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About James J. Kelly Jr.

Jim Kelly is Clinical Professor of Law at the Notre Dame Law School, where he teaches, researches and practices community development law.  Kelly has published several law review articles on community control of land resources through title-clearing litigation and community land trusts. His scholarship has appeared in the Journal of Affordable Housing & Community Development Law, St. John’s Law Review, University of Cincinnati Law Review, Saint Louis University Public Law Review and DePaul Law Review. His law review articles have been cited by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit and the Supreme Court of Ohio. 

Before going into teaching professor Kelly worked as Executive Director of Save A Neighborhood, Inc. and as a Legal Consultant for Baltimore’s Project 5000, assisting the city government and community groups in acquiring clear title to vacant houses and vacant lots. He previously worked as a Staff Attorney for the Community Law Center, serving Baltimore nonprofits in their community revitalization efforts. From 1994 to 1999, he represented and counseled tenants and tenant groups for the Northern Manhattan Improvement Corp., where his work was funded by the Skadden Fellowship Foundation. 

Professor Kelly started and runs the Community Development Clinic at the Notre Dame Clinical Law Center. This new NDLS clinic provides students with supervised legal practice experience representing nonprofits and small businesses in transactional matters, including corporate formation, tax exemption, risk management planning, regulatory compliance, and real estate transfers.    


Present Director, Community Development Clinic, Notre Dame Law School
Present Clinical Professor of Law, Notre Dame Law School

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1994 Juris Doctor, Columbia Law School
1987 Bachelor of Arts, University of Virginia

Articles and Book Reviews (15)

Consultancy and Training Materials (2)