503-3568
E-mail: l-kagan@law.northwestern.edu

Curriculum Vitae (pdf)

Lesley Kagan teaches Communication and Legal Reasoning at Northwestern University School of Law and the Pre-Law Institute through Northwestern University's School of Continuing Legal Studies. Kagan earned her law degree at Harvard Law School, where she taught first-year lawyering and served on the Board of Student Advisers. She has spoken on topics such as the development of a legal writing curriculum, the common weaknesses in 1L analytical reasoning and memo writing and pre-law preparation.

Before joining Northwestern s faculty, Kagan was an associate in the Private Client Department at McDermott, Will & Emery. As a practicing attorney, she drafted complex estate planning instruments for high net worth individuals, oversaw the administration of decedents estates, counseled family members, prepared estate tax returns and appeared before the Illinois probate court. Kagan also assisted in drafting a complaint challenging the constitutionality and retroactivity of the Illinois Estate Generation Skipping Transfer Tax and represented clients in various pro bono matters, including the start-up of an Illinois nonprofit organization, the creation of special education programs for students in the Chicago Public School system and school expulsion hearings. Kagan received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science and Spanish at the University of Michigan. She also studied Spanish art history, Spanish literature, and political science at the U-W Platteville Spanish American Institute in Seville.

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Areas of Expertise

  • Legal Research
  • Legal Writing
  • Estate Planning

Selected Publications

  • Teaching in Reverse: A Positive Approach to Analytical Errors in 1L Legal Writing in 39 loyola university chicago law journal 123-185 (2007) (with Susan E. Provenzano ).

Joint Appointments


  • BA, University of Michigan
  • JD, Harvard University

Prior Appointments

  • Private Client Associate, McDermott, Will & Emery