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Patrick J. Kelley


Professor of Law Emeritus


Professor Kelley received his undergraduate degree from Notre Dame University, where he was valedictorian of his class in 1965. He graduated from the University of Iowa College of Law in 1969, valedictorian of his class and editor-in-chief of the Iowa Law Review. He then practiced law with Sidley and Austin in Chicago before accepting a position teaching law at Washington University in St. Louis, where he was awarded tenure in 1974. Professor Kelley left Washington University in 1979 to practice in the civil litigation department of the St. Louis law firm of Husch, Eppenberger, Donohue, Elson & Cornfeld.

In 1981, Professor Kelley came to the SIU School of Law, where he has taught torts, local government law, jurisprudence, statutory interpretation, constitutional law, and legislative and administrative processes. His publications include both chapters and articles on torts, tort theory, Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr., statutory interpretation, and constitutional law.

Professor Kelley has served as a council member on the University City, Missouri, and Carbondale, Illinois city councils, and was the Republican candidate for Congress in the 22nd Congressional District in 1988. He served as the chair of the Illinois State Appellate Defender Commission from 1996 to 2002.





Room 209
Kaplan Hall
Mailcode 6804
Carbondale, IL 62901
(618) 453-8742