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.


Research Interests
Kansas Legal History

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

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.

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 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
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  • 12 interdisciplinary joint degrees
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  • 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