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Allison Connelly

Connelly

Director of the Legal Clinic and James and Mary Lassiter Professor of Law

U.K. Legal Clinic, 630 Maxwelton Court, Lexington, KY 40506

connelly@uky.edu

(859) 257-4692

Department

Allison Connelly, a clinical professor of law, joined the faculty in 1996 as the first Director of the College's Legal Clinic. Prior to joining the law school, she spent thirteen years as a state public defender providing direct representation, including death penalty representation, to needy individuals at all levels of the criminal justice system. She rose through the ranks to become the only woman ever named as Kentucky’s Public Advocate, the head of Kentucky's statewide public defender system. Professor Connelly also has numerous published appellate decisions to her credit, including Commonwealth v. Chestnut, 250 S.W.3d 655 (Ky. 2008), a major open records case. She received her B.A. degree from the University of Kentucky and her J.D. degree from the University of Kentucky College of Law.

Professor Connelly also teaches litigation skills, criminal procedure, criminal trial process and legal writing, and is the Director of the Kentucky Legal Education Opportunity (KLEO) Summer Institute. She is the founder of the Kentucky Intrastate Mock Trial Competition, and is also the coach of the College’s highly successful trial teams, which include eleven nationally ranked trial teams in the last nineteen years. She has received numerous awards for teaching and public service including the 2016 Duncan Teaching Award, 2016 University of Kentucky’s Lyons Award for Public Service, the 2015 Kentucky Bar Association’s Donated Legal Services Award, the 2011 Kentucky Bar Association’s Service to Young Lawyers Award, and the 2009 UK Alumni Association Great Teacher Award.

Education

  • B.A., University of Kentucky (1980)
  • J.D., University of Kentucky College of Law (1983)

Specialties:

  • Experiential Education
  • Clinical Practice
  • Litigation Skills
  • Criminal Law
  • Criminal Procedure
  • Criminal Trial Process

Books & Book Chapters

  • Allison Connelly, Law and Programs for Older Kentuckians (5th ed. forthcoming 2016).
  • Baldwin's Kentucky Lawyer's Handbook, Vol. 2, Criminal Practice (Allison Connelly ed.) (annual editions from 1995-2016).
  • Criminal Law of Kentucky (2016) (contributing author and editor for annual editions from 1995-2016).
  • Allison Connelly, Tips and Traps When Consulting the Elderly Client, in Estate, Financial and Health Care Planning for Elder Clients (National Business Institute, Eric B. Barnes ed., 2007).
  • Allison Connelly, Law and Programs for Older Kentuckians (2001).
  • Allison Connelly, Law and Programs for Older Kentuckians (2000).
  • Allison Connelly, Ethical Considerations When Representing the Elderly Client, in Kentucky Elder Law (National Business Institute 1998).

Popular Media

  • Allison Connelly, A Sleeping Giant: §2 of the Kentucky Constitution, 14 The Advocate Newsletter (June 1992).
  • Allison Connelly, Confronting Rape Shield, 9 The Advocate Newsletter (Apr. 1987).
  • Allison Connelly, Silencing Gideon's Trumpet: The Plight of the Indigent Prisoner, 8 The Advocate Newsletter (Apr. 1986).

Selected Presentations

  • Allison I. Connelly, Ross T. Ewing & Kathryn L. Moore, Same Sex Marriage in a Post-Perry and Windsor America, Presentation at the Kentucky Bar Association Annual Convention (June 19, 2014). 

Advocacy

  • Drafter, amendment to Kentucky Supreme Court Rule 2.540, The Limited Practice Rule (2000).

Published Appellate Decisions in which Professor Connelly Advocated for a Litigant:

  • Spees v. Kentucky Legal Aid, 274 S.W.3d 447 (Ky. 2009) (pro bono counsel).
  • Dept. of Corrections v. Chestnut, 250 S.W.3d 655 (Ky. 2008) (pro bono counsel).
  • Million v. Raymer, 139 S.W.3d 914 (Ky. 2004) (pro bono counsel).
  • Land v. Commonwealth, 986 S.W.2d 440 (Ky. 1999) (pro bono counsel).
  • Haight v. Commonwealth, 938 S.W.2d 243 (Ky. 1996).
  • Fryrear v. Parker, 920 S.W.2d 519 (Ky. 1996).
  • Haight v. Williamson, 833 S.W.2d 821 (Ky. 1992).
  • Cooley v. Commonwealth, 821 S.W.2d 90 (Ky. 1991).
  • Shaffer v. Morgan, 815 S.W.2d 402 (Ky. 1991).
  • Sanders v. Commonwealth, 801 S.W.2d 665 (Ky. 1990).
  • Campbell County v. Commonwealth, Kentucky Corrections Cabinet, 762 S.W.2d 6 (Ky. 1988).
  • Huddleston v. Jennings, 723 S.W.2d 381 (Ky. Ct. App. 1986). 

