Kelly Hill has a unique perspective and valuable insights regarding the ins and outs of state and federal court. It comes from her work at JLC, the years she spent as a judicial clerk, and the variety of experiences she engaged in as a law student.

While at JLC, Kelly has represented clients in a variety of state, federal, and administrative matters.  Kelly is efficient, thorough, and detail-oriented, and understands the importance of being an effective advocate at all stages of the litigation process.  These skills allow Kelly to effectively manage her cases and ascertain the best strategy to succeed for her clients.

During her time at UT Law, Kelly worked for federal and state governmental agencies and completed judicial internships at the state and federal level.  She also participated in the Legislative Lawyering and Entrepreneurship and Community Development clinics, where she helped counsel clients on a wide array of business, finance, and policy issues. Kelly was published in and an editorial board member of the Texas International Law Journal, recognizing her passion for writing as well as her tenacious researching skills.  Both of those attributes have found a welcoming home at Jordan, Lynch & Cancienne.

Prior to working for JLC, Kelly completed a two-year clerkship for United States Magistrate Judge Nancy K. Johnson in the Southern District of Texas in Houston, where she analyzed motions, drafted opinions, and conducted research on a wide range of legal issues.  Kelly was able to learn the ins and outs of federal court and procedure, which she applies to her law practice today.

Kelly has also engaged in pro bono work in immigration and housing; most recently, she won a bench trial, preventing her client from eviction.  When not practicing law, Kelly is involved in various arts organizations in Houston, including serving on the board of the Catastrophic Theatre.

EDUCATION

The University of Texas School of Law, J.D., 2016
Honors and Activities: Dean’s Achievement Award: Outstanding Student in Property; Texas International Law Journal, Editorial Board; Editorial Board Member of the Year (2015-2016); Entrepreneurship and Community Development Clinic; Legislative Lawyering Clinic; Law Students for the Arts

Sotheby’s Institute of Art, New York, New York, M.A. in Art Business, 2013
Thesis: The Rise of Brazil’s Artists in the International Art World”

Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tennessee, B.A. in Anthropology, History of Art, Minor in International Politics, 2011
Honors and Activities: Dean’s List; Order of Omega Greek Honor Society

PUBLICATIONS & SPEECHES

“Community Land Trusts,” Houston Bar Association CLE Webinar, July 24, 2020 (with Nina Culotta)

“The Problem of Auction Houses and Illicit Antiquities: A Call for a Holistic Solution,” published in Volume 51, Issue 3 of the Texas International Law Journal

PAST EXPERIENCE

Judicial Law Clerk for The Honorable Nancy K. Johnson, U.S. Magistrate Judge, Southern District of Texas, Houston, TX (August 2016-August 2018)

COURT ADMISSIONS

Member of the State Bar of Texas

U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas

PRO BONO/COMMUNITY

Houston Bar Association

HBA Gender Fairness Committee (2018-present)

Houston Association of Women Attorneys

Houston Young Lawyers Association

Catastrophic Theatre, Board of Directors