Professor Clay is a native Kentuckian. A graduate of the University of Kentucky and University of Kentucky College of Law, Professor Clay was the first woman to graduate as valedictorian of her law school class. Professor Clay served as a federal prosecutor/ civil litigator with the United States Department of Justice for thirty-one years, practicing numerous civil and criminal cases before the federal bench throughout Eastern Kentucky, including leading Special Grand Juries in the district.
Professor Clay was Chief of the Civil Division of the United States Attorney's Office, EDKY, First Assistant United States Attorney, Senior Litigation Counsel, and Head of the Prison Litigation Unit during her career with the Department. In 2011, she was appointed Assistant Director of the National Advocacy Center, a national residential training facility for Department of Justice attorneys. She was appointed a Visiting Professor of Law at the University of Kentucky in 2012 teaching skills courses to predominately third year law students.
The mother of two, Professor Clay is an outspoken advocate of diversity and fairness to all persons involved in the legal system. Professor Clay brings to her classes a marriage of substantive law with skills in an effort to imbibe her students with a desire to seek justice, fair dealing, and expertise throughout their careers.