Lisa Kelly

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Bobbe & Jonathan Bridge Professor of Children and Family Advocacy
Director, Children and Youth Advocacy Clinic
Bobbe and Jon Bridge Endowed Professorship in Child Advocacy

Phone: (206) 685-1826

Curriculum Vitae

Representative Publications

Books or Treatises

Lisa A. Kelly, Representing Youth: Holistic Advocacy for Adolescents in the Child Welfare System (Carolina Academic Press forthcoming).

Cynthia R. Mabry & Lisa Kelly, Adoption Law: Theory, Policy, and Practice (2d ed. Hein 2010). 842 pages.

Cynthia R. Mabry & Lisa Kelly, Adoption Law: Theory, Policy and Practice (Hein 2006). 808 pages.

Peer Reviewed Journals & Law Reviews

Lisa Kelly, Conceiving Nonmarital Fathers' Rights: An Inquiry into the Constitutionality of West Virginia's Adoption Statute, 102 W.Va. L. Rev. 667-721 (2000).

Lisa Kelly, Chain Gangs, Boogeymen and Other Real Prisons of the Imagination, 5 Race & Ethnic Anc. L.J. 1-41 (1999).

Lisa Kelly, West Virginia's Adoption Statute: A History of a Work in Progress, 102 W.Va. L. Rev. 1-58 (1999).

Lisa Kelly, Yearning for Lake Wobegon: The Quest for the Best Test at the Expense of the Best Education, 7 S. Cal. Interdisc. L.J. 41-79 (1998).

Lisa Kelly, Divining the Deep and Inscrutable: Toward a Gender-Neutral, Child-Centered Approach to Child Name Change Proceedings, 99 W.Va. L. Rev. 1-80 (1996).

Lisa A. Kelly, Race and Place: Geographic and Transcendent Community in the Post-Shaw Era, 49 Vand. L. Rev. 227-308 (1996).

Lisa Kelly, If Anybody Asks You Who I Am: An Outsider's Story of the Duty to Establish Paternity, 6 Yale J. L. & Feminism 297-312 (1994), reprinted in 3 Am. U. J. Gender & L. 247-63 (1995).


Amici Curiae Brief of the Children and Youth Advocacy Clinic in Support of Appellant, In re Dependency of M.S.R. and T.S.R, No. 85729-6 (Wash. Sept. 16, 2011).


Wash. State Supreme Court Comn'n on Children in Foster Care, Washington State Dependency Best Practices Report (Lisa Kelly contributor, 2012). 107 pages.

Statewide Children's Representation Workgroup, Meaningful Legal Representation for Children and Youth in Washington's Child Welfare System: Standards of Practice, Voluntary Training, and Caseload Limits in Response to HB 2735 (Lisa Kelly, chair 2011). 15 pages & appendices.


Lisa Kelly, Op-Ed, Giving Every Child a Voice, Seattle Times, May 8, 2007, at B6, available at

Lisa A. Kelly, State Supreme Court: "Not That There's Anything Wrong with That," Seattle Times, Aug. 2, 2006, available at

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