Kevin Kelly

Associate Dean, Student & Academic Affairs; Student and Academic Affairs

Kelly, Kevin

Room 5105, Law School


J.D. 1991, University of Wisconsin
B.S.F.S. 1987, Georgetown University


Kevin M. Kelly has been on the Law School staff since 1998. He received a B.S. with honors in Foreign Service from Georgetown University and his J.D. with honors from the University of Wisconsin, where he was Editor-in-Chief of the Wisconsin Law Review. Following graduation from law school, Associate Dean Kelly served as a criminal defense attorney and staff judge advocate in the U.S. Navy Judge Advocate General's Corps, and was stationed in San Francisco and Scotland. In addition to his Law School student and academic affairs duties, Dean Kelly, who is an officer in the Navy Reserve specializing in military operational law and international law issues, occasionally teaches courses on the Law of Armed Conflict and on the Just War tradition. In 2003, he was recalled to active duty, serving as a NATO legal adviser to the Peace Stabilization Force (SFOR) in Bosnia-Herzegovina, as well as on the U.S. European Command headquarters staff during the Iraq War. He has served as Commanding Officer of two Navy Reserve units: U.S Naval Forces Europe-Africa-6th Fleet Legal (Naples, Italy) and the U.S. Naval War College International Law Department (Newport, Rhode Island).  His current assignment is to the Office of the Judge Advocate General of the Navy, National Security Law, Pentagon. Associate Dean Kelly represented the Law School on the Wisconsin Board of Bar Examiners from 2000 to 2006 and again commencing in 2019.

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