March 31, 2017

The University of Kentucky College of Law’s National Trial team of Seth Fortenbery and Nealy Williams made it to the final round of the 2017 National Trial Competition Regional Tournament, held February 18-19 at the Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri.

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December 8, 2016

The University of Kentucky College of Law’s TAB Mock Trial team of Ben Harris and Caleb Taylor won the 2016 Kentucky Intrastate Mock Trial Competition, held November 17-20 at the University of Louisville Louis D. Brandeis School of Law.

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November 18, 2016

Allison Connelly, Director of the Legal Clinic and James and Mary Lassiter Professor of Law, is the recipient of the 2016 Duncan Teaching Award at the University of Kentucky College of Law. 

Every year, a UK Law faculty member is recognized for excellence in the classroom, courtesy of the Robert M. and Joanne K. Duncan Faculty Improvement Fund – established in 1982 to promote outstanding teaching performance at the college.

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July 1, 2016

Eighteen diverse high school students, representing all of Lexington’s public high schools and Sayre, came to the University of Kentucky College of Law on June 12-18 for the third annual Summer Law Institute (SLI) – a seven-day residential Law Camp for rising juniors and seniors interested in law and the legal profession.

Kenleigh Joseph, a student at Tates Creek High School, participated in the camp this year.

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UK Law’s two Kentucky Mock Trial Championship teams who had strong showings at the recent state competition held in Covington, Kentucky.

Congratulations to UK Law’s two Kentucky Mock Trial Championship teams who had strong showings at the recent state competition held in Covington, Kentucky. One team, comprised of second year students, advocates Alison Zeitlin and Josh Barnette, and witnesses Amy Robertson and James Wilson, was undefeated before losing in the championship round to an  experienced 3L team from Louisville. 

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SBA Hosts Trivia Night and raises over $800 to Support UK Law Legal Clinic

November 16, 2015

What does law, disasters of the 18th century, sports and shark biology have in common? They were all subjects of questions asked during the first annual Student Bar Association (SBA) Trivia Night to benefit the UK Law Legal Clinic.

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September 29, 2015

The beginning of the school year is always a hectic time on campus, however, the month of September was especially busy for two UK Law professors. Scott Bauries, the Robert G. Lawson Associate Professor of Law, and Allison Connelly, the Director of the Legal Clinic and James and Mary Lassiter Professor of Law, were recently quoted and cited as sources in hundreds of national media outlets regarding the Rowan County (Kentucky) Clerk who refused to issue marriage licenses. 

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kentucky college of law hosts law camp for area high school students

June 7-13, the UK College of Law, in conjunction with the Fayette County Bar Association (FCBA), co-sponsored the second Summer Law Institute (SLI) – a seven-day residential Law Camp for high school students interested in law and the legal profession.

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Bill Fortune accepts Oustanding Service to Young Lawyers Award and Allison Connelly accepts Donated Legal Services Award at 2015 KBA Annual Convention

UK Law Professors Allison Connelly and Bill Fortune were honored at the KBA 2015 Annual Convention.

The Kentucky Bar Association (KBA) honored Professor Allison Connelly with the 2015 Donated Legal Services Award during their annual membership luncheon. The Donated Legal Services Award is given to “an individual in good standing with the KBA and currently involved in pro bono work. The selection process places special emphasis on the nature of the legal services contributed and the amount of time involved in the provision of free legal services.”

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For those who attended the Kentucky Bar Association’s 2015 Annual Convention you probably saw some familiar faces. Several professors from UK Law presented at the convention and shared their expertise with fellow lawyers. The professors involved and presentations given include:

Allison Connelly: Accommodating Transgender Students in Public Schools; Ferguson, Race and the Law

Josh Douglas: Securing the Right to Vote: The 50th Anniversary of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 and Current Developments in Election Law

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University of Kentucky College of Law legal clinic

By: Whitney Harder

The American Bar Association calls on each lawyer to render at least 50 hours of pro bono legal services per year. In the 2014-2015 academic year, University of Kentucky College of Law students went well above and beyond that to serve Kentuckians.

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Litigation Banquet

The University of Kentucky College of Law recently honored the hard work and dedication of the officers, members, advisors, and coaches of the Moot Court Board and Trial Advocacy Board (TAB), as well as many first-year students in connection with their Legal Research and Writing (LRW) Clubs.  The Litigation Banquet recognizes the students who have excelled in both written and oral advocacy.

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student participating in trial competition

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Feb. 12, 2015) – Law students from thirteen different law schools and four different states made the trip to Lexington to compete for a chance to participate in the National Trial Competition, the most prestigious trial competition in the nation. The University of Kentucky College of Law and the Kentucky Chapter of the American College of Trial Lawyers co-hosted the regional competition at the Fayette District and Circuit Courthouses Feb. 6-8.

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