James J. Kelly, Jr., JD

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

South Bend, IN

(574) 631-7637


James J. Kelly, Jr. is Clinical Professor of Law at Notre Dame Law School, where he directs and teaches the Community Development Clinic. He currently serves as Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Affordable Housing and Community Development Law. Prior to joining the Notre Dame Law faculty in 2011, he served as Assistant Professor of Law and Director of the Community Development Clinic at the University of Baltimore School of Law. In Spring 2011, he taught both Property and Legal Writing II as Visiting Professor of Law at Washington and Lee University School of Law. Prof. Kelly’s legal scholarship on eminent domain, tax foreclosure, vacant building receivership and community land trusts 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. Before beginning his teaching career in 2004, Prof. Kelly, as Executive Director of Save A Neighborhood, Inc. and Legal Consultant for Baltimore’s Project 5000, worked to assist the City and community groups in acquiring clear title to vacant houses and vacant lot and, as a Staff Attorney for the Community Law Center, to represent Baltimore nonprofits in their community revitalization efforts. Prior to moving to Baltimore in 1999, he also represented and counseled tenants and tenant groups for the Northern Manhattan Improvement Corp., where his work was funded by the Skadden Fellowship Foundation.

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