Pamela V. Keller

Clinical Professor
Primary office:
414A Green Hall


Pamela Keller joined the KU Law lawyering skills faculty in 1999. She graduated from the KU School of Law in 1993, Order of the Coif, and was the Note and Comment Editor of the Kansas Law Review. After serving two years as a law clerk for the Hon. John W. Lungstrum, U.S. District Court, District of Kansas, she joined Ice Miller in Indianapolis and worked for the firm for nine years as a labor law and employment litigation attorney. She has served as director of the lawyering skills program since 2006 and directs the judicial field placement and moot court programs. She received the law school's Robert A. Schroeder Teaching Fellowship in 2012 and the Edwin W. Hecker Jr. Teaching Fellowship in 2019. The University awarded her the inaugural Bob & Kathie Taylor Excellence in Teaching Award in 2018.


J.D., University of Kansas School of Law

B.A., University of Pennsylvania


Judicial Field Placement Program, Lawyering Skills, Moot Court


Kansas 2011, Indiana 1995, New York 1994.

Career History

Law Clerk, Judge John W. Lungstrum, U.S. District Court of Kansas, 1993 to 1995; Ice Miller, 1995-2005; University of Kansas School of Law, 1999-present.

Teaching Interests

  • Lawyering Skills, Writing for Law Practice, Judicial Field Placement, Moot Court


Legal reasoning and writing, teaching methods.

Research Interests

  • Legal writing
  • Moot court
  • Advocacy
  • Oral advocacy
  • Judicial writing
  • Teaching methods
  • Legal research.


American Bar Association; Kansas Bar Association; Kansas Women Attorneys Association; Association of Legal Writing Directors; Legal Writing Institute.

Selected Publications

Keller, P. (2019). Substance & Style: Accounting for Cognitive Bias in your Legal Reasoning and Writing., 88(9), 26.

Keller, P. (2019). Substance & Style: Some Science Supporting Style., 88(6), 16-17.

Keller, P. (2018). Substance & Style: Pause to Persuade. Journal of the Kansas Bar Association, 87(No. 5), 36-37.

Keller, P. (2017). Substance & Style: Listening Like a Lawyer. Journal of the Kansas Bar Association, 86(No.9), 48-49.

Keller, P. (2017). Substance & Style: Statutory Interpretation - Are You Up To Date (the Data)? Journal of the Kansas Bar Association, 86(No. 8), 74-76.

Keller, P. V. (2013). Balancing Employer Business Interests and Employee Privacy Interests: A Survey of Kansas Intrusion on Seclusion Cases in the Employment Context. University of Kansas Law Review, 61(5), 983-1020.

Keller, P. (2012). Substance & Style: Tell the Story of the Professional Lawyer . Journal of the Kansas Bar Association, 81(8), 10,15.

Keller, P. V., & Schroeder, E. P. (2007). Kansas Employment Law Survey. University of Kansas Law Review, 55(No. 4), 887-932.

Selected Presentations

(05/22/2019 - 05/22/2019). Legal Writing Update. Recent Developments in the Law. University of Kansas School of Law, Lawrence, KS

Keller, P. . (04/13/2018). Clear & Concise Legal Writing. Kansas Supreme Court Clerks. Kansas Judicial Center

Keller, P. . (09/16/2017). Cultivating Collaboration Through Constructive Competition. Central States Legal Writing Conference, Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law.

Keller, P. & Six, B. . (12/31/2009). Legal Writing for Paralegals. Shook Hardy & Bacon LLC, Kansas City, MO

Keller, P. . (06/30/2011). ABA Accreditation Standards: How do they affect voting rights, meaningful participation in faculty committees, and curriculum? Eighth Biennial Conference of the Association of Legal Writing Directors focused on "Leadership for the Second Wave." . University of the Pacific McGeorge School of Law, Sacramento, CA

Keller, P. . (10/31/2008). Ethics for Human Resource Professionals. Equal Employment Opportunity Law Seminar. Lawrence, KS

Keller, P. . (04/26/2014). Focus on the A in CRAC: Developing Students' Ability to Draw Inferences and Fill the "Explanation Gap" in Their Application of Law to Fact. Southeastern Regional Legal Writing Conference. Stetson College of Law, Gulfport, FL

Keller, P. & Jackson, J. . (01/09/2014). Legal Writing Refresher. Sam A. Crow Inn of Court. Topeka, KS