Shelley Hickman Clark

Clinical Associate Professor Emeritus of Law
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Shelley Hickman Clark joined the KU law school in 1990 as a supervising attorney in the Douglas County Legal Aid Clinic and became director in 1995. She is an expert in the law of historic preservation. Clark was appointed associate dean and director of clinical programs in 1999. She returned to the Legal Aid Clinic in the fall of 2002. An outstanding teacher, she was winner of the 1999 Immel Award for teaching excellence. Prior to joining the law school, she clerked for the Hon. Arthur J. Stanley Jr. and the Hon. Richard D. Rogers, United States District Court, District of Kansas. She served as pardon and extradition attorney for Gov. John Carlin and as hearing officer for the Kansas Corporation Commission before entering private practice in 1985.

Education

J.D., B.A., Kansas, 1976, 1971

Teaching

Admitted

Kansas 1976

Career History

Clerk, Hon. Arthur J. Stanley, Jr., United States District Court, Kansas 1976-78; Clerk, Hon. Richard D. Rogers, United States District Court, Kansas 1978-79; Pardon and Extradition Attorney, Office of Governor John Carlin, Kansas 1979-81; Hearing Officer, Kansas Corporation Commission 1981-85; Private practice, Ottawa and Lawrence, Kansas 1985-90; Supervising Attorney, Douglas County Legal Aid Society, Inc.1990-95; Director, Douglas County Legal Aid Society, Inc. 1995-98; Associate Dean for Administration,1999-2002; Director of Clinical Programs, University of Kansas School of Law 1999 through 2003.

Research

Kansas Legal History

Memberships

Kansas Bar Association; Douglas County Bar Association; Douglas County Historic Society; Lawrence Preservation Alliance; Kansas State Historical Society Board of Directors; Historic Mount Oread Fund.

Why KU
  • Top 25 among public law schools — Business Insider
  • KU’s Project for Innocence: 2 wrongfully convicted citizens serving life sentences freed in 2015
  • 7,700+ alumni in all 50 states, D.C., 3 U.S. territories, and 20 foreign countries
  • 91 percent overall employment rate for Class of 2015 – top 23.3 percent nationally
  • 23rd in the nation for most-improved employment rates
  • One-third of full-time faculty have written casebooks and treatises
  • 25th nationwide for lowest debt at graduation
  • 21st: “Best Schools for Practical Training”
  • 77 percent of upper-level law classes have 25 or fewer students
  • National Champions: 2016 National Native American Law Students Association Moot Court Competition
  • #19 moot court program in the nation
  • #17 “best value” law school in the nation — National Jurist Magazine