Chelsi K. Hayden

Clinical Associate Professor
Primary office:
414B 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.


Lawyering Skills


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-present.


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 and treatises
  • 2 KU law faculty were U.S. Supreme Court clerks
  • KU’s Project for Innocence: 34 conviction reversals since 2009
  • 7,600+ alumni in all 50 states, D.C., and 21 foreign countries
  • #18 “best value” law school in the nation — National Jurist Magazine
  • 12 interdisciplinary joint degrees
  • 20th nationwide for lowest debt at graduation. — U.S. News & World Report
  • 80 percent of upper-level law classes have 25 or fewer students
  • More than 600 employment interviews at law school, 2014-15
  • 92 percent overall employment rate for Class of 2014 – top 20 percent nationally
  • 23rd: for number of law alumni promoted to partner at nation’s largest law firms
  • #1 in Kansas and Missouri for July 2015 bar exam performance