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Kelly Curtis Joins College of Law as Assistant Dean of Students

Posted on Tuesday 7/26/2016

College of Law Dean Craig M. Boise has announced the addition of Kelly K. Curtis as Assistant Dean of Students. This is a newly created senior-level position responsible for the strategic development and oversight of programs and initiatives that directly impact the entire student experience at the College of Law. Curtis will partner with internal and external stakeholders to develop and implement critical diversity, academic, and bar support initiatives. She also will be responsible for handling student code of conduct violations, grievances and Title IX compliance. Curtis will work closely with the Associate Dean of Academic Affairs and the Academic Standards Committee to resolve academic probation and dismissal matters, and various professional issues for all students in the College of Law.

Curtis comes to the College of Law from Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, where she was both Director of Legal Writing and Director of Academic Support. She also spent eight years on the faculty at Cleveland-Marshall as a Legal Writing Professor of Law. 

“Kelly was selected to provide leadership and direction to the vital functions that define our students’ experience at the College of Law,” says Boise. “As someone who has held roles as both a law professor and administrator, Kelly brings a unique perspective to the position that will enable us to create a comprehensive strategy for enriching our students’ academic experience as well as their social and cultural engagement.” 

In addition to her teaching and academic support duties at Cleveland-Marshall, Curtis served on a broad range of law school and university committees, including curriculum, bar, and admissions. Prior to joining Cleveland-Marshall, she served as Assistant State Public Defender in the Office of the Ohio Public Defender and before that was in private practice as an associate at Schottenstein, Zox & Dunn, LPA (now Ice Miller LLP). Among other academic and legal organizations, Curtis is a member of the Ohio State Bar Association, the Legal Writing Institute, and the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers.

“The College of Law has a strong reputation for innovative student services and student-focused programs already in place. I plan to build upon this foundation with new approaches to addressing student needs that give our students the best opportunity to succeed here and in their professional lives after law school,” says Curtis. “Our emphasis will be on ensuring each student’s individual academic, personal, and professional needs are met while being active and engaged outside of the classroom in opportunities for growth and development.”

Curtis holds a J.D. cum laude from The Ohio State University, Moritz College of Law where she was Executive Editor of the Ohio State Law Journal, and a B.A. from Saint Mary’s College.