Lisa Kelly

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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).


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

Last updated 5/5/2014