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About William K. Kelley

William K. Kelley teaches constitutional law and administrative law, and focuses on public law issues in his scholarship. Professor Kelley joined the faculty in 1995 and served as the Associate Dean for Faculty Research in 2008. He has a long history in legal practice as well as academic research. Kelley began his legal career by serving as law clerk to the Honorable Kenneth W. Starr on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit (1987-88), and for Chief Justice Warren E. Burger and Associate Justice Antonin Scalia (1988-89). He practiced in two law firms in the 1990s, and was an assistant to the solicitor general at the Department of Justice from 1991-1994. From 2005-2007, he served in the White House as Deputy Counsel to the President. In that capacity, he was responsible for advising the President of the United States on all legal matters affecting the Executive Branch. Chief Justice John G. Roberts in 2015 also appointed Professor Kelley to the Committee on Rules of Practice and Procedure (the “Standing Committee”) for a three-year term. 


Present Associate Professor of Law, Notre Dame Law School

Curriculum Vitae


1987 Juris Doctor, Harvard Law School
1984 Bachelor of Arts, Marquette University

Contact Information

Office: 2116 Eck Hall of Law
Phone: 574.631.8646