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Kelly Behre

Lecturer

Education

J.D. Washington and Lee University School of Law

B.A. Emory University

Biography

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 and sexual assault in Yolo County. Behre previously developed a Domestic and Sexual Assault Law Clinic at West Virginia University College of Law, where she also taught courses in Family Law and Professional Responsibility. 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 ABA 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 Title IX, domestic violence, and family law issues. She currently serves on the ABA Commission on Domestic and Sexual Violence and provides trainings to legal professionals and advocacy groups on domestic and sexual violence law and legal education. 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

Rape Exceptionalism Returns to California: Institutionalizing a Credibility Discount for College Students Reporting Sexual Misconduct, 73 OKLA. L. REV. 101 (2020).

Nexus of Domestic Violence and Custody in Time of COVID Pandemic, 25(5) Domestic Violence Report 89 (2020). (Co-authored with Mallika Kaur.)

The Role of Attorneys in Campus Adjudications Involving Sexual Misconduct, in Adjudicating Campus Sexual Misconduct and Assault, 117. (Claire Renzetti & Diane Follingstadeds., 2020).

Deconstructing the Disciplined Student Narrative and its Impact on Campus Sexual Assault Policy, 61 ARIZ. L. REV. 885 (2019).

How Social Science Can Help Us Understand Why Family Courts May Discount Women’s Testimony in Intimate Partner Violence Cases 53 Fam. L.Q. 243 (2019). (Co-authored with Amelia Mindthoff and Deborah Goldfarb.)

Ensuring Choice and Voice for Campus Sexual Assault Victims: A Call for Victims’ Attorneys, 65 DRAKE L. REV. 293 (2017).

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. 525 (2014-2015).

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

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).