Kevin Shelley, J.D.

Associate Professor of Law – Legal Research & Writing

A seventh-generation son of the South, I moved my family from Georgia in order to join the law faculty of Gonzaga University. It was precisely the correct decision. I already knew, from serving on the faculty of a law school in Georgia, that teaching...

Kevin Shelley

Contact Information

  • Law School, Room 403

Education & Curriculum Vitae

J.D., University of Alabama

B.A. Political Science, Auburn University

Curriculum Vitae

Courses Taught

Legal Research & Writing 1 & 2, Foundational LR&W Skills

Legal Research & Writing 3, Advocacy

Legal Research & Writing 4, Transactional Drafting


A seventh-generation son of the South, I moved my family from Georgia in order to join the law faculty of Gonzaga University. It was precisely the correct decision. I already knew, from serving on the faculty of a law school in Georgia, that teaching legal skills was my true calling. I discovered that Gonzaga, and Spokane, was the proper place for me to pursue that calling. Gonzaga’s mission, as a Jesuit, Catholic, humanist university, resonates with me. I enjoy every day of my work and my life here, and I plan to continue to serve my students, and this university, for as long as I am able.

Publications

Notes from a Legal Writing Lifer: A Celebration and A Concern, published in The Second Draft, Spring 2010

Presentations

  • Identifying the Thread: Using the Persuasive Legal Paradigm StREAC to Teach Predictive Writing (Co-presented with Professor Sandra Simpson), Rocky Mountain Legal Writing Conference, University of Nevada-Las Vegas, Las Vegas, NV, March 2011.
  • Putting Theory into Practice: Re-Structuring the Legal Writing Curriculum to Reflect the Realities of the Law Firm Collaborative Model. Panel Presentation. 2010 SALT Bi-annual Teaching Conference. Honolulu, Hawaii. Dec. 2010.
  • Of Rubrics and Margin Notes: Assessing Students Over Time (A Roundtable Discussion of Uses and Expectations) (Co-presented with Professor Lisa Bradley), panel presentation, Tenth Annual Rocky Mountain Legal Writing Conference, James E. Rogers College of Law of the University of Arizona, Tucson, Ariz., 2010
  • The 3 x 5 Brief: Using an Old Technology to Solve a Modern Problem (and an Old One, Too) (Co-Presented with Prof. Heidi Holland),Rocky Mountain Legal Writing Conference, Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law, Arizona State University, Tempe, Ariz., March 13-14 2009
  • The Benefits of Color-Coding: Use Highlighters as an Essential Legal Writing Tool to Improve Teaching and Learning (Co-Presented with Prof. Heidi Holland), Northwest Regional Legal Writing Conference, Portland, Ore., August 29th, 2009.