Professor Kutnik-Bauder attended Washington University in St. Louis, where she received both her Juris Doctorate and Masters in Social Work. While in law school, Professor Kutnik-Bauder was an Honor Scholar Award winner, a recipient of American Jurisprudence Award for Constitutional Law I, received the 1996 American College of Trial Lawyers' Lewis F. Powell, Jr. Award for Excellence in Advocacy, and received the 1997 Silver Medal for Advocacy awarded by the Pro Bono Association of Washington University School of Law.
Throughout her career, Professor Kutnik-Bauder has been dedicated to representing children and youth struggling with poverty. After graduating, she worked as a Missouri Public Defender representing youth in the juvenile justice system. In 2000, she became the Managing Attorney of the Children’s Legal Alliance, a program that is dedicated to obtaining educational opportunities for children living in poverty. In her role as Managing Attorney, Prof. Kutnik-Bauder was also responsible for providing legal analysis of education related legislation to state representatives, developing training programs for social service agencies and participating in a variety of regional and statewide Legal Services task forces.
Professor Kutnik-Bauder joined the SLU faculty in the Fall of 2006 as an Assistant Professor of Legal Writing. She teaches Legal Research and Writing, Appellate Advocacy, Pre-Trial Litigation Drafting and Criminal Law. Professor Kutnik-Bauder has also presented at multiple national and regional conferences on legal writing pedagogy.
In addition, Prof. Kutnik-Bauder is currently pursuing her PhD in American Studies at Saint Louis University. Her research focuses on the intersection between law and social values, specifically as they relate to marriage. Professor Kutnik-Bauder is currently working on scholarship addressing how attitudes have changed in Missouri as a result of the Loving v. Virginia Supreme Court decision.