Visiting Professor Kelly Meurer teaches Lawyering Skills I and II. Prior to joining the faculty at the law school, she was a practicing attorney primarily working in family law with further practice experience in plaintiff’s side personal injury, mass torts, products liability, and class actions.
Professor Meurer graduated magna cum laude from the University of Louisville Brandeis School of Law. During law school, Professor Meurer received the CALI Award in Upper-Level Legal Writing and Research and earned Dean’s List distinction. Professor Meurer also earned her Bachelor of Science, cum laude, from the University of Louisville, in Sociology with a minor in Race and Gender Studies. She was the recipient of the Etscorn Honors Scholarship, an Academic Commonwealth Scholar, and earned Dean’s Scholar and Dean’s List distinction on multiple occasions.
During her legal education, Professor Meurer participated in the Ackerson Law Clinic, representing petitioners in civil domestic violence proceedings under clinic attorney supervision.
Prior to Law school, Professor Meurer worked as a Full-Spectrum Doula, advocating for clients to achieve their personal health goals and providing non-medical support care during labor, birth, postpartum, known loss, miscarriage, and abortion. During her work as a Doula, Professor Meurer completed training on evidence-based birth practices, trauma-informed care, breastfeeding peer support, and postpartum adjustment tools. She also taught community classes on parenting techniques and products.
Professor Meurer’s scholarly interests are focused at the intersection of LGBTQ+ rights and family law, including legal challenges that arise for LGBTQ+ families using assisted reproductive technologies. She is faculty co-advisor for If/When/How: Lawyering for Reproductive Justice at U of L and a member of the Kentucky Bar Association, Indiana State Bar Association, and Birth Rights Bar Association.