Shelley Hickman Clark

Clinical Associate Professor of Law
Director, Legal Aid Clinic
Primary office:
785-864-9291
105A Green Hall

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.

Courses Taught:
  • Historic Preservation
  • Legal Aid Clinic
  • Poverty Law
  • Public Benefits Law


 

Research Interests
Kansas Legal History

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

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.

Member
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
  • 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: 33 conviction reversals since 2009
  • 7,300+ alumni live in all 50 states and 18 foreign countries
  • #18 “best value” law school in the nation — National Jurist Magazine
  • 12 interdisciplinary joint degrees
  • 27th nationwide for lowest debt at graduation. — U.S. News & World Report
  • 70 percent of upper-level law classes have 25 or fewer students
  • Nearly 800 employment interviews at law school, 2012-13
  • Top 25% for number of 2013 grads hired by the nation’s largest law firms
  • 20th: for number of law alumni promoted to partner at the 250 largest law firms