Chelsi K. Hayden

Clinical Associate Professor
Primary office:
785-864-9287
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

Education

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

Teaching

Lawyering Skills

Admitted

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.

Memberships

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


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