Stacey Donovan

Adjunct Faculty
Primary office:

Stacey Donovan joined the Third Judicial District Public Defender’s Office as an assistant district defender after graduation from KU Law in 1997 and became the Chief District Defender in 2011. She became an adjunct professor of Trial Advocacy in 2008. As a public defender, she defends indigent adults charged with felony crimes in Kansas District Court throughout the trial process. Her caseload consists of all types of felonies, with the majority of cases being sex offenses and person crimes. She has dual B.A. degrees from Simmons College in Boston, Massachusetts and a J.D. from the University of Kansas.

Courses Taught:
  • Trial Advocacy


Research Interests

Offender registration law


J.D., University of Kansas, 1997; B.A. African-American Studies and B.A. English Literature, Simmons College, 1992.


Kansas and United States District Court 1997

Career History

Chief District Defender, Third Judicial District Public Defender’s Office, 2011-present; Assistant District Defender, Third Judicial District Public Defender’s Office, 1997-2011; Adjunct Professor Trial Advocacy, KU Law, 2008-present.


National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Kansas Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers; Shawnee County Jail Public Relations Board.

Why KU
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  • #1 in Kansas and Missouri for July 2015 bar exam performance