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Kelly Behre



J.D. Washington and Lee University School of Law

B.A. Emory University


Kelly Behre is the Director of the UC Davis Family Protection and Legal Assistance Clinic, a clinic providing free civil legal assistance to low-income victims of intimate partner violence in Yolo County. She joined the King Hall faculty in July 2014 with more than 15 years of experience working with victims of domestic and sexual violence.    

From 2011-2014, Behre developed a Domestic and Sexual Assault Clinic at the West Virginia University College of Law and taught courses in Family Law and Professional Responsibility as a Visiting Associate Professor. From 2009-2011, she was Acting Director of the Domestic Violence Law Clinic and Visiting Assistant Professor of Clinical Legal Education at the University of Alabama School of Law. Behre also served as a staff attorney at the American Bar Association Commission on Domestic and Sexual Violence and at the Sexual Assault Legal Institute of the Maryland Coalition Against Sexual Assault

Behre has published scholarly works on pro bono work and family law issues, and has provided trainings to legal professionals and advocacy groups on domestic and sexual violence law, legal education issues, and public interest law. She earned her law degree from Washington and Lee University and her undergraduate degree from Emory University.

Subject Areas

Domestic Violence/Intimate Partner Violence, Sexual Assault, Family Law, Public Interest Law

Selected Career Highlights

  • Visiting Associate Professor, West Virginia University College of Law, 2011-2014
  • Acting Director, Domestic Violence Law Clinic, Visiting Assistant Professor of Clinical Legal Education, University of Alabama School of Law, 2009-2011
  • Staff Attorney, American Bar Association Commission on Domestic and Sexual Violence, 2007-2009
  • Staff Attorney, Sexual Assault Legal Institute, Maryland Coalition Against Sexual Assault, 2006-2007
  • Law Clerk, Frederick County Circuit Court, Maryland Judiciary, 2005-2006

Selected Publications

Digging Beneath the Equality Language: The Influence of the Fathers’ Rights Movement on Intimate Partner Violence Public Policy Debates and Family Law Reform, 21 WM. & MARY J. WOMEN & L. ___ (2014-2015).

Motivations for Law Student Pro Bono Work: Lessons Learned from the Tuscaloosa Tornado, 30 BUFF. PUB. INT. L.J. 1 (2013).