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

Most recently, 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. Her clerkship exposed her to topics from civil rights, employment discrimination, and the Fair Labor Standards Act to contract disputes, arbitration, foreclosure, bankruptcy and the RICO Act.

During law school, Kelly worked for 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.

Kelly began her studies in Art History, Anthropology, International Politics, and Art Business and earned a bachelor’s degree and master’s degree from Vanderbilt University and Sotheby’s Institute of Art, respectively, before pursuing a law degree at University of Texas. When not practicing law, Kelly attends exhibits at the Museum of Fine Arts and the Menil and loves to travel, cook, and practice yoga.


The University of Texas School of Law, J.D., 2016

Honors and Achievements:
Dean’s Achievement Award: Outstanding Student in Property, Fall 2013;
Texas International Law Journal, Forum & New Media Editor, 50thAnniversary Special Articles and Notes Editor, Editorial Board Member of the Year;
Entrepreneurship and Community Development Clinic;
Legislative Lawyering Clinic;
Research Assistant to Professor Lynn Baker;
Law Students for the Arts.

Sotheby’s Institute of Art, M.A. in Art Business, 2013

Vanderbilt University, B.A. in Anthropology, History of Art, Minor in International Politics, 2011

Honors and Achievements:
Dean’s List, Order of Omega Greek Honor Society

Publications & Speeches

“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)

Legal Intern at the Institute of Museum and Library Services
Office of General Counsel
Washington, D.C. (June 2015–August 2015)

Law Clerk for the Lower Colorado River Authority
Austin, TX (January 2015–May 2015)

Judicial Intern for The Honorable Laura Carter Higley
First Court of Appeals of Texas
Houston, TX (July 2014–August 2014)

Judicial Intern for The Honorable Xavier Rodriguez
U.S. District Judge, Western District of Texas
San Antonio, TX (May 2014–June 2014)

Court Admissions

United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas


State Bar of Texas
Houston Bar Association
Houston Young Lawyers Association