Chelsi K. Hayden

Chelsi K. Hayden

Lawyering Skills Professor
Primary office:
304 Green Hall

Chelsi Hayden joined the KU Law faculty as an adjunct lawyering professor in 2011 and became a professor in the Lawyering Skills Program in 2012. Before entering academia, Hayden served as chambers counsel to Judge Carlos Murguia of the U.S. District Court for the District of Kansas and as an associate in business litigation for Shook, Hardy & Bacon in Kansas City, Mo. She has extensive experience in both civil and criminal law and has litigated both state and federal cases, including for the Kansas Supreme Court. Hayden is also active in the community, serving as president of the Kansas Land Trust and board member for The Willow Domestic Violence Center in Lawrence.

Courses taught:

  • Lawyering Skills


    J.D., University of Kansas School of Law, Order of the Coif, 2001; B.A., University of Kansas, 1998.

    Kansas, Missouri, U.S. District Court for the District of Kansas, U.S. District Court for the Western District of Missouri, U.S. Court of Appeals for the 8th Circuit, U.S. Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit.

    Career History
    Associate, Shook, Hardy & Bacon, 2001-2006; Chambers Counsel, Judge Carlos Murguia, U.S. District Court for the District of Kansas, 2006-2012; Adjunct Professor, University of Kansas School of Law, 2011-2012; Lecturer in Law, University of Kansas School of Law, 2012-.

    Kansas Bar Association, Douglas County Bar Association, Kansas Women Attorneys Association, Earl E. O’Connor Inn of Court.

    Why KU
    • One-third of full-time faculty have written casebooks used at U.S. law schools
    • 2 KU law faculty were U.S. Supreme Court clerks
    • KU’s Project for Innocence: 28 conviction reversals since 2009
    • 7,300+ alumni live in all 50 states and 18 foreign countries
    • Routinely ranked a “best value” law school
    • 12 interdisciplinary joint degrees
    • 26th nationwide for lowest debt at graduation. — U.S. News & World Report
    • 23rd nationally among public law schools. “When Lawyers Do the Grading,”
      —U.S. News & World Report
    • 70 percent of upper-level law classes have 25 or fewer students
    • 37th: for number of law graduates who are partners at nation’s largest law firms